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When I was pregnant with Iris, my first baby, I puked all the time. In fact, when we first suspected I was pregnant I told Chuck (in all of my 19-year-old wisdom) this can’t be morning sickness because I’m sick all day long.
Are you laughing yet?
In fact, it was so bad with that first pregnancy that anytime I was in a new place (including the US Consulate) I would immediately visually stake out every bathroom and garbage can…just in case. I can’t even begin to tell you all the places I threw up during those nine months. I tried every idea out there to curb my morning sickness.
Crackers before getting out of bed.
Nothing worked. I am sorry to say that I don’t have the cure for morning sickness for you (though I’ve heard these Preggie Pops are great). What I do have is a life hack that helped me survive a miserable pregnancy.
Fast forward three and a half years.
When I was pregnant with Enoch, my fourth baby, I was so sick I could barely get out of bed in the morning. I was the very sickest first thing in the morning but I’ve got news for you…babies and toddlers don’t care how sick you are. They still cry and poop and expect to be fed. In an effort to survive, I came up with this plan.
In the evening when I was feeling my “best” (keep in mind this is a relative term) I would plan a crockpot dinner for the next day. Many days Chuck would get it going before he left for work in the morning. This was a huge help, but he worked construction so he was up and gone early, long before the kids were awake. I had to find some way to get through the mornings with a three-year-old, a two-year-old, and a one-year-old. Here is what I came up with.
In the evening, when the kids were in bed, I would make three peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and place them in plastic bags. Then I would add a bag of pretzels, fruit, and sippy cups filled with fresh water. I would place these on the small table in our living room. When the kids would wake up in the morning I would change diapers and then move to the couch in the living room. The kids would sit at the table and eat their breakfast while I
tried not to puke supervised from the couch.
Once lunchtime rolled around and I could walk around a bit I would cook up a pot of oatmeal and feed that to the kids for lunch. This simple swap between breakfast and lunch helped me to survive a very difficult pregnancy. A bit unconventional? Sure. But seriously, why do we even have rules about what foods we eat at different times of the day? The kids were fed and happy, and I was able to do as little as possible at my sickest time of the day.
Seriously, this one adjustment was life-changing for me!
A reader on my Facebook page mentioned that she invested in a mini fridge (like this one) and kept in next to her bed. She had it stocked with ginger ale and crackers. How smart is that? You can even pick up a small fridge on Amazon for less than $50! I seriously love this idea. Had I thought of this I would have kept it stocked with high-protein foods like cheese sticks and greek yogurt.
And in case you are suffering here are some morning sickness resources:
Did you suffer from morning sickness? What did you do to cope with it?