In this edition of the Swarm, the Bees share whether they had morning sickness and what remedies worked best for them!
I had morning sickness with both pregnancies. Both times I just had nausea with no vomiting. Both times my nausea started very early on, in the first month, and lasted until I was about 20 weeks along.
With Wagon Jr. my nausea was severe, all-day nausea usually brought on by smells, and for a while all I could eat was cereal with milk or half a peanut butter sandwich. Since I was home all day and I wasn’t vomiting, I just suffered through most of it, although I did try ginger ale, saltines, and sour candies. Nothing seemed to help at all other than making sure my stomach was never, ever empty. I carried around a little baggie of Cheerios all the time.
With Lil Miss Wagon, I had nausea in the morning and evening, but I was so distracted with my toddler and work that I think the mind distraction was a good remedy in itself. I was able to curb a lot of the nausea by eating protein early in the morning and in the early evening. I also scheduled in snacks in late morning and late afternoon.
Morning sickness was the bane of my preggo existence. I had nausea and occasional vomiting starting at just under 4 weeks, which is super early. I blame it on having twinkies and hope, hope, hope it won’t be so bad if we have another baby some day. By week 6, I had all-day nausea and vomiting every day, sometimes multiple times a day. White carbs were pretty much all I could hold down. I tried Preggie Pops, ginger, and saltines to no avail. I read about Unisom +B6 on Hellobee, and it did improve the vomiting, but not the nausea. When I realized I should probably check with my OB about the Unisom, he preferred I didn’t use it, although I researched it and personally felt it was safe. After that, I had to rely on my prescription for Zofran. It made the vomiting mostly stop, but I still had to deal with just feeling nauseated all the time (and other unpleasant side effects of Zofran–if you been on it, I can almost guarantee you know what I’m referring to). My morning sickness had mostly subsided by about Week 14. The one thing that would always make me sick regardless of where I was in my pregnancy was coffee. One drink, and I would projectile vomit. I am soooo glad that symptom disappeared quickly after having Elliot & Finn.
Morning sickness was one of the first symptoms I experienced, and it didn’t go away until I was well into my second trimester… and then it came back full force somewhere around 32 weeks. It was brought on by certain smells, foods, and sometimes even just brushing my teeth. I had a really bad gag reflex early on.
It was more of an all-day nausea for me, and I threw up a lot in the beginning and lost a few pounds in my first trimester.
My RE gave me some B-Natal pops to try and they worked wonders. They’re available over the counter at pharmacies and BRU, and I bought them in bulk! They’re the only thing that worked for me!
I didn’t really have morning sickness other than some motion-induced nausea (on the train on the way to work!). I would drink a lot of sparkling water to keep the nausea under control. I also always made sure I started the day with a substantial breakfast (I was obsessed with bagels and cream cheese!).
By the time I made it out of the first trimester, my nausea greatly subsided. I don’t know how other mommas do it with intense morning sickness – I can only imagine how tough it is!!
I’m very lucky and I didn’t have morning sickness with any of my pregnancies (a boy then a girl), for which I’m thankful. I would get a little queasy/nauseous when I first got up because I was hungry, so I started carrying around granola bars, crackers, cereal, etc. with me to help tide me over to my first meal. Worked like a charm.
My morning sickness started at 6 weeks. And it hit hard. It didn’t end until about 18 weeks. I spent a vast majority of my first trimester in bed because I felt so ill. I wasn’t only nauseous but vomiting every morning.
Once in my second trimester, I discovered Morning Wellness tea by Earth Mama Angel Baby and it worked wonders. I had to have a cup every morning right when I woke up and it really helped settle my stomach.
In addition, having an empty stomach triggered nausea so I would eat a snack right before going to sleep and keep crackers next to my bed for when I woke up. I also kept snacks in my purse in case I started to feel hungry.
I know they’re loaded with sugar, but sucking on peppermints really helped! I liked ginger ale as well – but tried to avoid it because of the sugar. Instead my mom made me ginger tea, which was gross, but it helped.
