15 weeks + 5 days - still wearing my accupressure bands!
I've tried a few things to ease my all day/morning sickness over the years so I thought it's as good a time as ever to share some things I've tried or read about here. I know I've searched high & low for something to help ease my nausea & to be honest, if someone told me that it helps if you roll in dog poo I would have tried that too!
Here are some less smelly things to try:
:: Accupressure bands(sold in Pharmacies as Sea Bands). These are sold to help ease motion sickness as well as morning sickness. They are two bands that you wear on each wrist that have a hard little bit on them. You position this hard bit so that it sits about 2cms up from where your hand meets you wrist. I've worn these through my pregnancy with Lily & this new little squirt. Did they work? I don't know. I'd hate to think that my nausea would be worse if I took them off! I've read you can also use band-aid to hold a dried kidney bean in place if you don't have/can't find the bands anywhere.
:: Ginger Tea. Tried this, made me want to vomit even more! But I do have friends that have found that it helped them.
:: Anything lemony. Lemon steeped in hot water like a tea, lemon tea, lemon soft drink sucking on a lemon. Whatever! I did found that sipping some lemon squash every now & then eased things for the tiniest little bit.
:: Salt & Vinegar chips. I've snacked on these at the start of each pregnancy. I recall it worked better when I was pregnant with Piper than it did with Lily or this one but they did give me some relief for a little while. Something about the vinegar maybe? Not the healthiest snack but whatever works!
:: Accupunture. I never had the guts to get this done myself but I know a few people that have. Apparently you'll need a couple of visits before it starts working. Make sure you see a pracitioner with expertise in treating pregnant women. Some doctors perform accupuncture as do some physios.
:: Vegemite on toast. I lived off this while pregnant with Lily. This time around I prefer Marmite, much to the Man of the House's disgust! I spoke to a midwife about is one & she said its the vitamain B6 you get from it that helps.
:: Plain crackers or dry toast. Having something plain like this helps settle your stomach. Its good to keep some on you at all times & near your bed so you can have a mouthful before you get up or through the night of you feel sick. I'll be happy if I never see another plain cracker. I liked Premium crackers the best. I think it's the saltiness.
:: Feed your cravings. Eat whatever it is you feel like. It's better than eating nothing at all! You can worry about your weight & nutritional value once yo're over the nausea. Just watch out for those foods that are more susceptible to being contaminated by listeria such as pre-prepared salads, deli meats etc.
:: Sleep. This is probably the only thing that helped me. At least while you are asleep you won't feel so sick! Get as much sleep as you can. Don't feel guilty(look who's talking! I always feel so bad when I head off to bed!).
:: Don't over do it. Sure, there's house cleaning to be done, clothes to be washed, dishes to be done, other children to be looked after. Ask for help & if people offer help, don't be afraid to accept it. You're pregnant, you're growing a baby! You need to take care of yourself!
If you can't cope with your all day/morning sickness, see your GP. Especially if you are vomitting constantly. Severe morning sickness can also lead to feelings of depression & anxiety. Don't be embarrassed to ask for help.
Did you suffer from morning sickness when pregnant? What worked for you?