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Sickness- did anything work for you?!

(63 Posts)
AmIGoingMad Wed 21-Nov-12 20:49:47

I'm nearly 9 weeks and am realising just how lucky I was when pregnant with DS as I had no sickness. This time it's awful! I keep telling myself its good as its a sign of hormones etc but its getting me down! It's at it's worst in the evenings just when I need to be doing the whole food bath bed routine!
I'm so happy to be pregnant and am just wondering if you have any tips on what worked/ works for you to get a break from it?!?!
Any advice is very welcome!

FlaminNoraImPregnantPanda Wed 21-Nov-12 21:03:26

Carr's water biscuits and ginger tea kept the sickness at bay for me.

Rosiesharples Wed 21-Nov-12 21:06:52

I've been taking Sepia which is a homeopath remedy from boots which has helped and just discovered salty pretzels calm my tummy! grin

Lavenderhoney Wed 21-Nov-12 21:10:42

Eating. Endless eating of whatever I wanted, cheese sandwiches, roast lamb, piazza, fish and chips. If I felt sick I ate. Ginger biscuits made me worse and even now I hate the smell of ginger.
I used to burst into tears if the fridge wasn't crammed with lovely things night and day. I would open it and cry if a shop was neededsmile

I was very slim before prgny, and I think my body panicked and wanted food. ( not mad dieting just slim through exercise and sensible eating) which obviously I gave up when prgnt and took up eating insteadsmile

3boys35 Wed 21-Nov-12 21:14:56

Eat what you feel like, lots of fluid and lots of sleep. I had awful sickness with all 3 of mine and ended up in hospital on a drip with number 3. It does pass and I'm sure it's a good sign but it is dreadful at the time.

TwitchyTail Wed 21-Nov-12 21:16:44

No. Nothing. I had terrible sickness and tried everything going -ginger, preggie pops, dry crackers, eating little and often, not eating little and often, acupressure bands... All useless. I just had to grit my teeth and wait it out. Sorry.

That said, I did get more used to it as time wore on, so it was less incapacitating.

lauraellajane Wed 21-Nov-12 22:02:40

Travel sickness bands helped a bit for me - they took the edge off anyway.

Agree with eating what you feel like too! Salt and vinegar crisps were good to nibble on.

I'm 14 weeks now and my nausea pretty much went by 13 weeks, so hopefully you won't have much longer to stick it out!

lauraellajane Wed 21-Nov-12 22:04:01

PS don't buy the bands in Boots etc as they are £8ish - rip off especially as you may find they don't work for you! You can get them brand new for £1.50 on Ebay

LittlemissChristmas Thu 22-Nov-12 08:34:42

Unfortunately what works for me, or what I can stomach changes each day.
Cold drinks are better for me than hit or warm drinks. Crisps especially salt and vinegar or ready salted are good. I can't stomach any biscuits. If I am in the car and feel sick I have been sucking on a mint which seems to work.

AmIGoingMad Thu 22-Nov-12 08:40:27

Thanks for these ideas- some I've tried and some are new ones which is great! Hope your sickness calms down soon too!
Please keep the suggestions coming! smile

Jojoba1986 Thu 22-Nov-12 08:44:03

It is a shock when you get ill the second time if you were fine first time! I've been so nauseated & dizzy since 3dpo but I just had a little tiredness with DC1. I think it's twins!

I found pretzels worked for me for a while. I'm 12 weeks tomorrow & the thought of all that salt is just wrong now! I did go through a stage of picking all the salt crystals off for a while but it got tiresome very quickly! I'm onto mini cheddars & mars bars now!

Jenjii Thu 22-Nov-12 08:47:28

I found water with slices of lemon in helped.
And remembering it won't go on forever.

Fizzy water. For a while, diet irn bru. Refreshers.

Mostly, though, avomine. I had no sickness with DS, and yet was on the verge of hyperemesis with this pregnancy.

nm123 Thu 22-Nov-12 09:08:46

Apples, mints, salt & vinegar crisps, milky/creamy things, cereal, jacket potatoes, baked beans, bagels with cream cheese were about the only things I could stomach between weeks 6-14! So I'm not sure they really helped as such but they were tolerable!

Could not bear chicken, red meat or salad, or the smell of frozen bread in the freezer!!!!

Congratulations and good luck!

WhoWhatNow Thu 22-Nov-12 09:19:39

I was sick for most of my 3 pregnancies (3 girls wink. Fruit was awful for me, as was anything bready even the mere sight of jam would have be rushing out of the room. To be honest although it was the last thing I wanted takeaway Chinese food always stayed down and obviously the old flat coke standby.

