Oh goodness, morning sickness in the first trimester can be really rough. I remember feeling terrible for the first 8 weeks and trying EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to make it go away. I’ve put together my 8 Morning Sickness MUST-Haves along with some tips that helped me to feel better, so I could enjoy my pregnancy.
As I started writing this post, I was remembering the first time I got sick when I was pregnant with my daughter. I looked at a banana…. and…. boom… I was in the bathroom and nauseous for the rest of the day. I laugh now, but I couldn’t eat or even look at bananas for the rest of my pregnancy.
I know how frustrating it is to be sick 24/7. I don’t know why they named it morning sickness when it’s more like all day (and all night) sickness. But over 70% of women experience it in their pregnancy, so it’s totally normal. Thankful there are some things that can help ease your nausea so you can get back to baby planning!
I know this time is tough, so I’ve created some (free) Pregnancy Prayer cards that will help you to pray over your growing baby!!
8 Morning Sickness Must Haves (I couldn’t live without)
While every mama-to-be is different and has different triggers and levels of morning sickness, there are many natural remedies that can help you alleviate it. Here are some of my morning sickness must haves that I couldn’t live without. I hope they help you… even if it’s just a little bit!
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1. Peppermint Gum and Candies
I had peppermint everything during the first trimester. Since I found out I was pregnant at thanksgiving, I ate WAY too many candy canes. But, they really helped to take the edge off when nausea started to kick in.
You really can just grab anything peppermint, but I loved gum, candy canes, and essential oil (I’ll touch on this later)
Some Awesome Pregnancy Peppermint Products I loved are:
2. Anti-Nausea Drink Mix
Did you know that there are actually anti-nausea drink mixes out there? Similar to a Crystal Light packet, you simply pour the mix into a bottle of water and, hopefully, reap the benefits of curbing the nausea and morning sickness!
3. Morning Sickness Tea
If you enjoy starting your day with a warm beverage, but nausea has got you feeling down, you may want to consider switching your coffee with a morning sickness tea! Tea may help you ease your nausea, but it’s also a great way to support hydration, which is crucial during your pregnancy!
I loved Pink Storks Morning Sickness Teas (Get 15%off with my Promo Code ALEXIS15)!
4. Ginger Candies
Ginger is the most popular natural remedy for any form of nausea. There are countless products out there for mamas that have ginger, but we’ve found ginger candies to be the best, most tasty, and easiest option!
If you’re experiencing any form of morning sickness, be sure to give ginger candies a try! They just may curb that nausea and help you make it through those first tough weeks of pregnancy.
My favorite Ginger Candies by Pink Stork (Get 15%off with my Promo Code ALEXIS15)!
5. Lemon Drops
Like peppermint and ginger, lemon is another great and natural anti-nausea food. From simply making hot lemon water in the morning to purchasing lemon drops for pregnant sickness, lemon is a great thing to try!
6. Essential Oils
Sometimes, you may not want to even think about food, and that is okay! Food aversions are incredibly common during your first trimester! But, this doesn’t have to make alleviating your morning sickness more difficult! Aromatherapy may actually help with you as well! Just like some smells can trigger your nausea, there are other smells that can help alleviate it! Here are a few…
7. Acupressure Wristband
If foods and smells just aren’t your jam right now, there are other products specifically geared towards helping you! Acupressure wristbands are designed to pinpoint a specific pressure area on your wrist that is often associated with getting rid of nausea and stopping vomiting. While some may be skeptical, anything is worth a try—especially something like this that has no side effects!
Lastly, if you are experiencing any forms of nausea during your first trimester, you’ll need to have some crackers on hand at all times. Sometimes, our bodies need bland foods such as crackers and bread to fill and settle our tummies. So, make sure you have your pantry stocked with some easy-to-eat, bland crackers!
I was pretty obsessed with oyster crackers and had a bag on me at all times!
10 Tips for Morning Sickness
Now that we’ve explored some key must-haves for when your stomach feels upset during your pregnancy, let’s discuss the biggest tips for battling morning sickness! At times throughout your first trimester, you may simply feel hopeless. You may feel like there’s absolutely nothing you can do to improve how you feel.
