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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Sara - posted on 09/11/2012

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It sounds like you have hyperemesis. Talk to your doctor about Zofran. I was on this medicine myself. It really does help. Other things that worked for me were black licorice and ginger, even though on a normal day I couldn't stomach them. There is something in them that helps block the need to vomit.

Stephanie - posted on 09/11/2012

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Salt. I ate Pringles, just a couple at a time. I couldn't stand the gluey feeling of saltines, but Pringles worked. Probably anything salty would work. Eat small meals almost constantly. Letting your stomach get empty can cause you to throw up more.

Lauren - posted on 09/11/2012

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Really sounds like you need a prescription from your dr. I had terrible morning sickness with my daughter (not nearly as bad w/my son). For the 1st 5 months I couldn't keep anything down. I was almost hospitalized for dehydration at 1 point. Once he gave me the prescription it did wonders. She was perfectly healthy too, no side effects. Other than that toast or saltines every 1-2 hours to keep your stomach from producing too much acid. Also, ask your dr, but I was allowed to take OTC 12 hour pills for heart burn which greatly helped with the extra stomach acid which would sometimes make my nausea worse. Good luck!

Bridget - posted on 09/11/2012

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When I was pregnant, I found that saltine crackers and water were the first thing I'd have before getting out of bed in the morning. I just need a little something to get me going and keep that feeling away. Then every 2-3 hours a little snack and lots and lots of water all day long to keep hydrated!



Oh, Ginger ale helped too.



Good luck!

Hope - posted on 09/11/2012

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Ahhh morning sickness.....the wonders of pregnancy! One good trick I learned is to keep some saltines next to your bed. The minute you wake up: eat a saltine or two and drink something (so you aren't parched from the salt) I found that eating the first thing in the morning was the quickest way to get rid of morning sickness....you get your metabolism going so your tummy doesn't have time to start! Hopefully this helps you, and good luck to you!

Lisa - posted on 09/11/2012

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I had morning sickness really bad (and so did my husband & dog!!!) from weeks 7-12. Try getting some ginger capsules that you can take like a pill the night before. Also, I lived near a McDonalds and I know it was "bad" but I would eat a hash brown patty in the morning on my way to the (wobbly) bus and after I ate it my stomach would settle and I could eat breakfast. Worth a try!? ;)

Becki - posted on 09/11/2012

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I ate peanut butter on graham crackers, took Flintstone vitamins as prenatals and the dr had me take one Unisom with a vitamin B6 at night. Nothing really worked until the nausea subsided around 15-16 weeks in. Best of luck!

Tanya - posted on 09/11/2012

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If none of these remedies works for you (I tried all of them except the wristbands) & your morning sickness is too intolerable still u might talk to your dr. about getting a RX for Reglan. This was the only thing that worked for me. Even the preggie pops were no relief. I know medication is not always the best answer, but my morning sickness was so bad that I ended up in the ER with a saline drip because I couldn't keep anything down & endured horrible dry heaves. Just an option if none of these other remedies works.

Kristen - posted on 09/11/2012

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I was very sick for the 1st 4 months with all 3 of my girls. I was essentially non-functioning. I ended up having to enlist the help of family (not easy since we lived hours from all of them). Ask for help and take whatever is offered to get you through this rough time. My midwife gave me B-12 shots and that helped maybe a tiny bit. It remember how bothered it would make me when someone would say just to eat some crackers or drink some ginger tea...they didn't get just how sick I was. I survived it and so did my girls who were similar in age to yours at the time. It's terrible,I know, but hopefully you get to feeling better before to long.

Melissa - posted on 09/11/2012

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I was in the same boat as Alexandrea. I had severe morning sickness and was vomiting nonstop for 3 days. It took two IVs just to get me back to normal. I had to take Zofran around the clock for the second half of my first trimester. I didn't have a choice or I couldn't keep anything down. I was fine taking it because it wasn't linked to any problems with the fetus. Plus, a good friend had to take the drug for all nine months for three different pregnancies and her children are fine. it is really up to you but do research before starting any medication. I tried sea bands, nausea candies and teas but nothing helped but Zofran. I am sensitive to side effects and the only problems I experienced we're dry mouth, headaches and constipation. Most of it resolved after the first few days. Good luck!

