How to Make the First Trimester (Almost) Bearable

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I’m almost ten weeks pregnant and beginning to see the light at the end of this very long, very dreary tunnel.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m beyond thrilled every single day for the blessing of this pregnancy after losing our triplets in December.
However, the last couple months have dragged on longer than I’d ever thought possible.

Morning sickness with my first pregnancy wasn’t anything to write home about.
I got nauseous when I woke, was fine after breakfast, and continued to truck along just fine as long as I ate every 2-3 hours. No biggie.
With the triplets, things were a bit worse, but still nothing outrageous. Food helped, and the pregnancy ended before we reached the peak weeks for morning sickness.
Enter pregnancy #3.
Good. Grief.

Right at 5 weeks, morning sickness crashed into my life with a vengeance we never saw coming. All day, every day. Up all night. Sleep all day. Well, as much as possible with a one-year-old. Thankfully he’s pretty flexible with his naptime and will happily cuddle up to me whenever needed. He’s a good kid.

By the time week 8 rolled around, I was downright falling apart.
I remember one night that was especially bad.
It was about 12 o’clock midnight, husband was sleeping peacefully in bed without a care in the world, and I was laying on the freezing bathroom floor.
Eventually, my cries woke him up and he brought me some of my b6 tablets…something the doctor SWORE would help me. It didn’t.
“It’s okay babe. In a month you’ll forget how bad this was. In two months you’ll already be planning on having another baby after this one.”
He wasn’t wrong. 😉
The doctor called in both Diclegis and Phenergan, which have been somewhat helpful, but for many people (including us) insurance doesn’t usually cover morning sickness medication.
I decided to try the more natural route.
After a panicked amazon order of literally every single remedy on the internet, you can now call me the morning sickness queen.

Here are four things that definitely made the first trimester a little more bearable:

1. Magnesium Spray.
While doctors aren’t completely sure what causes morning sickness, there’s been some talk that low magnesium levels may play a small role. I have a friend who swore by this stuff in her fourth pregnancy. Pink Stork really seemed to help the last few weeks. It comes in a travel-sized spray bottle so you can keep it with you when you’re out and about. It kicks in pretty fast and is, thankfully, unscented. (Nauseous mothers everywhere cry hallelujah.)

2. Ginger candies.
I’ve tried a variety of ginger candies over the span of my pregnancies, but I gotta say that Gin Gin’s work best. Unlike the chewable kind, these give you something to keep in your mouth and suck on which really seems to help. I always pop one in right before bed to soothe my stomach enough to fall asleep.

3. Sea Bands.
I cannot stress to you enough how much these play a role in keeping me sane. The label says they take about twenty minutes to work…but when they work, they work.
The only time these aren’t on my wrists is when I’m in the shower. Order a pair immediately upon receiving a positive pregnancy test!

4. Preggie Pops.
I’m not a huge sour candy kind of girl, but these did the trick and actually became a pretty soothing flavor. My husband would even ask for them sometimes, haha! I recommend ordering more than one package at a time because you’ll go through them pretty quickly.

While these won’t take your nausea away completely, they do make a pretty big difference.
Try them out and leave your feedback in the comments below!
Good luck and feel better soon. 🙂

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