About a week or two after finding out I was pregnant, the morning sickness began. It was a slight nauseous feeling that never quite went away. Soon, it turned into actually being sick and feeling nauseated almost 24/7. I was a 5th grade teacher at the time, and boy was it hard to hide how sick I was feeling most days before announcing the good news to my students!
Spoiler Alert: This article is about throwing up. Do not read if you have a weak stomach!
My lowest point happened on a field trip to Alcatraz. I threw up 3 times on the bus ride. Thankfully my coworker was prepared with baggies. We made it through the hour and a half drive with not a single student knowing what happened. That could have been disastrous! You know how contagious vomiting can be!
Summer came and I quit working at 20 weeks pregnant. The morning sickness should have been long gone by then, but it wasn’t. It NEVER went away. I had it my entire pregnancy. And by entire pregnancy, I mean throwing up in between pushing at the hospital. Once my baby was born, it magically disappeared. Praise the Lord!
I’m thankful it never got so bad that I became dehydrated or had to be hospitalized. I did not want to go on medication for it if I didn’t have to, so I pushed through. (That being said, I know many women have it MUCH worse than I did and that medication may be necesssary I now consider myself an expert on dealing with morning sickness. I know many women have had it much worse than I did and many didn’t have it at all! Everyone is different, but here are some strategies I used to survive those rough 7 months.
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Sometimes, it’s just going to happen, but often times, it can be prevented! Aside from the hospital disaster, here are ways I would fight of morning sickness before it even happened.
1. Avoid the vomit equation. Through my experience, I discovered a formula that almost always guaranteed I would be sick.
Exhaustion + Hunger = Barf
This is why I was so sick in the hospital during labor. I had been having contractions and been awake for over 24 hours. Plus, they didn’t let me eat anything once I was admitted-I was going on 12 hours with no food. It was a disaster and something I will definitely need to talk with my doctor about before we have another baby!
2. Have snacks on your nightstand and eat as soon as you wake up. Seriously, like while you are still laying in bed. Give yourself a minute or two to digest. Best case scenario: You eat before it’s too late and are successful in preventing vomiting! Worst case-at least you have something other than stomach bile to throw up.
3. Rest. I don’t know what the reasoning is, but if I stayed up late (you know, giving birth) or had to get up early for something (say…a field trip to Alcatraz), I would be sick. Once summer came and I was able to sleep in, my morning sickness decreased significantly. Boy do I miss sleeping in until noon. 🙂
4. Don’t drink water first thing in the morning. This was a tip my general doctor told me when she confirmed I was pregnant. You need something solid in your belly that is more likely to stay in it! As soon as you feel you have your bearings, drink water with a snack.
5. Keep snacks and hard candies in your purse. You never want to be hungry while fighting morning sickness, so try to always have a snack available. I also loved sucking on hard candies. If I wasn’t hungry at all, but still wanted to feel like I was eating something, I would suck on a Werther’s Original or Preggie Pop.
6. Wear motion sickness bracelets. I wore these little guys 24/7 at the beginning of my pregnancy. It was still cold out and I could hide them under my sweater before announcing I was prego. Not 100% sure if they helped at all; I was too afraid to take them off and find out!
Sometimes, no matter what you do, you can’t change the inevitable. You’re going to be sick. Here are some tips to make it a little less miserable.
1. Keep plastic ziplock baggies and paper bags nearby. It’s gonna happen. You’re going to get sick at a very inconvenient time. Mine was on the bus ride to Alcatraz. I’ve heard of friends who literally threw up while driving! Keep both types of bags handy. Throw up in the plastic bag, zip it up, then throw it into a paper bag. Toss in a garbage ASAP! So much better than getting sick over a nasty public toilet.
2. Protect your neck! Try to keep it as still as possible. Don’t throw your head back and forward. I literally got whiplash from throwing up once. It could have been much worse, but I did get multiple headaches and neck strains just from the action of throwing up while pregnant. Be careful!
3. Keep water near where you often get sick. You want to get the nasty taste out of your mouth as quickly as possible. Rinse, rinse, rinse.
4. Be strong and get it done! If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. After a few months, my attitude went from, “Oh no, oh no, oh no! I don’t want to get sick!” to “Let’s get this over with.” The feeling of panic had gone away and turned into sucking it up and getting it done as quickly and easily as possible! So be strong, girl. Morning sickness is the pits, but you can totally handle it. It will not last forever! (Plus you get a cute baby in the end!) 😉
I strongly believe that God gave me morning sickness to help me deal with the nastiness that sometimes comes along with being a mom. It helped toughen up my weak stomach (potty training is still gross, though!). Although it was absolutely miserable at many times, it was totally worth it in the end! It was part of my journey to become a mommy!