Alexandrea - posted on 09/11/2012

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I was severely sick with constant nausea and vomiting for my entire pregnancy. 2 separate weeks in the hospital for dehydration. It was Hyperemesis Gravidarum a very severe form of morning sickness. I had to take an anti-nausea drug to be able to get through the day... I held out for a long time but, my body couldn't handle all of the constant sickness. Ask your Dr. about it. I hope that it's not what you have but, if it is and your Dr. says it's ok.... then take something because you wont be able to take care of your daughter if you don't. Good Luck!!! Alexandrea

Fiona - posted on 09/11/2012

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I was constantly ill during my pregnancy and my mother got me a pair of travel sickness bands which I wore on my wrists all the time and this really helped as I was able to continue working till my maternity leave. I hope this helps.

Tracey - posted on 09/11/2012

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I used the sea sickness bands and also found acupuncture very successful also eating little and often seemed to help too

Mel - posted on 09/11/2012

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My friend bought me cinnamon balls when I was suffering (every day for 6 months). The other trick I used was to have really plain crackers to eat before even lifting my head off the pillow in the morning. Good luck and take heart that a lot of sickness is said to be a sign of a strong pregnancy.

La Donna - posted on 09/11/2012

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Ginger is also good. I feel ya. Maybe once you get into 2nd trimester it'll ease up. The first 3 months can be the toughest. Sorry your having such a hard time.

Amy - posted on 09/11/2012

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Dacia,



I know exactly how you feel. I was told to take my prenatal vitamins at night instead of in the morning. I tried that and it just kept me up most of the night being sick. I was also told that taking half a tablet of Unisom (sleep aid) is safe and works to help reduce the morning sickness. I didn't do that when I took my vitamins at night so maybe that's why I was up most the night. I did notice that I wasn't very sick the next day so that was a plus. Unfortunately you have to get sleep to be able to tend to the other kids you have. I have also heard about taking ginger but haven't tried it. I would recommend talking with the doctor more about your options to help reduce this. Good luck with your pregnancy and your other kiddos. If you find something that works well for you please feel free to send me a message and let me know what it is. I am kind of in the same boat as you. I have 5 other kids. Luckily they are all 5 or older and are at school most of the day so I can run to the bathroom or nap if I need to.

Sarah - posted on 09/11/2012

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Hi Dacia,



Last year when I was pregnant with my second I had severe nausea/vomiting. I could do nothing but lay on my couch or on my bed and moan and occasionally vomit into a bucket. I had nausea with my first but nothing like this. I felt so bad for my 4 year old because I couldn't play with him. One of my friends told me that eating a lot of garbanzo beans will help. It helped her. A doctor suggested it. You won't get gassy if you continue to eat them every time you feel nauseated. Apparently the beans bind the extra bile you are producing that is making you sick. I ate beans and while it did seem to help it didn't make my nausea go away. Nothing really took the sick feeling away but I did listen to my body and ate what I craved even if it was weird. Staying hydrated helped too but I couldn't keep water down. Decaf coke was the only liquid that wouldn't make me sick. The bean thing does seem weird, I know, but several of my mom friends swear by it! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 09/11/2012

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I had to take Diclectin, which is a prescription drug. I was so sick morning, noon and night that I lost 25 lbs in the 1st 3 months with my son. With my daughter, I also tried almonds (not flavoured, just plain) and surprisingly they helped. I kept them on the night stand and ate a few before getting up in the morning. Also, any sour candies seemed to help as well (like the preggie pops)

Naomi - posted on 09/11/2012

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Have you tried ginger? Maybe some ginger tea or ginger lozengers. You can find them at a health food store. You can also just buy fresh ginger and steep a small amount in hot water and add some honey or sugar to taste.

Patricia - posted on 09/11/2012

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I had all day sickness with my Daughter from the beginning of pregnancy til the day I delivered. It got so bad they finally did give me suppositories that worked wonders, but before that I used the seabands wrist bands. They seemed to ease it up enough on those less nausea days.



I think you just need to find out what works for you. Tons of ideas and things on the market to help so just keep trying. Then if it gets too bad talk to your doctor about getting something prescription.



I also heard taking prenatals at night helps.

Sarah - posted on 09/10/2012

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My dr. told me to take unisom (regular, not extra strength) and it worked wonders. I couldn't even keep down water before I took it, so I felt it was necessary to take medication. I also tried some other nausea medications that she prescribed, but the unisom worked better! I did try the wristbands and other home remedies but I think with severe morning sickness medication is the only thing that will help. Also make sure you never let your stomach get completely empty. It seems crazy to eat when you feel sick, but you will feel better if you can eat a little something.

