It’s difficult to explain what morning sickness really feels like…it’s not like indigestion or food poisoning, it feels as though there is something missing in your brain, like an empty space and the nausea starts. I was fine until week 8 and then the morning sickness hit me like a freight train all the way until week 20. (Also, the morning sickness can manifest at any time of the day!).
It started with small bouts of vomiting early in the morning sometimes at night. Even if I tried to ignore the bubbling feeling in my tummy, it was difficult to fall asleep until I had removed all the contents of my tummy. I would feel better afterwards but milk brought it back so I resorted to having a dry piece of toast on the way to work.
A friend gave me a very helpful tip; keep a banana and a glass of water next to your bed and have it first thing in the morning after waking up, I tried it and it did keep the nausea at bay. Sitting in the passenger seat of a car was another problem, the nausea returned full force and we started keeping plastic bags in the car that I would vomit into until I reached work.
I found the following to be very helpful in dealing with my morning sickness:
- Have a banana first thing in the morning
- Keep plastic bags handy in the car
- Check that your pregnancy multivitamin is not too strong for you – discuss with your Doctor before switching to another brand
- Increase your fruit intake (for me, that’s the only food which stayed in my tummy)
- Having dates after throwing up removed the slightly bitter taste on my tongue
For those of you who suffer from morning sickness; hang in there and it will likely get better soon!