and Morning Sickness
I am sure pregnant mothers will find many good ideas from the following letters. I received hundreds of replies, too many to print in this magazine.
The most common recommendation mothers shared was to drink Red Raspberry Leaf tea regularly during pregnancy and to eat plenty of protein. Read on for more ideas. Nancy.
Food can be a real challenge during pregnancy. Over the years I’ve come up with a list of ideas that have made this task easier for me.
1. Prepare frozen meals before you feel sick, for eating at a later time. A good stash of 10-20 meals (at least) can be invaluable for you and your family. Your hard work beforehand can insure less work in the kitchen later on. When you do not have the energy, ability or the stomach to handle prepping meals, this pre-planning can go along way.
If you did not do this previously and you are already past the point of being able to go into the kitchen without gagging…
a) When friends ask what they can do for you, ask them to bring freezer meals.
b) Purchase frozen meals from the store.
2. Crock pot meals. If your mornings are usually not the best time to prepare food you can prep and start late afternoon, or before you go to bed. If the smell emanating from the crock pot is hazardous for you, plug it in outside or somewhere else out of your nose’s “smell zone”.
3. Packaged foods. There are now more healthy alternatives, even organic choices.
4. Keep menus simple. We have successfully planned breakfast, lunch and dinner for one week, and then duplicated that week throughout the month, e.g. every Tuesday breakfast is always oatmeal.
Oakhurst, near south gate of Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Wendy has written a booklet for moms specifically on “How to take care of your Family when you have Morning Sickness.” If you would like to purchase this booklet, please contact Wendy at her email address or go to:
During the last two months of pregnancy I suffer from terrible acid reflux during the night. However, if I eat a quarter to half of a green apple, within ten minutes the acid is eliminated.
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
When I felt ill with my second pregnancy, my two-year-old son and I developed a routine of playing doctor. While I rested, he treated me for various injuries and illnesses. He would bring me ice packs, ginger snaps, and prop pillows behind me, etc. just like doctors and nurses at the hospital. While he did this we would talk about the bones in the body, the size of the baby and stage of development. It was a rich time for both of us.
McKinney, Texas, USA
Rest in the Bathroom
To take a rest, I would run a bubble bath and find new toys for the children to play with in the tub while I rested. I would bring a few pillows into the bathroom and recline with a book while the toddlers played in the tub. This allowed for a good 20-30 minutes of rest time for me.
Frisco, Texas, USA
Eat legumes every time you feel sick. It worked better than the Phenergan the OB prescribed and is safer too!
I found the remedy on Karen Hurd's website. On www.karenhurd.com you can click on "Specific Health Concerns" and under this, scroll down to "Morning Sickness." She gives the complete biological science behind this "prescription."
Lyme, Connecticut, USA
Art discovered that if you arrange the first letters of each of their names it spells ALLGEMS. Isn’t that nice? And they didn’t plan it! This reminds me of when my husband and I were missionaries in the Philippines over 40 years ago. We lived next to a Filipino family who planned to have 12 children and they decided on the words, REFLAMED LOVE. When we lived next to them, they were up to O and called him Oliver.
I recommend fresh squeezed lemon in a glass of water, which helps to eliminate toxins naturally, helping to rid the 'nauseous' feelings. It’s great when you're not pregnant, too!
Kittery, Maine, USA
1. Purchase the best quality and safest vitamins you can find.
2. Make sure you eat raw fruits and veggies.
3. Prepare easy but healthy meals for you and your family.
4. Drink a glass of Raspberry Leaf tea every day for an easy delivery.
5. Have the children help with chores and make chores simple.
6. Get plenty of rest. Drink plenty of water.
7. Ask your husband to rub your feet every night.
8. Take several cool showers a day in the summer.
9. Soak in the tub with Epson salts before you go to bed for a good night’s sleep.
10. When you are emotional, cry out to God for his grace and mercy. Ask him to help you.
When I felt really sick during my first trimester, my husband massaged my feet. It really worked! My nausea went from an intolerable ten to a bearable three. We did not figure this wonderful cure out until my fourth pregnancy!
Spring Hill, Tennessee, USA
Books on Tape
I suffer from morning sickness with every pregnancy and find it difficult to read aloud to the children. Therefore, I go to the library and get books on tape. I can still sit and turn pages, but I don't have to talk and it's less likely that I'll get the sick feeling. They enjoy the books and hearing different voices.
As far as remedies go, I keep raisins and cashews by my bedside. There is something about the mixture of fruit and nuts that usually curbs the sick feeling when I first wake up.
Pell Lake, Wisconsin, USA
Keep Plodding On
I've been sick with all my pregnancies. The ones I haven't been sick with, I miscarried. For me, the sickness lasts from five weeks until delivery. I spend my days trying to eat something that will stay down or choosing a good time to throw up. I think the first four months are the hardest because that's when I am extra tired on top of the nausea. After 16 weeks or so, my energy returns and that helps some.