But, the truth is, even though you may not be able to completely “cure” your nausea, there are so many things you can do to help ease the symptoms and keep you and your baby healthy, hydrated, and well-nourished!
Here are our top 6 tips for morning sickness including…
1. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is so crucial for both you and your baby’s health! Even though you may not feel like it, it is incredibly important that you drink plenty of fluids! There may be times in your first trimester where water doesn’t sound good to you, and that’s totally normal! You may need to start thinking outside of the box when it comes to hydration!
Here are some alternative ways to stay hydrated if water is a struggle…
- Sip on water
Just because you need to stay hydrated doesn’t mean that you need to jug a gallon a day! Simply sip on water here and there. Try to keep water with you at all times, and when you’re up for it, take a swig or two!
- Add natural flavors
Many pregnant mamas-to-be don’t crave water in their first trimester. Adding some natural flavors like lemon or infusing berries can make a huge difference!
- Make popsicles
You don’t have to drink fluids to stay hydrated! You could make yourself some delicious and healthy popsicles to snack on! Not to mention, if you’re feeling nauseous, you could even make some nausea pops by adding some ginger and lemon!
2. Eat as soon as you wake
Nausea and an empty stomach never mix. More often than not, morning sickness is in the morning because it’s the time in which your stomach is at its emptiest. So, it’s important to get something on your stomach as soon as you wake up.
Some women find that their morning sickness greatly subsides if they eat something even before they get out of bed. Keeping saltine crackers on your bedside table so that you can have one as soon as you way up may help if you notice strong bouts of sickness first things in the morning.
3. Eat smaller meals
Similar to the previous tip, it’s important to keep food on your stomach at all times to prevent sickness. Because of this, try eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day.
4. Bland is better
If you’re experiencing a great deal of food (or smell) aversions, try and keep your diet bland for a bit. At the end of the day, you need food. Yes, it would be ideal to have the most healthy foods like salads and green smoothies for every meal, but oftentimes, that’s not feasible for the first trimester.
If you’re experiencing morning sickness, try sticking with blander foods for while such as: toast, crackers, rice, etc.
5. Listen to your body
Food aversions are real, especially during your first trimester! One of the best tips for morning sickness is to simply listen to your body! If your body is rejecting even the thought of a certain food, listen. It may be hard and frustrating, but unless it is rejecting something completely necessary like water and hydration, be patient and listen!
6. Talk to your doctor
Lastly, if you’re struggling, talk with your doctor. Many women shy away from asking their doctor because they don’t want to be seen as a complainer. But, you’re not complaining! Your health and wellbeing is your doctor’s priority, and they have a lot of experience working with women in their first trimester! If your sickness is serious and unrelentless, they have medicine and other tricks to help.
8. Get Moving or Go on a Walk
I have always enjoyed walking. This is something I’ve done for years, but when I was nauseas it felt like the last thing I wanted to do. But surprisingly, I always felt SO much better after going on a short walk. Just make sure to bring a bag or something with you…. just in case 😉
9. Wear Comfy Clothes
There is nothing worse than feeling nauseous and having a tight pair of jeans on. You are probably feeling bloated right now, too. So, do yourself a favor and grab some comfy pants!!
If you need something inexpensive, these were my favorite pants for the first and second trimester!
10. Pray about it.
I know what you are thinking ‘how is praying about morning sickness going to help me?’ But, I truly do believe in the power of prayer. Ask God to help you nourish your body even though you are feeling nauseous.
If you haven’t downloaded my pregnancy prayer cards, these will help you to pray for a safe pregnancy and your growing little one!
I also wrote a blog post with First Trimester Week by Week prayers!
Your first trimester is filled with so many happy and wonderful times, but there are also some big struggles ahead! Just remember that everything is temporary and, before you know it, your beautiful little miracle will be here and every memory of these trying times will slowly fade! I know that these morning sickness must haves and tips will help you get back to enjoying being pregnant again!