How do I nip my morning sickness enough and make sue my preschooler and toddler get quality time with me, not just see me run to the bathroom?

Dacia - posted on 09/04/2012 ( 204 moms have responded )

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I've had morning sickness before, but never like this. Some days are OK while others I spend the majority of the day with a low grade fever, unable to eat anything and running to the bathroom to basically throw up nothing. I'm hoping to find some new tricks to stave off my sickness enough so I can do quality activities with my three and one yr. old girls. I feel like because of this pregnancy they don't get the best of me, and it bothers me. Thanks to everyone for listening.



Thanks everybody for the great advice. I'm still fighting it but at least it is more manageable now. I've used a lot of your suggestions and many of them work, so truly thank you all!! If anyone wants an update I had my 10wk. And apparently measure big, as well as the uterus is higher than normal. So next week I get an early u/s to make sure of the due date (I'm positive of when my last cycle was) and the possibility of twins.

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Ginger is an old morning sickness remedy which helped for me - you can get ginger pills, or get a fresh ginger root and juice it alone with somethin nicer like apples and carrots. Or if you dont have a juicer , you can finely grate the ginger, then squeeze it in your hand, then add that juice to some normal juice.



Fingers crossed it stops in a couple of weeks. And don't beat yourself up about dealing with the other children at this time - you wont be pregnant forever and then you can catch up with spending qulaity time with them.

Melanie - posted on 09/05/2012

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I used the wristbands, as well. I also ate a bland or vanilla yogurt first thing in the morning. Protein worked better than carbs for me. Also, I took tiny sips of Gatorade throughout the day to stay hydrated. I had a 4 and 6 year old girl when I was sick with my 3rd daughter. What I would do to get some quality time was lie on the couch, take out my makeup and let them paint my face for hours. I also let them comb my hair. It was a lot of fun to them, and was easy for me to remain immobile, lol.

Emily - posted on 09/05/2012

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First off...this may be a dumb question but are you taking prenatals? If so, DO NOT take them in the morning! Take them just before bed each night. A big part of 'morning' sickness can be attributed to that 'rock gut' feeling and nausious feeling the vitamins can give you! Everyone I've talked to and had switch has seen MAJOR improvements!!:) hope this helps!:)

Deanelia A. - posted on 09/05/2012

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old time help - soda crackers (Saltines) as soon as you wake up, and snack all day long to keep a little something in your stomach don't want to alarm you, but the time my morning sickness was like this, I was pregnant with twins . . . . lol

Amidy - posted on 09/05/2012

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I used motion sickness wrist bands to help with morning sickness. You should be able to find them at a drug store. They look like sweat bands but have a little pea sized bead on the inside. You put the bead on the inside of your wrist and it presses on an acupressure point to help alleviate the sickness. Hope that helps!

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Kathryn - posted on 09/28/2012

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A natural cure for morning sickness, get some ginger root and boil some in water for several minutes, you can add some cinnomin to it too. Sip a cup or two, it really does work and you don't have to take prescription drugs. Trust me I had morning sickness with my last one and it was 24/7 with an 18 mth old to care for. This worked like magic. Hope it helps

Shannon - posted on 09/27/2012

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Dry heaves are the worst. Smoothies worked great for me-I sometimes couldnt bear making my own but manages at work by getting a Jamba juice with boots and sometime a soft pretzel or PB &J.

hope it passed quickly

Pauline - posted on 09/25/2012

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hi, i was given a antihystamine from the doctor its a little sedative but it stops the sickness ,

Juliannemarie - posted on 09/24/2012

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Julie - posted on 09/22/2012

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Is anyone else besides me irritated that someone is using this forum to advertise and our e-mails are getting bombarded with ads when we're looking for advice to motherhood questions?

Sara - posted on 09/21/2012

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I would suggest looking into doTerra peppermint oil It has worked wonders on tummy issues in our home! If you would like more info you can message me.

