Before I became pregnant with my first child, I could count on one hand the number of times I had thrown up. Now, I am quite familiar with the nausea and vomiting that seem to plague my pregnancies.
While I do not think there is one answer for every person out there, I do think there are things that work for some and things that at least ease the morning sickness for others.
This post is a compilation of things I have tried, things I have heard of from others, and also general coping tactics for those weeks when the couch holds you hostage. I’m going to include my own personal notes, but please know this morning sickness thing is super personal and what works for one might not work for another and vice-versa. (Note: any ideas and suggestions you have will be added to the list…well, as long as they aren’t too off the wall 😉 )
My only disclaimer is that I’m not a doctor, I’m just a mom who has lived through this thing called morning sickness 9 times over in the last 16 years.
Expert? No. Field tester? Most definitely!
And frankly, for some of us this thing called morning sickness is a trial that must be endured. I’m not in the camp of people who believe every ailment our human bodies go through is fixable. Sometimes morning sickness is that “thorn in the flesh” Paul speaks of in the Bible, and that is where faith meets fire. From there, it is up to us to be willing to make a sacrifice of love toward this new little person being knit within.
(Another Disclaimer: Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a serious condition in pregnancy. If your vomiting is continual, you are losing a significant amount of weight, and cannot keep anything down for 24 hours or more, please see your doctor.)
Over-the-Counter “Traditional” Remedies:
Um…neither of these worked…at all.
Unisom & B6 combo – Unisom at night, B6 in the morning, many people swear by this. It did help me some.
Prescription Medicines (always use with well-informed caution):
Zofran – (NOTE: Zofran has recently been shown to have serious fetal side-effects. ) I have a friend who considered this her “miracle drug.” While it allowed me to actually sit up, it by no means stopped the vomiting. You can read about my experience with it last pregnancy HERE. By the way, it does cause constipation.
Reglan – Causes severe drowsiness and did not work for me.
Prochlorperazine – Some say it is safe, others say no. I took one pill of Compazine and had a panic attack. And no, the vomiting did not stop.
Decletin – Common in Canada, but a lot of controversy surrounding its safety.
B Shot – I thought it worked for a bit. Then, it didn’t.
Ginger – I drank ginger tea with a couple of my babies. It helps while you drink it. Afterward, not so much…but it does give you something to throw up. Sorry, just being honest. My favorite was from Earth Mama. You can also buy Ginger Gum.
1 TBSP of hydrated Bentonite clay in the morning (with a cup of water or juice) – the idea of this grosses me out, but I had a reader say it worked.
Baby Bliss – I really wanted this to work. It didn’t.
Higher Protein Diet
Lemon Ice – Fill a blender jar/pitcher with ice, peel and seed a lemon, add a little water or sprite and then blend to snow cone consistency. Eat small spoonfuls. (from Betty at Peace Creek on the Prairie)
Magnesium – You can read how this was working for me at 9 weeks and how I was using it – magnesium oil, Epsom Salts, supplements. This did help, but it did not take the vomiting away completely and it was very easy to get “behind” on keeping my magnesium stores full.
Juice Fast – again, this is something I just don’t think I could stomach, but I do know someone who benefitted from this greatly.
Acupuncture/Massage – While I have never used acupuncture, I can attest to how much better I felt when my oldest daughter would give me a back and neck massage. She would often do this at night to put me to sleep – which frankly, was often the best morning sickness reprieve.
Giving into your Cravings – for me, what I craved was often the only thing I would keep down.
Ocean Minerals – I don’t really know anything about this, but a reader suggested them as a big help to her.
Preggie Pops (or other hard candy) – I am NOT a hard candy fan, but it does help me during pregnancy…especially when I have to be in a car. One reader mentioned mint flavors helping, and I agree.
Avoid sugar & caffeine – honestly, neither one of these appeal to me when I’m feeling sick.
Beans – um…I hate beans…pregnant or not, but one commenter says they cured her morning sickness when she ate them every couple of hours.
Peppermint Oil – I’ve heard mixed opinions about whether or not peppermint oil is safe during pregnancy. I chose to use it as aromatherapy only. It was not uncommon for me to go to sleep at night with a bottle of peppermint oil in my hand because I would lay there and take occasional whiffs of it. A diffuser necklace might be a good idea here.
Kombucha Tea – This is a fermented tea that we drink fairly regularly, but when I’m sick, I don’t do a good job taking care of my scoby. Might have to rethink this next time.
Alkalizing your body – This I had not heard of, but you can find more information in this post from Sacred Mommyhood.
Lemon/Lime – I did eat quite a few lime juice freezer pops.
Soda (some say particularly Coca-Cola) – This helped me for about a week and then it just made me sicker. It’s like my body gets used to a remedy and decides it doesn’t work anymore! One reader mentioned Virgil’s Root Beer as a huge help to her.
Blog articles, websites, and books on morning sickness and handling every day life:
The Protein/Morning Sickness Connection from Raising Arrows
Morning Sickness and My To-Do List from Raising Arrows
Homeschooling and the Morning Sickness Factor from Raising Arrows
Suffering in Pregnancy (an anonymous guest post on Raising Arrows)
My Morning Sickness Story from Artful Homemaking
Coping with Morning Sickness from Sacred Mommyhood
MyMorningSickness.com – If I remember right, years ago, the information on this site was free; however, it looks to me like it is now in ebook form, but there is still a lot of free content on the site.
Trust & Obey (used to be Whining Puker) – her left hand sidebar has all the information from her posts on hyperemesis gravidarum (my spell checker doesn’t even want to accept those as words, but trust me, they are)
Preparing for Future Pregnancies as a HG Mama – Great post about what you can do before and during pregnancy to help with hyperemesis.
Morning Sickness Survival from A Mama’s Story
How to Spiritually Survive Morning Sickness from The Modest Mom Blog
How to Physically Survive Morning Sickness from The Modest Mom Blog
Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize – I have not read this.
Pink Stork – Site with products dedicated to relieving morning sickness.
Myth That Large Family Moms Have Easy Pregnancies – Planet Mommyhood Vlog
Morning Sickness Remedies ebook from MotherRisingBirth.com (also on Kindle)
I also have a chapter on morning sickness in my ebook Large Family Homeschooling because let’s face it, if you have a lot of kiddos and you homeschool, chances are, you’ve homeschooled with morning sickness. 😉
Feel free to talk amongst yourselves about any of these “remedies” and anything else you may have found that helps. Or, if nothing else, feel free to commiserate with one another. 😉 Some day, you won’t feel so awful anymore, but I know in the midst of it all, it feels as if that day will never come. ((HUGS))