If you’re a Sex and the City fan, you’ll remember those famous words coming from Miranda’s mouth when she was describing the joy that is morning sickness. And she was right. That punch you in the gut, knock you down nausea that hits many women can strike at any time of day. And it seems to be worst at the beginning of pregnancy when you’re not quite ready to announce to the world that you’ve got a bun in the oven but you could really use some sympathy. I can remember sitting through many a meeting or presentation, counting down the minutes until I could escape back to my office to sneak more ginger candies and water or hide in the ladies room with my head on my lap for a few minutes.
So how do you best combat the waves of nausea, if they are in fact affecting you? Everyone has their own way of handling that stomach churning feeling, but there are definitely some natural remedies out there that can help (of course, check with your doctor or midwife first). I personally found candied ginger chews, lemonade and lots of water to be miracle workers in getting me through some of the more barfilicious days I encountered. I also know some women who were given prescriptions for Diclectin, which is a combination of Vitamin B6 and an antihistamine, and is the only medication approved in Canada for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
To learn more about both lifestyle and medical remedies for nausea, check out the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada website. And know this – the majority of women find their nausea suddenly disappears one day around the 12th week of pregnancy. Mine did, and if you’re suffering right now, I hope yours vanishes too, very, very soon.
Any other tips out there? How did you manage morning sickness?