Madison is a stay-at-home mom and a freelance writer. She received her B.A. in English from BYU-Idaho and she enjoys crafting and baking.
Morning Sickness Getting you Down?
I don’t know about you, but my first trimester morning sickness was terrible! Every little smell made me nauseated, all food looked and smelled disgusting, and for a while I gave up on trying to find a way to make myself feel better. In some ways I was very lucky, I only (actually) threw up twice; however, I felt the need to throw up ALL THE TIME! You know that feeling of wanting/needing to throw up because you know that once you do you will actually feel better? Having nauseating morning sickness without actually throwing up (in my opinion) can sometimes feel just as bad as throwing up all the time. I know how it feels ladies, and my remedies may not work as well for you; but there are things that work you just need to find what works for you. Here are some ideas to get you started, they worked for me and I hope they work for you too.
1. Wint-O-Green Life Savers
It took me a couple of weeks before I found anything that worked for my morning sickness. I was not able to do anything without feeling sick; I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t workout, I couldn’t even eat. Every smell made me nauseous and even looking at food made me feel sick. One day I went to my mother-in-laws’ house and she had a huge bag of Wint O Green Life Saver mints, I tried one (mostly because I didn’t feel like eating anything) and it was honestly a little bit of a miracle. I ended up eating half the bag and bringing the rest home because it made the nausea subside. If the winter green flavor doesn’t work for you, try a different flavored mint. I have a friend who is currently in her first trimester and she said that mints are helping her a lot.
2. Peppermint and Ginger Essential Oil Combination
Sometimes essential oils work for me, other times they don’t. I’m not one of the firm (I have an oil for that) believers who preach oils for every single cut, bruise, burn, and illness. However, when I was in my first few months of pregnancy I was willing and ready to try anything to get that sickness under control. After looking up different oils and asking around, I learned the peppermint and ginger oils were the best oils for morning sickness. I was able to buy some special little beads from DoTerre essential oils that were able to soak-in/absorb oils. I mixed ginger oil and peppermint oil with the beads until they absorbed the oils then I was able to put them in a little locket and wear them around my neck. The smell was amazing and it actually helped to settle my stomach, other people couldn’t see why the smell was so great; but it helped me a lot.
3. Avoiding Strong/Interesting Smells (like scented trash bags)
This is a hard one because you can’t always control the smells around you. But when you can control them I suggest avoiding strong/interesting smells, even smells that are good can make you sick if you smell too much of it at one time. For example, my kitchen started smelling so bad I could not even walk in without feeling extremely sick. I could not figure out what the smell was or why it was making me so sick but something smelled horrible. Along with your sickness, pregnancy usually gives women something else (as my husband call it) a super sniffer. The only way to find out what was causing the smell; we had to clean the kitchen from top to bottom. After everything was cleaned I felt disappointed because it still smelled bad. It actually took a few days but we finally found what was causing the awful smell… Scented Trash Bags! I bought them before I learned I was pregnant, and at the time they smelled nice, but when I got sick the smell was too strong and it didn’t smell so nice mixed with trash. My advice is to avoid these kinds of smells as much as possible.
Plain Grains and Foods
4. Ginger Ale/Popcorn/Plain Grains
While I was sick eating food was just about the equivalent of torture in my mind. Nothing sounded good, nothing looked good, and nothing smelled good; but of course, for the good of the baby eating is something you have to do. This may not work for everyone, but I learned that plain grain type foods filled me up and kept me from feeling too sick. Some of these foods included: popcorn, rice, and pasta. Pasta or rice with a little bit of salt and pepper was all I needed. Ginger ale was also good for settling my stomach.
5. Eating Smaller Meals
This is one of the remedies other people and websites recommend, that does actually help; but it was one of the hardest ones for me follow. Eating smaller meals throughout the day along with snacks is the way to go if you want to avoid getting sick more often. I learned that once my stomach was empty the harder it was to want to eat and the sicker I felt. However this goes both ways, I felt sick when my stomach was empty and I also felt sick (mostly heartburn) if I ate too much and my stomach was too full.
Do what works for you
Not all of these remedies may work for you, what works for one does not work for all. But these remedies saved my sanity while I was in my first-trimester suffering from morning sickness. Honestly the best thing to do is to keep trying new things until you find what works for you. There was a time I felt like nothing would work and that it would never end, but I made it through and you can too.
TUMS A Last Resort that Worked
for those of you who enjoy eating TUMS for your tummy problems - maybe try out these peppermint tums when you are pregnant and feeling sick. I don't normally like TUMS but these were pretty good and they saved me a few times when nothing else was working.
© 2014 Maddi
Rhoda Kanini on July 02, 2020:
My lmp was 18 th may i had sex on 23 with guy 1 and on 24th with guy 2 and continkd to have sex with guy 2 who could be the father am 6weeks pre
Maddi (author) on February 12, 2018:
Thanks for the tip!