Rachel - posted on 09/10/2012

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Have you tried sipping sugarfree ginger ale such as (Canada dry or old Jamaican) and nibbling dry crackers I found this helped settle my stomach when I was pregnant with our youngest from Rachel from plymouth

Melissa - posted on 09/10/2012

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Ive had the same problem i have a 18 month old son to take care of and it was so bad it was ruining my life i normally dont like taking things but he put me on dyclectin and it helps me a lot still sick and nausea but not half as bad most days i felt so bad i couldn't even watch my son i was so sick, what have you tried to alleviate your sickness ginger tea will help gatoraid helps me a lot ans plain crackers my dr told me gravol was ok to take but some dr will disagree it all depends on what ur dr thinks mint tea also will help or suck on some mints even before you get out of bed sip on some gatoraid or mint candy or eat some plain crakers or gram crackers help too i hope this helped a bit but ur not alone i know how you feel.

Kristina - posted on 09/10/2012

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I'm not too sure how pre-natal care works where you are, or if you're against taking medication while pregnant, but when I was pregnant with my twins my doctor prescribed me a med to help alleviate the morning sickness due to the pre-natal vities. I never took them so I can't really say whether or not they work but this could be an option for you? Good luck :)

Marian - posted on 09/10/2012

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I had all day naseau when I was pregnant with my son. My doctor recommended a few tricks to help ease that uncomfortable feeling throughout the day.

1. Eat. I know it sounds counter intuitive, but it really does make a difference.

2. Keep a small snack next to your bed and as soon as you wake up in the morning munch the snack before you get up. I kept oyster crackers and cereal bars on my nightstand. Also, since my husband left for work before I got up, he would leave me a glass of OJ each morning.

3. Lots and lots of small snacks throughout the day. Make sure you keep a few healthy snacks in your purse and car to keep yourself going. Granola bars, nuts, rice cakes with peanut butter...At home keep the frig stocked with yogurts and cut up fruit so when you're hungry you can eat.

4. Keep up with water intake. if you are getting sick, you will need to keep yourself extra hydrated. Don't down a whole water bottle in 2 minutes, but just take small a bunch of small sips.

5. Don't forget to rest when you need to. Trying to keep up with your little ones while preggers can be exhausting. So, make sure you take advantage of opportunities to rest.

Sorry that you're having a hard time. I hope these tips help you.

Karen - posted on 09/10/2012

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When I had my first, I had morning sickness all day long. I drank Fennel Tea...really helped!

You may want to eat a few saltines while in bed before you feet touch the floor.

Jeanette - posted on 09/10/2012

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the funny thing is that you have to eat throughout the day BUT small amounts of food. Morning sickness is because your stomache is empty. I know it sounds funny but if you can eat small amounts not just three times a day you will begin to feel better. I did not have any morning sickness with my daughter as I never allowed my tummy to be empty.

The other thing that worked very well was a cut lemon that I sucked. I also drank lemon juice diluted in water.

Brenda - posted on 09/10/2012

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I'm not doctor, but I am a a mom! LOL Some things you could try is: Talk to your doctor about getting these grape chewable prenatal vitamins (they like to hide this lovely thing from mommies), chocolate covered ginger (or any kind of ginger...ginger has amazing qualities with helping with heartburn, headaches, and especially stomach aches...although, avoid ginger ale because 9/10, it doesn't have any ginger in it or so little ginger that it doesn't really help) I've eaten this while pregnant and within 5 minutes I my stomach was settled enough to eat something small, eat small meals, have some saltine crackers or pretzels within reach and never, ever forget to drink some water (dehydration can cause some of the symptoms you speak of). If you are concerned about any of your symptoms, be sure to talk to your doctor. It could be a sign of something else. Most of all...don't forget to give yourself a break. I know, it's easier said that done. ♥ I hope this helps!

