All Natural Arsenal for Morning Sickness

by Merissa on January 18, 2013

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You may not know this, but I am in week 9 of my third pregnancy at the moment, and let me tell you-it hasn't been easy. With my two previous children, morning sickness only lasted a few hours a day. Well, this baby has other plans. I'm sick the entire day, and my lack of energy has contributed to my house (and myself) looking a hot mess.

Being a SAHM, I do have more freedom to rest than most moms, but the danger of being sick for such long periods of time can really wreck your health. I don't actually throw-up, but I am not able to each solid foods very often, this poses a problem. Not only is the baby not getting adequate nutrition, but neither am I. Now, I know most women turn to Zofran for this, and trust me-I tried, but it didn't work, and I'm a little iffy as to taking medications while pregnant. (I don't even take Tylenol.)

So what's a sick momma to do? I can't go much longer with not eating. That's where the local health food store comes in handy.

First in my bag of tricks is a good prenatal vitamin (Rainbow Light Prenatal One). The one I've chosen is a food-based version. This results in the body being able to absorb and process it more naturally, as well as being more gentle on the stomach. (If you are getting sick after taking a prenatal, it's probably because the iron is too harsh for your body at this time.) I take one at night, and haven't has any issues.

Next, I take fish oil for the omega nutrients (Barlean's Omega Swirl). This is extremely important early on in pregnancy. I prefer liquid because it gets in your system faster. It's been known to help with mood swings as well as pain in your joints for carrying that little one around for so long. The list of benefits coming from fish oil is amazing, just Google it πŸ˜‰

Another great addition is candied ginger (in the Ziploc). I am NOT a fan of the taste, but you can't deny how quickly ginger can eliminate or soothe an upset stomach. I have a hard time eating these, but when I can get one down-they work miracles! I get about 30mins-1 hour of time to eat real food! Ginger tea is great too, but doesn't seem to work as strongly as straight ginger.

Traditional Medicinals has an amazing pregnancy tea that I love too. Doesn't really do anything for morning sickness, but just gives you some all around goodness.

Now that big bottle of lemon juice? It's been my best friend lately. I mix tons of lemon juice and water, and that's how I've stayed hydrated. The taste of plain water was beginning to make me really sick, and I needed a change. I was drawn to lemonade, but the sugar made me feel even worse. In steps lemon juice. Of course fresh squeezed is 100x's better, but when you can't stand up for longer than 60 seconds-this is a great alternative! I've heard tons of mommies swear by lemon juice to help with MS, and I would agree. It takes that nasty taste in your mouth away, and just feels a bit refreshing. My hubby thinks I'm crazy-and maybe I am!

Last but definitely not least, is fruit/veggie smoothies. These are something else I would prefer to make myself, but there are some really great brands out there without any junk-including these Naked Juices. This helps get some real goodness in your body. I had a strawberry/banana one yesterday-and my energy level went up a few notches. I don't suggest living off these, but if you are having a hard time with solid foods-this is a better alternative than those sugary meal replacements.

So there ya have it! My best friends during this crazy time! I am not a doctor, but I think these ideas are worth a shot if you're feeling weak and need to get some nutrients in your body. This is definitely better than sitting in a hospital bed with IV's and such! Of course, if you're throwing up a lot and can't keep anything down-it's best to talk to your doctor/midwife about it.

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I'm Dominique Burleson, a twenty-something mommy to two (with one on the way!) and wife to one amazing man. Being a homemaker has always been my dream, and I enjoy writing and sharing this adventure with you!
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1 Heather January 18, 2013 at 9:25 am

The lemon juice thing was awesome during my pregnancy. I had a *nasty* taste in my mouth all the time and lemon juice in my water made it so much better. Also, fresh air seemed to help — though I didn’t exactly feel like walking much.


2 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

I can barely walk back and forth to my kitchen to get my kids something to eat! I definitely know that feeling!


3 Arienne January 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

Have you tried Sea Bands? The are for motion sickness however they work for morning sickness-all day sickness. I had alfull all day sickness with both my babies! These bands saved me the second time around.


4 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

I have! I wanted them to work so bad, but they didn’t do much. So glad to hear they worked for you!


