By Lyz Lenz
I started off my pregnancy feeling great. I kept up my vigorous running routine and my demanding schedule without even suffering a little bit of exhaustion. But then week nine hit and found me in the middle of my morning run, vomiting on my neighbor’s lawn. And so it began. I threw up everywhere. In the car in traffic. At a fundraising banquet. When I was supposed to be in meetings. You get the picture.
While my erroneously titled morning sickness (it happens all the time) wasn’t bad enough for hospitalization, I did get a prescription for an anti-nausea medicine. The only problem was that the side effect of the medicine was headaches. Headaches so bad I wanted to throw up. So, I tried some home remedies and they got me through the worst of the morning sickness, or at least helped me rally until the exhaustion of the second trimester kicked in.
If your morning sickness is so bad that you can’t keep anything down, call your doctor, and keep you and your precious cargo safe. But if your morning sickness is less severe, here are five tried and true home remedies for morning sickness that are safe for both you and your baby.
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Let us know what remedies helped you get through your pregnancy in the comments section below!
1. Ginger Altoids
These spicy Altoids are not for everyone. They immediately give a bold ginger kick that will help calm your roiling stomach. Ginger Altoids are hard to find in the store, so you can order them off ebay. While they are a little pricey for an Altoid they get the job done.
Often, morning sickness is made worse by an empty stomach. But the trouble is filling that stomach and making it stay in. Saltines are a magic cracker. When everything else threatens to come back up, saltines stay in your stomach. Try nibbling 2-3 saltines when you first wake up in the morning. Then lay in bed for 20-30 more minutes before getting up.
Staying hydrated is key to helping you quell your morning sickness. Try sipping on a sports drink like Gatorade or Powerade. The sugars will help fill you and the electrolyes will keep you hydrated. Sip slowly and don’t drink so much that your stomach feels too full.
4. Switch out your prenatal vitamins
When I couldn’t keep my prenatal vitamins down, my doctor recommended switching to a regular vitamin and taking it at night. Prenatal vitamins can have minerals in them, like iron, that are hard on your digestive system. Ask your doctor before switching.
5. Hard candy
Sucking on hard candy throughout the day can help ease your uneasy stomach. Try peppermints or lemon-flavored hard candies. Candy will distract you and give your body sugars, so your stomach won’t feel too empty.
What remedies helped you get through your pregnancy?
About the Author:
Lyz Lenz is a writer, a mom and a midwesterner. Although, not in that order. She lives in Iowa and on the web at LyzLenz.com
Home remedies that can help you get through those nauseating days.