I was actually throwing up most of the time and yes the dinner/bedtime/bath routine was the worst with the older toddlers. You will be sicker the tireder you are so although it seems an impossibility try and get some rest grin

Flimflammery Thu 22-Nov-12 09:25:36

No but I'd just like to say, bet you're having a GIRL!

PeshwariNaan Thu 22-Nov-12 09:29:35

Being in bed all day (ha ha!). The seasickness bands took some of the edge off - I kept them on until 21 weeks or so. Sparkling water, rich tea biscuits, having someone else clean vile smells (well, if you've got a willing DH, which I didn't), eating non-acidic fruit BEFORE meals rather than after, always keeping something starchy in my stomach.

...and switching to new 'safe foods' every time something came up - took some creativity as I was sick for 5 months (and I'm having a GIRL).

BartimaeusNeedsMoreSleep Thu 22-Nov-12 09:46:41

Giving birth grin

I was sick several times a day until 5 months, daily until 6 months, then every couple of days then eventually every week right up until birth. The last time I was sick was 15 minutes before DS was born. Yes, I said DS despite everyone telling me sickness = girl wink

What worked = eating whatever my body wanted. The first couple of weeks it was really salty, greasy food. Then it switched to biscuits. Took a while to find the best biscuit (so depressing buying a packet, eating half of one, throwing up and handing the rest of the packet to DH).

Cookies were my life-saver, I literally ate hundreds. That and drinking water.

I recommend you avoid toast (my throat hurt for hours after I threw that up) and ice-cream (that was an awful experience).

At my worse, I also had to stop using toothpaste, I just brushed with a brush and used mouthwash.

rogersmellyonthetelly Thu 22-Nov-12 10:05:08

Stemetil really really worked for me. I conceded defeat at 8 weeks as I couldn't face half term with 2 kids at home and me lying on the sofa groaning all day. I never needed the max 3 tablets a day, usually one or two, but they got me through the worst of it.

emeraldgirl1 Thu 22-Nov-12 10:13:23

Travel sickness bands!!! I was still pretty miserable but my GOD I was better with them than without.

Also second the thing about eating whenever you feel sick, if you are worried (like me) about becoming gargantuan then maybe try splitting up your meals ie eat the same amount for breakfast, lunch, dinner etc but try to split it into a couple of meals a couple of hours apart?

At first carbs like crisps and biscuits seemed to help, but that seems to have switched and now carbs set me off so I'm on celery or cucumber sticks with salad cream (until that changes and I have to find something new!)

mumnosbest Thu 22-Nov-12 10:41:00

Travel bands and lucozade. I bet its a girl too.

elliejjtiny Thu 22-Nov-12 10:56:44

jelly sweets eg jelly tots, fruit pastilles. Not the hard ones as when they come back up it hurts. I had horrendous sickness with 2 of my boys and my mum had hardly any with me or my sisters so I don't believe the sickness = girl thing.

10storeylovesong Thu 22-Nov-12 10:56:44

Absolutely nothing! I've tried most of above. Currently 16 weeks and it's getting worse! If I read one more article telling me that I should be feeling great by now I'm going to seriously lose it!

wigglesrock Thu 22-Nov-12 11:02:25

Babybels - they got me through the mornings

wigglesrock Thu 22-Nov-12 11:03:48

Oh, and if you're really sick, don't just assume its just morning sickness - go and get your iron levels checked.

LittlemissChristmas Thu 22-Nov-12 11:17:23

mumsnobest are we allowed lucozade?

mumnosbest Thu 22-Nov-12 11:23:39

Not too much but i drank gallons and both dds were fine (didn't need it with ds). I used to feel worse when i was tired or hadn't eaten so needed a sugar fix, lucozade gave that. Also if you go for a diabetes test they give you lucozade so it can't be too bad. For my 1st trimester i lived by 'if it makes me feel better then my body and baby must need it'.
Hope you feel better soon smile

Djembe Thu 22-Nov-12 11:27:50

Cyclizine!

Also, Mars Refuels, McD's chicken nuggets, Wotsits, chocolate doughnuts.

But mainly cyclizine! Oh and I have a DS despite everyone telling me it'd be a girl.

LittlemissChristmas Thu 22-Nov-12 11:29:50

Fab thanks. I'll try anything tbh.
Only issue I have today is DH is at work and there is no way I could make it to a shop sad

mamalovebird Thu 22-Nov-12 11:42:23

I feel your pain. I am 11 weeks pg with DC2 and didn't suffer that badly with DS first time round but I am much much worse with this one (so much so DH is convinced it's twins!!) vomiting all day every day. nice.