Jennifer - posted on 09/21/2012

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I had shocking morning sickness with 5 of my babies,so with number 6 I took ginger tablets and they worked I was still sick but no where near as bad

Joselyne - posted on 09/21/2012

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try to eat a orange everytime you feel nausea. that used to help me a lot . i hope it work for you

Melynda - posted on 09/20/2012

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I was one of the few prego's that didn't get morning sickness. I got nauseous, but didn't throw up. Preggy Pops are amazing. If you find you can't keep food down at all, call your Dr. My friend had a problem in both her pregnancies called hypermesus(sp). Less than 1% of women experience it.

User - posted on 09/20/2012

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Hi Dacua - my daughter had severe morning sickness most of her entire pregnancy. Finally, the doctors put her on Unisom (a sleeping pill bought over the counter) and vitamin B6 and this helped her. You might want to check with your doctor and make sure this is okay for you.

User - posted on 09/19/2012

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Have you tried ginger or ginger biscuits ,also try to eat small meals @ a time, it worked for me wish you well

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I had bad morning sickness with my second child. I ate ginger cookies that you can get at any grocery store. I drank a TON of ginger ale, also. Those helped a lot. The motion sickness wristbands didn't work for me. My husband saw them at a drug store and picked them up for me. All they did was hurt my wrists. My doctor did end up giving me a prescription for nausea medicine and that helped the best for me. I hope you're able to get some relief soon!! I know how it makes you feel as a Mom with older children that don't quite understand why Mommy is not feeling well and can't play with them. :-(

Jen - posted on 09/19/2012

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Dacia



This is going to sound odd, but it really did help me. Plus it is pretty inexpensive. :) SOUR PATCH KIDS. (LOL)



I was pregnant with my 6 year old son and I could not hold anything down. I even tossed water constantly and when there was not anything on my stomach it was dry heave heaven for me. I was at the grocery store one say and saw "Preggy Pops". The package said that they were to help with morning sickness. Since I was SO desperate to stop mine I spent the $15 for them. OUCH. But they worked. I found that they tasted like sour patch kids. So to save myself a little money, I decided to test the Sour Patch Kids. They actually worked very well. Whenever I started feeling quezzy I would just pop a Sour Patch Kid in and the feeling would quickly subside. I was able to eat after that. :)



Hope this helps.

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My first pregnancy I controlled morning sickness by taking 1 Unisom tablet each night before bed, which is what my doctor told me to do. In my second pregnancy I just ate something before getting out of bed each morning. I kept a nuts next to my bed and ate some when I woke up. Another good thing is Builder Protein bars - they are low on the glycemic index and extremely high in protein (protein bars also recommended by my doctor).

Jacquelyn - posted on 09/18/2012

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Twins would be AWESOME. They are way overdue in both sides of my family tree; however, no twins anywhere. Good luck with your ultra sound. Ultra sounds are so AWESOME - I don't even know if they had them when I was pregnant with my 3 children, but even if they were, I wouldn't have been able to afford it. I will never forget the ultra sound why my grandson (now 19 years old) turned and looked right at us and we could see he face and picture what he would look. The funny part of the story is that my daughter had 3 ultra sounds throughout her pregnancy - all three ultra sounds said it was a girl - lol - he was hiding it from us. We had given her baby showers in pink, done the nursery in pink and thank goodness, everyone kept their receipts so they could do exchanges for blue things. I still have the little bassinette pink baby blanket I crocheted for him (I now have it wrapped around one of my baby dolls). I have a doll collection but finally had to tell people to stop giving me dolls because I don't have room for any more. There are a couple that I let my 3 year old grand-daughter play with, but not the ones that my deceased mother had. Someday when I am with my mom in Heaven, the doll collection will go to my grand-daughter. Good luck with the morning sickness.

Julie - posted on 09/18/2012

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I was so sick with my daughter, I was miserable! I ate high protein foods all morning: hard boiled eggs, Boost shakes, and pb crackers, usually all 3 everyday. I would sometimes feel good enough to eat something else at lunch time. I ended up having to take Zofran up until delivery. I only gained 10 lbs, but she weighed 8/1, so something worked!

