Today we’re talking all about morning sickness – why women get it, how to handle it, and the best products to help ease the struggle. We asked over 100 moms what their best tips for combatting the nausea and all their advice is included in the “tips” section. This post contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission of purchases at no additional cost to you.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! And if you’re reading this, you’re probably suffering from morning sickness and I’M SORRY! I’ve been there. It is not fun.
Maybe it’s keeping you on the couch all day or maybe it bothers you only for a little bit while you get started in the morning. Either way, I hope these tips help you find a little relief!
With all three of my pregnancies, the first signs that I was pregnant was the onset of morning sickness. It started showing up between 5-6 weeks, was in full force by 7 weeks, and lasted through the beginning of the second trimester. I threw up a few times a week for the first 15 weeks with baby #1. I threw up much less frequently with baby #2 (which I mostly credit to baby #1 getting me up early to eat each morning). I never threw up with baby #3 but the nausea and all-day sickness with him were the worst.
Why do pregnant women have morning sickness?
Eighty percent of pregnant women suffer from it and we still don’t know exactly why it happens or what triggers it. That can feel frustrating. While the exact cause of morning sickness is still unknown, most medical experts agree it is due to some combination of the following factors:
Estrogen increases in circulation (up to 100xs higher estrogen levels in pregnant women than non pregnant women) and progesterone also rises. Progesterone causes the muscles in the uterus to relax (in order to prevent early childbirth) but it can also relax the stomach and intestines which results in excess stomach acids.
hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone first produced by the developing embryo soon after conception and later produced by the placenta. There could be a link between hCG levels and morning sickness.
Sense of smell
During pregnancy many women experience an increase in sensitivity to odors, which might overstimulate normal nausea triggers.
Is morning sickness dangerous?
In the majority of cases, morning sickness, although incredibly unpleasant, has no health risk for the baby and is a normal part of pregnancy. In fact, some studies show that morning sickness during pregnancy can be a sign of a healthy pregnancy, with lower rates of miscarriages and stillbirths, compared with pregnancies with no nausea or vomiting. Take heart, your morning sickness can be a sign your baby is developing like it should.
Will you get morning sickness?
80% of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness during pregnancy so the answer is likely, yes. That said, the experience with morning sickness varies grateful from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy.
How long does morning sickness last
Most women start feeling nauseous between 5-8 weeks with the nausea peaking at 12 weeks and tapering off in the second trimester (14-17 weeks).
Tips to survive morning sickness
We asked over 100 moms what their best tips for surviving morning sickness and this is what they said:
Eat small meals /snacks consistently throughout the day
Often eating small things regularly will help you keep food down. For me, it was when I went long periods without eating and then ate again that I was destined to throw up (especially first thing in the morning).
Eat bland things
Can’t stomach a lot? Some moms recommend sticking with plain crackers or toast to keep calories down.
Eat what you crave
Your body is really amazing at telling you what you need. Are McDonald’s french fries the only thing that sounds palatable? Go to the drive thru. Can’t handle the thought of a salad? Don’t worry about it.
Move to a chewable or whole food prenatal
While it is really important to get essential nutrients early on in the fetus’s development, that is also the time that you might be having the hardest time keeping food down. For many women, taking a prenatal can cause them to vomit and then wonder if they really got any of that folic acid. You might have more success with a chewable gummy prenatal. You can also focus on getting the same vitamins as your prenatal in whole food form. Fortified cereals have a lot of the same nutrients and Zeal by Zurvita is a great whole-food powdered drink option. As always, check with your doctor.
I stopped taking prenatals early on because they made me so sick. I worked with doctor to make sure I was getting the same nutrients and found that drinking a cup of zeal and eating two bowls of cereal or a serving a broccoli covered my bases without having to swallow a pill.
We’re not sure of the science behind it, but for many women staying hydrated, while a challenge on its own, can help mitigate the nausea. Some women find that carbonation helps settle their stomach and is the easiest way to keep liquids down. Others find flavored drops like Mio water drops a great way to get more water in.
Foods to try
Of all the foods the moms we asked reported helping with their morning sickness, these three came up the most frequently.
- sour candies
- candied ginger
Best products to help with morning sickness
Struggling with morning sickness? Here are 19 products other moms have used to help combat the nausea.
Sometimes your body just needs something in your stomach to combat the extra stomach acid during pregnancy. These are great to suck on in the morning or on the go. They come in a couple of different flavors within a pack.
*I sucked on these during my third pregnancy and liked them, especially for times I knew I needed to eat to hold of the nausea but couldn’t get to the kitchen yet.
Ginger is a common flavor to help with nausea and they’ve mixed them with mango for a more pallettable candy. Pink Stork has a great selection of morning sickness products so if ginger mango isn’t your jam, check out their other options – from candies to teas to bath salts, they have you covered.
Peppermint is another scent/ flavor known to help combat nausea. Keep these in your purse instead of mints to help in the first trimester.
These work for motion sickness on boats and many women find some relief from morning sickness while wearing them. It feels like a scrunchy on your wrist.
Many women struggle keeping food down first thing in the morning, especially after not eating all night. Try starting out the day with this Morning Wellness Tea with soothing mix of herbs known to help with occasional morning sickness.
Here’s another great option for herbal tea!
Check out this raving review from a verified purchase on Amazon:
Sparkling Mama’s Fizzelixir is an effervescent supplement powder that dissolves easily into any beverage for morning sickness relief! It is doctor approved and is safe for both Mom and Baby during your pregnancy.
If you’d rather have something to chew than just to suck on, try this Megafood morning sickness relief soft chews.
Have you considered a probiotic for your morning sickness? This one is formulated specifically for pregnant women and has lots of success stories on amazon:
“My wife has HORRIBLE all day sickness. She has tried unisom, b6, and prescription anti nausea and it did not help. I found Pink Stork and ordered her some. Came very quickly. After 5 days of taking it she was able to keep food down and finally hydrate herself. It also relieved her bloating and constipation.”
As if you needed an excuse to take a bath while pregnant. The reviewers also tout relief from pregnancy induced anxiety, back pain, and sleeplessness. If you’re looking for a bit of relaxation, try this.
This essential oil roll on mix for occasional nausea and motion sickness is made with a mix of ginger, peppermint, spearmint, and lavender.
A brand we trust for babies has a line of products for pregnancy! Try these for nausea relief and added folic acid.
Some pregnant women have success with traditional nausea remedies like this aromatherapy inhaler nose clip. It’s made with a combination of lemon peel oil, spearmint oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, bergamot oil, and peppermint oil.
From the makers of Dramamine, the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for motion sickness, this is recommended by so many pregnant women for morning sickness.
Another way to get some peppermint to help with the nausea. Use this as chapstick or apply right below nose for immediate relief.
This is a bit of an investment but if you’re at the point that you’re willing to try anything, go for this. The Reliefband Premier is the #1 FDA-cleared, all-natural wearable solution for the prevention and treatment of morning sickness associated with pregnancy.
Healthy Mama makes a full line of products safe to take during pregnancy and this bundle targeting morning sickness is perfect for the first trimester and beyond.
I used and loved a few things by them during each pregnancy (herbal teas, sleep aids, pain relief).
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