Inside: Struggling with extreme nausea during pregnancy? Find out 11 easy morning sickness remedies to help you feel like yourself again!
I took another heaping spoonful of my husband’s delicious homemade beef stew and immediately froze. My stomach started to turn and I felt something rising…
I sprinted to the bathroom trying not to breathe.
It took me exactly 10 days after my positive pregnancy test to be welcomed by the dreaded reality of
morning sickness—more like ALL DAY sickness.
After that day, I struggled with extreme morning sickness and was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum for over 15 weeks.
It’s so hard to be happy about your pregnancy when you can’t even breathe without feeling nauseous. Trust me, I know…
But here’s the good news—you don’t have to just suffer through morning sickness!
After experiencing extreme morning sickness for most of my pregnancy, I learned the best tips and tricks to help you manage & prevent nausea, keep food down, and stay hydrated.
Here are my 11 easy morning sickness remedies that literally SAVED. MY. LIFE.
The Best Easy Morning Sickness Remedies to Fight Extreme Nausea
1. Avoid Smelly Smells
There’s nothing worse than taking a whiff of your favorite food only for it to send you straight to the toilet.
I absolutely LOVE bacon…but when my husband surprised me with breakfast in bed, all I could do was sprint to the bathroom—just from the smell alone!
The first easy morning sickness remedy is to avoid strong smells. Every pregnancy is different so what makes me sick may be the very thing that makes you feel better!
The only way to know what smells make you sick, is, unfortunately, to experience the smell first.
Once you know what smells make you sick, then you can avoid them at all costs.
To avoid strong smells:
- Keep your windows open
- Remove yourself from where the smell is and close the door (Stuff a towel under the door too!)
- Replace the bad smell with a good one (like a candle or essential oil)
3. Wear loose clothing
A tight band can literally take your breath away. Anything that is restricting around your abdomen and chest can enhance nausea. I learned this the hard way!
I was finally 12 weeks and wanted to take a cute bump picture so I threw on my favorite leggings—bad idea.
Turns out the leggings acted more like Spanx and nausea hit me like a tsunami. Just because my leggings were tight!
The same goes for bras too. If you find yourself more nauseous than not, make sure to invest in a maternity bra that fits you well and is comfortable!
I purchased this one from Amazon and it’s super comfy and affordable!
4. Eat every hour
I know this morning sickness remedy is super popular- but it’s popular for a reason!
I leaned the very hard way that waiting too long in between meal times can really aggravate nausea.
You don’t have to eat huge meals either. It’s actually better to eat smaller meals and snacks throughout the day to keep your stomach from feeling empty.
During my first 13 weeks of morning sickness, I ate every single hour- even if it was 2 crackers.
The sensation of having something in my system kept me from feeling like I had to hurl every other minute!
5. Take small sips of cold water
This morning sickness remedy was a complete game changer! I heard from many moms who experienced hyperemesis gravidarum tell me not to drink cold water…or really anything cold. So, I always stayed away from anything that was chilled.
But one night I woke up in a hot sweat from my nausea and I decided to take a sip of cold water…and it was like a miracle.
Not only was I instantly cooled down but my nausea actually subsided!
Ever since that night, every hour when I eat my small snack I always try to drink a couple of sips of cold water.
I found that I was not only able to keep it down, but it also felt reeaaalllyyyy good.
6. Travel just after you eat
One of the worst feelings is the combination of morning sickness AND car sickness!
This morning sickness remedy is one that I swore by because it helped me combat feeling nauseous in the car.
Instead of driving to the store when I felt my worse “just to get it over with”, I started driving only after I had eaten something and my stomach felt settled.
Any bump or quick turn would also bring on a sudden bought of nausea so it was important that I ate but was not stuffed.
Before traveling by car (or public transportation), make sure to eat a small meal and be sure to carry snacks with you!
7. Don’t lay flat after eating
Nausea is a fickle thing!
Sometimes you feel better when you’re laying down resting, and sometimes you feel better when you sit up- that’s why it’s so important to listen to your body.
But one of the greatest morning sickness and nausea remedies is to be sure to NOT lay down flat after eating.
It’s easy to want to rest all the time (which is basically what I wanted to do for 14 weeks!), but after you have your hourly snack/small meal, be sure to sit up or only slightly lay back for about 15 minutes afterward.