Michelle - posted on 09/18/2012

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When I was pregnant with my twins, I had to give up my morning coffee (as a grad student that was ROUGH) I substituted with herbal teas...eventually found a lipton one called "ginger spice" NEVER had morning sickness once I began drinking that daily! If you can tolerate tea, it's worth a try!

Barbara - posted on 09/18/2012

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I was pregnant twice and had morning sickness for 9 months both times. That was how I knew I was pregnant the second time. Anyway, vanilla wafers helped me and so did Tums but I don't know if the health community still finds them safe or not.

Dianne - posted on 09/18/2012

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When I was pregnant and had morning sickness for about 5 1/2 - 6 months what made me feel better was eating before going to bed. So I would take a cheese sandwich to bed and eat that so the next morning I wasn't TOO sick. Also I had to stay away from certain triggers - the smell of coffee or cigarettes just turned my stomach.

Celina - posted on 09/18/2012

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I haven't read the other posts, but I just had my first, he was born August 5, 2012, so during pregnancy I did not know what to expect as far as sickness. It was awful! I was nauseated like 24/7 the first 3 months. For some reason brushing my teeth made me gag and throw up every single time. After awhile what I did was I had to eat...I really didn't want to especially late at night and then go to bed, I didn't want to risk gaining a lot of weight, so instead I would eat something healthy like fruits, or also drink water. Brushing my teeth is what triggered it most of the time so I would brush my teeth earlier (instead of right before going to bed) that way I could "hurry" and let the nausea kick in and be able to snack on fruit earlier as well, instead of snacking so late like at 10...11pm. This is what helped for me. Hope it gets better for you!

Pamela - posted on 09/18/2012

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You need to talk to your doctor about it.My exdil had this problem to the extreme and found out it was a condition that is not normal.some morning sickness is normal but what she had was special and needed special medication.I would certainly ask your doctor and get that ruled out before it gets worse.It may be just normal for you but dont take any chances.Sorry I dont know the name of the condition but your ob should know.

Lauren - posted on 09/18/2012

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These are great and I have done all of these and believe its a combo of things. But I found ( when having my twins) that lemon was calming. Slices in water and small sips. I kept slices in a baggie at all times. Even smelling them would calm my tummy.

Cindy - posted on 09/18/2012

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I was sicker and sicker with each pregnancy, i had to take zofran the last time, it really didn't help, then they started hydrating me with home i.v.'s, i would feel so much better, the more dehydrated you are the sicker you are, also, didn't know why i craved lemonade, but lemons are anit nauseau, so now i use lemon flavored gatorade or lemonade, it works pretty well.

Melanie - posted on 09/18/2012

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I haven't read the other replies, but I know I had some issues when I was pregnant with my first I was 115 lbs to start and 105 at 5 months later. a friend of mine and told me that his sister had problems when she was sick because her blood sugar was low. her doctor has told her to eat more fruits and vegetables anything sweetie she felt like she can't keep down. I myself like ice cream sandwiches I put another 20 pounds back on the last few months. my last few pregnancies werent as bad I had morning sickness but I used mint tea and camomile tea but still sweet things made me feel much better. good luck to you hope to help some.

Debora - posted on 09/17/2012

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HI there, I am not sure if it was mentioned yet or how you feel about meds, but I took Zofran for my last 2 pregnancies. I had "hyperemesis" and could not stop throwing up most days, and with other children I had to be somewhat functioning. these children are now 13 and 19, very healthy and active and there were no ill effects from the medication. Its worth a shot if you haven't tried it, good luck to you!

Diane - posted on 09/17/2012

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I posted before, and after reading some of the posts, several suggest sugar or drugs. Neither of which help your baby to grow. I was glad to see Susan's post. Shaklee's are wonderful. They are all natural.

