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Morning sickness can make even the happiest of newly pregnant people feel really low. So, if you have a friend or someone you love who is currently experiencing morning sickness, here are some ideas for things you could put together to make a morning sickness care package for them. Things that will help relieve nausea, deal with vomiting and its aftermath and generally make them feel better, or at the very least, to cheer them up.
MORNING SICKNESS CAN BE TOUGH!
I remember suffering from morning sickness SO VIVIDLY. A little too vividly if I’m honest. It is one of the least fun things about pregnancy. Plus it is so hard to cope with when you’ve yet to announce your pregnancy to the world.
Morning sickness usually occurs from around the sixth week of pregnancy and starts to subside by the end of the first trimester. It tends to hit its peak between weeks eight and ten, which can be tough for even the hardiest woman to cope with, especially if they’ve yet to announce their pregnancy to the world.
MORNING SICKNESS CARE PACKAGE TO THE RESCUE!
Whilst there is no cure for morning sickness (the medical world still isn’t 100% clear on why it happens!), there are some things that can be taken or used to minimise the symptoms (in short, the symptoms are nausea and vomiting) and give relief.
So these are the things I have included in my checklist of things you could include in a morning sickness care package. Things to help keep nausea at bay or at least minimise it, things to help reduce the likelihood of vomiting, things to help during and after vomiting and things to generally lift the spirits of someone coping with daily nausea.
WHAT TO PUT IN A MORNING SICKNESS CARE PACKAGE
I’ve broken my suggestions down into sub-categories, to try and make it easier for you to select a bunch of things to put in the care package you are planning to make.
NAUSEA PREVENTION AND RELIEF
There’s a whole array of products out there to help with nausea associated with morning sickness. Lemon, ginger, sour flavors, essential oils and aromatherapy can do wonders in helping quell and relieve morning sickness.
1. MORNING SICKNESS CANDY
Candy made specifically for morning sickness has become more and more popular over the years. There’s nothing to say that simply sucking on a plain mint or ginger candy drop won’t offer some help, but these morning sickness candies have been created with ingredients known to help relieve nausea and vomiting. Here are a couple of the most popular morning sickness candies out there…
These candy drops contain lemon, ginger and spearmint, all known to offer relief or remedy for nausea. They also have lovely soothing honey. Upspring Stomach Settle Drops are a best-seller on Amazon.
So I’ve got both an acupressure band and a newer invention, a band that emits an electric current to stem nausea. I’ve used acupressure bands on many an occasion because I also suffer from motion sickness, I have to say they can be very effective.
Acupressure bands were originally created for motion sickness, but they can be super effective, so they are now popular with women suffering from morning sickness. Sea-Bands work by applying pressure to the point on a wrist that has been proven to relieve nausea and vomiting.
Now I must admit I’ve not used EMETERM Electrode, but the positive reviews about it caught my eye, including reviews from pregnant women coping with morning sickness, so I thought I’d include it.
In short, the wristband is FDA cleared and gives physical therapy based on electrical stimulation to relieve nausea and vomiting. It’s certainly not the cheapest thing you could add to a care package, but it’s certainly something worth mentioning!
3. VITAMIN B TABLETS
Vitamin B6 is important for a baby’s brain development and immune function. But there is also research that suggests B6 can help reduce nausea and vomiting. It is also great for the regulation of mood and preventing fatigue, so a great addition to a care package.
EZ Melts are fast-melting tablets, which makes them particularly easy to cope with when suffering from nausea.
4. MORNING SICKNESS SPRAYS
There are some lovely sprays formulated with essential oils known to ease the symptoms of morning sickness. Here is a couple of the most popular.
Magnesium is reputed to relieve nausea, plus it is known as a sleep aid and to relieve aches and pains. So Magnesium Body Spray by Pink Stork is a great addition for a morning sickness care package.
I craved fresh fruity smells when I had morning sickness, they made me feel a little fresher myself! So I love Earth Mama – Morning Wellness Spray, it’s a herbal aromatherapy mist with lime, grapefruit and ginger for occasional pregnancy nausea or morning sickness.
Spray it liberally on wrists, in the air or in the car to quell those feelings of nausea!
5. ESSENTIAL OIL ROLL-ONS
Essential oils and aromatherapy are very popular natural, drug-free ways of treating nausea. Roll-ons are a great way of getting a dose of essential oils that will soak into the skin and also bring aromatherapeutic relief.
I love aromatherapy and I love an aromatherapy roll-on. This Sea-Band Rollette has got ginger, spearmint and lime essential oils to help settle upset stomachs. I tend to use aromatherapy roll-ons on my pulse points.
5. MORNING SICKNESS DRINKS
It is really important to stay hydrated pregnancy. Plus dehydration can aggravate nausea and it is especially important to stay hydrated if you are vomiting due to morning sickness. Water is of course brilliant, but there are also some lovely tea and fizzy drink blends with ingredients to help stem nausea.
This Soothing Ginger Peach Morning Sickness Tea has been blended to help relieve morning sickness nausea, indigestion and stomach cramps. It can be drunk hot or cold. It’s totally caffeine-free and has ginger root and rooibos.
- I really found fizzy soda drinks to be a great way to calm my nausea when I was suffering with morning sickness. But I didn’t always choose the healthiest soda pop!! If I did it all again, I would definitely get some of Sparkling Mama’s Fizzelixir to make my own fizzy drinks. There’s Citrus & Ginger or Raspberry Mint. Yum!!
Glass water bottles are my newest discovery. The brilliant thing about them where nausea is concerned is that they don’t give a metallic or plastic taste when you drink from them, just the taste of water. I have a pink BKR glass water bottle and it is a thing of beauty.
Just as with the EMETERM above, this isn’t the thriftiest of things to add to the care package you are creating, but it is super duper lovely and useful way beyond the first trimester morning sickness phase.
COPING WITH VOMITING
It’s not nice, it really isn’t. But if someone is going to have to go through it they might as well have some great kit to hand to cope with vomiting.
6. THE CUTEST VOMIT BAGS ON THE PLANET!!
7. FRESHENING YOUR BREATH
A little something to have to hand after vomiting that will cleanse the mouth and freshen breath.
Is there anything worse than the after-taste of vomiting? I think not, especially if like me, you are so vomit averse that the smell of it makes you want to vomit!! So, I think having a little bottle of mouthwash is a morning sickness survivalist essential!!
I steered as far clear of artificial ingredients as possible when I was pregnant and this stuff is just the ticket because it is free of the artificial sweeteners and SLS/sulfates that are found in so many big brand mouthwashes.
So once the mouthwashing is done, it’s nice to pop in a breath fresher. These SIMPLY MINTS are delish and I have to say I am a sucker for their uber-cool tins. They are made with only natural ingredients, perfect for pregnant women.
8. OTHER IDEAS
I hope you have found a few things that you like the look of to add into the care package you are making. I just wanted to add a few more ideas for more everyday things that you could add:
- Fizzy drinks – soda pop is good for settling stomachs, so if you know what your pregnant friend would like, add a can!
- Savory snacks – eating little and often is one way to help keep nausea at bay
- Bananas – I used to have a banana on my bedside table ready to eat first thing in the morning, it’s the potassium in them that helps!
- Aromatherapy candle with lemon, ginger or lavender essential oils or a blend of all three
- Aromatherapy defuser with lemon, ginger or lavender essential oils
- TUMS tablets are great for heartburn and can potentially help with morning sickness
I really hope I’ve given you some useful ideas so you can put together a morning sickness care package that will make someone’s day! Oh and help them cope with the morning sickness phase of their pregnancy.
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