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wandsworthwobbles Sun 15-Jul-07 15:11:18

I've had a quick look and can't see any tips - I know there is no quick fix but I know a milion people a minute are trying different things so anyone got any ideas, feeling sick pretty constantly, and during the night which means a severe lack of sleep and only in week 7. I've tried drinking ginger in water and nibbly on ginger far no good...any thoughts most gratefully accepted!

pinkteddy Sun 15-Jul-07 15:19:10

I found I felt most nauseous when I was hungry, someone suggested keeping a digestive biscuit beside the bed so I could nibble on it first thing. I know eating when hungry sounds like the last thing you want to do but it seemed to work! Also I kept to very plain fayre - not that I could face anything much - but avoided anything greasy - lived on jacket potato pretty much for weeks!

lulumama Sun 15-Jul-07 15:23:00

sea bands

eating little and often

carbs especially seem to help

dry toast, crackers, ginger biscuits

ice cold ginger ale

LilyLoo Sun 15-Jul-07 15:24:28

carbs, ibeen overloading on crisps and bread. Eat often.

policywonk Sun 15-Jul-07 15:30:16

In my experience, it has a lot to do with blood sugar. Eat starchy carbs to make you feel better in the short term - bread (cucumber or plain ham sandwiches worked for me), teacakes, pasta with a little butter on, potatoes, rice, porridge. If you can keep any of that down, then try to eat some protein, which will keep your blood sugar levels up for longer - fried chicken (without batter or coatings, just rolled in seasoned flour) was the thing that did it for me.

If you're feeling really awful in the mornings, keep a glass of fruit juice and a teacake beside your bed, and eat them before you get up.

Boiled sweets and lollies, or sugary drinks, can make you feel better in the short term, but might cause a blood sugar crash in the medium term, leaving you feeling even worse. A lot of people swear by Coke or other fizzy drinks.

I read somewhere that a great way to beat it is to drink the water in which some rice has been boiled, but I don't see how anyone who is already nauseous is going to manage that!

If all else fails and you can't keep food or drink down, make a fuss to your GP - there are things that they can presribe. Doesn't sound as though you're quite that bad at the moment though.

Good luck, hope you feel better. It's an awful business.

bobsyouruncle Sun 15-Jul-07 15:32:59

I read that morning sickness may be linked to heightened sense of smell during pregnancy and sniffing a lemon scent may help.

Naetha Sun 15-Jul-07 15:33:16

Salt and vinegar crisps were my saviour. They didn't keep me sorted for long, but often long enough for me to be able to get a half-decent meal down me.

Nbg Sun 15-Jul-07 15:37:40

I used to think the eat little and often thing was a myth but this pregnancy proved that wrong.

That was the key to combatting my sickness.

Little bits of fruit for brekkie, then snacking almost constantly on rick tea biscuits till lunch and then some more fruit.
I found that got me through.

Also eat whatever you crave or you think you want.

Seabands another good one.

mmelody Sun 15-Jul-07 16:01:58

Anything ice cold and fizzy helped me. I found that soda water with fresh lemon in it gave me a few moments of respite. Also eating small amounts of carbohydrates hourly such as toast. I always felt worse when I was hungry. Its so so grim, I hope you feel better soon.

BellatrixBear Sun 15-Jul-07 16:10:17

eating a bowl of cereal with very cold milk
marmite toast and a very cold glass of milk
cold grapes

all have been helping me

ow82 Sun 15-Jul-07 16:29:55

agree with PT - i'm worse when hungry, eating littel and often keeps it at bay, esp with mini hcedders and ginger ale - not beer as that made me feel worse.

Alfie72 Sun 15-Jul-07 16:30:03

Mint tea- reduces nausea
ginger biscuits- great for nausea, you can get ginger tablets too from health food stores
acupuncture- treats all ills !!
Toast and marmite - B vitamins in the marmite reduce the nausea and the carbs are good for balancing out your blood sugar
Sea bands when you are out and about.

JARM Sun 15-Jul-07 16:36:56

I swore by sea bands this time around - wore them almost constantly for about 10 weeks!

ice pops were also a saviour to get fluid in and to crunch on - oooh fancy one now!

