When I found out I was pregnant again, I was a bit nervous. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I was excited. But when I was pregnant with Mac, morning sickness kicked my butt. Like if you have read my tips for pregnant ladies, you’ll know morning sickness hit me like a semi-truck and it didn’t leave for 4 months. I was terrified that the same thing would happen again, except this time I am working full-time, raising a toddler, and selling and buying a house. But after some experimenting, talking to my midwife, and getting some sage advice from a pregnant friend, I have found 4 tricks I’m using to get through it.
*Just a disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Make sure you talk to your doctor about some of these!
Once I found out I was pregnant, I started taking a prenatal vitamin. Soon after, I found that dreadful sick feeling sneaking in. After a bit of experimenting, I figured out my prenatal was actually the cause of it! I stopped taking it and just took a folic acid vitamin. (I take Nature Made Folic Acid.) My midwife is fully aware I stopped taking my vitamin and was okay when she heard I was taking just folic acid instead.
My very wise best friend Amanda (who is also pregnant right now) not only told me I should be taking a B6 vitamin to help with morning sickness, but she also dropped off a bottle for me to try. And you know what, she is totally right. Now, you should once again talk to your doctor, but from what I have read you need to make sure you take less than 200 mg. The Nature Made B6 vitamin that I take is 100 mg.
Okay, I’m ashamed to admit this was one of the simplest pieces of advice that never even crossed my mind. After taking out the prenatal and adding in B6, I didn’t get as sick, but I could still feel the moment when those vitamins were absorbed and the morning sickness got worse. Amanda (once again, in her late second trimester wisdom) suggested I take the vitamins at bedtime instead of in the morning.
Here was my one problem with this: it was a routine to take my vitamins right when I get up. Andrew has to remind me almost every night to actually take them before I go to bed. In fact when Andrew was away on a business trip, I forgot for two days in a row, felt like total crap, and finally set an alarm to go off at 7 each night so I would actually remember.
In my classroom, there is a closet that my co-teacher and I sometimes use for storage and other times use to hide from children. Each day, I would grab a disposable cup full of a bland, carby snack that would get me through the day. Every 20 minutes (or less if I was feeling pukey) I would duck inside and grab a handful to munch on.
Some of my favorites included: