Thursday, April 2, 2015

My Morning Sickness Remedies

Yes, I had (have) morning sickness....well it was more like all day and got worse at night sickness. I was hesitant to post about it because I honestly hate thinking back to how I felt then. I end up feeling sick after thinking about it. But I'll just push through. After finding this ecard on Pinterest, I feel like I should share how I felt in the beginning. 

I really wish I am one of those lucky ladies who could say, I felt great the first trimester! And you can sit there and hate me for it. BUT that totally wasn't the case. Even currently I'm sitting here typing this wondering if my dinner is going to stay down. 

I was nauseous even before I found out I was pregnant..lucky me! But it was off and on and only happened occasionally...until about 5 weeks it turned into evenings I felt sick. Then around 6 weeks it was all down hill. Smells drove me crazy, food was absolutely disgusting, just being awake made me sick. I couldn't even be on my phone or computer because it made me sick. And yes, electronics is apparently a trigger. 

A little back story, when I first went through my health issues, I was constantly sick to my stomach. So I had remedies that I used to help make myself feel better. I knew what I had to do. I would drink ginger tea to calm my stomach, ginger chews helped a lot. I would even mix peppermint tea and ginger tea together. So once I started feeling sick, I tried those...and literally EVERYTHING else. Nothing worked. I hated ginger, peppermint, and even those preggie drops didn't help. I would try to eat small things, but just ended up feeling worse. It was seriously awful. Everything I knew to do to take care of myself, completely went out the window. I had such a hard time getting out of bed for almost a month. I could barely walk because I was so lightheaded and dizzy that I would get blurred vision and almost pass out. So I of course went to the doctor and my blood pressure was low and I needed that up. And my body wasn't absorbing any nutrients. My little one was sucking the life out of me. But even at my sickest, as long as the baby was healthy I know I would be okay. Even if the sickness lasted 9 months..I always just thought of the end prize. Thinking about that is what got me through. And it still does. 

 I brought it up to my doctor once everything didn't seem to help and I hated the thought of being on prescription meds, I had one last option. Vitamin B6. I had no clue how one little pill could help. But I tried it anyways.  After taking it for a few days I didn't notice any changes but I was told to stick with it for a week or two to notice. 
Oh my goodness....I'm I so glad that I did. Now it's not a miracle by any means. But after about two to three weeks I started feeling a little better. I was waking up in the morning, actually wanting to eat. It didn't really help my evening sickness, the only thing that did was eating a banana very slowly. I'm so tired of bananas but I will eat one still if I really don't feel well. They also contain B6 and can calm queasy tummies. 

You can find Vitamin B6 at any grocery or health store. I don't even remember where I got mine from. I was in a big daze when I was sick so I don't remember a lot. Before you take it, I would ask your doctor first just to get the okay. 

Here's a picture of what I take daily. The B6 is mostly for me. The other two provide key nutrients for baby...things you can't find in prenatal. But they contain probiotics that helps an upset stomach.  I got them from my chiropractor, they specialize in prenatal care. So talk to a healthcare professional before taking anything! 

I take the B6 twice a day. Morning and evening. I have taken it three times a day before, on days where I have really felt crappy. 
The other two I take only once a day with water. They smell BUT have no flavor so it's so easy to take. Much easier than any pill or gummy. I do take the prenatal gummies at the moment because swallowing large pills makes me gag. Hopefully that will change soon because I found awesome prenatal pills! 

I'm no expert when it comes to morning sickness remedies, because everyone is so different. I just had to find what worked for me. It was a lot of trial and error. And the things that work for me might not work for someone else. 
But I hope this helps!