My mom also gave me papaya enzyme chewables and although they didn’t help me, I know they’ve helped some of my friends who have had morning sickness.
My two pregnancies were very different. With my twins I started feeling sick at about 4 weeks. I didn’t even know I was pregnant. I thought I had the flu or something. It never let up throughout the whole pregnancy. I remember telling my mom I hated all the women who said it went away after 12 weeks. She just smiled and said, well every pregnancy is different. I honestly felt miserable the whole time. I tried not to let it show but it was hard to cover up. The only thing that worked for me was to eat carbs constantly. I had crackers or cheerios with me all the time. I would just have a few crackers every hour and it would help keep it under control.
With Lilly I started feeling sick around 6 or 7 weeks. It lasted to about 14 weeks. I felt good until about 30 weeks and then it came back. The main thing I did was try to keep my blood sugar up. If I started to get hungry I would get sick. When I ate small amounts at regular intervals it did’t seem so bad.
I lucked out with my first pregnancy. I had zero morning sickness. We actually were in New Zealand during week 10-13, and I was totally fine the entire time — even on a whale-watching trip on choppy waters (DH was actually puking, ha)!
This time around, I wasn’t quite so lucky. It started pretty early — week 5 — and didn’t subside until around week 16. Though my doctor offered, I didn’t feel like it was bad enough to warrant medication, so I just tried my best to keep something in my stomach. It’s cliche, but I ate a lot of crackers and bland things like cinnamon bread. I had a lot of food aversions, so I had to avoid triggers like the plague. Otherwise, I just had to wait it out.
I didn’t really face much morning sickness. At the very beginning of my pregnancy, from weeks 4-7, my prenatal vitamins seemed to be triggering my morning sickness, but eating a larger breakfast seemed to keep it under control. For me, I was far more tired than nauseous, having trouble staying awake until dinner time.
With Noelle, I had no morning sickness at all, and pregnancy was so enjoyable. I’m glad I had such a good experience with my first.
With Jaren, I had minor morning sickness in the first trimester and could only stomach soup, crackers, and noodles. I hardly ate and dropped 5 pounds. I tried to eat small portions throughout the day because I found that the nauseousness made me not want to eat, but if I didn’t eat it made the nauseousness worse… so it was a vicious cycle. I didn’t do anything except wait it out. I was also really tired so fell asleep around 8 pm every night. I am normally not an early sleeper! Thankfully, it all abruptly ended at 12 weeks.
I was hit with extreme exhaustion just after I POAS that lasted until the beginning of my third trimester. It was worst until 22 weeks; I needed a nap every day if I wanted to make it past 6pm.
The nausea started around 6 weeks and lasted until 22 weeks too. Everything made me want to throw up, but I never did. I always imagined I’d feel better if I would just throw up! Water was the biggest offender for me; it made my stomach turn. I found that adding ice so that the water was super cold made it much more bearable and actually helpful. Protein helped settle my stomach – I hate a lot of egg white omelets in the early days.
Smells also made me feel really ill – we had to rid the house of peanut butter entirely. I couldn’t even stand the smell of an open jar from two rooms away! And for some reason baking, a hobby I love, was absolutely repulsive until I was far into my third trimester. Maybe it was my body’s way of keeping me from eating raw cookie dough .
I never actually vomited, but I felt low-grade constant nausea from around 8 weeks to 14 weeks. Most of the time is was annoying rather than debilitating. I found it was most helpful to eat constantly — though this was detrimental to my already expanding waistline. My go-to solution was peanut M&Ms — I had a jumbo bag in my desk at work, and I’d eat a few every 15 minutes or so. Getting hungry was bad — as long as I had food in my stomach, I was okay.
My morning sickness was more like all day sickness, but I was lucky (?) that I never really vomited. I had constant nausea as well. I had very little appetite, and developed a couple food aversions when I tried to eat something that didn’t sound good to me. Mr. Lion made fajitas one night (something I normally LOVE!) but it ended up making me sick, and for whatever reason I could not eat grilled chicken (or even stand to look at it) for the rest of the pregnancy. Fortunately that aversion has passed!
