When you first see a positive pregnancy test it is such an exciting moment! You’re going to have a baby and be a mama! A few weeks in, however, those horrible first trimester symptoms such as morning sickness may start surfacing.
To be honest I hated being pregnant until I was 19-20 weeks since that was the time those first trimester symptoms went away. My second pregnancy was much worse in the first trimester than it was with my first pregnancy.
Because I was so much sicker in my second pregnancy I suspected we were having a boy and guess what?… we were right! (I clearly get sicker with boys than I do with girls.) My morning sickness started at 5 weeks and lasted until I was 21 weeks! I had terrible heartburn, acid reflux, I had mild pregnancy depression and threw up hard and long every morning, night and sometimes all day. All of that on top of watching a busy and active 16-month-old made things so much harder.
Luckily, there were some amazing things I did during the first trimester that really helped me get through the first trimester.
Not all moms who are expecting get super sick but some mom do! But no matter what these remedies below may help you survive the first trimester.
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15 Morning Sickness Remedies
1. Chewy Ginger Candy
Ginger really helped me! Which I was super surprised by because ginger did not help me at all during my first pregnancy. I liked the chewy ginger candy because to me they lasted longer and I could break off small pieces to suck on.
The ones I liked the most were Gin Gins Original Chewy Ginger Candy. I would keep a few on my bedside table so in the mornings before getting out of bed I would break off a small piece and suck on it while scrolling on Facebook or checking my emails before our daughter woke up.
This would help my morning sickness not hit me so hard in the mornings and give me some time to get food in my tummy.
2. Fruit Smoothies
I could not go one morning through my entire first trimester without having a fruit smoothie! They were super quick to make and quickly got food in my tummy. Plus they were healthy! So it was a total win-win. I would do one banana, frozen mixed berries, almond milk, vanilla and a handful of frozen spinach.
I would even make myself one piece of toast to give me something hardy as well. I couldn’t just drink my smoothie and call it good. Since I would have really bad heartburn and acid reflux I would usually make something else while sipping on my smoothie.
Tums saved me! If you get really bad heart burn or acid reflux first thing in the morning keep a few tums next to your bed so right as you wake up you can chew on one. This was another thing I did that really helped me. I took tums a lot during the first trimester. I would take one first thing in the morning before I ate any meal and right before bed.
This really helped to keep my heartburn and acid reflux at bay. My favorite tums were the TUMS Chewy Bits. Once again I like chewy things!
3. B6 Vitamins
Now B6 did not work for me. However, many expecting moms have said that B6 really helped them. Just because they didn’t work for me doesn’t mean they won’t work for you. That is one thing I realized during both pregnancies is that I had to try and test different things since one thing would work for me that didn’t for other moms and vice versa.
Nature Made B6 is one that a lot of moms recommend to me.
This one did help me. I would get great sleep when I took one of these before bed. Some nights I would randomly wake up in the middle of the night with really bad heartburn or acid reflux. So I would take some Unisom before bed and it would help me to sleep all night.
This was another thing that a lot of mom recommended to me. And I am so glad I tried it! I never tried it or even heard of Unisom during my first pregnancy and I wish I would have! Even though I was not near as sick with my first as I was with my second there were still some nights during my first pregnancy that Unisom would have been nice to have.
My favorite crackers that I ate a lot during my first trimester were Graham Crackers. They were a great snack to keep in our diaper bag and my daughter and I would snack on them throughout the day.
Any snack or meals I ate really slow and in very small portions. I found that when I did this my heartburn and acid reflux wouldn’t flare up and my nausea would go away. Plus if I did throw up. I wasn’t throwing up a lot of food so my nausea and any throwing up I did do didn’t last long since I didn’t have a full stomach.
This one is kind of a no brainer. But get as much rest or downtime as you can get. Your body is going through so many changes that it’s basically working double time. When I didn’t get enough sleep or if I was too active during the day my symptoms were worse that whole day.
I could not work out at all and if I did too many house to-do’s during the day everything would be so much worse. It was literally movie months during my whole first trimester. I felt so guilty as a parent because my daughter and I were watching movies basically all day. We don’t normally watch movies so I felt so bad that I was not able to play much or do much with her.
I would remind myself that my first trimester symptoms weren’t going to last forever and I would do what I could to make sure our daughter felt cared for and loved.
This was another random food that I didn’t think would help but totally did! Eating foods that were high in healthy fats such as nuts did wonders for me. I would get a container of lightly salted mixed nuts and snack on them throughout the day.
My favorite was Planters Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts.
It is important to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water during your pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. I could not drink plain water, it would hit my stomach like a rock so I would suck on ice cubes.
Also, if you are throwing up a lot you need to get a lot of electrolytes in your body. I would drink water down apple juice, Gatorade, and Pedialyte. I would drink it as a liquid and I would freeze some in ice trays and would suck on the ice cubes. This slowly got liquid into my body and the liquid wouldn’t feel like it was hitting my stomach hard.
Keep in mind mama that first trimester symptoms are normal. And if you are ever concerned about anything to give your doctor’s office a call and they will help put your mind at ease.
The list above was what helped me the most during my first trimester. Below I have also listed other morning sickness remedies that have helped other moms as well.
13. Eat a lot of protein foods
15. Peppermint Tummy Drops (this one also worked wonders for me!)
I hope some of these remedies help you survive through your first trimester. I know the first few months can be really hard. Just remember that it is not going to last forever and try to stay positive as much as you can!
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