As for remedies, we’ve tried them all to no avail. To cope, I have depended on my husband. My husband is a state college campus minister and he's been able to have some flexibility. When I had older children to help, I enlisted them. I've made sure I rest and sleep a lot (sleeping 12 hours a night and naps). We simplified meals to the bare bones and our grocery budget goes out the window. There’s nothing I can do about it but trust God. I let most things go around the house. Laundry is the one thing I try to stay on top of and I also clean up the kitchen once a day if I can.
I think the best thing we did when I only had young ones was to have a college student come over and help. I've had them clean (it's very hard to lie on the couch and look at the dirt and mess accumulating), fix lunch for the children, run to the store for basics, take the children on a walk/park and read to them. This was a huge help. It also gave the children something to look forward to and helped my guilty feelings of not being able to do the things I wanted to do with them.
I tried to keep on doing things. Once I was over the four to five month mark, I kept up a pretty normal life, apart from throwing up all the time. Even though I hate throwing up in public places or while camping, I've done it anyway so we can go places as a family. I haven't wanted their view of mom being pregnant to mean they're bored for nine months.
As far as husband/wife relationship goes, we spent time together on the couch. “Bedroom” time was also challenging. I remember having to say, "Okay, but let me throw up first." Or, "Okay, but I don't think I'm up for much." At times we had to plan for once a week. The week went by too fast for me and too slow for my husband! But it was only for a season.
Keeping perspective is the best thing to do. I read my Bible a lot, mainly the Psalms. I've also gained a lot of compassion and empathy for people who deal with chronic illness and pain. At least I knew my sickness would go away and in its place I'd get a beautiful baby!
My oldest is now 23 and the youngest is three. None of the children have bad memories from those challenging months.
Ellensburg, Washington, USA
Answer for Edema
I am an apprenticing midwife in San Diego and the midwife I work with is uses the water from the coconut to help treat edema in pregnancy. It is preferable to use the young coconut but the older brown coconut will do also. Drink the water from one to three coconuts each day depending on the severity of the edema. You can often purchase them by the case for a discount in Asian, Middle Eastern or Latin food markets.
The water is the almost clear fluid that is inside the coconut. The coconut water has the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. The water is pure and is full of natural sugars, salts, vitamins and potassium. Once opened you must drink immediately as the water quickly losses it nutritional characteristics.
El Cajon, California, USA
Dora is an Apprenticing Midwife, Doula, and Bradley Childbirth Instructor
Here is a recipe for nausea:
1 Tbs. fresh grated ginger root
4 cups boiling water
Honey to taste (optional)
Pour water over ginger root and allow to steep for five minutes. Strain. Refrigerate unused portion.
I had pregnancy sickness with all four of my sons during the first trimester. The only thing that worked for me were lemons! I love lemons anyway. If I could suck on a lemon wedge, the nausea would subside. This helped greatly when I was in church. I kept a baggie of lemon wedges in my purse and when the feeling hit me (as it always did), I quietly pulled out my baggie and stuck a lemon in my mouth! Instantly I felt better! No one seemed to notice or be bothered by my little snack either!
Eat Little and Often
During my first pregnancy I was sick the entire time. I even ended up in the hospital a couple of times because, I was unable to function. During my second pregnancy a group of lovely mothers I found online blessed me with some tips that really helped me.
The first tip was to leave a small container of crackers right next to the bed. As soon as I woke up I would eat a couple of crackers and wait a few minutes before rising.
I always carried peppermint candy or lifesavers with me at all times. At the first sign of tummy upset, I popped one in my mouth. Many suggest peppermint tea but the candy is a much faster way to get some peppermint.
Lastly, many an experienced Mommy told me I should never let my stomach get too empty. They told me to eat little bits of food often. It worked! Just be careful not to go overboard or you will have too much weight gain. Every hour or two have a couple of crackers, a piece of toast, or a couple pretzels. Dry foods like this are great but do whatever works for you.
Plan ahead so you are never caught without something to nibble on in situations like shopping, a social gathering or in church. No one is going to be upset with a pregnant lady for having a little snack to settle her stomach in these situations.
Also, drink plenty of water; it will keep your stomach acid weaker.
By following these tips I had barely any sickness during my second, third, and fourth pregnancies. I enjoyed the wonderful time of nurturing the little life God placed within me and I was more able to enjoy the other children as well.
