Post # 1
I’m only 6w1d pg and already struggling big time with nausea and queesiness. I cannot tolerate many foods or smells. Not much vomiting (tmi I know) but I’m starting to get desperate here. Been eating but not the good stuff I should be (can only do potatoes, pasta). I’ve tried the plain crackers, ginger, eating regularly (so difficult) but is there anything I can do? Like I said the nausea is so strong that just looking at food or even worse cooking sends me off. Any advice super appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
Congrats! Sorry you’re having a rough go so far, hopefully it gets getter soon. Ask your doctor, if it’s really bad they may be able to give you anti-nausea meds. And if your prenatals are making you sick definitely try different ones, or your doctor may prescribe one that causes nausea less often.
As for home remedies, ginger tea with honey was always nice for me but I use fresh ginger root soaked in boiling water, not a dried tea…not sure what kind of ginger you’ve tried so far but there’s my two cents on ginger 🙂
I also used a tea called Morning Wellness (sorry I don’t rememer the brand) which you can probably find online or in many grocery stores. It’s good for nausea any time of the day.
Even though I was super tired and didn’t manage to exercise much in my first tri, I really noticed that the days I did were better. I just had more energy and a better appetite when I could manage a walk or something light – even doing 20 bicep curls with cans of soup or 10 squats -it was better than nothing!
Bottom line though, don’t panic about not giving enough nutrition to your baby. Even if you can’t each much for a while your body will give your baby all of the things it needs at this stage, just keep on with your prenatals and plenty of water, and hang in there!
Post # 4
Yep, ginger is great. My doctors also said to keep saltine crackers on hand at all times. It helps to keep something in your stomach. Just eat what you can and make sure you take your prenatals. Have you tried those candies made for morning sickness?
Post # 5
If your nausea is really bad and none of the regular tips are working for you (ginger, eating small snacks throughout the day, Vitamin B6, etc) your doctor may be able to prescribe an anti-nausea medicine like Zofran. I actually ended up having to get Zofran and have had to use it on and off throughout my entire pregnancy (I’m 28 weeks along now). Nothing else would work for me. Good luck, OP!
Post # 6
the only thing that worked for me (had morning sickness right from weeks 6-15 was to eat half a grapefruit before getting out of bed. I have no idea how it works but it did. Also sniffing a lemon helps or suck peppermint candy.
Post # 7
@Erika_Meep: +1! I’m pregnant and have tried everything – eating crackers before I wake up, sea bands, smelling lemon, lots of small meals, ginger anti-naseau gum, the list went on and on. And nothing but Zofran works for me. I’m almost out of first trimester (less than a week to go!) and ran out, so I thought I’d just see how it went without them…and I spent all day on the couch throwing up.
I sounded a lot like you at 6 weeks, OP, and hate to say it but it got a lot worse till I caved and got the meds. I’d call your doctor now. Don’t be like me and wait until you’re constantly puking and totally dehydratd and miserable to reach out for help!
Post # 8
I had really bad nausea, and never threw up. What helped me in the beginning was the wear the sea bands OVERNIGHT, then first thing in the morning, before I moved, eat a few crackers (kept next to the bed). I was lucky and mine went away within a few weeks.
Post # 9
These are the things that are working for me:
I snack all the time. I never let myself get completely hungry or I get queasy. I take my vitamin last thing before bed. I can’t do saltine crackers because my mouth is so dry so I eat toast or an english muffin first thing, with some OJ. I also caved and got Zofran from my doctor but be warned – it can make you extremely constipated! Drink LOTS of water and increase your fiber intake if you take it. Colace is a safe stool softener to use while you’re taking it.
Post # 10
Sorry you’re suffering. My nausea started at 6 weeks too. I would say that if you try lots of the normal remedies/suggestions and they are not working then I would ask for some meds from your doctor. I’m in the UK and have Cyclizine which works well and is not too drowsy making.
Post # 11
Try Emerol (over the counter) or sucking on Starburst.
Post # 12
@cjfs: I have had the worst nightmare experience with nausea. Like having the flu and needing to throw up, without the relief of throwing up. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I am 10.5 weeks and finally starting to feel better! It was so bad I had to lay on the couch for a week or two 🙁 Nothing helped- but I do recommend natural lemon lime soda from Whole Foods (or Big Sky soda). I also found sparkling water helped me. (Less calories than soda- because some days I had to drink 7 or more cans!) I have to eat often and small amounts and the sparling water helps me …digest. My digestion slowed down so much.
Personally, I will not take any drugs at all unless it is life or death… but that’s me!
One more thing- I keep rice chex in a container by my bed – so if I feel awful, I just grab some and munch away and start to feel better- the are cheaper/ less calories than crackers- which also are great! I like the Kashi/ TLC crackers.
I basically eat whatever I can stand eating- and it is different all the time. I never go anywhere without a snack and a sparkling water! Sparking water kept me from throwing up- it was like the food was either going up or down- so I had to help it get down (sorry tmi!)
Even if I am hungry for a lot of food, I do not do it! I can only digest like one piece of pizza vs. two or three.
Post # 13
Oh, I also bought Preggie Pops candies. I got the small hard candies as opposed to the lollipops and they helped immensely! You can order them online (Amazon has a good price) or buy them at Babies R Us. I’ve heard that SeaBands work, but my nausea started dissipating before I broke down and bought them. My OB also recommended a vitamin B6 supplement.
Post # 14
@Wonderstruck: I think for some women it just hits really hard and the only thing you can turn to is something like Zofran. It’s unfortunate but I’m glad I had the option since prior to Zofran, I couldn’t keep any food down.
Post # 15
@Erika_Meep: Yes, same here! I know some people dislike taking medication but it has been proven safe, and without it I was going to end up in the hospital with an IV from dehydration. Plus my baby was getting zero nutrients since I wasn’t able to keep any food down. It was totally necessary and pretty much a life saver for me!
Post # 16
As pp’s have said, ginger pops or candies tend to help.
That said, I found that the best remedy for me was things that tasted tart. So I got a lot of jamba juice smoothies with tart fruits in them. For some reason the sour/sweet was really helpful. (and this has worked for friends too).
Also, my mom said the nurses in her office suggested drops of lemon on your tongue.