If you’re pregnant, or have been pregnant, chances are you have or are experiencing morning sickness. For those of you that haven’t, you’ve been blessed! Morning sickness is a tough part of pregnancy! It is also a very deceiving word. For most women that experience morning sickness, it doesn’t just occur in the morning but rather all throughout the day. In my opinion, natural morning sickness relief was a lifesaver for me. Emphasis on the natural part – since taking something that my body isn’t use to can make morning sickness worse.
Let’s look more at what exactly morning sickness is though and find some simple, natural remedies to help!
What is Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness is the nauseous feeling, and often vomiting, that pregnant women experience, usually in the first trimester of their pregnancy. This is a normal part of pregnancy, so don’t worry about it affecting your little one. Pregnancy is such an amazing thing that your body goes through and as you can imagine, it goes through a lot of changes!
One of those changes being hormones! Your body is all of a sudden getting an increase in hormones which can make you feel nauseous. Morning sickness can come in the form of just feeling nauseous. This is what I experienced, there was nothing specific that made me feel sick…I just felt sick all the time.
For many women though, there are certain triggers that make their morning sickness worse. Here are some of the most common triggers:
- Smells – can range from food smells to any other kind of odor
- Foods – certain meat is a big one for most pregnant women
- Brushing teeth
- this one seems strange, but all three trimesters of my pregnancy, brushing my teeth made me sick!
When Does Morning Sickness Start?
Morning sickness starts in the first trimester of pregnancy. It can start as early as 6 weeks (which would be 2 weeks after your missed period). But, as with everything related to pregnancy, this will vary mom to mom. I experienced morning sickness pretty early, around 6 weeks. Other women don’t start experiencing it until middle of the first trimester.
Morning sickness is usually one of the first indicators of pregnancy.
How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?
The length of morning sickness, again, will vary from mom to mom. Typically, it will only last the first trimester of your pregnancy. So, around week 12 you should start feeling better.
Other women, a very small percentage, experience morning sickness all throughout their pregnancy. And then, others fall somewhere in between. For me, I had morning sickness for about 16 weeks. The 16-week mark was when things started turning about – so if you are experiencing it…hang in there, it will get better!
Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness
Like I said at the beginning of this, I think the “natural” part of remedies for morning sickness is important. You don’t want to put anything extra into your body when you are experiencing morning sickness – that could just make things worse. When you go with natural remedies, these are things that will support your body…not introduce something into your body that it isn’t use to.
Now, with that being said, there are some women who experience EXTREME morning sickness. To the point where they are hospitalized. At this point, you will need a doctors help (obviously) and may require some medications to help relieve what you are going though.
But, as for the more mild cases, here are some natural remedies for morning sickness:
- drinking ICE cold water (adding a lemon in with mine helped significantly too)
- adding ginger can also make a big difference
- drinking Sprite or Ginger Ale (at points, I could not even stomach water, so Sprite & Ginger Ale were a lifesaver!)
- REST – your body is going through so many changes, chill out. Rest, watch a movie. Let your body work.
- Taking vitamin B6 – see my post on the prenatal vitamins that I took, they contain vitamin B6 & were extremely helpful during my pregnancy)
- Taking the right prenatal vitamins – again, see my post on the prenatal vitamins that I took
- Smelling essential oils – certain ones might work better for each woman, but lemon, peppermint & lavender are common ones!)
- Eating dry, bland foods – crackers, cheerios, toast, etc.
- Snacking – I was pretty much constantly snacking, if I didn’t have a little something in my stomach, my morning sickness was MUCH worse
- Avoiding foods that make it worse
- Having crackers by your bed – I would recommend eating a little something before even getting out of bed, for some just the act of getting out of bed (the shift from laying down to getting up can make them sick). So eat a few crackers before even getting up
Is my Morning Sickness Normal?
As I mentioned before, some women experience severe morning sickness. Pay attention to what you are experiencing during your first trimester of pregnancy. I would recommend going to the doctor if you are experiencing the following:
- you can’t keep any food down – throwing up constantly
- you can’t keep any liquids down
- you are loosing weight
- you have flu-like symptoms
- you are very dizzy
Morning sickness is normal during pregnancy but there is a point where it is not normal & could be hurting your pregnancy. Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a serious condition, when morning sickness gets so severe. With this, you may require hospitalization & treatment.
It Gets Better – Hang in there Momma!
I know, morning sickness can be such a hard part of pregnancy…and not a fun way to start out this exciting journey! But, hang in there, things will get better.
What have your experiences been with morning sickness? What did you find that helped you through it?
Leave a comment below, I would love to hear your stories!
All the best,