5 RevAllyson January 18, 2013 at 10:06 am

For me, and admittedly this was 18 years ago LOL, I could only eat raw stuff. I ate Greek salads (big chunks of green pepper, onion, olives, feta cheese, with a light dressing), and I ate fresh fruits. Everything else seemed to threaten to come up. Like you, I didn’t throw up… only once did I actually toss my cookies. I tried the crackers in bed on rising… that worked to some extent. Bread in general was not a good thing for me while pregnant, nor was meat. I did manage some light meats and fish near the end of my pregnancy, but for most of it I just drank a lot. No caffiene, not even in regular tea. No chocolate, no sweeteners besides honey and cane sugar. I’d had miscarriages before and was worried about losing my daughter.

The day after I gave birth, we went out for steak. That meat tasted SO good lol… I was okay, lost a lot of weight during my pregnancy, but I was WELL padded before hand. My doctor monitored me frequently, and I had a doula visiting me twice a week at home. I would not suggest people just stop eating, but the little I could get through the few things I could stomach were enough, with my personal fat reserves.


6 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:37 am

Raw stuff has been my craving too! It just seems to settle more, but at the same time-I’ve been craving protein like no other! Funny how crazy your body gets when it comes to food while pregnant!


7 kristen January 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I suffered severe morning sickness with all 3 babies with the last one being the worst. I have tried everything under the sun. They help but not a cure. Pringles chips and lemon aide is suppose to help with the salty and tart. But for me the sugar made me feel sicker. I would snack on crackers with peanut buterand drink ensure just to help get protein. The brat diet is also recommended. Bananas..rice..applesauce..and toast. Not sure what medications they have offered to you. Zofran worked at times..I also took phenegran for nausea and doxymethlyne and vitamin by. Doxymethlyne is the active ingredient in unison sleep tablets. You can take them straight out of the package but I always found it worked better for me when the pharmacy would mix together. It was the lewis inside Sanford hospital. And lots of sleep. My heart feels for women who have severe morning sickness because people who have never had it bad can have a hard time understanding. I was on all three medications and still hospitalized twice for I v fluids. Best of luck.


8 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:39 am

Oh no! I hate to hear how bad your morning sickness was! I haven’t had to go to the hospital, but I’ve been close. Zofran did NOTHING for me which was sad because this was the first pregnancy that I tried it just so I could attempt to eat. I’m in week 12 now, so things are slowly beginning to get back to normal!


9 Penny January 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

When I was pregnant, I tried to keep something in my stomach all the time. That meant having grab and eat snacks by the bed for when I woke up in the middle of the night to pee or roll over or whatever. Even if it was just part of a banana or a couple of crackers. I did so much better if I didn’t let my stomach get empty. I guess the empty stomach acid didn’t agree with me.
Also ginger tablets. You can get pure ginger in tablet form at natural stores and even the drug store. Ginger ale works too but not as well.


10 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:40 am

I did not know you could get ginger in tablet form! THANK YOU!!! I just haven’t been able to eat the candy without gagging!


11 Amanda : Grace & Gusto January 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Great post! I’ll be pinning this for future reference. πŸ™‚

I also had bad nausea in the beginning. For me, the only thing that worked was mashed potatoes. It’s all I could really stomach, and it managed to calm my discomfort a bit.


12 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:40 am

Hahaha ME TOO! For my first 3 weeks of morning sickness-that’s all I could eat (if I could eat at all). That’s too funny!


13 Nicole January 21, 2013 at 9:29 am

I’m in my third trimester and this was exactly how I felt throughout the first trim. ! I really wish I had this information back then… I would have felt a lot less guilty, maybe for baby number 3!


14 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

It took me till baby #3 to figure this stuff out, don’t worry! πŸ™‚


15 Elizabeth January 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Great little healthy item for staying hydrated is Ultima Replenisher. All natural, sweetened with stevia and comes in lots of flavors so you can find one you like. It’s highly recommended for chemo patients and pregnant women. When I was pregnant I couldn’t stand plain water and got dehydrated pretty fast. Much healthier alternative to Gatoraide.


16 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:45 am

I haven’t heard of Ultima Replenisher before, I am definitely going to look into that! Thanks for sharing!


17 The Informal Matriarch January 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I’m 11 weeks and I’m definitely in on the lemon! I buy True Lemon crystalized lemon packs. I’ve been adding it to hot water with some local honey. Also drinking a lemon and ginger tea which is helping a lot. So not into food this pregnancy at all!!


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