Julie - posted on 09/10/2012

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I had terrible morning sickness with 7 of my 9 pregnancies. The only 2 I didn't I miscarried. Anyway I finally learned with the last 3 kids, the best way was to always keep a little something in my stomach. If I tried to eat a full meal it wouldn't stay down. So eat mini meals throughout the day where you always keep a little something in your stomach. That will help with the nausea and it stays down better than when you try to eat too much at one time. Drink little sips of water throughout the day. Dehydration can make your nausea worse, but if you try to drink a large volume at once it will come back up. Pay attention to what foods didn't sit so well with you in the past pregnancies and what stays down and stick with the ones that work. Also try to wait at least an hour after you eat before you brush your teeth. If you brush right after, your meal will come up since your gag reflex is more sensitive right now. Sometimes when you feel a wave of nausea, if you just lie down for a few minutes you can get it to pass and you won't vomit. These things aren't foolproof. Some people just have worse pregnancy sickness than others, but these are things that helped me. With the last few pregnancies I only lost around 7 pounds instead of the usual 20 I did with the first few. Hope this helps. I feel for you. When my 2 oldest were 5 and 3 I was pregnant with my 3rd and I had to get B6 shots twice a week and take Phenargen every day which knocked me out for a few hours at a time. My 5 year old had to learn how to use the microwave, make sandwiches and even mac & cheese on the stove because just walking past the kitchen made me vomit. Luckily my brother-in-law owned a deli at the time and my husband was a manager at JJ North Grand Buffet so that took care of 2 dinners a week. My dad made me a marathon video tape with 4 Disney Movies on it. I felt bad I would stick that in for my girls every day when I took my Phenargan and they would watch 6-8 hours of videos while I slept. You do what you have to do to get by. Thank goodness it's only 9 months. Good luck.

Alyssa - posted on 09/10/2012

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I had low grade fevers all the time - due to dehydration from throwing up so much. Here are some things I tried:

1. Sea bands - not sure if it helped, but they are only 5 bucks. Also look into chinese magnets

2. Try real ginger shaved with a cheese grater into your tea.

3. If you like bubbles - google natural ginger beer - lots of good stuff to calm the stomach.

4. Tum tum tum tum TUMS... lol. Pretty good and you can get a days worth of calcium really easy!

5. Liquids - all day all night. It really is worse for your body to dry heave all day. I like what the other woman said - soup - at least you will absorb some nutrients from it.



Also if it gets to the point where you are loosing weight, have constant headaches, are laying around ALL day from feeling week. You might need to discuss medication. I took Zofran (name brand) with my second. I don't like the idea of medication AT ALL!!!! But it helped me get through the day and take care of the 1st. Good luck!

Stacey - posted on 09/10/2012

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Half a unisom (over the counter ) and a B6. With my 4th pregnancy I took 1/2 a unisom at night and 1/2 in the morning. I am not a big meds person but without it I could not even sit up.

Susan - posted on 09/10/2012

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Saltines, ginger ale and unsalted almonds...worked for me. Good luck and feel better soon:)

Christian - posted on 09/10/2012

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Ask your doctor about a vitamin b supplement...I take a very small dose every 6 hours and it has helped A LOT.

Michelle - posted on 09/10/2012

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Hiya hun. I've had horrendous all day sickness with all 4 pregnancies, its called hyperemesis. Go to your doctor, he can prescribe stemetil or cyclizine. If its still bad you can take a tablet called buccastem which has to be placed under your lip as soon as you feel sick. These can be taken alongside a tablet called thiamine which is vitamin b12 which can become very low and cause even more sickness. These are all completely safe to take during pregnancy and I've had all of them all 4 times. Get on top of it quickly as your baby will be fine but you will become very run down and lose lots of weight and not have the energy you need for your pregnancy. Even with the medication before I conceived my last baby I was a size 12-14, after giving birth I'm a size 8-10 which is good now but wasn't before! Good luck x

Naomi - posted on 09/10/2012

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Having had hyperemis with 3 out of 4 pregnancies, if you can't function definately go the anti-nausea mess otherwise ginger, make sure your getting enough of the vitamin b's they really help and try to plan food so that you don't ever get hungry lots of small snacks through the day. The moment I got hungry the sickness got a lot worse.

Colleen - posted on 09/10/2012

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I had morning sickness all day long to the point where I got so dehydrated, which my doctor told me can cause you to run a low grade fever. (It got so bad they wanted to hospitalize me and I too had two little ones at home) I cut up a watermelon and kept small, bite size pieces in an easily accessible container in the refrigerator and every time I walked by it I got a piece and ate it. It helps with dehydration and the nausea. If you are in bed put it in a bowl and put it on top of a bowl of ice - a mixing bowl set works good for this as they already nest inside one another. When I had to travel I would suck on lemon drops or lemon head candies, and even smelling a lemon wedge was helpful for warding off nausea when it would start to overtake me. Ask you doctor about taking vitamins B6 and B12. I was told that helps, although I didn't try that because it was right before my nausea ended and I hadn't consulted with my doctor. Good luck and I hope it ends soon!

