I need help, does anyone have advice on pregnancy sickness?

Laverna - posted on 02/09/2009 ( 160 moms have responded )

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I am 9wks pregnant and the sickness is really getting to me, does anyonehave advice on how to help and calm it down?

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Ashley - posted on 02/12/2009

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Sounds like you just have to find your own way.  I tried most all these things that people have posted.  I was sick all day for 5-6 months.  It was horrible and I got really depressed.  The onlu thing that helped was a medicine that they give to chemo patients to help with sickness.  It was safe for mothers but they were vevry expensive and we could not afford them at the time.  Ask your doctor about them.  Sorry I can not rememeber the  name.

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I took B6 vitamin once a day, that kind of helped with me. i also ate animal crackers that helped the best! Hope it getts better soon for you!

Kathryn - posted on 02/12/2009

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Saltines were my best friend. Eat a couple before you even get out of bed. Also make sure you don't get too hungry or too full. I ate 2 saltines every hour for the first 5 months of my pregnancy with my daughter. I didn't eat much else, but it was enough to get me through. I had terrible morning sickness with both my kids, but luckily about the time the Dr was getting concerned it finally ended.

Donna - posted on 02/12/2009

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I had a condition during my last pregnancy which included 24hr sickness so I purchased some wristbands for travel sickness(from Boots) as I had used these for a previous pregnancy and once again they reduced the sickness dramatically, don't think you ever get rid completly.

Donna - posted on 02/12/2009

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I had a condition during my last pregnancy which included 24hr sickness so I purchased some wristbands for travel sickness(from Boots) as I had used these for a previous pregnancy and once again they reduced the sickness dramatically, don't think you ever get rid completly.

Sherry - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hey this is horrible. You have to be careful not to become dehydrated because it will get much worse. I was sick for all three of my pregnancies with what is called hypermesis. I became severally dehydrated with my first and had to be on 24 hour IV fluid. There is medication that is safe during pregnancy that is used in cancer patients you can ask your Dr. the other alternative is your prenatal vitamens could be making it worse check with your Dr. they have some that are specific for people who suffer from vommiting. The only natural alternative that I tryed was ginger and it helped a little bit. I hope this was helpful. Good luck.

Brenda - posted on 02/11/2009

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Just a note, sometimes no advice works.  If you ever go for more than 24 hours without being able to hold anything down contact your doctor right away!  Do not wait because dehydration sets in very quickly.  I made this mistake and almost ended up in the hosptial.  If you cannot control it on your own, you can take several different medications. I have taken both Reglan and Zofran during this pregnancy and wouldn't have been able to keep any food down otherwise.  My doctor put me on Reglan at first because I was just sick all day long and throwing up once or twice, then I lost ten pounds in about five days from not being able to hold anything down, so she gave me the Zofran, which worked wonderfully for me.  Of course, I'm still sick and on meds at 28 weeks....  So mine is a more extreme case.  Just an FYI to not be afraid to talk to your doctor!

Priscilla - posted on 02/11/2009

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my mom boiled brown rice in water with a little stick of cinnamon, no power cinnamon, it has to be the stick and a little brown sugar. This helped me so so much! This is great when you have the stomach flu too! I ate crackers too. I was like this all my first trimester. I'm now in my second and feel great.

Danielle - posted on 02/11/2009

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if you are taking prenatals try to take them before bed not in the morning. my girlfriend told me she started taking them in the morn and she got real sick and switched to taking them at night it helped big time. i started taking them at night right before bed and i never got sick once .try it it cant hurt.

Maram - posted on 02/11/2009

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try eatting salty crackers it helped me a lot with the sickness b4 getting out of the bed and durring the day :)

Dominique - posted on 02/11/2009

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eat small frequent meals, and drink plenty of fluids... Preggo pops are womderful, you can even try some home remidies, Ginger or peppermint... but if you are still feeling ill and cannot function then you need to talk to your doctor. I had very bad morning sickness with my 2nd child and he gave me a perscription Phenergan (Promethazine) but it did make me drousy. Good luck! I hope you feel better.

