Nausea & Vomiting of Pregnancy Essentials:
For me , nausea hit at the start of week 6 like clockwork. By week 8 I had my head over the toilet multiple times each day. It was rough, and there are foods that I will certainly never eat again – like beef & barley stew and Pad Thai, but eventually I found a way to make it to week 14 when things began to calm down.
The experience of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy can vary so greatly for each person. I spent hours online trying to find out the top ways other pregnant ladies were overcoming their symptoms. It came down to figuring out exactly what worked for me. This may not necessarily be the same thing that works for you, but, at least you can reference this list for a few ideas.
Here are my top tips for nausea and vomiting relief:
- Finding your Foods: For me, the desire to eat soda crackers lasted about a week before I couldn’t handle their dry consistency. I wound up really liking brown rice and kamut cakes with nut butter and hazelnut spread instead. In reality, I was eating every 2 hours to keep nausea at bay. I did my best with my supplement schedule, but often they made me more sick. I steered clear of meat of all kinds and caffeine, which was way too stimulating for my stomach.
- Bedtime Snacks: I literally had to bring a snack with me to bed every night to have at 1am and then again upon waking at 6am. Having it right next to me on my bedside table meant that I all I had to was lean over and eat rather than get up and face the dreaded wave of nausea.
- Nausea Relief Spray by Martin & Pleasance: My acupuncturist introduced me to this and it really saved me a few times.
- Ginger Tea and Ginger Chews: Ginger really does work wonders, but I will never be able to drink it again without thinking of that nasty 1st trimester.
- Acupuncture: I should have had this more often – like weekly. I went once and it was the first time in weeks that I had managed to feel well for a full ½ day. I even slept. It was amazing. Do it!
- MamaBands: Can you tell I pulled out all the stops and tried everything? These bands are the same that are used for motion sickness. They apply pressure to PC6 acupuncture point to alleviate nausea. Sometimes PC6 isn't the point that needs to be stimulated, so they may not work for you, but they are worth a shot.
- Sleep! I found the more exhausted I was, the more likely I was to feel ill. Sleep is key!
- Essential Oil Diffusers: Your nose is likely totally sensitive right now. I was convinced my house was a chemical soup. I started using essential oil diffusers with peppermint to clean the air and give my nose a break.
- Giving In: There are times when a craving comes along and you just have to honour it. I was doing my absolute best to eat as well as possible, but occasionally I had to give in to whatever I was desiring.
- Wash Cloths, Towels and Water: Keep a supply of clean wash clothes and fresh water by your toilet of choice. You’ll want to refresh during long bouts. You'll also want a towel under your knees to make yourself more comfortable.
Your naturopathic doctor can you help figure out what the best options for supplementation are for you. Some women respond really well to vitamin B6, but it can hard to stomach in tablet form. Liquid versions are available, too.
Speak with your naturopathic doctor about your best plan of attack for nausea, which may include regular acupuncture.
I can completely commiserate with new mamas-to-be who are suffering. It's a nasty experience, but it is worth it in the end.