A Little Announcement and Coping With Morning Sickness

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I haven’t made an official announcement here, but in February, the Lower family is expecting their 5th member.

We are very exited to be expecting baby number 3!

If you count back the weeks and months, you will realize that I am still very early in his pregnancy. I will be entering the second trimester this week! However, just because I am getting past the first 12 weeks does not mean that I am out of the woods as far as morning sickness is concerned. I have been battling it pretty steadily for the last 6 weeks and I am SO ready to catch a break. I know I am not the only Mommy out there who is going through this, so I am going to share how I get through this rough patch each pregnancy. Maybe you could share yours as well? Once 6 weeks rolls around, I know that it is only a matter of days before I feel like I have been hit by a truck. It’s been exactly the same for all my pregnancies and so I was anticipating it this time. I spent as much time as I could in the early weeks getting things organized and trying to get a head start on chores like laundry and shopping. I started as soon as I got that positive home pregnancy test!

I also stocked up on the things that I thought would help settle my stomach. I usually have pretty good luck with peppermint. I practically lived on candy canes when I was pregnant with my daughter because those yucky weeks were right around Christmas. They say that Ginger is really good for settling your stomach, but I have never been able to tolerate the taste. I am just not a ginger person and the idea of it while pregnant makes me queasy. I opt for ginger ale. I swear by it when I am sick or have a migraine (that always includes nausea for me). I honestly think it has more to do with the carbonation than anything else. I also like a good ol’ cola when I feel crummy. I get the mini cans or decaf and sip at it when necessary. My school nurse in elementary school actually gave us doses of Coke a Cola syrup for nausea and it really worked, so I have stood by that.

Some women swear by sour candies for nausea. It works for me sometimes. I may grab something from the candy jar at work when I am in a bind, but it is not my favorite remedy. Maybe you have heard of Preggy Pops and Preggy Drops? They offer sour varieties that include flavors like lemon and sour apple but also Ginger and Peppermint. They are pretty tasty, but I think they are pricier than regular candy, so it’s up to you. But they are worth trying.

This pregnancy I tried something new and I like to think that it is helping take the edge off on those really terrible days. There are a variety of brands but I went with Sea Bands. There are some more stylish items out there, but I have large wrists and retain water pretty early on, so the elastic in the Sea Bands works best for me. They use the idea of acupressure to relieve nausea by placing pressure on a specific spot on the inside of your wrist about 2” from your wrist crease, between the tendons. You have to wear both and I have noticed it can take up to an hour to feel relief, so I put them on as soon as I feel it coming. I will often put them on in the wee hours of the morning to get a head start on the day.

One of the things that seems counterintuitive when you feel gross is that eating can actually help you feel better. I find that I cannot go any longer than 3 hours without a snack and it must include a form of protein. If I eat something full of sugar and carbs, I pay. Even though I am lactose intolerant, I opt for dairy when I am pregnant. I don’t drink straight milk, but I do drink a lactose free substitute. This also helps with heartburn like nothing else will. I eat a lot of yogurt, cheese and crackers and toast or a banana with peanut butter and rice and beans. I also find that chicken noodle soup is one of the few foods that goes down and stays without any protest. So maybe there is something to the chicken soup thing?

The last thing that is actually the hardest for me is getting enough sleep. Pregnancy is tiring and can really take a toll both physically and emotionally. If you don’t get enough sleep on an average day, it can make you drag, but during times where your body is really maxed out, it’s so much worse. I still have little ones that wake me during the night, not to mention the aches and pains that are already making their debut. Throw in a couple dogs and getting a good night sleep seems impossible. But if I can get 8 solid hours the difference is amazing! I also highly recommend naps. I take a nap every day on my lunch break and I don’t know how I would make it through the afternoon without it.

Those are my tips. I hope that they help someone out there who is looking for some relief. What are your favorite remedies for morning sickness or just illness in general?

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