8. B6 & Unisom
This remedy reaalllyyy helped me but always be sure to check with your doctor and OBGYN before taking any medications or supplements.
During my first pregnancy, I also experienced extreme morning sickness and my doctor told me to take over the counter Unisom tablets every night with a B6 vitamin in the morning and evening.
I did the same with this pregnancy and it seemed to take the edge off!
Of course, nothing will FULLY eliminate morning sickness, but it always helps when you can keep it at a faint hum so it doesn’t turn into a roaring thunder.
Talk to your doctor to see if this is something you can do. It’s proven to be completely safe and unharmful to you or your growing baby (so that’s all that matters!)
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9. Sea bands
Coupled with B6 and Unisom, I ALWAYS wore sea bands.
Sea Bands are these elastic bands that go around your wrist that have a plastic ball on them which applies pressure to a certain place on your wrist to eliminate nausea.
I first heard of them when I went on a cruise for my honeymoon.
But apparently, they work for pregnancy too!
It’s completely harmless and non-invasive so this morning sickness remedy is an easy one.
I wore them for all 3 pregnancies and on the nights that I didn’t wear them, I always woke up feeling worse.
10. Magnesium spray
I found out about this morning sickness remedy from my mother-in-law and it turned out to be a little golden nugget of wisdom.
Magnesium is a really great way to manage and prevent nausea but a pregnant mom doesn’t really need *another thing she needs to take*. Between trying to keep down prenatal vitamins and necessary food, you don’t really want to take another supplement.
That’s why this spray is awesome!
This magnesium spray gives you all the benefits of your body receiving magnesium, without having to consume it. Whenever you’re feeling particularly lousy and nauseous, or even right after you have thrown up, spray some of this magnesium spray on your legs, arms, and torso.
It not only soothes your nausea but also helps aches and pains.
The smell is really comforting too!
It does feel a little “salt watery”- like the ocean- but it didn’t bother me much because it was actually helping me.
Pink Stork makes the best all-natural prenatal products that I absolutely love!
11. Lemons & Eucalyptus
Another really soothing morning sickness remedy is the smell of lemons and eucalyptus. Whether you cut up some lemons and leave them at your bedside or purchase some eucalyptus essential oils, the aroma really calmed, relaxed and soothed me. And when I felt relaxed, my nausea didn’t feel as bad.
That’s why it’s so important to make the immediate space around you as calm and relaxing as possible. You don’t want smells and items around you that will aggravate your morning sickness.
These smells are also proven to reduce nausea so it’s a win-win!
12. Step outside
When all else fails, sometimes fresh air is the answer.
I had absolutely ZERO energy the first 18 weeks of my pregnancy. I would see other moms bounce right back into their normal life at 13 weeks and I was SO jealous because I felt like I just wanted to crawl under a rock and die.
BUT even though I didn’t have the energy to exercise or even walk far, sometimes just sitting outside on a bench was all I needed. The fresh air was relaxing and I always seemed to feel better for those couple of minutes.
If you are feeling up to it, go for a 5-10 minute walk just to get your body moving. Sometimes out muscles tend to cramp up just because we aren’t feeling well and aren’t using them.
Going for a slow walk, even for a couple of minutes, can really be just the thing you need!
The most important morning sickness remedy: Listen to your body
It is absolutely imperative that you ALWAYS listen to your body. Even If the smartest person in the world tells you to do something that would make you feel better if you see that it isn’t helping- then don’t do it.
You are the only one who can understand what you can and cannot do.
You are the only one who knows what you can and cannot eat.
Only do as much as you can take. If your body is not responding well to something, then put it on pause and go rest.
Even if you feel like you are eating something you’re “suppose” to be eating but it is making you sick- take a break from that item and try it again in a couple of weeks.
You are growing a miracle and that’s no easy task!
Be sure to follow your instincts and listen to your body.
YOU know what’s best.
Keep your Doctor in the loop
And remember, always keep your doctor updated on how you are feeling and what remedies you are doing.
If you find yourself not being able to keep anything down for more than 24 hours, call your doctor. It’s important to stay hydrated!
I hope these morning sickness remedies are able to help you as they helped me. No ONE remedy completely eliminated by morning sickness but pairing all of the remedies together seemed to really help me manage the craziness that I was experiencing.
Extreme morning sickness is not for the faint of heart. And no one can really understand it unless they went through it themselves.
But rest assured- you are NOT alone!
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