Once upon a time, when I was pregnant, I would have liked to read an article like this (or have someone read it and tell me what it said) because, you got it --- I was SICK! "Morning" sickness was no fun and who called it that in the first place??? I was sick any 'ol time and it was the pits (well, for me anyway). Some have morning sickness worse than others. While I was going through this experience, people would say things that didn't always help, such as reciting morning sickness horror stories of their own or their friend's or someone else's.
Some encouragement please? Now that I've been there, the encouragement that I have to offer is:
1) Most likely, this is just a phase of your pregnancy. You will feel good again! In fact, you might even feel greatat some point (the second trimester tends to be the easiest, most pleasant part of the journey for many women).
2) That coffee you used to LOVE, that's turning your nose now (if it is), you WILL like again --- really! You will!
3) There is a beautiful reward at the end of this road --- your sweet baby!
4) If you love to be productive (like me), just remember (while you are laying on the couch doing nothing) that every minute, even when you are sleeping, you are doing something!!!Yes, you are being very productive: you are "growing a baby" (or better said, you are privileged to carry someone precious whom God is constructing inside of you).
5) And you might not believe me now, but after you go through this and more, chances are, you will want to do it again! Yep. Crazy, right? I'm telling you, it's so worth it! And what about tips on how to get through this time of morning sickness? I recently read an idea that I wished I knew before: the day you learn that you are pregnant, simply make meals ahead and put them in your freezer (using disposable "Hefty" foil containers). 20 or so meals made-ahead would help so much. And why is this? Because cooking is completely unappealing once the nausea hits. It only makes you want to gag when you are trying to cut food up, or take meat out, etc. If all you had to do was pop that pre-made pan in the oven, you can rest assured that no one in your household will be living off pop-tarts and hot dogs for the next many weeks ahead.
And check this out: I have asked some of my mom-friends to share with me some things that helped them to cope with morning sickness. Some found that there were tricks for easing the discomfort or getting relief. These things included homeopathic remedies (always check first to see if they are safe for pregnancy), organic ginger ale, Zevia soda, lemonade, etc. It seems that each mother had to experiment with the suggestions and cravings until they discovered what worked for them. For example, one friend said that she was helped by drinking lemonade (specifically "Vitamin Water Zero 'Squeezed'") and eating salty potato chips. Something about that combination was a real help to her! Others mentioned sucking on lollipops or hard candy, especially sour lemon drops. My own mother said that she was really helped by eating protein regularly. She would eat a scrambled egg dutifully (whether it sounded good to her or not), and she kept a protein bar in her purse at all times so that as a hunger nudge came, she could take a bite or two. She also appreciated salad with her last pregnancy. As for my own pregnancy experience: I ate watermelon to feel better. It was especially helpful to me because it replenished me after unpleasant "loosing my cookies" experiences (so-to-speak). I also replenished myself with real fruit popsicles, but I'm not sure if that is always good, because the sugar sometimes made me feel worse. Many mothers agreed (myself included) that eating small portions of food throughout the day, as needed, was important. Hunger pangs came more often during pregnancy, and keeping them in check with a healthy snack (i.e. peanut butter with apple slices, half a cheese sandwich, cottage cheese or yogurt, etc. etc. ) was important to keep us moms feeling good!
But several of them also found that a lot of times you just have to buckle down and get through it, keeping in mind that this will all pay off in the end. To quote one friend, "For me, all that got me through was knowing that one day my baby would be in my arms!" In spite of the fact that she didn't enjoy morning sickness, it sure didn't stop her from being willing to do it again. She has had three children so far. In other words, no matter the discomfort of pregnancy, babies are worth every discomfort it takes to get them here! They are such blessings!