Dominique - posted on 02/11/2009

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eat small frequent meals, and drink plenty of fluids... Preggo pops are womderful, you can even try some home remidies, Ginger or peppermint... but if you are still feeling ill and cannot function then you need to talk to your doctor. I had very bad morning sickness with my 2nd child and he gave me a perscription Phenergan (Promethazine) but it did make me drousy. Good luck! I hope you feel better.

LISA - posted on 02/11/2009

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I was sick for 9 months with both my pregnancies, actually lost weight with both, had 9lb and 7 1/2 lb babies.  I was put on diclectin, but that didn't do much, you'll just get used to it, I threw up about 7-8 times a day, was off sick for some time.  There are short periods of time where you will feel better, take advantage and eat like a pig! otherwise take alot of tums for heartburn or if that doesn't work get zantac, it works much better.

Lori - posted on 02/11/2009

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No greasy food.  Eat first thing in the morning like crackers.  No sugar or extra sweet stuff.  Lots of water.

Dani - posted on 02/11/2009

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Congrats! Looks like you have lots of help, here's one more!  Ginger ale is great (w/ some cranberry juice makes a great mock-tail), dried fruit/saltines (or soup crackers) in a bag in your desk or nearby to snack on during the day is a *must*.  Like another mom mentioned below, empty stomachs make the nausea worse which is a Catch 22 (don't want to eat/have to eat).  Finally, some mint-scent (candle or lotion) as a scent treatment helps as well.  With all of my pregnancies I had 24/7 sickness of some sort-the pregnancy that I was the sickest one ended up producing the easiest child, hope that's comforting:-)

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Both my pregnancies have been very different.  The second time around I was miserable!  I lived on plain crackers and ginger ale.  Although this worked for a minute, the truth is that things do get better.  It does seem forever.  I found that chewing cinammon gum decreased the nasty taste in my mouth.  Try eating small meals.  Before you get out of bed, try eating some crackers.  My colleagues swear this really works!  It did for me;)

Nicole - posted on 02/11/2009

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Ginger or ginger tea work wonders in helping relieve flu like systems. I'm not sure if you can drink or eat ginger while pregnat. google it!



 

Tracy - posted on 02/11/2009

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Suck on anything that is made of ginger or has ginger in it. I got ginger hard candies from a place called "the ginger people" and made ginger tea by boiling fresh ginger in a big pot of water (with a little sugar). Oncologists and other doctors recommend ginger for stomach problems. It helped me a ton!! hope this helps.

Colleen - posted on 02/11/2009

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Hi, I'm 10wks pregnant and what I do is what my mom told me. I keep ginger ale and saltines next to my bed....when I wake up I feel the worst, before getting out of bed, I will eat a couple(3) of crackers and drink a few sips of ginger ale...stay still for 10-20 minutes and it should help if not stop the sickness. Throughout the day...I do the same thing and just sit down for awhile. It seems to work or at least help.

Thethiwe - posted on 02/11/2009

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Yep i took a lot of crackers and sprite it helped me out. And ifat all theres alot of spitting try chewing some gum that helped my sister hope that helps.

Shelley - posted on 02/11/2009

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My doc prescribed Maxolon (Metoclopramide Hydrochloride Anhydrous) which took the edge off for me. I found it most effective when I took half a tablet six times over 24hrs. I was assured that this drug has been used safely by pregnant women for ages, by the way :) It got me through the worst of it.

Jennifer - posted on 02/11/2009

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I was sick for 4 months when I was pregnant. I used to keep a bag of Jolly Ranchers with me at all times. I also tried not to let myself become too hungry.

Caroline - posted on 02/11/2009

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Hi, I have not personally experienced Pregnancy sickness but I have a good friend who is pregnant at the moment and she swears by GOJI Juice.  You get it from health food stores. Give it a try it may help you.