Emily - posted on 09/09/2012

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Stay hydrated for sure, but you might also be deficient in the mineral magnesium. I found out I was severely deficient in magnesium during one of my pregnancies. I learned that doctors usually won't tell you this because a decline in magnesium during pregnancy is natural and necessary. A lot of your body's stores of magnesium will go to the developing baby, and depletion of magnesium triggers contractions when your body is ready to go into labor. Women who go into early labor often get a large dose of a form of magnesium in the hospital to slow/stop contractions. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, constipation, irritability, leg cramps, heartburn, difficulty sleeping... Sound familiar to anyone who's been pregnant? :-) I got to the point where I was experiencing heart palpitations, which is a more severe symptom. Deficiency is more common on 2nd pregnancy & beyond if you don't build up your magnesium levels between pregnancies. I would recommend checking out this website http://www.nutritionvista.com/Nutrition/...,52.aspx or googling foods high in magnesium & try to eat a couple servings per day immediately. Strangely (or not), many standard anti-nausea remedies contain magnesium, including Tums, Milk of Magnesia, ginger, Then ask your doc or midwife if it would be okay to try a magnesium supplement. (Usually wouldn't be a good idea in the last trimester because you WANT the lowered levels to make you go into labor, and you have to be careful not to combine with antacids because they also contain magnesium, & too much can be a bad thing...) Good luck to you & hope you are feeling better soon!

Miriam - posted on 09/09/2012

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If you have a low grade fever then maybe something else is going on. Morning sickness comes from the rapid increase in hormones in your body related to early pregnancy. Low grade fevers are not associated with that. Please get that checked out.

Alison - posted on 09/09/2012

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Hi Dacia, My belief is that morning sickness occurs when we are not grounded. And even though you may not feel like it, doing exercises that get you grounded in your body should be helpful. I dont know where you live, but try walking on the beach, or grass in bare feet and allow yourself to feel the ground beneath your feet. There is also the possibility that there might be feelings, emotions, or sensations that you are avoiding within your body that is keeping you ungrounded. Maybe you had a difficult pregnancy or birthing experience previously. There are some exercises in Brandon Bays books that can help you to get through those if that is an issue. Also try breathing - becoming very aware of your breath. That helps with being grounded as well. Anything really that gets you to experience your full body. Hope this helps in some way. Please remember also to be kind to yourself. :-) Alison

Jo - posted on 09/09/2012

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Don't fret, it will soon go away. But in the meantime, I suggest you get to bed earlier than usual so you can wake up earlier. The earlier you wake up, the sooner the worse of the morning sickness will pass and you can get on with your day. Always have warm ginger ale and saltine crackers with you home and away. Nibble and sip. If you get up right before your children their activities will coincide with your upset tummy. Don't worry, before you know it the morning sickness will pass. Also, carry lollipops in your purse. Sometimes, a little sweet will help. For some reason, either salty or sweet calms the agitated tummy.

Rose - posted on 09/09/2012

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Zofran best med for preg people! I had morning sickness all day of all 9 months with both my boys if it wasn't for zofran I don't think I would have made it 9 months. Perfectly safe for baby!

Kaylyn - posted on 09/09/2012

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I had morning sickness bad with my daughter I took vitamin B6 about half of a 50 milligram pill its totally natural and works better then what the doctor gave me

Ask about it it really worked for me I was able to eat and go on about my day.hope it helps.

Tamara Kaye - posted on 09/09/2012

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Try a ginger cookie. Fresh squeezed o.j. also worked for me--I couldn't fathom any other kind. Or just a bite of whole grain toast or a saltine. Can you spend time reading lots of stories to your girls, snuggled up wherever you are the most comfortable? Taking time for yourself to have a warm bath now and then can be really soothing, too. I wouldn't worry about outings or fun times outside the home. Kids are resilient and don't need complicated activities to feel loved and happy. This is a great opportunity for them to start learning empathy, too. All the best to you!

Janice - posted on 09/09/2012

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Vitamin B I forget if it is B6 or B12 that works the best but I would take a B complex (mixture of diff ones) but it would make me feel so much better!! Also watch what you are eating! Definitely look into the vitamin B or ask your Dr about it that is who told me about it :) good luck! You must have your hands full but wow ! you are very ble ssed with children.!!

Fran - posted on 09/09/2012

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oh, i forgot to say i also had to take reglan to help me. i couldn't keep anything down for weeks until i was on it. i still got sick every morning (and some nights) but at least after my warm water trick and reglan i could still eat and drink.and i found the foods i would never eat normally i could eat when i was pregnant. good luck!

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