Susan - posted on 09/17/2012

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@ Emily Hanson: It also helps to not take the standard prenatal vitamins at all. I took the sample prenatals my OB-GYN gave me, and baked them in the oven at about 200 degrees, and this black sticky stuff oozed out. No wonder they make you sick! I used Shaklee, and yes, you can get a bit queasy it you take them first thing in the morning. But they don't ooze black stuff! However, that being said, taking the supplements at bedtime is a GREAT idea, as is the tip of eating a little something before you ever get up in the morning. I was helped a great deal by Shaklee's peppermint ginger, and by taking their B-Complex throughout the day. All of these things eased my morning sickness during my second pregnancy. Compared to the first one, when I was younger, the second one was much easier.

Tracy - posted on 09/17/2012

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Good luck! I already responded but wanted to say that I found out at 18 weeks that I was carrying twins. Maybe it is double hormones! ;)

Jacquelyn - posted on 09/17/2012

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I remember when every pregnancy I had, the morning sickness was much worse! The doctor had me keep soda crackers and water by my bed before I ever got up in the morning - I don't know why, but it worked a little. My 3rd pregnancy was the worst for morning sickness - I had it 24/7!

Dacia - posted on 09/17/2012

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Thanks everybody for the great advice. I'm still fighting it but at least it is more manageable now. I've used a lot of your suggestions and many of them work, so truly thank you all!! If anyone wants an update I had my 10wk. And apparently measure big, as well as the uterus is higher than normal. So next week I get an early u/s to make sure of the due date (I'm positive of when my last cycle was) and the possibility of twins.

Sommer - posted on 09/17/2012

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I had such terrible morning, noon, and night sickness too! It's the worst, so I feel for you. My doctor recommended taking 100mgs of vitamin B12 and a unisom at night before bed, and believe it or not, it is like a miracle!! I felt tons better, and could actually get off the couch and care for my one year old! Hope this helps, and of course ask your doctor what their opinion is of this remedy. Good luck!

Haily - posted on 09/17/2012

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my first pregnancy was a breeze with the morning sickness. My second baby however has proven to be far more difficult. My doctor proscribed zofran and it was a miracle! Within an hour of taking my first dose I already felt sooo much better. If I hadnt had that medication I would never have gotten off the couch for the first 4 month!

Margarita - posted on 09/17/2012

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Man, I hate it when folks comment without reading other posts, but there's far too many so I'm about to do just that. Sorry if it's redundant.



Here are my suggestions:

1) Eat before you get out of bed. Low blood sugar can make you nauseous, so keeping some nuts or crackers at your bedside and munching before you try to get on your feet can help.

2) Preggie drops, or preggie pops (the drops are candy, the pops are lollies, you can get them at maternity and baby stores) - they only work short term and have citric acid, so you want to make sure you brush your teeth with a good enamel protecting toothpaste, like Sensodyne Pro-Namel or the Colgate equivalent. CVS also makes a Pronamel knock-off. Still, it can help you in a pinch and tidy you until you get some food in you.

3) Meds - talk to your doctor about anti-nausea medication. They have come a long way in terms of safety and efficacy. Ideally you want as few meds as possible, but if you're spending all day in the bathroom, chances are you are not getting the calories you and baby need. That and off course, taking care of the ones you have.



Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 09/17/2012

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have u tried the prescription pills? they did wonders for me, i was sick the entire 9 months 24 7 without them!

Madeleine - posted on 09/16/2012

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There is a wonder drug if you are willing to try it. I took it through my 1st pregnancy and now with my second. I had 3 specialist doctors confirm it is fine to take. Had no side effects with my first pregnancy. Let me know if you are interested.

Diane - posted on 09/16/2012

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This is what a nutritionist that I know suggest:

* Vita-Lea with Iron- A well-balanced highly absorbable multivitamin/mineral. More complete than

typical pre-natal vitamins, without constipation or stomach upset side effects. Excellent tablet

disintegration time.

* B-Complex- B vitamins, especially folic acid, have been shown to help prevent birth defects

and morning sickness. Classic B vitamin deficiencies are ... fatigue, mood swings, cravings for

sweets and junk food, dry skin, and lack of concentration.