I have found cheese and crackers with tomato/cumcumber, salty crisps, mash or chips, jelly sweets/mints, apples and nectarines. Lashings of diet coke. Ice cold diet coke is the only thing that stops me from throwing up. Eat little and often. I am eating something every two hours but not having big meals.

It's easing off slightly now though so remember it probably won't last too much longer.

Bagofspiders Thu 22-Nov-12 11:53:16

Are you not supposed to have lucozade when pregnant? Oops, too late now I suppose! Why's that?
I found that lucozade, hot chocolate and boiled sweets helped to a certain extent. I didn't eat a proper meal for my whole pregnancy as I had terrible food aversions. I would say, if it carries on, go to your dr and get some antiemetic medication. I didn't take them despite advice from my dr & midwifes because I was worried about the effect it would have on DS but I wish I had as I had a terrible time when pregnant. And all the evidence points towards them being safe. Really feeling for you, it's quite honestly the worst 'illness' I've ever had!

SushiPaws Thu 22-Nov-12 12:00:55

I was sick about 3 times a day with dd, all the way until she arrived. Just felt sick with ds for the first 3 months.

I tried all the gimmick stuff but what helped was boots ginger beer and sticky rice (Thai or Japanese) with soy sauce and veggies. I think it's the salt and my body just didn't want to give me rice back.

Good luck, its hard work feeling sick all the time. I remember always having a plastic bag with me, puking on the way to work and people looking at me like I'd been out drinking all night.

Bagofspiders Thu 22-Nov-12 12:28:28

Oh! Just remembered, the problem with lucozade is the caffeine isn't it?
Lucozade sport, the still stuff in the 'sports style' squeezy bottle doesn't have any caffeine in it. And you can drink it laying down wink.
It is there another reason you can't have it?

Bagofspiders Thu 22-Nov-12 12:29:07

OR

chocolatesolveseverything Thu 22-Nov-12 13:36:47

I'm definitely watching this thread with interest... 4wks pg with DC1 and this morning felt quite nauseous, though not sick. A dry teacake, followed by a bacon roll just over an hour later seemed to do the trick.

Going to have an especially nice lunch today in anticipation that it may become progressively difficult to do so in the next couple of weeks smile

Sylphid Thu 22-Nov-12 14:36:14

acupuncture

MrsWooster Thu 22-Nov-12 14:40:03

travel bands (a bit...) and cold ginger ale - the schweppes type mixer stuff, not the proper stuff. And crisps, salty crisps. And I AM having a girl.

madamecake Thu 22-Nov-12 16:37:50

Arrowroot biscuits, orangina and travel sickness bands. Those and snacking pretty much non stop, even as soon as I woke up in the morning.

AmIGoingMad Thu 22-Nov-12 18:04:15

Thanks so much for all of these ideas! Just managed to have some beans on toast- such an extravagant evening meal I know grin Hopefully it will remains friends with my tummy throughout the evening! I have lots of your suggestions on shopping list for tomrw! Dug out some travel bands too and managed them through early afternoon but had to have break from them as they were hurting too much! Maybe I'm just a wimp!!!!

keepmesane Thu 22-Nov-12 18:33:11

I was really sick for both of mine (one girl, one boy). Second time around I was recommended to try chewing whole almonds and for some unknown reason that worked for me and was the only thing that did. No good if you're allergic to nuts tho'!

SoYo Thu 22-Nov-12 19:06:24

Cyclizine, salted pretzels, very cold water with lemon in, lemon ice lollies or just ice cubes if it was really bad!

nattnatt Thu 22-Nov-12 19:22:20

I'm afraid I tried everything. Again I was fine 1st pregnancy & terrible 2nd. I was nauseous until about 6months & all that helped was pills from the hospital. They stopped the cycle & I could enjoy the rest of my pregnancy. I wasn't keen on anything medical as such but I was feeling so low by that point I'd have done anything.
Good luck and it WILL pass.

quail Thu 22-Nov-12 21:13:31

I was sick both pregnancies and the first was the worst. I was sick every five or six minutes, or more often sometimes, I just couldn't leave the loo, all day long. It got a bit better at about 21 weeks (down to about 4 pukes a day) then worse again at 28 weeks and I was retching in the delivery room, and not being allowed fluids because I was having a scheduled c-section.

Things that made it worse: green stuff, vegetables. Hot spicy food was worse to throw up. Cheese the worst.

Things that made it better: constant eating, ice. Ice pops seem to delay the puking, combining the act of eating with a sort of stomach numbing effect. And they replace badly needed water & sugar. Have a huge stash of ice pops, sun lollies, etc.

