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redexpat Tue 08-Apr-14 12:15:18

Hello all
Am 8 weeks pregnant. I've been feeling weak, and really tired, which leads to nausea. I'm training to be a social worker and am on placement atm, and it's at a cafe for drug addicts. Some of them don't have the best personal hygiene, and (am in a forrin' country) there is a smoking room, which means that smoke is always in the air. these things also bring on nausea. I've been sent home twice when my energy just ran out, and have taken today off too as I nearly threw up my breakfast. But I'm only allowed 12 days off, or I wont pass, and I'll have to do it all again when I go back from maternity leave. I finish placement on the 20th June, so a while to go yet.

What can I eat to help keep my going? If any of you have tips for small things to snack on that would be great. No hummous in resident country sad

bonzo77 Tue 08-Apr-14 12:16:44

Ready salted crisps (hula hoops were best for me) and grapes. Orange juice ice lollies if you can store them, fizzy water.

LightTripper Tue 08-Apr-14 12:38:59

I found little bits of plain protein were good to keep me going and take the edge off the nausea. E.g. Little bits of grilled chicken or cheese.

I also found sour/citrusy things quite good. Like plums, grapes, tangerine or pear drops or similar to suck on.

Thisismyfirsttime Tue 08-Apr-14 12:51:57

Plain digestives and sucking Cherry Drops worked for me. You could try sucking a mint or something with a strong smell to help with having to be around bad smells?

redexpat Tue 08-Apr-14 13:14:36

Those are all excellent ideas thank you. Keep them coming! Am clearly going to be taking an enormous lunch box with me smile

Amyrose82 Tue 08-Apr-14 14:31:22

I'm seconding grapes, plus satsumas, fruity ice lollies (sour pastille ones are lovely!) toast and plenty of chewing gum! And not eating anything unless I fancy it - a bit of a pain but has kept the nausea to a minimum so far!

lubrad07 Wed 09-Apr-14 11:40:56

I also found crisps and boiled sweets to be lifesavers when the wave of nausea hits! Very good luck to you smile

ithoughtofitfirst Wed 09-Apr-14 12:01:00

With my first nothing helped apart from just being sick.

With this one i just feel sick. But it's constant. Definitely worse.

Fruit lollies and really really cold ginger ale with ice

redexpat Sun 13-Apr-14 20:14:36

ithoughtof that sounds awful. So far the winners are apples, salt and vinegar crisps, and orange juice - I have to eat something every 2 hours. Fortunately we are coming up to silly season with lots and lots of public holidays, so I wont have many 5 day weeks for a while.

ILoveCwtches Sun 13-Apr-14 20:18:10

I always had a Babybel cheese with me. Didn't necessarily stop the nausea but was the only thing I could stomach when it was bad.

Pear drops worked for a bit. Ginger biscuits? Soda water.

Picklesauage Sun 13-Apr-14 20:24:43

Cheap salt and vinegar corn chips ( like chipsticks ). The cheaper the better usually, these saved me on many many occassions.
Also, don't get hungry, just graze constantly.

sparkle101 Sun 13-Apr-14 21:21:17

Salt and vinegar pringles, remember eating copious amounts in the bath when I was struggling! Agree about the grazing, make sure you are not hungry. Flat lemonade as well was a good thing. Still fresh lemonade was good.

FannyPriceless Sun 13-Apr-14 21:30:48

Poor you! My first thought was some cooked things that helped me (fish fingers and fried bananas) but on the go my best bet was actually macadamias and dried cranberries. Little nibbles constantly helps. Best of luck to get through this sicky patch.

PurpleWithaMysteryBun Sun 13-Apr-14 21:32:22

Boiled sweets were my saviour this time. And sandwiches.

OscarWinningActress Sun 13-Apr-14 21:40:30

Pretzels, real lemonade (not the fizzy kind) and shreddies were pretty much all I could manage for a long time. Vegetables were completely unpalatable in all forms except soup so I used to make big vats of it to have throughout the day. In fact, any kind of soup was good...maybe because of the salty broth?

jessplussomeonenew Sun 13-Apr-14 21:48:46

English muffins were good for me, as was porridge. I also found citrus essential oils to sniff (e.g. on hanky) were good to reduce smell-related nausea - might be worth a try. Lying down flat also seemed to help a lot. I found weeks 8 and 9 the worst so you may find you're doing better later in your placement.

ChineseFireball Sun 13-Apr-14 21:49:14

Can you do Marmite? Marmite on toast cut into triangles. Must be triangles. Strips or squares don't work. Have some before you get up if you can to ward off the nausea at the start of the day, and as others have said, graze and don't get hungry. I got through a LOT of those ice pop things, and I found salty things (followed by lots of water or weak ribena - which I can no longer drink because it makes me nauseous!) or bland things worked well. Like rice cakes. Ooooh and you can get marmite rice cakes too...

Hope it passes quickly for you, and that all this food chat isn't making you feel queasy. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Greenrememberedhills Sun 13-Apr-14 21:49:39

As an absolute veteran of severe morning sickness , I can promise baked potatoes work. Did for me, anyway.

Firsttimmemummy Sun 13-Apr-14 22:18:01

Ice poles! Once sent dh out in a snowstorm to stock up as they were the only thing that worked smile

AngryBeaver Sun 13-Apr-14 22:41:02

Toast, ginger biscuits (I used to suck them) watermelon was great for me. And sometimes a mint.
Little and often is the key I think.
I feel for you, it's the worst.
I'm due in 2 weeks and still get waves of it.

Best of luck with your career and pregnancy smilethanks

Wafflenose Sun 13-Apr-14 22:46:47

First time round, I could only stomach potato for a while.

Second time, mints and orange juice. Any of those appeal?

Marcipex Sun 13-Apr-14 23:38:23

For me, plain crisps.
For a friend who was so ill she was hospitalised for two pregnancies, Cheesy Wotsits. She says she doesn't understand why her DS isn't orange!

bouquetofpencils Mon 14-Apr-14 00:19:54

Melon cubes (good source of folic acid too)
Ginger biscuits

I had terrible morning sickness and practically lived on these.

GossipWitch Mon 14-Apr-14 00:48:40

OK bit gross, didn't help with getting rid of morning sickness but did help with the symptom of morning sickness, a pint of milk before even getting out of bed, then I'd get up and immediately rush to the loo. second time around I didn't even get morning sickness.

MrsWombat Mon 14-Apr-14 06:25:50

Weak squash and rich tea biscuits. Mints for when I'm trying to be discreet!

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