Pregnancy is not my friend. I don’t glow. I don’t run in a field of sunflowers. I lay in bed and try to choke back the gags. My first go at pregnancy I was sick from week 15 till I delivered, it was brutal. I had anxiety and mood swings like you couldn’t believe. So when we thought about doing it again, I was pretty sure I had gone insane. But we gave it a shot and this time, I was sick before that double line even appeared. I’m slowly beginning to feel a little better and I thought I would share my tricks with you, and hopefully save you a few miserable weeks!
Magnesium, magnesium, magnesium.
I am a huge advocate of the powers of magnesium. I first started using magnesium oil after I had Noelle because I had the worst restless legs. Did you know the drug doctors use to treat restless legs is an anti-psychotic? I’m crazy but not that crazy. So I was desperate to find a natural way to cure this. I had read amazing testimonies of magnesium in people, and consulted my hematologist (I also became super anemic with Noelle) she said that most people have a magnesium deficiency and because it’s not found in a lot of foods anymore and because the gut doesn’t absorb it easily, that an oil or spray would be my best bet. I was amazed and how much it helped. So when I became pregnant I wasn’t surprised a lot of people used it to combat nausea. In addition to using it daily, I would apply some onto my wrists when the nausea got bad and it worked wonders! This is the brand I use.
Peppermint & Lemon Essential Oil
You might not be an essential oil believer, and that’s fine to each their own. However I’ve never heard of anyone not receiving some relief from these two oils. Peppermint has a cooling effect so I rub it onto my stomach and it helps with the nausea so much. I usually find better relief with this than with any prescription drug I’ve tried. I use lemon essential oil on my collarbone, it’s clean sour smell helps a lot too. You can find essential oils here.
Now this one is pretty odd and I didn’t believe it till I tried it! In a desperate attempt to get his wife off the couch my husband brought home “Prego Pops“. The thought turned my stomach, but I gave it a shot. To my surprise the super sour taste brought some relief! Then came the sour patch kids addiction, hey whatever works.
I read a lot of women were finding relief with this combo. Luckily for me I married a pharmacist, and explained to me that these two ingredients are the same that make up a popular anti nausea drug OBGYN’s prescribe to patients. It’s much safer than zofran, however the prescription is hardly covered by insurance. I started taking this around 6 weeks when the nausea was really really bad, and I was amazed at the relief it brought me. I usually try to treat everything as natural as possible, but sometimes we all cave. This combo has been a God send, so if your nausea is severe I recommend asking your doctor if this would work for you!
Forcing myself to eat, even when it was the furthest thing from what I wanted to do has made a difference too. With my first pregnancy I would let the food aversions win and not eat, usually resulting it me feeling 10 times worse. I’ve noticed that even if it doesn’t sound good, my body desperately wants food.
Have you tried any of these tips before? Did they work for you? What are your go to morning sickeness tips?