The main thing that helped: sleep. The reason my sickness started up again badly was I moved to a very different time zone and my sleep went tits up and the ice didn't help any more and I think sleep was the biggest factor. If I got almost no sleep, I couldn't stop throwing up. If I got a lot of sleep, hours would go by with no puking. It's not very easy to get sleep when you're pregnant, sometimes.

Second pregnancy, I took drugs.

Rosiesharples Thu 22-Nov-12 21:19:47

My doctor today recommended croissants!! Who am I to argue!! smile

wingcommandermoi Thu 22-Nov-12 21:24:12

I was sick all the way through. Only eating made me feel mildly better.
I could eat a whole carb based dish for breakfast, always had some sweet things in my pockets for emergency. I put on a lot of weight, and developped gestational diabetes in the last 3 weeks. Back then I said f* it I can't find any other way to deal with this so so be it, I'll put on weight. I hadn't thought about the diabetes. Wish I had known about that risk. Now I'm scared of getting pregnant again as once you've had GD you've 70% chance of getting it again. And if there's something that is completely incompatible with pregnancy sickness, it's GD as you can't eat the bulky stuff that makes you feel better.

leannac Thu 22-Nov-12 21:33:55

Travel sickness bands really took the edge off for me then I had to pretty much eat constantly to feel human!

devonsmummy Thu 22-Nov-12 21:47:10

With DS mars bars in particular but eating in general made me feel better.
With dd I wish if known about anti-sickness pills!
Every smell of cooking particularly onions, garlic and especially broccoli had me heaving!
After trying every thing suggested I found having 2-3 salted peanuts & sipping water took the edge off it.
I was sick until week 20 from week 6 and really only managed to eat chip shop cod with the batter removed in that time.

Helentad Thu 22-Nov-12 22:27:09

Ice I know it sounds daft and it was a really hot summer but I used to wake in the night and kick hubby to go get some. We had to buy it in bags as I went through so much.
Rich tea biscuits oh and Soft Mints the green ones. Mint is known to help with sickness and also trapped wind. Polo's didn't work but the Soft mints worked a treat and I still use them now.

ldaly Thu 22-Nov-12 22:30:38

Im also 9 weeks and feeling dreadful.I already have 1 if each and wasnt sick with either so it doesnt help me guess the sex.Im finding that I feel worse if I dont eat regularly.Same as lots of others,mostly bread,crisps and biscuits.Drinking loads but gone off tea except when eating gingernuts.Hope we all feel better soon.x

drawohamme Thu 22-Nov-12 22:33:06

Full stomach and plenty of sleep seems to be the only thing working for me. The mint tea is doing wonders for bloat but I'm not sure how much more ginger I can eat :s

Mummybear3 Thu 22-Nov-12 22:54:07

For my second two pregnancies (2xgirls), I suffered terribly until soon after delivery. Felt like I was being poisoned. No blooming for me but 24/7 nausea from 5weeks until 40. 30 minutes after giving birth nausea completely gone. For me, I had to avoid anything with even a hint of sugar including fruit! Water table biscuits, sucking on ice cubes, diet ginger beer and acupuncture help a little bit, perhaps. Wasn't near as bad with my first (boy) but still found sugar (biscuits, bananas) made symptoms worse.

putthehamsterbackinitscage Thu 22-Nov-12 23:11:26

1st time round I was fine .... Very tired and occasional feeling of nausea if I hadn't eaten but generally felt good.... Just could not face chocolate or curry.... And I am a major chocoholic grin
Had DS that time

2nd time - by 5 weeks I felt awful for at least the whole morning.... Used to throw up as soon as I got up, and again before work .... Before I told anyone, they all assumed I was hungover blush every day ....

By late afternoon I used to feel better and evenings were ok but I had been eating non stop since lunch time ..... But I couldn't face meat.... Or fried stuff and McDonald's was a no no.... Not good when you have 2yo and husband intent on a chicken nugget n Big Mac fix.... But chocolate was back on the menu big style grin ....Dc2 was a girl wink

Travel bands did help a bit and I used to drive for work so usually stayed in the slow lane in case I neede to pull over yo throw up....
My DSil was really sick with both dc ... For weeks on end.... She has 2 DS's....

You can't predict either way .... But if things are different in later pregnancies then possibly sign that is diff gender...?

Nothing, usually. Hospitalised repeatedly because I couldn't even keep down water. However if I could stomach anything it was normally cheap bulk food that is light on the stomach. The kind of thing I would normally turn my nose up at!

Properly artifical blueberry muffins were quite good at one point, I recall. Also little pre-packaged apple pie slices. Nothing homemade, expensive, or nutritious for me!

