If you’re suffering with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, you’re not alone. Most women experience it to some degree during their first trimester. If you’re one of the unfortunate few whose symptoms last longer than the typical 6-12 weeks, I empathize. I’ve had the same experience with all 3 of my pregnancies. I have learned a few things that helped however, and I hope you can get some relief with these tips.

1) Getting your blood sugar regulated is priority #1.

One theory about why morning sickness is worse in the morning (and for some women only occurs then) is because when you wake up from sleep, you have low blood sugar. For some pregnant woman, going 8 hours without food is just a bad idea.

2) Avoid foods that cause rapid blood sugar shifts.

Fruit juice, sugary snacks, processed cereal, anything made with white flour, etc…these types of foods cause your blood sugar to rapidly rise then come crashing down, triggering nausea and vomiting. Eat protein foods and whole foods.

Meat, cheese, yogurt (be careful here- try plain yogurt. Most yogurt has way too much sugar in it.), eggs, nuts, nut butters, veggies, and whole grains should be your staples.

3) If drinking water makes you sicker, try these alternatives.

It’s very important that you stay hydrated. You’re going to need extra fluids to support the pregnancy, but many women find that drinking water makes them more nauseated. Some things to try:

Smoothies made with fruit, ice and plain yogurt . The tangy flavor of these two dairy products really hit the spot for me. They also sneak in some extra protein.
Water served VERY cold with a squeeze of lemon.
Carbonated water with a small amount of fruit juice for flavor.
Citrus fruits and melons.

4) Avoid nausea triggers as much as possible.

Your nose is on hyper drive during early pregnancy!
Smells like poopy diapers, kitchen trash, even morning breath may be impossible to totally avoid, but try your best to avoid smelly situations.
Have someone else take out the trash. Have hubby help change your toddler when he’s home. It’s the least he can do. During my pregnancies, my husband had to switch to unscented deodorant and soap, otherwise I couldn’t hug him!
If cooking smells make you ill, take a break from your usual garlic and onion specialties. Hubby will understand that you can’t make his favorite food for a while.
Prepare meals that won’t stink up the kitchen. Green dish like salads, chicken, steak or hard boiled eggs. Sandwiches are good too.

5) Try Aromatherapy

Put a couple of drops of lavender, mint or lemon essential oil (these oils are generally regarded as safe to use during pregnancy) on cotton balls and keep these in various locations… the kitchen, bathroom, your purse and in the car. Take a whiff when you feel sick.

6) Take it easy- but don’t forget exercise

I know, I know… exercise is the last thing you want to do when you can hardly! But if you force yourself to take even a ten minute walk outside every day, it WILL help.

But do try to take it easy, avoid stress as much as possible, and rest as much as you can. You’re doing the very important job of growing a baby. Explain to your other children why you’re feeling poorly and that it won’t last forever. Call in  friends to come over to play with your 2 year old for an hour so you can sleep.
When you feel  nausea coming on, try to lay down for a few minutes in a dark room with your eyes closed. Sometimes if you do this the episode will pass.

7) Focus on the positive

Sometimes when you’re so miserable it’s easy to forget what’s making you so sick! Remember that statistically, women who experience nausea and vomiting of pregnancy are more likely to carry the pregnancy to term.
So rejoice in your strong hormones! Read pregnancy magazines, birth stories on the Internet, look through maternity clothing catalogs, do whatever you need to do to cheer yourself up and get yourself in the mood for a new baby.

8) More Tips

Try sucking on lemon slices when you’re feeling a wave of nausea, chew mint gum to help dry up excessive salivating that may trigger nausea.
If you have trouble brushing your teeth due to an overactive gag reflex, switch to using baking soda for awhile. The foaming of regular toothpaste may be too much. And brush your teeth in shifts if you need to… first the top teeth, then a few minutes later the bottom teeth, then your tongue, etc.

Avoid getting overheated or chilled. Extremes in temperature can trigger vomiting. Go with your cravings, with reason.
Clean the toilet daily, even if it’s the only household chore you can do right now. Better yet, have someone else do it. And wear your hair up for awhile. If you’re going to be throwing up.

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  • Reply
    James Benita
    August 15, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Really useful tips.

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    Courtney Lang
    August 15, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    These are such great tips! Never thought about aromatherapy before!

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    Emma Loves Fashion
    August 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Great post dear!
    I am at my seven month of pregnancy and still vomiting at least three times per week but I use to do it at nights,,,

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    What Would V Wear
    August 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    This is such a great post! Nausea can be so hard and I've struggled with this myself! It helped me to eat smaller portions throughout the day which meant lots of snacking so I won't get as sick as I would have been eaten a big meal!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

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    Paola Lauretano
    August 15, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Great tips, such an useful post!
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    Candace Hampton
    August 15, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Great tips for surviving morning sickness! Hopefully I will never have to put these tips to use, but if I do, they will come in handy 🙂

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    Sister Tales
    August 15, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Your tips are awesome! I am a huge fan of essential oils as well, I use them for so many different things! I use them every single night in my diffuser =)
    xoxo, Simona and Indre

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    August 15, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Very good tips! Thanks for sharing! =)

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    Precious Nkeih
    August 15, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    These tips are so useful to me, Tessy. The morning sickness I feel during pregnancy is so intense. I didn't have the slightest idea about the blood sugar bit. Thanks you for sharing, hun.

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    August 16, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I may not be planning on getting pregnant anytime soon but I actually had no idea that some of the things you mentioned can heighten morning sickness! Noted!


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    Kathrine Eldridge
    August 16, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Great post! I wish I would of read this when I was pregnant with my two boys. Have a wonderful week!

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    Diana Horsfall
    August 16, 2016 at 10:53 am

    great tips

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    Neha Bhatt Bhagat
    August 16, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Great Tips hun…xoxo, Neha

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    Style For Mankind
    August 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    This is fabulous! Love it.


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    Eleine Pereira
    August 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Great post dear!

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    Tijana J. Dominguez
    August 16, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    These are some great tips and they totally make sense. I haven't been pregnant yet but I'm making a mental note 😉

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    marinella rauso
    August 16, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    this is a very interesting guide. Thank you for sharing

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    Bubu Green
    August 17, 2016 at 7:57 am

    These are great tips. My morning sickness episodes were something else. Hopefully, will return to this page for baby number 3.*wink* But I'd rather not have the sickness at all.

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    Nwamaka Ajaegbu
    August 18, 2016 at 7:57 am

    This is so AWESOME. Thank you!

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    May 14, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Thank you very much. Your article actually helped me. I just had some chips and some fizzy drink and I loved it. Best thing I have eaten in a week. I was feeling guilty but not anymore :)) My morning sickness (which last the whole day) is very bad and I hope it gets better soon.

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