Five Ways To Cope With Morning Sickness

Five Ways To Cope WIth Morning SicknessIf you’re a follower of the blog, you noticed the sudden decrease in posts last month. ¬†And then hopefully you saw that I didn’t just go AWOL, I was being held captive by a little alien invader ūüôā . ¬†I’m happy to report that thanks to my doctor and lots of supportive family, I’m slowly returning to myself. ¬†Week nine¬†and Diclegis have brought some relief that will hopefully have the blog back up and running full steam ahead.

My morning sickness had me¬†sidelined for about a month. ¬†There were days that I barely moved from the couch and where caring for my two children truly felt like a struggle. ¬†My sewing room has been empty and there hasn’t been too much excitement going on in my house lately. ¬†But ya know what? ¬†It’s okay!!! ¬†I cut myself some slack to rest and feel yucky. ¬†I let my body and my mind cope with all the changes going on and guess what? ¬†Life went on! ¬†Nothing catastrophic happened. ¬†I learned that while life is much more fun when I’m participating fully, once in a while when there are more pressing concerns, you can take a break and things will turn out just fine.

Of course, there were times when I couldn’t just sit by and watch. ¬†I still had two children to cook for, play taxi too, and just generally care for. ¬†I still have a house on the market so there was still much cleaning and laundry to do be done. ¬† I shared a few tricks for handling diaper changes when you’re pregnant over at The Cloth Diaper Whisperer¬†last month and many of those tips apply to just generally surviving morning sickness the first couple of months. ¬†Here are the some ways I’ve coped with morning sickness that will hopefully get you through too.

Five Ways To Handle Morning Sickness

  1. Extra sleep. ¬†I know, I know. I have two kids still under 5. I get that midday naps don’t often happen. ¬†But if you can go to bed a little early or catch some weekend naps, it will help. ¬†Being tired only exacerbates the nausea.
  2. Pleasing scents. ¬†We’re all different, if you can find a scent that calms your queasiness, use it. ¬†Citrus and mint are usually the most effective, but if watermelon or your favorite Bath and Body Works lotion brings you relief, rub, burn it, infuse it…just sniff it! ¬†An essential oil diluted with a carrier like coconut oil or scent free lotion can be a god-send smeared under your nose or dabbed on your wrist. ¬†You all know I loooveee some CJs BUTTer. ¬†The minis are great to grab and sniff.
  3. Juice, soda…whatever stays down. ¬†I gave up soda a year ago…don’t miss it. ¬†But during my first months of pregnancy, plain water doesn’t work. ¬†I gag, I throw up almost every single time. ¬†After finding myself dehydrated and constantly dizzy, I tried having a soda. And it stayed down. ¬†I found small sips of cold juice stayed down too. ¬†So I did what I had to do to stay hydrated. ¬†Getting myself back to functioning was more important than keeping up the anti-soda streak. ¬†Once my morning sickness eases, I’ll be back to drinking boat loads of water, but until then drinking it and vomiting isn’t worth it.
  4. Eating less…more often. ¬†If another person ever tells me to eat a cracker for morning sickness, I might get sick on them. ¬†Even thinking about a cracker turns my stomach. Crackers don’t work for me. ¬†But, I found that having about 6-8 small meals a day does work. ¬†Cereal, sandwiches, jello, fruit cups….whatever eases your stomach, try having something to eat every couple of hours. ¬†The minute my stomach gets empty, bam, nausea sets in and it is HARD to break. ¬†Sadly the first trimester is not a glowing picture of health food for me. ¬†But it’s okay. ¬†When your main concern is keeping anything down, you can cut yourself some slack and do the best you can.
  5. When all else fails…call the doctor. ¬†I spent almost four weeks a sick, shaky mess. ¬†My doctor put me Diclegis at a very small dosage and after just one week, I felt brand new. ¬†My blood pressure came back up, I had more energy, and I was not throwing up twelve times a day anymore. ¬†If medicine isn’t your route, it’s okay. ¬†But if you aren’t functioning, getting help from your doctor is an option. ¬†They see pregnant women every single day, they will likely have some tricks to help you. ¬†You don’t want to wait until you’re dehydrated as that isn’t good for you or baby.

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