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I have a colleague who is pregnant. It’s her first trimester and she is experiencing morning sickness. She doesn’t vomit that much but feeling of nausea has made things difficult. She feels tired and doesn’t feel like eating anything. It has now started interfering with her work and home life. What should she do?
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Morning sickness is such a bummer! Hopefully, hers is not too severe and will not last long.
I remember vomiting on the steps of my bank one day. How embarrassing!
After that, I learned to cut out fluids in the morning and just eat toast or crackers. I kept crackers with me from then on.
Also, ask your doctor for a prescription for anti-nausea medicine. It can be a life-saver.
Last, I wore sea bands for nausea on both wrists in the morning, which helped a lot.
Congratulations to your friend!
I have had bad morning sickness with my 3 pregnancies and I actually feel the same things as your friend. The headache, the dizziness, and the loss of appetite are uncontrollable. My Ob-gyn said it has something to do with the hormones and is natural during the 1st trimester. I was always tired and even lost some weight early on in my pregnancy.
It can be easier said than done thing but I guess, I survived my morning sickness because I believed that it is a mind over matter kind of thing. I literally forced myself to get up (if I can, and when I was not dizzy) and eat something (small but frequent) although I found myself throwing up after each meal. I also drank a lot of fluid to hydrate myself as often as possible.
Tell your friend that everything is just a part of the process and this too shall pass.
Congrats to your friend! Morning sickness can be the absolute worst. I do know that small meals and staying hydrated helps. I have some friends who have tried Preggie Pops and say they actually work! They are lollipops that are supposed to help.
If it's really bad, there are medications you can take. It's worth the conversation with your OB or midwife. I also know a lot of people who said the prescription meds helped them a lot.
I hope she starts to feel better soon!
Congratulations to your colleague. I hope her pregnancy is progressing well. Morning sickness or nausea can be incredibly disruptive for some women and if it is severe or ongoing, she should seek advice from her healthcare practitioner. I suffered from nausea at all times of the day for nearly 28 weeks in my second pregnancy and it was exhausting.
What worked for me was having a cup of ginger tea and a dry biscuit (such as a Marie biscuit or Graham cracker) immediately upon waking. I was advised by my doctor to eat small frequent meals throughout the day rather than 3 larger meals, and to remain well hydrated. I found that apple juice and iced tea were well tolerated in small amounts. I also avoided long car journeys as the motion exacerbated my nausea, but did take short walks for fresh air and exercise.
I found with my morning sickness/nausea that the best way to get food in and reduce fatigue was to sip something throughout the day. So, I'm aware that some liquid tastes can be aversive during pregnancy so it might depend on your colleague what that might be. I found that juices really helped especially fresh juices like pineapple with ginger. If that is too acidic, perhaps alkaline smoothies with a taste that she might be craving? I also enjoyed banana smoothies with coconut milk to settle my nausea.
Hope she finds something that works!