I’m writing this from the bathroom floor, which is where I have been for most of the night puking up. I am SO tired. Sleeping on a towel, on the bathroom floor, is actually possible and it’s not because I’m drunk (although I do feel like I’m hungover most of the time just without the fun night before 😅🤦🏽♀️)
I’ve decided to focus my first pregnancy blog on morning sickness as I’ve had hundreds of DM’s asking for advice and sharing your own horrid stories of your experiences of morning sickness.
Sorry to everyone who came to the Results Retreats in July... it wasn't really a sickness bug 😜
For most of us, I think it is the first symptom to make us suspect we are pregnant. It definitely was for me. Smells were making me super nauseous and I felt an overwhelming tiredness to go with it which is what made me think “hmmmm maybe I could be pregnant!?!”
Firstly, why the Hell is it called MORNING SICKNESS!? I had suffered evening, all night and the morning just to top it off. It’s also made me realise that I need to work on my pelvic floor muscles a bit more 😳 but apparently this is normal just another pregnancy treat I didn’t know about 😅
In the morning, my general routine has changed to wake up at 4 or 5am, feeling starving and sick. I usually take a calm walk to the kitchen to make toast and a cordial. Humming to distract that awful nauseous feeling; holding my nose because the smell of the fridge, flowers, diffuser and well, frankly the smell of ANYTHING makes me feel sick. I then pray that the toast will make the sickly feeling go away!
Here are some handy anti sickness hacks I have learnt that I hope may help you…!
1. Always carry snacks 🍪 I kept crackers and ginger biscuits in my bag - I feel like my mother who always seems to have a snack in her bag at all times ha!
2. Sussing out the nearest toilet 🚽 Wherever I am, I always make note of where the toilets are located so that my anxiety levels drop slightly. Which actually reduces how sick I feel.
3. Stay hydrated 💧 Try not to drink too much too quickly especially while you’re eating, sip water in between meals. It has really helped me to keep my sicky feeling at bay a bit more.
4. Eat little and often 😋 I’m not going to lie this is actually really difficult. Pregnancy has made me really hungry, so to make a sandwich and have the will power to eat it gradually over 2-3 hours is so hard! At work you can’t ask for your lunch break to be split into 4x 15mins breaks, can you 🤷🏻♀️🤦🏽♀️ But as and when you can, try to eat smaller portioned meals. I would also recommend avoiding big rich flavoured meals as I was always sick afterwards. If my tummy got empty, I would also be sick or feel extremely nauseous as well so trying and stick to 6 small meals throughout the day would be ideal if you are anything like me!
5. The bland diet 🍞🥔🍗 Avoid rich, acidic or spicy foods and any foods that have a strong smell. Accept your diet isn’t as exciting right now don’t try and fight it. My diet is extremely beige at the moment, I can only seem to keep down bland beige food like crackers, chicken, toast, porridge, crisps, bread, jacket potato and pasta which normally is my idea of Hell!
I love very colourful meals: long gone are any veggies for the moment which kills me! But remember, this is only temporary.
6. Avoid smells that make you nauseous. 👃 I cleared out all my Jo Malone diffusers in my house, swapped to none scented soaps, didn’t light any candles, didn’t have any flowers in the house, did online food shopping and I actively avoided my fridge for a long time. Ryan would get things out for me and clear out old food. He also had to take out the bin bags 🤢
7. Ice lollies are life! I found water was hard to stomach and like a hangover I really enjoyed ice lollies it helped with my sickness and was a great way of staying hydrated. It’s also stopped me always reaching for fizzy drinks.
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8. Keep your meals cool ❄️ I found hot meals would make me feel even more sick. Cooler meals would be more likely to stay down. Things like sandwiches and cereal. That doesn’t mean it will be the same for you, however; find which foods work for you.
9. Don’t lay after eating a meal. Try to sit upright for as long as you can after eating. This will help your body to digest your food properly and help you avoid any nasty reflux and feelings of sickness.
10. Slow down & relax 💆♀️ 🛌 A busy diary and stress really didn’t help my sickness. If you are used to working long hours or have a very active lifestyle, you may want to rearrange your schedule and slow down if possible. I know this is easier said than done! But listen to your body and learn to prioritise time to chill and take a little power nap if possible.
Over to the expert…
Emma Selby is Results with Lucy’s resident Clinical Nurse Consultant and provides us with some medical insight into what actually causes Lucy and so many other pregnant women to experience the dreaded morning sickness:
"Unfortunately, Lucy is absolutely right, morning sickness is definitely not just a morning thing! 7 out of every 10 women experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester and it can hit any time of day.
It’s thought that the wave of hormone changes that occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is the main culprit for morning sickness and, just like Lucy, many women find smells can set them off. Those raging hormones are at work here as well and heighten the sense of smell and taste so bland food and avoiding strong smells is excellent advice.
There is no hard and fast treatment for morning sickness I’m afraid, although most women find it eases off as you move into the second trimester and your hormones settle a little bit.
Lucy’s tried and tested tips are spot on! Rest and plenty of fluids (or ice lollies!) are key. Dehydration is the big risk factor here and if you find you haven’t peed in 8 hours then give your doctor a call. Equally, if you haven’t been able to keep any food or water down for 24 hours it’s important to seek help as this might be a sign of a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum, or excess morning sickness."
I really hope this blog may help some of you and I have many more blogs to come following my pregnancy journey. I would love to hear any topics you want me or the RwL team of experts to cover. 😘🤰
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