Nobody knows what causes morning sickness (or in some cases, all-frickin’-day sickness) and, therefore, nobody really knows a cure. Typically, this is when my grandmother would have chimed in to say “If men had this you know damn well they’d have it figured out by now.” True enough.
Either way, nearly three-quarters of pregnant women have morning sickness at some point and to some degree during their pregnancy. It is more common in first pregnancies, but can also happen in subsequent pregnancies. The most common treatment for morning sickness is “suck it up, Buttercup” which is always nice advice to give along with eating leafy greens and deep breathing, when it isn’t you that’s suffering from it.
In my highly sophisticated research of trolling the web, here are the ones that didn’t sound too over-the-top or stupid:
1. Anything ginger. It’s sounds like this is go to herb to quell the barfs. Anything from ginger ale, ginger snaps, candied ginger to boiling fresh ginger in water with a bit of honey to make tea. Sounds very hippyish which makes me think that last one might work. These ginger candies also got very high praise.
2. B6. 25 milligrams of vitamin B6 three times a day (a total of 75 milligrams per day) for three days is supposed to reduce nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy although they don’t know why. What’s that? You can’t make a billion dollars off vitamin B? Screw the studies then. Thanks pharmaceutical companies.
3. Sour Stuff. Fresh lemons in water and lemonade popsicles seem to help some gals. These B-Natal Lozenges in Green Apple got a lot of votes from my readers, and Sour Patch Kids always get a thumbs up (from me anyway).
4. Don’t get hungry & Eat Often. Eat all the time. Even keep something like crackers to nibble on beside your bed before you get up in the morning. Have a snack every hour or two, keeping the servings small. I like this one. Gum chewing was up there on everyone’s list too. A few people recommended Pür gum if you’re trying to avoid aspartame and sugar.
5. Sniff Stuff. This Happy Mama Spray from Earth Mama got great reviews (it’s also supposed to help life your mood after the baby is born). Sniffing lemons was recommended a few places too.
6. Take your prenatal vitamins with food to help them stay down. Even a cracker will do the trick. Taking them before you go to bed also helped lessen the barfs because you are sleeping when the queasy normally hits.
7. Avoid fried, fatty foods. Okay, they need to back the hell off with this one because they’re not even sure if it does anything which makes me think they’re just trying to get all preachy about what you should eat. That said, I’ve included it because it did come up a few times. Dumb.
8. Protein-rich snack before bed. This will help keep your blood sugar up during the night and might stave off a wave of ew the next day.
9. Cider vinegar. Supposedly drinking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon honey in cold water before bed is helpful. Personally, I think this would *make* me barf.
10. Increase the iron-rich foods in your diet. Foods such as beef, sardines (ew), eggs, dried fruit and green leafy vegetables. I think this one sucks.
11. The BRAT diet. Bananas, rice, applesauce, toast and tea.
12. Sucking on lollipops. I think this will also increase your street cred but I’m not sure. I sucked on Preggie Pops when I was pregnant and LOVED them. They have a touch of sour, but aren’t overwhelming.
13. Peppermint tea is supposed to help and, if nothing else, your barf will be minty fresh. This tea from Earth Mama is also really popular. It contains ginger root, spearmint, peppermint, chamomile and lemon balm, plus, it’s naturally caffeine free and organic.
14. Anise or fennel seeds. Chewing on these soothes upset stomachs. I imagine these would also get stuck in your teeth but, if it works, I guess it’s better than perpetual puking.
15. Acupressure bands. For the record, I firmly believe anything that the Chinese came up with will work – I will try just about anything if an old Chinese woman tells me to do it. These Sea Bands got a very high rating on Amazon, and got the thumbs up from many readers too.
Still barfy? Speak to your doctor because there are medications out there that can curb the pukes. Many women are reluctant to take medication because of the fear it will harm their baby – fair enough – but morning sickness can get pretty serious, which can also put your baby at risk, so weigh it out.
Here are just a few of the more popular solutions:
Antihistamines – Many doctors will suggest trying an an antihistamine to subdue nausea, but if you find you’d need to pop them like tic taks, go back in to speak to your practitioner and have them step it up. Just because they are over-the-counter doesn’t mean they are safer than a prescription. Phenergan is a popular prescription antihistamine that is prescribed to women and has an FDA category C rating.
Diclegis (Diclectin in Canada) – This drug had previously been withdrawn from the U.S. market because it was suspected of causing birth defects. Turns out it was a false alarm and it has been reintroduced in 2013. It’s essentially a combination of B6 and an antihistamine and many doctors have already been prescribing that to their patients in a number of forms (mostly Unisom with allergy medication). It’s also been used safely for decades in other countries so this one sounds solid
While researching this post I found a lot of women using cannabis to control their morning sickness. It had never occurred to me, but I can see why that would make sense. Hey, I don’t judge, especially someone who’d been vomiting non-stop for nine months.
Zofran – This was (and is) a very popular drug used to curb morning sickness. It had been deemed safe for pregnancy with a Category B rating from the FDA, however, new studies are now saying that odansetron (Zofran) may be a little iffy. Bring it up with your doctor if you are prescribed it.
Finally, there are quite a number of women who’s only cure for morning sickness is giving birth, so just know that you’re not alone if nothing is working. Shit, I know. Hopefully karma will reward you with a good baby, kind teenager, and a winning powerball ticket.
How about you guys? Have you found anything that works?