Every few weeks, someone posts a question about bad morning sickness on Mamapedia - "I'm really sick and it's getting worse and I don't know what to do - help!" I always post the same thing: "Stay hydrated, try liquid nutrition, try to get Zofran if it gets bad, check out www.helpher.org, look for a supportive care-provider." Yesterday, when one of these requests came out, I took the time to look through the answers, and I made notes of the various remedies mentioned by the mothers who responded (see below).
Looking at these answers, I am reminded once again of the fact that morning sickness remedies are highly individual. It's not "For condition A, take remedy B" - it's "For varying manifestations of condition A, take one of several thousand remedies and eventually find out what works for you." When I was pregnant with our eldest son, one of the most frustrating activities of the day was surfing the net for nausea remedies. I would find TONS of women writing "I had horrible morning sickness and I tried [remedy X] and it completely cured me!" Then I would, of course, try [remedy X] and find it to be useless for my nausea. It's such a shot in the dark.
And of course, some of these women are writing about their experience with normal morning sickness, while others are writing about severe morning sickness or hyperemesis - quite different things in terms of being able to find remedies.
Several of these remedies, especially the drugs, I had not heard of before. Always good to have new options to try!
Here is a list of things mentioned:
- Sea bands
- 8 oz. of warm water with 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar, taken at lunch time and then again in the middle of the night
- Zofran, Reglan, Tigan, etc.
- PICC Line
- Liquid nutrition (Jell-O, Boost, Gatorade)
- Sucking on a thin slice of raw ginger
- Ginger tea, from fresh or powdered ginger
- IV fluids
- Ginger ale
- Peppermint candies
- Lemon-ginger tea
- Vitamin B supplements
- Peppermint-Ginger together in Shaklee's Stomach Soothing Complex (???)
- Peppermint aromatherapy
- Cool water - to drink and to use with a wet washcloth on the forehead
- "Try mint tea with honey and cinnamon. Make sure you get ceylon cinnamon not cassia cinnamon (which is what you usually find in the store)."
- Mint tea
- Unisom & Vitamin B combo
- Eating whatever one can keep down
- Zantac 150 daily
- Ginger pills
- Ginger cookies before bed
- Prenatal vitamin containing anti-nausea medicine
- Freeze pops
- Crackers, lemon-lime soda and a banana