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Top tips for morning (actually, all-day) sickness

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Nyborg Wed 18-Sep-13 19:22:55

Any good ideas? I'm being sick every time I eat today, no matter how little/often/ginger-filled the food. It's making me miserable, so all suggestions welcome.

Totesamazeballs Wed 18-Sep-13 19:26:04

Forget ginger, its a complete myth. Often it's things like lemonade and salty crisps that stay down. Sweets are good too. Try ice lollies to get your liquid in. Dehydration is the main worry so do your best but if you think you are getting dehydrated get to your GP. There are anti sickness meds they can give you.

JanieLovesLuckySocks Wed 18-Sep-13 21:20:43

somehow i didn't suffer too badly (don't hate me), but for the few days i did get it, i swore by salted hula hoops, fat coke and motion sickness armbands. sucking ice cubes can be refreshing too x

cravingcake Wed 18-Sep-13 21:41:53

I found apples seemed to stay down - sliced up into small bits rather than eating whole. I had the wrist bands which helped with the nausea but didn't stop the vomiting. Fizzy drinks, crisps, rich tea biscuits were all quite good.

MummyDuckAndDuckling Wed 18-Sep-13 22:54:24

Pickled onion crisps first thing in the morning was the only thing that helped me for a few hours. I used to eat them in the car on way to work. It's truly awful but will hopefully pass

SeriousStuff Wed 18-Sep-13 23:37:09

What worked for me was carbs/starchy foods plus anything with salt and/or vinegar on them. Or cheese...

Also, as it was the beginning of summer, ice lollipops were great.

soozlewoozle Thu 19-Sep-13 08:43:20

I think what works for some, doesn't for others... Apples were the worst (along with anything else green hmm ) and chocolate based items helped... although not good for constipation!

I hope you feel better soon!

Wildwaterfalls Thu 19-Sep-13 09:16:58

I'm living off cheese (preferably melted eg hot cheese croissant) and ready salted crisps atm. Very healthy hmm but it's the only thing that works. Sometimes I can manage a hearty soup.

Wildwaterfalls Thu 19-Sep-13 09:17:05

I'm living off cheese (preferably melted eg hot cheese croissant) and ready salted crisps atm. Very healthy hmm but it's the only thing that works. Sometimes I can manage a hearty soup.

Melonbreath Thu 19-Sep-13 09:32:22

Ice pops and mashed potatoes

hashtagwhatever Thu 19-Sep-13 09:41:33

poor you. I found dry things like brown bread sandwiches, crackers ect sat alot better.

PavlovtheCat Thu 19-Sep-13 10:54:27

I actually started to feel violent when people mentioned ginger to me in my last pregnancy, I hate the stuff and I had HG! I had to have anti sickness meds as I was so badly dehydrated and wanted to avoid hospital. For me it only stopped when the placenta came out grin and then I was ravenous!

sucking on ice cubes to avoid dehydration
fizzy water, small sips, with no flavour in at all, or occasionally with lemon on
If I was lucky, a bit of apply would work
plain biscuits, tiny bites.
For me, certain smells helped/made it worse - I loved the smell of lemon, dettol and CIF oxy action blush and would clean endlessly just to smell the dettol etc, as it helped ease the nausea.
I also found that I had to eat at specific intervals, no more than 2 hours apart, and no later than 6pm. I did tend to throw most of that up, but i would get as far as eating it before dry wretching if I did that. (in my first pg, I was sick throughout, but not as severe as with DS, and I managed it by eating at very set times and not eating anything with flavour on)

There is a hyperemisis support thread around somewhere. Even if this doesn't have a 'formal' diagnosis of hg, there is some amazing advice and support there for how to manage sickness to avoid dehydration and get some calories in you.

PavlovtheCat Thu 19-Sep-13 10:55:09

soozie isn't that funny, apples helped me! you are right, it's so individual!

PavlovtheCat Thu 19-Sep-13 10:56:32

the anti-sickness meds are not prescribed by all GPs and most won't prescribe in the first 16 weeks or so. Unless you are so dehydrated you are hospitalised and then they will give you them.

PavlovtheCat Thu 19-Sep-13 10:57:45

oh and sleeping. Lots, and lots. probably because I had no energy to do much else!

Makqueen2 Thu 19-Sep-13 10:57:48

Cyclizine! It's given me my life back!

Makqueen2 Thu 19-Sep-13 11:00:31

I know most gps won't prescribe them though. Mine wouldn't, despite me being dehydrated.

I saw a consultant at 9 weeks (I was considering going private) who couldn't believe I'd been left to cope as I was and prescribed me them.