Ginger biscuit first thing in the morning before even getting out of bed!

Alfie72 Sun 15-Jul-07 16:41:59

MMmm Ice blocks sound like a good idea !! I fabcy one now !You can get those fancy morning sickness lollies too by the way from mother/baby websites and health food shops- what are they called ? Preggers pops or something.

Peachy Sun 15-Jul-07 16:56:14


Used to work for a hyperemesis charity (well colunteer) and they have a website that i will link to, not for one moment suggesting you have HG (though you may hve, your post is too short to judge) but on the list on the left there is a self help tips section with lots of excellent tips. The link is [ here]].

Main tips are to keep yurself hydrated, rest ( there are lots of things that can contribute to MS- tiredness is a key factor, as is blood sugar, stress, a heightened sense of smell is iirc more a symptom than a cause- but this probably varies)

But put yourself first, just for a bit. If the weather gets hot be careful, ice pops, lettuce, melon are all wasily digestible and contain large amounts of water. tell your dp that if your breath smells of sugared almonds her shuld tell you, as this is a warning sign of ketones and that needs a chat with the MW (although is NOT worth worrying over- just means they need to watch you to see if meds would help)

Peachy Sun 15-Jul-07 16:57:11

redone link

callmeovercautious Sun 15-Jul-07 17:12:40

I found eating werthers originals or foxes glacier mints helped between meals.
Do your shopping on line - Tescos was absolute torture! All that food - I swear I could smell the food through the packaging - yuck!
I also sipped ice cold water throughout the day as it eased the constant nausea.

It does go eventually - those 6 weeks felt like forever though.

ejt1764 Sun 15-Jul-07 17:18:37

Preggie pops and the like don't work for everyone - I bought some for this pg (I'd tasted them before) thinking they would help - and now (at 29 weeks), I can;t even look at the box without heaving ...

FWIW (and I suffered with hyperemesis - and found the website linked to earlier invaluable!), I found that eating little and often worked best - and I didn't stick to plain foods either - anything too bland and that was almost worse ...

Also, I found that the appalling taste in my mouth was enough to make me throw up, and found that eating tictacs helped take the taste away.

I also had acupuncture - my acupuncturist is a lovely woman, who treated me 3 times a week when I was at my worst - for a fixed rate of £20 per week ... I tried the travel bands, but found that the acupressure point (it's called pericardium 6, I think), was hidden beneath the veins in my wrist, so they just gave me sore wrists.

Good luck - the only consolation is that it doesn't last forever - I've only now just stopped being sick - at 29 weeks!

Peachy Sun 15-Jul-07 17:20:51

ejt did you try homeopathy? I too have had HG (twice but well managed second time around), and I regret not trying it, but the lovely aldy who set up Blooming Awful trieed homeopathy and found it kept hern going more than anything else

ejt1764 Sun 15-Jul-07 17:50:52

I did try homeopathy - in fact, used it in conjunction with acupuncture - but it was the acupuncture (I felt) that helped the most ...

Peachy Sun 15-Jul-07 17:53:09

its probably individual, I do think alternative therapies have a general edge though (not that I am dissing mainstream ones- goodness no, saved me they did!)

batey Sun 15-Jul-07 17:57:29

I had H E all the way through with both my dds, crunching on ice helped me alot, and satumas were consumed on a regular basis!
There was hell to pay if the ice tray ever became empty!

wandsworthwobbles Sun 15-Jul-07 18:17:26

thank you so much, many good ideas. Have just tried marmite on toast and peppermint tea and have added some icepops to my sainsbury's on line order!
Much appreciate all thoughts - realise I'm not seriously ill but golly it does make you feel rotten doesn't it!

beansprout Sun 15-Jul-07 21:52:08

Vitamin B6 is scientifically proven to help.

rascal1979 Wed 18-Jul-07 10:57:40

I'm actually starting to throw up now - feel terrible today. Last night felt so sick couldn't go to sleep. Finally dropped off after midnight then was up and down all night feeling sick/needing a wee

Someone has sugggested antihistamines as a cure..not too sure about this tho and a) don't understand how this will work and b) sure that you weren't supposed to take them when TTC....

Anyone else heard of this



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