The first trimester of pregnancy can turn a woman’s dream come true into a nightmare overnight. Before I got pregnant, I fantasized about all the fun I would have preparing for the baby.
Now that I’m pregnant, I’ve discovered there’s a lot I can’t do. For example, I’m too sick to go out shopping for baby clothes, and I’m too tired to even glance at a list of baby names.
For two whole weeks, I couldn’t get out of bed because every time I did, I felt sick to the stomach. Before I knew it, I was throwing up almost every day and feeling downright miserable. To get myself through it, I knew I was going to have to find some coping strategies. Here’s what got me through the worst days.
Stay Away From Food Smells
Since most of the food in my home smelled horrible to me, I needed to have trash taken out every night. The smells alone would be enough to bring on nausea. Once, when I wanted some baked potatoes for lunch, I realized I needed a pan from the pantry.
As soon as I went inside, I ran right back out, tossed the pan on the counter, and headed straight for the couch. A brief encounter between my overly sensitive nose and the smell of the foods sitting on the pantry shelves were enough to set off my morning sickness.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, it helps to find out what smells trigger your own morning sickness and then, do the best you can to steer clear of them in the future.
The American Pregnancy Association also encourages pregnant women who experience morning sickness to nibble on some saltine crackers in the morning before getting out of bed. This will help prevent nausea and vomiting when you get up to brush your teeth because you won’t be doing it on a purely empty stomach.
Speaking from my own experience, I have to say that this certainly rings true. I’ve noticed that on the mornings I did vomit, I always did so on an empty stomach.
Another source also suggests that crackers are a pregnant woman’s best friend. Snacking on them throughout the day is a great way to keep nausea at bay.
If your morning sickness is driving you totally crazy, then it’s time to do something about it so that when you look back, you’ll only remember the positive aspects of being pregnant with your little one. What do you have to lose?