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xbaby2x Wed 07-May-14 12:38:38

Hi Ladies,

Does anyone have any tips on how to cope with morning sickness? I never had this with my first child so I'm really struggling from the minute I wake up?


ThinkIveBeenHacked Wed 07-May-14 12:41:50

Eat. Little and often, dry, carby stuff. Biscuits, crackers, nuts and crisps are all good.

I would go from "I feel fine" to ravenous to vomit within about twenty minutes.

Chipandspuds Wed 07-May-14 12:50:10

I've only had a little bit of morning sickness, but I think you need to rest as much as you can and eat whatever you can, don't worry if it's healthy or not. My friend had hyperemesis and lived on onion rings and diet coke for a good while!

TwigletFiend Wed 07-May-14 13:27:21

I found that eating something dry, like a couple of biscuits or crackers, before getting up helped - otherwise I was 100% guaranteed to vomit first thing. As others have said, eating actually helps, if you can. I ended up making myself eat a bit - even if it was just a couple more biscuits - every 90 minutes or so and that kept it from being debilitating. Avoid anything that smells really strong, particularly things like public toilets or overfull bins. Also avoid strong foody smells if you can - my boss reheating curry in the kitchen at work did for me for about 3 days when it was at its peak!

Try to drink little & often too - ice cold stayed down better than room temperature for me. Might be worth having a look at the acupressure bands you can get for your wrists too, which I found really helpful when I was at work.

Hope it improves soon for you sad Chances are it will fade after a while, but I know that it's not much comfort when you're suffering!

Hevava Wed 07-May-14 17:45:49

Aw yuck hope you start feeling better soon. It often improves before the 12 week mark so stay positive :-)

Find out what works for you- it's different for every woman. Find a food that you can stomach and don't feel bad about maxing out on it for a couple of weeks! Also, if you're really suffering don't do it in silence- the doctor can prescribe anti-sickness medication. It doesn't work for everyone but worth a try rather than just putting up with it.

Nausea is very tiring and I often found that I felt much better after a sleep.

My sickness first thing in the morning got better when I ate a snack (plain biscuit and a cereal bar) and had water before getting out of bed....I'm not 100% convinced that it was the golden solution but it did help at the time of day I was worse.

Redling Wed 07-May-14 18:33:19

Eat whatever it is you can eat, very few things didn't nauseate me on sight, so I had to trawl food shops just to see what my mind and body would accept that day. Mainly toast. Or bizarrely, chips and curry sauce. Sometimes very salty stuff like Pringles. Sadly vomiting became almost like going to the loo, a normal bodily function I just had to accept. I liked chewing gum too, as I felt the minty taste just took my mind of feeling sick. Don't know why. As long as you can keep some food down you'll get through it.

xbaby2x Wed 07-May-14 19:36:17

Thanks everyone. My midwife mentioned a cold glass of milk before your head even comes off the pillow? I've never heard that one before but all these things are worth a shot! I'm only 6 weeks so have a loonngggg way to go! X

barmybunting Wed 07-May-14 20:05:38

I have found milk is one of the few things which help, ice cold preferably and lying down for a bit after drinking it. Hard to do at work though!

It changes as you go through as well though, one week something seems fine, you need something else.

Someone recommended sweets called gin gins which I found online and have helped. I hope it goes soon for you!

Chipandspuds Thu 08-May-14 01:41:32

Milk is good for heartburn too! I might try it out for the sickness too as spent the evening throwing up and fell asleep at 7pm hence being wide awake at 1am! Hanging on for the magical 12 weeks!!

xbaby2x Thu 08-May-14 07:51:43

Aw bless you!
I tried the milk this morning whilst I was very sleepy, I had to stay in bed for a good 30-45 minutes. I still feel extremely nauseous but I'm not crying my eyes out this morning so it must have done some good! Worth a try I think x

FranksBobot Thu 08-May-14 08:00:27

Ice lollies, mints and lots of sleep are the only things helping me at the minute!
Never had sickness with previous pregnancies so it's come as a bit of a shock!!

Spottybra Thu 08-May-14 08:06:06

The only thing I could keep down for five and a half months were a few crisps at a time (a packet would last half a day) and diet coke. Not even water would stay down.