Kissimmee, Florida, USA
I am currently pregnant with my fourth child. As with my previous pregnancies, I dealt with morning sickness during the early months of my pregnancy. My husband asked a natural doctor friend for help and he gave us the following recipe:
1 tsp. – 1 Tbs. Brewer’s yeast (saccharomyces cerevisiae) Or Nutritional Yeast
1 tsp. – 1 Tbs. Blackstrap molasses
1 egg (raw, farm-raised)
A glass of milk
Stir together with a fork or blend in blender.
Drink twice a day until symptoms are under control and then once a day.
It worked! I was able to begin making meals for my family almost immediately. After 20 minutes of drinking the first glass, I was up making chicken soup from scratch, which I proceeded to eat with no problem.
This would have saved me a lot of trouble during the previous three pregnancies.
Carbon, Texas, USA
Don’t Eat Sugar
When you know that you are pregnant, try not to eat anything with sugar. Don't eat ice cream, baked goods or sugary cereal, etc. and make sure you eat protein.
Newville, Pennsylvania, USA
Slow Down and Enjoy
Our Heavenly Father has blessed us with three very active little boys. Having two toddlers and being pregnant with a third was very exhausting. Being on complete bed rest from week 20 on was downright stressful! I could sit or stand for no longer than 10 minutes at a time or I would start having contractions.
My mother was very ill at the time and my dear sweet husband was working very hard to provide for us. I did not have any help until he came home at night from work. The medication that I had to take to stop/slow the contractions made me very sick and weak which made it even more difficult to care for my two little boys.
Each morning, I fixed a simple breakfast and moved everyone to the living room to eat. I put up the baby gates so they had to stay where I could see them. I then spent the whole morning lying on my side on the sofa reading to them, playing games (as best I could), and being Mommy to my boys. I had plenty of toys, games, and activities to keep the boys busy. We moved the toy box into this room so they would have all their favorite things close at hand. For naptime we all got comfy on the sofa or the floor beside the sofa and I read to them until they fell asleep.
Conner was two years old when I was pregnant with my youngest and he was a huge blessing to me. He fetched diapers, drinks, snacks (that I had made up ahead of time), or anything else that I might need. I was amazed at how helpful a two-year-old can be, and how much they can understand.
To make things easier on all of us I measured out snacks in little plastic baggies, and used little water bottles to hold drinks. Plastic baggies of snacks kept them happy between meals and when I did have to be up on my feet I re-stocked my supplies as quickly as I could.
Simple meals saved me from being on my feet for too long. I had prepared frozen meals to pop into the oven for after the baby’s arrival, but ended up using those for dinner while I was on bed rest. We did simple things for breakfast and lunch like smoothies, oatmeal, almond butter and jelly sandwiches, etc. For dinner we usually ate something that cooked all day in the crock-pot, or a simple soup that simmered in the pot and did not need me to stand over it for a long time.
God gave us a third healthy baby and I was able to spend several months really getting to know my first two children. They loved having a Mommy who spent the whole day playing with them and not worrying if the house was spotless. God has a way of showing us what is really important in life and I am glad He blessed me with a reason to slow down and enjoy my children.
Charleston, Illinois, USA
During a recent very difficult pregnancy, I learned to check chores by using a digital camera. When the children said they were done cleaning under their beds, I asked them to take the camera and take a picture to show me! They loved taking their own photos and I loved knowing if things were done or not!
Another benefit of my difficult pregnancy, apart from our beautiful baby, was that my children took over the cooking. They had a wonderful time learning to cook food, which I could not even smell without throwing up.
Burkesville, Kentucky, USA
Keep up the Iron
If you're like me, there's no such thing as morning sickness--it's all day sickness! I get an air bubble under my diaphragm which makes me feel nauseous and as though I need to burp all the time. I've found that keeping something in my stomach at all times really helps. Drinking water, even when I don't want to, also helps. Be sure to keep a packet of crackers and a bottle of water in the car for those times when you need something right away.
Make sure you're getting enough iron. It makes a huge difference in your energy level. If I find it hard to get up the stairs, I know I'm not getting enough.
On the days when I don't feel like doing anything at all, I pray for strength and then push through my daily routine. I usually feel better after making myself get moving. Sometimes just getting out of the house can take my mind off not feeling good.
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
I was very ill during my first trimester for my daughter and my three year old twins were a handful of energy. To manage them we played "Doctor". With their doctor kit in hand I was their most beloved patient. They sandwiched me between baby dolls and stuffed animals upon their bed and waited on me hand and foot. While "playing" I received the rest my body needed.
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
I thank God every day for my morning sickness, although actually I have afternoon sickness. It starts at 3.00 pm and goes all evening. I am expecting our 13th child. I had a miscarriage this past December (07) when my mother suddenly passed away from a heart attack at age 62. It put my womb in horrible stress. My husband and I thought that maybe we were done and our hearts were very sad, even though our youngest is only two. During our entire marriage, we have never had a two-year-old without a newborn.
