And that, sweet mama-to-be, is called morning sickness. And it’ll have you feeling some kinda way...
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Luckily, the web is filled with information on how to combat morning sickness. Whether it’s a natural remedy to reduce it or the foods you should avoid, the research is out there. One Redditor and mom-to-be compiled every single piece of morning advice she could find online in one hilarious post we just had to share. Courtesy of justaddcaffeine, “Please enjoy.”
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Here's the list of typical advice she found, with her own comments highlighting the contradictions and impossible situation everyone with morning sickness find themselves in.
As always, please don't follow any advice off the internet without first consulting with your doctor or health practitioner. Don't take chances, especially not in pregnancy.
- "Eat something small as soon as you wake up, although you were almost certainly woken by nausea so it is probably too late. Also, only eat simple bland foods that you can handle, like crackers. But don't eat any foods that will spike your blood sugar, like crackers. And don't go on an empty stomach."
- "Avoid coffee, which can make your nausea worse. Instead, take Unisom and B6 twice a day, because you can't be nauseous when you are unconscious. Also, take it on the empty stomach you could not possible tolerate."
- "Avoid strong smells, such as peppermint, ginger and the awful, unmistakable vitamin smell, but always take your vitamins. Also, peppermint and ginger can help with nausea, so keep some on hand at all times."
- "You can try sucking on hard candy during the day, it PROBABLY won't cause gestational diabetes, but you know Myaleigh didn't have any refined carbs during her pregnancy and her son Dylaleigh just got in to baby Harvard, so..."
- "Also, we know you're trying to avoid letting people know that you're pregnant, so wear these VERY VISABLE and hideous Sea Bands. Just tell people you just came back from jazzercise. It will help that you're already sweaty."
- "Drink at least a gallon of water a day, but only take small sips. Or better yet, ice chips. Have one gallon a day of ice chips. One chip a minute for 24 hours a day, that sounds about right. And also, get plenty of sleep while marathon ice chipping. Don't worry, your AM sleeping pill should help with that."
- "And if things get really bad, you can always get stronger meds like Zofran. Your mother-in-law definitely won't say things like, "Well, in my day, we weren't allowed to take ANYTHING for nausea. We just dealt with it..."
Few women are lucky enough to skip morning sickness altogether and we think it’s safe to say this mom hasn’t. Kudos to her for keeping her sense of humour through it all though.
She divulged she’s 8 weeks along, with twins, and we’ve heard morning sickness may be worse with twin pregnancies too. Al-Khan explains for WebMD, "One of the things that is postulated as causing morning sickness is high levels of human chorionic gonadopin, and we know that levels of this hormone are higher in twin pregnancies, so women carrying twins have a higher incidence of nausea and vomiting in the first trimester."
They also say that carrying twins tends to cause more back pain, sleeping difficulties and heartburn, caused by the added strain be exerted on your body. You are making another human in there after all – it was never going to be easy.
But take heart: in a lot of pregnancies – twin pregnancies included – morning sickness tends to stop between 12 and 14 weeks. And after that the journey becomes a little more "magical" as the mom-to-be put it, even if it doesn’t feel that way right now.
She certainly doesn’t.
"I’m 8w with twins and I might die," she joked.
"Now excuse me, I missed like 8 ice chips while writing this.”
What helped you with your morning sickness? Send your advice and tips and we may share it with our readers.