Morning sickness SUCKS! And it may last for well over the first trimester. I had it terrible with my first pregnancy and even worse with the second one. I blame her being a girl to the added sickness. I never had to be hospitalized but I threw up on myself driving, commuting on the bus, it the Houston tunnel in from of lots of strangers, and so many more places. I won’t promise you a cure but here are some ways to cope and be prepared for when you lose your lunch.
- Keep a plastic bag with you AT ALL TIMES and in quick reach.
- Keep hard candies on you at all times. I found that if my mouth was too dry or if I had too much saliva it made me more sick.
- Invest in QueaseEase and take it with you EVERYWHERE. It seriously helps with the nausea brought on by odors. I could not go anywhere without it.
- Keep a spare change of clothes with you. You don’t want to pick up your kid from daycare with vomit all over you. This is when I realized I needed to have bags with me at all times and close to me. See #1.
- Eat in smaller portions and limit spicy foods.
- Never let your stomach be empty (if you can help it).
- Pray. Pray. Pray.
- Remind yourself of the sweet reward you will have at the end of your pregnancy.
- Let people help you. I had a very kind co-worker who knew when I very desperately needed a glass of water and I let her get it for me.
- If you are having a really bad day, DO NOT try to power through (if you can call in sick), this prevented the number of times I threw up on my morning commute.
- Since morning sickness is usually bad in the mornings talk to your work if you can come in later. I came in 30 minutes later than my normal schedule while pregnant. This seriously made a HUGE difference.
- Morning showers made me get sick almost daily so I tried to take night showers but I pretty much passed out at night as soon as my husband and toddler would let me. If I limited my showers time it seemed to be a little better as I didn’t get as hot.
That’s really all I got. Good luck mamas! I know it can be HELL.