They call it morning sickness, but you’ll be shocked to find out it’s actually morning, noon, or night sickness. I haven’t been sick, but I have had all day pregnancy nausea several days a week. Here’s what I’ve been doing to calm my stomach.

Gum

Whenever I start to feel a little queasy I just pop half a piece of peppermint gum in my mouth and it seems to really help. I’m not sure if it is the mint that settles my stomach, or being occupied takes my mind off it, but so far gum has really come in clutch for my pregnancy nausea, and I’m not even usually a gum chewer!

Ginger snaps/ ginger thins

Most people suggest ginger ale for upset stomachs, but I don’t like soda. So I went with the next best thing and bought these Swedish ginger thins at my local Walgreens. They are so good, and ginger is great for settling the stomach.

Ice water

I know a lot of people get so sick they can’t even keep water down. Luckily this hasn’t been the case for me. I don’t know what I would do without my ice water. Pregnancy has made me naturally more thirsty anyway, but since I have been having food aversions to basically all foods, water has been a life saver. Not to mention water has really helped with all the other ugly side effects of pregnancy hormones in the first few weeks (hello digestive system changes).

Outshine popsicles

Again, I’ve had food aversions to almost everything except fruit. And outshine popsicles have been on my grocery list consistently for a while now. The tangerine and lemon ones are my current favorites. It’s perfect because they are made with real fruit so they’re healthy. Plus they give me enough of a sugar boost if I feel like I haven’t been able to eat all day, and they melt slowly so you aren’t shocking your belly by suddenly eating all at once.

Hard candies

For some reason, sucking on hard candies like lifesavers, for example, have helped me a lot. I can’t really explain it, and maybe it’s because I’ve been seriously craving all the fruity things, but these hard candies have actually helped me. I know a lot of places sell pregnancy pops, which are like hard candies for nausea, but I haven’t been able to find any at our local Wegmans, so I’m settling for these.

My husband

I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a supportive partner or loved one during all these crazy changes. Between allowing me to sleep in, making me breakfast in bed and understanding when I only am able to eat half of it, to reminding me to be forgiving of myself for being tired. He has been really gentle with me and so sweet. Make sure you surround yourself with people who will be kind and supportive during this time. Your body is going through a lot of changes and it’s perfectly okay to be feeling not yourself.

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