LissaL Fri 23-Nov-12 11:25:21

Acupuncture worked for me. Well not totally but it eased the symptoms and that's got to be a bonus. Obviously you need to find someone who is very experienced in the pregnancy field.

BionicEmu Fri 23-Nov-12 12:33:19

First pregnancy I was only sick a handful of times, but this time I'm now 30 weeks and still being sick every day. It's only 1-2 times a day now, compared with the 10+ times a day I had for months on end. Both boys wink

I found I could keep down ice-cold water, so always keep a jug or 2 in the fridge. Cold Sprite/7-up worked too. Contrary to the rest of the world, eating made me feel much worse in the first trimester, but then at about 13 weeks I suddenly switched to eating made me feel better.

Digestive biscuits were great, and so were twiglets. I guess they're sweet or savoury extremes?

Worst thing to eat was chilli con carne with rice. When you puke it up again it just sort of sand-blasts your throat with the rice & minced beef, then the spice burns your raw throat.

Lots of ice lollies and ice cream was good too! Ice cream's nice and cold, isn't too heavy on the stomach and I think the dairy helps with the stomach acid. It's also not too bad at all if it comes back up.

Have just realised I now appear to be choosing my meals/food based on how unpleasant it'll be to throw up. When will this end?!

33goingon64 Fri 23-Nov-12 13:04:07

I found the best thing was sniffing a sliced lemon, or better still, sipping from a glass of cold fizzy water with a slice of lemon in it. It was the only thing that helpe, apart from just lying down and going to sleep (wasn't always practical at work!).

likesoxinbed Fri 23-Nov-12 14:56:26

Oh I am enjoying reading this and not feeling so alone!! Am thoroughly wretched with nausea this time around, yet hardly suffered at all with DS last time.
OH says it must be a girl but I'm terrified it might be twins!

I am worse definitely if not constantly eating, but there are so few things I feel like eating. Mainly toast with honey on or egg butties at the moment, though a bacon bap has gone well quite well today. Tiredness and being over active is also a killer. I feel such a slob vegging out on the couch each night working my way through all the crap telly, but it's honestly the only thing I feel like doing. On night's when OH is away I really struggle as cooking is a nightmare and DS has to eat!

My other problem is fluids - I'm thirsty but whatever I try and drink makes me feel worse. Can't stand putting milk in a mug. Decaff coffee is OK occasionally, can't look at tea or fruit juice. I can manage a little weak squash but not enough....I've never been a fizzy drink drinker but am desperate so may perhaps try coke? or appletise?

God I can't wait to feel better - especially as I'm not telling anyone yet and I'm really struggling to keep going every day with work etc.

Thanks for the company!

AmIGoingMad Fri 23-Nov-12 19:54:34

Likesoxinbed- exactly the same here- DH has lots of late meetings coming up in next few wks so cooking and doing the whole bedtime thing will be interesting!
Also the tiredness making it worse makes sense as I thought I was tired last time- now that I can't nap when I get in from work/ have an unbroken nights sleep its much more...challenging!
They're worth it though! smile

kimcarl1988 Fri 23-Nov-12 20:42:54

travel sickness bands from the chemist their expensive, but they work wonders i had them with all 3 off mine. they start 2 work straight away

milkymonkey Sat 01-Dec-12 22:50:01

I Feel for you! I had hyperemesis and the only time the nausea stopped was when I was asleep. Even after being sick, usually several times around teatime every day, I just felt ill again after. I had very 'low mood' as well and was signed off work for a week. I think its worse second time round as you are more tired.

Everyone told me it was twins/ a girl yet I had two boys. Eat whatever takes the edge off it, fizzy drinks, orange juice and ice lollies helped first time round but not much did second time I'm afraid. Avoid caffeine if you can and get as much sleep as you can. If you work get some time off!
The only good news is it isn't forever, mine eased about 22 weeks, although that might seem a very long time off and I still felt ill every now and then. If someone had told me 'You're not ill, you're pregnant' I probably would have punched them!! (or thrown up on them)

People banging on about ' it's a sign of a healthy pregnancy' just infuriated me too. I bet thousands of women who don't get any sickness have completely normal, healthy pregnancies. I reckon this is some sh* someone made up in an attempt to try and make people with their heads down the toilet all day feel better. (Would love to know the stats on this mind you! - anyone?)

bumpitybumpbump Sun 02-Dec-12 18:51:06

Acupuncture helped me, and ice cold water with a squeeze of lemon. Mine disappeared around 16 weeks and now all I want to eat is fruit which was the worst for making me hurl before!

Wotsits were also my saviour grin

bumpitybumpbump Sun 02-Dec-12 18:52:32

And fruit pastille ice lollies!

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