PosyFossilsShoes Thu 08-May-14 11:07:31

The gin-gin sweets are available in Holland & Barratt. I tried them. Once. Unfortunately they had a reverse-effect on me and the resulting ginger sick was indescribable.

I find ginger biscuits, ryvita thins, soft fruit, ice lollies and crisps all work. Baked potato in the evening.

Not helping right now though - I can't leave work and I am at the ravenous stage, about to hit nauseous in 3, 2…

Ardiente Thu 08-May-14 11:20:27

Boiled sweets, coke and almonds saved the day for me. Also, mini babybels at regular intervals. Try not to move as much as possible. That helped me control my vomiting. That and sessions with a good acupuncturist.

Cleanthatroomnow Thu 08-May-14 11:45:37

Sea bands worth a try. They helped me a little bit. Buy from Boots. They are tight bands for your wrists that work on accupressure concept. It took the edge off for me. Poor you.

AlmondFrangipani Thu 08-May-14 18:58:59

I was really struggling until someone said to try Lucozade. It really helped me if I sipped it regularly! Oh and I lived on salt and vinegar crisps for 16 weeks. I also second eating something before you get up. Digestives were my choice and had a little stock by the bed. Mine literally went over night at 16 weeks then I felt fab so it will get better promise!

AlmondFrangipani Thu 08-May-14 18:59:50

Ps steer clear of ginger tablets and take your vits at night rather than the morn.

TheCunkOfPhilomena Thu 08-May-14 19:21:48

Best thing was sleep, as much as you can possibly get. I felt like I was sailing on a rough sea and couldn't even drink at my worst stage.
Green apples, even the smell of them helped and fizzy water and salt and vinegar chipsticks.

You have my sympathy and I hope it passes soon thanks

BonjourMinou Thu 08-May-14 21:18:21

Ice poles were the only thing that worked for me. I sent poor DH out in a snowstorm to buy some at one stage! Still have a few left in the freezer now smile

PosyFossilsShoes Thu 08-May-14 21:23:01

For those who like SeaBands, there is a pretty version here:

ViXter11 Thu 08-May-14 21:57:06

I tried the lot and the only things that worked were acupuncture and ice cold water with lemon

xbaby2x Fri 09-May-14 09:42:43

Great advice. I'll try the wrist bands I think.
I had a few mouthfuls of porridge before bed and cold milk in bed again this morning and as long as I took things slowly, this is the best morning I've had in a long while! smile

I do sympathise with everyone that has to feel with this. X

TitusFlavius Fri 09-May-14 11:30:33

My sympathies, xbaby2x. It's awful. I threw up constantly from about six weeks in to the seventh month, and by the end was thinking of getting a T-shirt printed with YES I'VE TRIED GINGER BISCUITS in huge letters on the front. I used to have to get off the bus going into work to throw up into the gutter, then wait for the next bus. Classy.

Anyway, I found that constantly nibbling things that I didn't mind going in, er, the other direction helped - not with the nausea itself, but with the distress of it all. I suppose it also helped in that throwing up then made me feel better, not triggered another bout of nausea. For me, this was a sweetish soft bread made locally, which was pretty inoffensive when travelling in the other direction!

As to things which helped with the nausea - I suspect this is different for everyone. I couldn't stand creamy things (love them usually) and found thinn, slightly spicy broth helped, which normally wouldn't be my kind of thing at all.

Good luck in finding what works for you.

Ha ha - am pg with DC3 and the sickness was far worse this time, really really miserable - still getting it a bit at 22 weeks (sorry OP - worst was over by 11 though!) and people still say have you tried ginger biscuits? angry

Maybe I should have changed my user name grin

More helpfully OP - rest. Oatcakes etc for first thing. Eat little and often and think carefully about what your body is telling you to eat! Had a week of irn bru and croissants. I got through it! Avoid anything likely to set off nausea if you can, like cooking. Good luck!

Thurlow Fri 09-May-14 13:07:10

The only thing that worked for me was drugs. Lovely, lovely Stemetil <sighs at the memory> It was still horrific, but it made it much more bearable. Didn't stop them until the day the baby appeared.

Nibbling a little and often, and of things that if you do throw them up they won't be awful, is a great tip and works for most people. But so do lovely, lovely anti-emetics <always surprised how many people don't seem to take them>

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