Caroline - posted on 02/11/2009

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Hi, I have not personally experienced Pregnancy sickness but I have a good friend who is pregnant at the moment and she swears by GOJI Juice.  You get it from health food stores. Give it a try it may help you.

Holly - posted on 02/11/2009

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Small little meals worked best for me - especially yogurt, ginger and papaya are helpful to settle the stomach.  I felt like I ate all day long - but I was better.



 

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I carried a container in my purse full of all my fav. kinds of crackers. Crackers help settle tummy's. I also kept a box in my glove box, a trash bag, a bottle of water, and some gum just in case I got sick while on the go.

Bryn - posted on 02/11/2009

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I had that worst morning sickness... i ate Crackers and peanut butter before bed n i was perfect every morning...

Nathalie - posted on 02/11/2009

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Ginger helped me a lot. Ginger ale or ginger tea, as well as the motion sickness bands you wear on your wrists. Hang in there it should be over in a few weeks. Good luck

Lisa - posted on 02/11/2009

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Quoting Lisa:



i had morning sickness 24/7 for 9 months with my two pregnancies.  I was against taking medication.  The first time I tried to tough it out but i was very tired and very week and found it very difficult to get through the day.  The second time around, I finally listened to my doctor and took the medicine (Diclectin).  It made life bearable again and i was in much better shape to look after my daughter.  The medication has been on the market for years and no effects have ever been reported on babies.






alot of people don't really know about hyperemesis there are only 4 percent that strugle with this severe sickness! and im glad that people are finally takeing the meds ! im hopeing from this web site that people will understand that sometimes the sickness 24\7 is not normal ..

Kristy - posted on 02/11/2009

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Quoting Laverna:

I need help, does anyone have advice on pregnancy sickness?

I am 9wks pregnant and the sickness is really getting to me, does anyonehave advice on how to help and calm it down?



im 3 months pregnant and i had it all last week , there are a few things that may help ginger tea or ginger biscutes also rice crackers u can also buy a product called travel bands from the chemist they are usually used for travel sickness but can be used for pregnancy also......hope one of these ideas are helpful to u and hope u feel better soon

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With my 1st daughter I think I got sick maybe 3 times and it was always while brushing my teeth. With my 2nd daughter I got sick almost from the get go. Nothing was working and I ended up trying Preggie pops and it didnt solve it but it helped a great deal. I wasnt nausious all the time anymore and I was able to eat things and not feel like vomitting after eating. I found them at Motherhood Maternity

Rochelle - posted on 02/11/2009

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An odd little trick that worked for me is sniffing a newspaper. I know, really weird, but it really worked....

Sally - posted on 02/11/2009

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i feel for you. i had the same thing when pregnant with my son. i drank ginger tea. it helped with the sickness also with the trapped wind you get aswell. although it doesnt taste very nice at first, you soon get used to it! also when you do it, try and pick on little bits.

Sara - posted on 02/11/2009

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ok well to start off the day make sure you have food in ur tummy before u get out of bed, always keep something in ur stomach, and ginger pills all the wau!!! hope this helps!

Matti - posted on 02/11/2009

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Oh ya! Ginger is good. I would sometimes mix it with the sherbert in a smoothie.  Delicious and really helped with the nausia.  Just buy some ginger root from the store, cut of a small chunk and throw it in your blender with the sherbet.

Chantel - posted on 02/11/2009

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I used the motion sickness bands that go on the pressure points of your wrist and those helped. My doctor also put me on a med called diclectin because I couldn't eat at all and those were so awesome.

Matti - posted on 02/11/2009

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I was really sick with both my pregnancies for about 3 months in the beginning.  Plain yogurt mixed with papaya (papaya is supposed to neutralize acid in your stomach).  Crackers didn't help much.  Making sure I got as much sleep as possible helped.  It was hard with a 1 year old to care for, but I asked friends to watch her or tried to baby-proof the living room as good as possible so she'd stay contained and I could grab a 15 minute rest on the couch here and there.  I noticed if I was tired I felt much more sick, so get to bed as early as possible.



