There’s a certifiable baby boom happening at the Tiny Prints offices, so we’ve asked each of the expectant parents on our staff to write guest blog posts on their experiences. Here’s our first guest post from mommy-to-be Janel!
As one of the roughly 75% of expectant moms who experience morning sickness, I definitely feel like I was thrown into pregnancy boot camp at the very beginning of my pregnancy. It can be a pretty rough introduction to one of the greatest experiences us ladies get to have, but I took comfort in the fact that they say that it’s a sign of a healthy pregnancy. That’s really the mantra that got me through some of the roughest moments—“I’m going to have a happy, healthy baby. I can get through this!”
For me, it started showing up around week six and started to wane around week 14. This will differ amongst everyone, but I can tell you, when you hit day three of waking up without any nausea, it is a beautiful day and you’ll find yourself holding your breath for the next week or so hoping that it’s gone for good.
While there are many ways out there to find relief, these are the things that I found helped the most. Hopefully some of these might work you, too:
- Water: Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to help yourself, but it can often be hard when you don’t feel like you can keep anything down. I found that keeping a big bottle of ice cold water close by helped so I could take lots of little sips.
- Fruit: I went through phases of what I’d crave, but some of my favorites were tangerines, mangos and peaches. They say you want to stay away from anything too acidic since that can aggravate your stomach, but I found that you just go with your cravings!
- Ginger: There are many forms (tea, crystallized, candies), but my favorite was simply some shredded ginger and honey in hot water. You can even add a little lemon for a bit of zing.
- Eating early: My awesome hubby would bring a bowl of fruit first thing in the morning and this really helped settle things before I got out of bed, though you may find that crackers or some bread might work better for you. You also want to take it slowly when waking up and avoid jumping out of bed too quickly.
- Eating often: Snack, snack, snack! I can’t say it enough…eating little snacks throughout the day will help a ton. If you can keep the snacks healthy, then all the better for you and your baby.
- Fresh air: Countless car rides and rough nights have me convinced that a little bit of fresh air does wonders.
- Avoiding crazy smells: if you can, try to avoid anything with a strong scent – your power of smell is already on overdrive and sometimes car exhaust, a burrito or even perfume can set you off. Steer clear of any intense scents when you can.
Also, be warned—you can aggravate it into coming back! In week 12, I had experienced four glorious days of normalcy then went on a camping trip to Yosemite (whoa, windy roads!) and was sick for most of that weekend. The morning sickness extended for another two weeks after that. This may not be true for everyone, but I just want to put it out there. There’s no need to put yourself in any situations that might bring it on too soon after it starts to disappear.
Now, at 35 weeks, I’m in the home stretch and have thankfully been nausea-free for the past four to five months. The excitement is building for the arrival of our Baby Wiley, and I can’t wait! I wish all of you expectant mommies out there lots of luck and well wishes for your own arrivals!