* Iron Plus C Complex- Your need for iron increases dramatically especially in the ninth month

when the baby is storing iron for future immunity. RDIs for iron during pregnancy are 25 mg/day

(one tablet plus the Vita Lea) unless higher levels are recommended by your doctor if you are

anemic.

(These are Shaklee vitamins. They are all natural. Be careful about your vitamins because I just read an article about lead in a lot of vitamins on the market. Shaklee does 100,000 quality tests a year, so I am never afraid to recommend them. If you don't know where to get them, just respond and I can give you the number of someone. She used them with her 2nd baby and there was a big difference in the 2 boys.They are the best.)

Karin - posted on 09/16/2012

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I really feel for you. I was really lucky that I only threw up twice but I was nauseous all the time. I'd keep some saltines next to my bed with a glass of water. Before I even let my feet touch the floor I'd nibble a cracker and sip a little bit of water. A girl I used to work with also told me to get those charm sour balls and suck on them every time I got nauseous. It does help. Good luck and I hope you're feeling better real soon!



Another thing you can try is sip water throughout the night. I was told that morning sickness happens when your stomach is empty. If you keep even tiny bits of something in your stomach it might help.

Danette - posted on 09/16/2012

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I was in a similar boat just about a year ago, and my Mother In Law suggested trying something sour. Green apples helped curve the sickness a little bit, same with tangy fruit smoothies. So sorry for you....morning sickness is soooo rough! Also try drinking gatorade, I found it was a little easier to keep down. I tried to do easy games with my kids that I could do lying down, like rolling balls, or going over flash cars, snuggling during a movie. Hope you get feeling better soon!

Tracy - posted on 09/16/2012

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I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis and none of these suggestions worked for me and I pretty much tried them all, including Zofran via IV. The only thing that ended up working for me was the Reglan pump, which dripped Reglan into my thigh muscles 24/7. It was truly the worst experience I have ever had and I will never get pregnant again because of it. Hopefully you are already starting to feel better. Good luck!

Barbara - posted on 09/16/2012

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My first pregnancy was horrible i was throwing up from the moment I found out I was pregnant to the day I delivered and on top of that I was spitting all the time. My second one started out the same way and I tried everything under the sun and nothing worked until a friend gave me a bag of raw organic almonds. It was a godsent. I smacked on them all day long in between meals and I stopped throwing up and spitting. Hope this helps.

Marcy - posted on 09/16/2012

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I had really bad morning sickness and I found out chewing gum helped me out a lot

Colleen - posted on 09/16/2012

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You could try acupuncture. I went for other fun pregnancy related issues (hemeroids) and the woman that I went to said that acupuncture works great for morning sickness too. I was past the morning sickness stage by that time.

Naomi - posted on 09/16/2012

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Sometimes it helps to eat something before you even get out of bed. I would keep some crackers on my bedside so that I could munch on a few before I got up. Or I'd have my husband bring me in a glass of milk.

Protein helps too. Peanut or almond butter on toast instead of jelly. Proteins bars etc.

Lemon and/or sour helps with sour stomach. I would suck on sour candy (jolly ranchers) whenever I felt queasy.

This time around I had it constantly, not terrible bad but bad enough and all the time that it was crippling. I used sea bands. They didn't take it away completely but allowed me to function.



Hope you find something that works for you

Tracy - posted on 09/16/2012

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Try varying when you take your prenatal vitamins. If I took mine in the morning I would be sick all day. I finally switched to an herbal multivitamin and it was much better. Also, eat small meals all day long. I found plain cheerios easier to eat than saltine crackers and gingerale helped me. Ginger is a good stomach soother.

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Vitamin B6 is safe in early pregnancy and helps a lot--but it needs to be taken by itself, not as part of a B-complex. The wristbands are also great. B2 balances B6, and there is a lot of B2 in milk products (riboflavin), so you need more B6 when you are drinking more milk, etc.

Tracey - posted on 09/16/2012

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Nibble on dried bickies all day long and plenty of water. With my daughter 4 yrs now I was sick til 38 weeks 8 times a day. Trust me I feel for u. My son 19 months only sick til 14 weeks.

Good luck.

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