Bananas were the one thing that would make me feel better pretty consistently. That and diet coke, which of course I had to limit. I think I could have lived on bananas and diet coke that first trimester.
I also found that I needed to eat something first thing in the AM, which was a problem since I take medication for my thyroid. I am supposed to wait an hour after taking my meds before I eat….that was NOT going to work! I had to start taking the meds right before bed instead. I still do this — since I am nursing I still have to eat right away when I wake up or I get dizzy and feel sick.
My morning sickness started around Weeks 6-7 and lasted through the end of 16 Weeks.
I found that Preggie Pops actually helped, but mostly I had to stick to bland foods because just about anything with flavor or spice would send me running to the bathroom. I also always had 7-Up or ginger ale on hand, which helped a little.
My “morning” sickness was actually night sickness; I would be fine the entire day, and then as soon as I got home from work until about the time I needed to sleep, I would feel nauseated and would generally throw up at least once a night. I lost 8 lbs. in that first trimester because I wasn’t able to keep most foods down.
I had mild nausea and dehydration during the first trimester. I used to make peanut butter crackers and pretzels when I felt nauseous, and surprisingly eating them made me feel better. I also made DIY natural Gatorade to stave off the dehydration. I learned after Baby Popcorn was born that pregnant women should not drink hibiscus tea, which is what I used for my Gatorade. She turned out fine so go figure.
Here are some DIY Gatorade recipes:
I had horrible morning sickness from 6-18 weeks of pregnancy.
I found that eating constantly (especially carbs) was the only thing that would keep me from being sick – which was what attributed to my quick weight gain in the first trimester.
My doctor prescribed Zofran around week 10 which helped a lot, and I ended up taking it every morning. If I didn’t, I’d be sick before lunchtime. A few things helped: anything citrus-y like lemons, limes and oranges, coconut water, ginger ale, pretzels, granola bars, bagels.
My pregnancies with Charlie and Olive were similar, and I had morning sickness with both. I started feeling nauseous around 6 weeks both times and it was definitely an all day sickness, not just confined to mornings. I never threw up, but I felt extremely nauseous and developed so many food aversions that the only thing I ate during my first trimester was fruit and cereal with milk. I lost weight my first trimester but I must have wasted no time catching up because I gained over 45 pounds in my second and third trimesters!
I felt horrible my entire first trimester so I tried all the traditional remedies including ginger, saltine crackers, sea bands, acupuncture, vitamin b6 pops… Finally my ob suggested that I take 50 mg of vitamin b6 and 1/2 a tab (not the gelcap) of unisom. I’d never heard of this as a morning sickness treatment, but a quick google search showed me that lots of women were using this! It was a lifesaver throughout my first trimester when my nausea and food aversion was at its peak.
Around the 14th week of pregnancy my nausea started to subside, and by 16 weeks I was feeling pretty great (I even traveled to the Cayman Islands to speak at a conference then). I still took unisom occasionally to combat my horrible pregnancy insomnia throughout the rest of my pregnancy. I would say the vitamin b6 + unisom combo reduced my morning sickness (or rather all day sickness… it was worst in the evenings) by about 80%!
When I was pregnant with Olive, I went straight to my trusted morning sickness remedy as soon as the nausea hit around 6 weeks. Just like with Charlie my nausea started to subside around 14 weeks, but my insomnia was definitely worse with Olive so I continued to use unisom occasionally.
Unisom + vitamin b6 was my #1 must have for the first trimester!
I had terrible morning sickness from week 6-19. It lasted all day, was worse in the evenings, and was pretty debilitating. I missed 3 straight weeks of work because I literally couldn’t get off the couch. Because I was having so much trouble keeping down food/fluids, I got a prescription for the antiemetic Zofran. Though that helped with the vomiting, I was still super nauseous. I found that eating small frequent meals, smelling rosemary, and drinking ginger ale helped. Truly though it was just a waiting game. I stayed on Zofran until the day I delivered, then poof! The baby came and I felt better.
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Did you experience morning sickness? How long did it last and which remedies worked best?