Am actually feeling human again now.

Halfling Thu 19-Sep-13 11:08:01

For my Hyperemesis, nothing really worked except medication like Zofran and Cyclizine.

However, what helped was:

- Eating bland food. It made throwing up less frequent and less unpleasant.

- Sucking on hard candy, especially in the car.

- Eating crisp green apples

- Ginger did fuck all for me, but many women I know relied on ginger tea to cope

- Eating frequently. Don't let too long gaps happen between meals. I never wanted to eat anything, which meant I went hungry for long periods. This would trigger heartburn and acidity which in turn made me throw up even more.

- Sleep, rest and take time off work if you need to

Halfling Thu 19-Sep-13 11:09:53

Also, eat easily digestible proteins. I found that when I reduced my meat intake I felt less nauseous.

quail Thu 19-Sep-13 11:11:18

Just repeating some of above. I vomited every 3-5 mins for weeks of my first pregnancy and was vomiting on the day of delivery despite being planned c-section so nil by mouth. Just hyurrr, hyurr. So I know of what I speak:

1. Ice pops ice pops ice pops. Kept me out of hospital. The ice numbs your stomach and they hydrate you. But when I moved time zones the ice pops stopped working altogether so they are not fail-proof, which brings me onto...

2. Sleep. You need to get as much sleep as you can. The more sleep the less sickness, the less sleep, the more the sickness will be completely unconquerable.

3. Protein last thing at night. I used to eat a turkey bagel and it made me slightly less sick in the morning, ie, I would vomit once and then be done for a bit. Without this I couldn't leave the loo for most of the day.

4. Never eat cheese or hot curry if you vomit soon after eating. Cheese makes painful lumps that seem to scrape through every part of your face. Curry hurts your face. Chicken noodle soup is quite a good thing, it comes up quite painlessly and the bland taste is unaltered. Dry bread things, eg those olive oil hard bread things you get from M&S are a good way to occupy your mouth. My friend swore by twiglets.

5. Fizzy water, I could not keep still water down.

In my experience: ginger does not work, bands do not work. I have vomited up ginger sweets and ginger tea while wearing bands.

In my second pregnancy I took drugs. Can't remember the name - the old fashioned antihistamine ones. They didn't stop the nausea but they stopped the vomiting. (So I got very very fat, because eating is one of the only ways of feeling better when very very sick.)

marzipanned Thu 19-Sep-13 11:13:19

I second cyclizine. It hasn't quite given me my life back but it has stopped me from vomiting multiple times daily.

I started a thread when I was feeling at death's door asking 'when should you call the doctor about morning sickness' - thank goodness the women on there basically said: CALL THE DOCTOR because next thing I knew I was being admitted to hospital.

If you are dehydrated, too weak to get up, vomiting multiple times a day - I say, call the doctor. Don't let it get to the point you're on an IV just because 'morning sickness is normal.'

Food ideas:

Ice lollies are great for some, or frozen cubes of juice/flat coke, but for me lollies just came straight back up (I didn't try the others)

Crisps were good for me for a while, then peanut butter toast. But I found that after something had worked for a week or so, it stopped working and made me miserable - so back to the experimenting.

Things like cucumber and watermelon have high water content so will help prevent dehydration if you can keep them down.

Good luck, it really was the most miserable time of my life and I still don't feel entirely human at 20 weeks.

MrsPatMustard Thu 19-Sep-13 11:28:23

Having crackers or salty crisps by the side of the bed and eating them before you get up in the morning. Lived off McCoys Ready Salted for 6 weeks....

I really sympathise - the whole business is utterly horrid.

mrsspagbol Thu 19-Sep-13 12:54:33

Ginger capsules

Salted crisps

Ice cubes

Ginger ale

dirtyface Thu 19-Sep-13 12:56:12

urgh i am really suffering atm

the only things that remotely help are salty carbs, i have been living on peanut butter on toast, cheese on toast, crisps, peanuts, popcorn

have been given anti sickness meds but dont want to take them apart from as a last resort

DoudousDoor Thu 19-Sep-13 12:59:40

At the moment I'm keeping it mostly at bay by nibbling brown bread and kitkats throughout the day.

Am only 7 weeks though and with my first pregnancy I was very sick until 25 weeks (then "only" a few times a week until I gave birth).

'Tis miserable though. I arrived at work this morning and promptly threw up all my breakfast in the loos sad It was the first day this week that I've managed to hold onto my breakfast for so long!

You really have got to find what works for you though. In my first pregnancy it was cookies. I ate hundreds of them.

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