I love everything about babies. The way they smell, the delightful way they coo, and that oh-so-adorable grin with milk running out of the corner of their mouth. But to be honest, there are a few not-so-loved hurdles in getting them here. 😉
First, I’ve never had the cute ‘basketball’ tummy – I’m pregnant from my neck to my knees. But, I’ve learned how important food and fitness is to returning to a healthy weight, so I can live with that. . .
Then, the fact that I have to wait an entire nine months for our bundle of joy is like being given a Christmas present and then having to sit and look at it for eons before I can open it. Patience has never been one of my strong suits – and there’s no shaking of the presents here. 🙂
But the biggest factor is the third issue. Morning sickness. No, make that all-day-long-sickness. Scratch that – it’s more like the 24/7 flu for about 200 days.
Have you ever had the flu. . .to the point you’re laying on the couch, clutching the ‘sick pail’ and literally just wishing you could throw up because you’d probably feel better? Have you ever gotten such bad motion sickness that you’re hand is on the car door handle and regardless of the fact that you’re going 60 mph, you’re on the verge of opening it? Have you ever been so overwhelmingly hungry you feel like you’re going to hurl if you don’t eat something right. this. second. . .
Yep. That’s morning sickness. Only with the vomiting. 🙂
I’ve always endured morning sickness because I know there’s a beautiful blessing at the end, but I’ve also spent the last 7 pregnancies trying to figure out how to tame the giant!
I’m happy to announce that there is an answer!
But before I share. . .please note that I am not a doctor, I don’t play one on T.V., and I am only sharing what has worked for me. Take this as my personal experience and always consult your midwife, doctor, etc. . .
Learning through morning sickness
It’s easiest if I explain what I have tried during each pregnancy – and how it worked/didn’t work for me before I tell you what I’ve recently discovered:
Baby #1 – boy – seventeen years ago (vomiting/nauseous 24/7 until about 6-7 months along)
1. peppermint candies – didn’t even make a dent
2. saltine crackers – the baby literally laughed in my face
3. three different prescriptions from the doctor – nothing. I was eventually told they couldn’t give me anything stronger or it would hurt the baby.
Baby #2 – boy – fifteen years ago (vomiting/nauseous 24/7 until about 6-7 months along)
I literally thought I’d tried everything, so I simply lived through it.
Baby #3 – girl – twelve years ago (vomiting/nauseous 24/7 until about 6-7 months along. She was stillborn four days before due date.)
For the first time I went to a naturopath, (this was the beginning of our ‘health journey‘) and he told me that:
1. my diet needed to change drastically to a more alkaline diet
2. when pregnant, my pituitary gland seemed to stop working to it’s full potential
So, we started trying to eat healthier (basically added canned veggies to our meals!) and our naturopath gave me a homeopathic medicine that stopped nearly all the vomiting, but the nausea continued until 6-7 months.
Baby #4 & #5 – boys – eleven and eight years ago (nauseous 24/7 and occasional vomiting until about 6-7 months along.)
Continued to gradually change our diets (started making homemade bread and made more recipes from scratch rather than boxed – though several recipes still contained things like Velvetta cheese and canned cream soups) and again took the homeopathic medicine I’d taken previously.
After baby #5 I started exercising regularly, however I got pulled into the fad diets (low-fat, low-carb) and started eating more processed ‘diet’ foods.
It was about this time we found out Travis had Lyme disease and several food allergies. In our quest to help him, we started reading books like Nourishing Traditions and began making our own chicken broth, dressings, and ditched the processed ‘ingredients’ and replaced them with our own cream soups and the like.
Baby #6 – girl – five years ago (nauseous 24/7 and occasional vomiting until the day she was born.)
1. tried seaband bracelets – made me feel worse
2. dried papaya and ginger – nope. nothing.
3. tried drinking kefir – didn’t sit well (learned later that it’s best if you’ve drank it for several months to build up good gut bacteria before becoming pregnant).
4. discovered that if I ate ONLY protein and bland vegetables, the nausea was noticeably less intense. ANYTHING sugary (even natural sugars in fruit) or any bread-type carb made it worse.
After this baby, we learned about candida and followed the candida diet strictly for about 9 months.
Baby #7 – ? – currently pregnant (nauseous 24/7 for about 2 months, then just in the evenings until about 4 months. However, nausea was noticeably less than anything in the past.
Natural remedies for severe morning sickness (hyperemesis)
This baby was a ‘surprise’, so I didn’t drink kefir or kombucha on a regular basis beforehand to build up good gut bacteria. I’m assuming some portion of the severely lessened nausea and absence of vomiting has to do with our diet over the past few years. We’ve been eating ‘clean’ overall for about five years and have incorporated good gut foods such as coconut oil, probiotics, and sourdough regularly, and homemade yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha (not as regularly) into our diets.
However, this pregnancy had me doing a lot more research into what causes morning sickness and because of that I’ve added a lot more supplements and changes.
The first thing I found was research showing that the bacteria h. pylori is present in over 90% of women who suffer form severe morning sickness and has been mentioned several times as the ‘behind the scenes’ cause. (source, source, source, source)
Morning sickness protocol
(*items help against h. pylori)
Propepsia Liquitrophic – 1 tsp. 2 x day (recommended by naturopath)
Pitui Liquitrophic – 1 tsp. 2 x day (recommended by naturopath)
*RAW Probiotics Women – 3 capsules 3x day (bought on Amazon)
*MCT Oil – 1000mg capsules, 3 per meal (bought on Amazon)
*Coconut Oil – 2 1/2 Tbs. spread throughout day (I use coconut oil to fry eggs in the morning. Another easy way to get it in is with Chocolate Coconut Cubes.)
Lemon Ginger Drink – 3 x day (did this very regularly in the beginning and then tapered off to about 1x per day)
1 Tbs. ACV
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp. ginger
ice & water
stevia to taste
*Colloidal Silver – 1-3 tsp. 3 x day (I don’t take this every day. I’ve read that it’s safe, but I don’t want to over do it either. . .)
*Garlic – 2 capsules per day
Pink Stork Folate Acid – 1/2 – 1 mL directly under tongue (bought on Amazon – read about it on PinkStorkSolutions.com)
Magnesium Oil Spray – on temples, wrists, and feet when nauseous (bought on Amazon)
Magnesium Flakes – in foot bath or full bath (bought on Amazon)
Peppermint essential oil – for smells and headaches (put drops on my shirt or pillow)
So how did it help in the end? This pregnancy’s morning sickness has been SO different! Instead of nausea all day and night, it was more a ‘bleh’ feeling during the day with the nausea in the evenings. But even then, only a handful of times did the evening nausea get as bad as it had in previous pregnancies.
By the time I was around 12 weeks even the evening nausea was noticeably better. I’m now about 20 weeks and IF I remember to take my supplements ( 😉 ) then I’m fine all day. I can’t even tell you what a blessing it’s been to find natural remedies like these!
Again, this is what I’ve done and has helped me personally. PLEASE seek the advice of your midwife, naturopath, or doctor.