As I’m sure most of you know, keeping your exciting news of pregnancy a secret in the beginning is already hard enough! But, try adding severe morning sickness, and it gets harder. What is even harder? Working an 8-5 desk job. At a middle school. While running to the bathroom every 15 minutes. And keeping it from your coworkers? Darn near impossible!
You know, I’m really surprised more people didn’t start to notice my frequent trips to the bathroom along with the questionable noises of vomiting. Or the fact that my usual venti lattes turned into tiny cans of ginger ale, and my greasy breakfast sandwiches were traded for oyster crackers. You know, I’m pretty sure the barista I used to see every morning thinks I’m dead…
I mean, come on, my prenatal vitamins were spilling out of my purse, guys! But, I must have kept it together at least a little better than I thought- because when I made it to the blessed 12 week mark, surprisingly, my bosses were caught off guard by my news.
I am the first lucky woman in all the generations of my family to experience morning sickness with pregnancy. Cue the balloons! Before I started feeling sick, I just assumed it was genetic and that I would have a breezy first trimester. Well, at 4 1/2 weeks, I started to feel queezy in the morning- and each day it progressed and lasted longer and longer.
At about 5 1/2 weeks I was vomiting regularly.
Whelp, at this point, I’m starting to think pregnancy isn’t very fun. After all, isn’t it all supposed to be soft blankets and nursery paint samples? Well, if you are like me, you know that is definitely not true. But, through my months of morning sickness, I was able to find some tips for relief from friends and family, and came up with a few of my own. I hope at least one of them will help ease the morning sickness you are having. Check out my tips below!
Preggy Pop Drops-
This is the only anti-nausea product I found that helped me at all! These little hard candies have lemon and ginger in them which soothes the stomach, and isn’t overpowering in taste or smell. Before I got out of bed, I would pop one in my mouth and suck on it for a bit before attempting to get up. I have found them at Target and The Motherhood Maternity stores!
Take Your Time Getting Up-
I noticed my morning sickness was the worst in the morning, but was just as bad if I got up quickly after sitting for long periods of time. Making sure you take your time and not jostling your stomach and precious cargo inside will help you in the long run.
Sip On Dark Sodas-
This tip was from the one coworker that caught onto my pregnancy before I announced it, and it worked! Sipping on a dark soda helped soothe my stomach, and the sugar helped give me a little energy before I could eat anything. I don’t know if this truly worked, or if it was my mind willing to accept any relief at the time, but I felt a little better after a cold, sugary drink! 😉
Keep A Small Snack On You-
Keep a small sandwich bag of oyster crackers or dry cereal on you at all times! Before you start to feel queezy, just nibble on a few small pieces to make sure your stomach isn’t completely empty at all times.
Oil Diffuser Necklace-
I LOVE this so much! I already had an oil diffuser necklace, and I added a drop of peppermint or lavender (or both) into the necklace everyday and wore it at all times. Lifting it to your nose when you feel nauseous or after vomiting can really help. You can also just breathe it in when going past smells that turn your stomach. For me, this was the school nachos, and public restroom air fresheners!