Every month we prayed that the Lord would keep our womb open. We were overjoyed in June 08 to find that we were expecting again. My afternoon sickness is worse than ever before and with the last four babies it never went away completely. Every time I am extra sick at night my husband says, “I am so happy for you dear.” I reply, “Great.” We both know that is a good sign of a healthy pregnancy.
For me a lot of it has to do with attitude. If I am rejoicing over my pregnancy then I am able to handle the nausea better. I also changed my diet drastically and cut out all sugar, white flour, and caffeine from my diet. This has helped my energy level.
I plan and cook dinner around lunchtime since the worst of my sickness is in the afternoon. When I drive I chew on ice chips and drink fresh lemon water.
The first 8-10 weeks I use natural progesterone cream to help balance the hormones and nausea.
My children are a wonderful help. When my 19 year old daughter arrives home from work she helps the little ones with their chores. My eight-year-old boy does the laundry and my nine-year- old daughter watches the two and four year olds in the afternoon, plus bathes them and gets them ready for bed at night. My six-year-old son tends the garden. The other three teenage boys have kitchen and yard clean up. I also move the bedtime up about half an hour so I can get to bed early.
We are overjoyed that the Lord is blessing us again.
Santa Rosa, California, USA
Plastic Plates and Utensils
It can be very difficult to weather pregnancy sickness, but take comfort in the fact that it lasts only for a season, and once it's over you'll be able to be the wife and mother that you want to be once again. It's easy to lose sight of that, since every day seems like an eternity when one feels so miserable.
From a practical standpoint, for any future pregnancies I plan to start freezing extra meals as soon as I discover I'm pregnant. I also hope to save money ahead of time to schedule someone to clean my house every week or two, so that I won't despair about the state of our home during this time.
Also, stock up on paper plates and plastic utensils so that dishes don't pile up. Try to remember that all the suffering will seem like a distant memory when you’re holding your sweet new baby in your arms!
Lewisburg, Tennessee, USA
My Husband’s Prayers
I was terribly sick with my first pregnancy. With my second pregnancy with twins I was even worse. I required medication and frequent IV fluids to manage and was so miserable I didn't think I could do it again with having other children to care for.
With my current pregnancy, my husband laid his hands on me, prayed for me and blessed me each morning. I did not throw up or get sick one time. I didn't think it was possible! It was such a blessing.
Another factor was the de-toxing and physical cleansing in the prior year. I adding fasting, eating more whole foods, and learning more about colon cleansing and health.
Fairhope, Alabama, USA
Time to Reflect
I have been very sick in the first trimesters of all five of my children. The way cope best is to embrace the time. I sit and reflect on life a lot more during this time (because if I get up I will probably have to run to the toilet!) and I get to watch things happen from a different viewpoint. Instead of being the one “in action” all the time, I watch my children take care of each other and study and ponder their personalities more. With no choice but to be more dependent on God for all my needs, I get to experience how He never fails to provide a meal for my family, through my hands or someone else’s, even though thinking about food and even being in the kitchen makes me feel really awful.
I get to sit and be quiet in the Lord’s arms for a while as He works wonders in my womb.
Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
Mommy Sick Day
When I became pregnant with my third child, my oldest was just four years old and my middle child was not quite two years old. On the days I couldn’t shake the queasiness, we played “Mommy Sick Day.” I would lie down in the children’s room with my pillow and tell them, “Mommy doesn’t feel well. Can you help me to feel better?” This gave them an opportunity to be the caregivers and do all the nice things for me that my husband and I do for them when they are ill. They covered me with their special blankets, prayed for me, sang to me, and had great fun pretending to cook me all their favorite foods. By the time the game was over, I actually felt a lot better!
Murrieta, California, USA
Throw out the Whites
I experienced horrible morning sickness with my first two pregnancies, throwing up for the whole nine months.
My last pregnancy was much better which I attribute to a change in our diet two years before I got pregnant. We gave up white flour, breads, and pasta, etc. and began to buy whole wheat pasta and grind our own wheat to make bread, rolls, pizza crust and more. We also tried to eat more fruit and veggies.
Denver, Colorado, USA
Seek the Lord
The best counsel for anyone who is ill during pregnancy is, of course, is to seek the Lord Jesus first. I knew this when I was ill with my son, but I did not understand how to do the seeking. Thankfully, our Lord is patient. I was on bed rest for a week after a frightening ER trip. My husband brought me our daughter to nurse (which certainly helped me feel better and I highly recommend tandem nursing to relieve morning sickness). Then, all I had time to do was pray! It was difficult and wonderful. In illness, the Lord will reveal what needs to be done.
I also highly recommend a whole house water filter.
Lancaster, Ohio, USA