Morning sickness is a common complaint for 70%-80% of pregnant women during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. It can occur any time of day and is characterized by nausea and vomiting but typically resolves without much medical intervention.
Severe vomiting, nausea, weight loss, and dehydration can be the sign of a more serious complication of pregnancy called Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
Some tips and tricks shared by Stars and Stripes Doulas fans for conquering that morning sickness are:
- A sip of soda always eased my stomach – Tiffany B.
- Gingerale – Kevin R.
- Crackers, small meals frequently, ginger tea – Adel R.
- I would sip Coke. It was about the only thing that made it better. Not straight from a bottle or can though. I’d pour from a 2 liter bottle and let it “breathe”. – Anne H.
- Maybe not the healthiest solution, but chocolate milk and french fries were my go-to. – Brooke H.
- Black licorice (good n plenty worked like magic little anti-ms pills) – Catherine S.
- Ginger root tea, peppermint candies, and crackers – Shaunny O.
- Ice cream and sour candy 🙂. Really healthy! – Danielle S.
- I take unisom and b6 before bed – Danielle B.
- I used to make my own slurpees with koolaid mix, ice, water and sugar. Staying hydrated is the most important thing. I was sick for the first six months of my pregnancy, turns out it was chronic dehydration. – Tegan M.
- I drank a glass of water before I got out of bed and ate crackers before I sat up. I also lived off of bagels and cream cheese my entire first trimester. – Madison L. (Lead Doula of Stars and Stripes Doulas of Kansas)
- Daily epsom salt baths to increase moms magnesium!! – Cristy C.
- Ginger tea – Amber R.
- Watermelon – Marie B.
- Ginger, salt & vinegar chips, popsicles, unisom & b6 every 4 hours, motion sickness wristbands – Katie H.
- Starting the day with a premier protein shake helped me tremendously. – Melissa D.
- #preggypops and for me it ended up being a major medical issue and I was on Zofran – Lauren M.
- SMELLS are what gave me ALL day morning sickness with my 1st. I finally learned with my 2nd to carry something with me all the time to smell to off-set the offending odor. For me, my calming scent is Lavender. So, I would keep a little satchel in my purse that had essential oils in it. I could grab it, take a whiff, and it helped SO much. Later, I played with mixing scents of lilac, Lily of the valley, peppermint etc… – Katie H.
- I just let the vomit fly…. lol…But in all seriousness I felt the best relief after I would just give up the fight and let it go. – Callie L.
- Never letting my stomach get empty. Protein. Sour things to suck on like Preggie Drops and Sour Patch Kids. Ginger ale and saltines, even little bits during the night. B6 and Unisom combo. – Amy D.
- Ginger chews – Kim W.
- Sour patch kids…no kidding! – Jaime B.
- Candied ginger from Trader Joes – Sara F.
As you can see there are many remedies out there to help with morning sickness. Try to take comfort in the fact that it wont last forever and you will soon be holding your sweet bundle of joy! If you are experiencing something more severe than morning sickness, please contact your doctor or midwife because you may be experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum.
Written by: Melissa Nauss, Owner | Lead Doula of Stars and Stripes Doulas of New Orleans