All Day Pregnancy Nausea: My Remedies
I am 17 weeks pregnant now and nearly 6 weeks into the second trimester, I was hoping the morning sickness would go away like all the “what to expect” during pregnancy articles suggest it would. I suppose I am not one of the lucky people who look forward to the second trimester bliss because for me, that doesn’t seem to happen.
I am 17 weeks pregnant now and nearly 6 weeks into the second trimester, I was hoping the morning sickness would go away like all the “what to expect” during pregnancy articles suggest it would.
Truthfully, it’s not really morning sickness, it’s more like all-day sickness with the nausea and vomiting striking at any time in the day. Since this started for me at 6 weeks pregnant, I have been on medication (available here in Canada) that keeps it all steady, but unfortunately does not take it away completely. I have not gained any weight yet (which may seem like a good thing to some people), but instead I have been losing weight and if this goes anything like my last pregnancy, I won’t start gaining until the third trimester.
It’s made it easier this time around to kind of anticipate this would happen. For my first two pregnancies, the nausea and vomiting only lasted until about 15 weeks, but my youngest child – I had the nausea and vomiting until the day after she was born. I have a feeling that’s what is going to happen this time around as well.
There are some ways I have been able to manage through the all-day sickness. Some days are easier on me than others, but with three kids at home and a full-time job I work from the house (while being full-time care for the kids now that they’re on summer break), finding things to ease my queasy stomach is important.
Tips that have really helped me get through the all-day nausea:
1) Stay away from food aversions: Early on, I was still trying to eat meat even though even the thought of it would make me ill. I have learned since that if you’re averted to any foods, avoid them as much as you can.
2) Limit screen time: Hours on the computer, smartphones, or watching TV adds to my upset stomach. I’ve found that limiting the time I am looking at a screen helps and when I can’t, I take frequent breaks.
3) Eat every 2 hours, no fail: It seems totally backwards to eat when you’re feeling nauseated, but I’ve found the opposite to be true. My nausea tends to creep up faster when I haven’t eaten recently. It doesn’t have to be a lot of food, but snack often.
4) Stick to the cravings: For most of the first trimester, the only food that wouldn’t immediately come back up was French fries. I ate a lot of them and often and I found that sticking to whatever food I was craving, helped keep the nausea at bay.
5) Get lots of rest: A pregnant woman should get rest anyway, but I have always found that the more tired I am, the sicker I feel. Go to bed early!
6) Eat electrolyte popsicles: They have been my savior this pregnancy! I tend to want foods/drinks that are cold and the electrolyte popsicles help to ensure I don’t get dehydrated while keeping up my blood sugar.
7) Stay on top of medication: If you’ve been given medication for your nausea and vomiting, keep taking it. I made the silly mistake of thinking I could just cut down on my own without talking to my doctor and I was wrong. If you do want to try weaning yourself off, get the OK from your doctor and ease off slowly.
One of the biggest tips I have found is to talk to your doctor early on. Don’t just assume that the nausea and vomiting may be expected that you should suffer through it. Your doctor can keep an eye to make sure you don’t get dehydrated and point to you ways you can help ease it yourself.
What did you find helped your all-day nausea and vomiting the most?