This pregnancy (I am due in 4 weeks), I ate watermelon for a whole week.  I couldn't keep down water so it was how I stayed hydrated.  My 1st pregnancy I drank gatorade for 5 weeks straight.  But for some reason this time around I couldn't keep down the gatorade, but luckily water only made me sick for about a week.



I also ate a lot of sherbert.  That seemed to settle my stomach this time.



 



You just have to eat what works.  I don't know if you are obsessed with gaining weight like I am.  I worked really hard after my 1st pregnancy to lose the 50 lbs. I had gained.  So, it was really frustrating to have to sit and eat ice cream all day and not be able to exercize because I was too sick.  So if you fall into this boat, just be patient.  9 months feels like forever, but if you gain 50 lbs. like I did (and did this time too) just know you will be able to get it off if you continue exercizing once you have your baby.



Sorry, lots of info.  I don't know if I helped at all.  You can also try raspberry tea.  It's called "pregnancy tea" and it's made from raspberry leaves.  A lot of women told me this helped with their sickness.  It didn't help me, but it's something else to try.  Good luck.

Jana' - posted on 02/11/2009

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Ask your doctor about Reglin.  I used it with my third child and it was wonderful!!  I am not big on medicine (especially while preggers) but with two other kids to take care of, I needed something.  It worked instantly.  I could regulate it myself and only needed it twice a day max.  Nothing else worked.  Congratulations on your baby :)

Crystal - posted on 02/11/2009

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i suffered the all day sickness with both my pregnancies! the only thing the helped me was to have saltines next to my bed so i could eat one before i got out of bed and the sea bands. they are cloth wrist bands that have a little ball on the inside. this presses on a pressure point and takes the nausea away.
good luck!

Angie - posted on 02/11/2009

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1/2 unisom tablet and at least 50mg B6 before bedtime .... you can take more B6 if needed.  You sleep great and it really helps with the nausea the next day.  My doctor told me to do this and it helped me a TON!

Holly - posted on 02/11/2009

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I would eat ginger from the japanese resturant that was how I survived my 2nd pregnancy. good luck!

Shea - posted on 02/11/2009

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Pepermint Tea. Pepermint is a natural remedy for upset stomachs. Also  i have heard if you keep fresh newspapers by your bed in the morning and smell them before you wake up it also helps relieve the nausea. Make sure to drink plenty of water or suck on ice chips and stay hydrated. Saltines are also a great remedy. Good Luck!

Nicole - posted on 02/11/2009

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I was never sick, thank god but a very good friend of mine was. She tried the prescriptions and none of them worked. She said whar helped her the most was getting up and eating some dry toast or crackers and the laying back down for another 20-30 minutes before getting up for the day.

Jessica - posted on 02/11/2009

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I had the same problem! What worked for me was Diclectin prescription of course! BUT IT WORKS!!! Good luck!!

Felicia - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have found that lemons and limes help. You can also drink lemonade or make limeade. I would drink both a lot in my beginning trimesters, and it would really calm the "morning sickness". Also, keep crackers handy.

Tara - posted on 02/11/2009

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Ask your doctor before taking anything. I was told you're not supposed to take anyhitng over the counter without asking your doctor first. Most people don't know there is something that your nurse can prescribe. Beware though, you can't take it if you have epilepsy.

Lisa - posted on 02/11/2009

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I too had morning sickness until my 17th week. The thing that I found worked for me was Coca-Cola (if you are worried about caffeine you can get caffeine free) and preggy pops/drops you can find them at Babies R us or any maternity store. You can also order them online at www.threelollies.com

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My Doc had me eat potato chips and drink lemonade - between the salt and sugar/sour it helped. Good luck

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