Morning Sickness

March 16, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under Uncategorized

If you haven’t already heard, I’m pregnant . . . again.

This came as a complete shock and was definitely the last thing that I ever expected. In fact, I haven’t had a period since the miscarriage but never in my wildest dreams thought this was the result. I swear I should be the poster girl for preventing teenage pregnancy because I am living proof that “all it takes is one time”.

So now I”m in my 8th week and the morning sickness is starting to hit. With both my daughters, the nausea was so bad that I couldn’t even function without my Zolfran (chemo medication). Back then, there were no generic brands so I had to pay $20 per pill and take them 1 every 8 hours! Yikes!

It’s not as bad this time around s0 I’m going to try and stay away from the medication. I find that if I usually eat something small or take a nap, then the morning sickness will subside. However, I’m looking for other suggestions.

What helped you with your morning sickness?

About the author:
Owner and founder of An Island Life. Sharing my life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.


74 Responses to “Morning Sickness”
  1. Michele says:

    First of all, congrats again on the pregnancy!! I’m very happy for you!

    I’ve never had a baby (so wish that I have!), so I don’t have any advice for the morning sickness. I do deal with a lot of nausea though due to my 12 medications I have to take on a daily basis due to my chronic pain conditions. What I typically do is try to go back to sleep for a little bit, and usually when I wake up I feel better.

    Hope the morning sickness passes sooner rather than later. Hang in there, and congrats again!

    Michele R.(CA)

    Butterfly Whispers

  2. KarinGal says:

    Congratulations on your wonderful news!

    I, too, had terrible morning sickness until about week 14 with both kids. I found that leaving crackers on my bedside table and eating little nibbles right away helped me get by a little better each morning.

    Hang in there…

  3. Mary-Catherine says:

    Bless your heart! I have absolutely no suggestions since mine was so bad I was also put on Zolfran…that stuff is magicical…no wonder it is so expensive! My insurance would only cover a certain amount of pills a month ( 13 pills! ) So I hoarded them like golden nuggets and only used them on days that I wanted to go out with my husband and not have to carry along a barf bag!

    Good luck and congratulations!…I hope this pregnancy treats you a little bit better :)

  4. Amanda says:

    Sorry, nothing worked for me. I couldn’t even keep water down on my own. I was on Zolfran too as long as insurance would cover it, then they switched me to something else that I had to split the pills and take a half of one every 3 hours around the clock. Just wanted to offer my morning sickness condolences. The smell of chlorine water still makes me gag after having my head in the toilet for 2 pregnancies.

  5. Amanda says:

    I just wanted to add, I’ve heard some women swear by Vitamin Water or Preggy Pops.

  6. Mighty M says:

    The only thing that helped me was time, and avoiding anything that made me queasy, which with my second pregnancy was almost all food!! good luck!!!

  7. valmg says:

    Congratulations Kailani! Sorry to hear about the morning sickness, I never had any with either of the boys so i can’t offer any useful info. I hope all goes well.

  8. Kim @ What's That Smell? says:


    My morning sickness was so bad with my DD I lost weight. What worked for me was sleep. Strangely mine got worse around dinner-time and so I while everyone else ate dinner, I just went to bed. The few times I tried to eat dinner, it ended up coming back up so….

    I also found that gum helped a little bit.

  9. Dee says:

    NO! I didn’t know! YAY! I am sooo excited for you! Where the heck have I been..I had no clue!

    I am sooo sorry you’re feeling yuck! I never had morning sickness with my first or this baby so I can’t help you there. I hope its not as bad for you with this one and you dont have to take those meds! THAT’D get expensive!

    Also, if there is anything I can do to help out with anything…this or FRN let me know. I dont know how I can help…but anything to give you some relief!

  10. jodi @ bpr says:

    I never had much morning sickness, but have heard that dried apricots can be helpful…hope it abates quickly!

  11. pamela says:

    congrats but sorry for the morning sickness it is not fun I had it so bad with my first I spent several days in the hospital dehydrated. hopefully by the second trimester it will be all gone.

  12. qtpies7 says:

    Nothing helped but the Zofran. And I was only authorized a few pills a month, so mostly I was just laying on the couch puking my lungs up.
    Though I did always feel better when I was hospitalized and on a constant IV drip. I think if my DR, would just let me have one at home I would do much better.

  13. Carol Olsen says:

    Congrats on the pregnancy!!
    Morning sickness….well, I suffered my share of it (almost the whole 9 months I was pregnant with my daughter) I soaked saltines in milk the combo almost always settled my stomach!
    Stay AWAY from peanut butter….I cannot eat it still to this day as a result of how sick it made me!!

    Enjoy every minute of your pregnancy!!

  14. Dee says:

    i had morning sickness with all three pregnancies , I just gave in, I woke up in the morning, threw up and was done with it. :)
    Icky I know!

    Hope you feel better soon

  15. Victoria says:

    Try Preggie Pops! They really work. Here’s the website with store locator or you can order online:

  16. Michelle B says:

    I have had morning sickness in various degrees in my 8 different pregnancies, but never just in the morning. So aside from trying to keep something in my stomach as much as possible (even if just crackers) I sucked on peppermints or other hard candies and chewed gum. With my last few (including this one I was 24 weeks) when I get that look that I might throw up my kids yell get the mints. LOL

  17. Jen @ One Moms World says:

    Girl… I have been away for a bit with my dad in hospital but I didn’t know you were pregnant. Congratulations. That is awesome. You will have to definitely keep us posted.

    Salty things like saltine crackers and sprite or ginger ale always seemed to help me.

    (((HUGS))) hope it will not be as bad this time.

  18. fiona says:

    I never understood why they called it “morning” sickness – I was sick all the time. I took zofran with all my pregnancies – i always lost a ton of weight the first trimester. Someone recommended ginger but it never worked for me. Hope you feel better soon!

  19. FruitfulVine2 says:

    Oh my! I remember eating crackers in milk like a cereal and that helped. I hope this phase is over soon.

    Thanks for the comment on the generous wife tip. Did you get to do it?

  20. Mama Bub says:

    The only thing that helped me, other than eating small bit of things constantly, was peppermint candy. I had a huge stash in my classroom to keep me from vomiting on the overhead projector.

  21. Katie says:

    Congratulations! Even though you werent planning it, what great news!! I am very excited for you! The small frequent snacks usually worked well for me too!

  22. sagemom says:

    The only thing that worked for me was telling myself it will be all worth it in the end. I didn’t take any meds, but I tried eating crackers, chewing gum, ginger, etc.

    It’ll all be worth it in the end =)

  23. Naomi says:

    Those cardboardy ginger senbei are usually pretty good, and so is lemon peel and candied ginger. I am all about the crackseed during early pregnancy. Third trimester, it just makes my ankles swell…

  24. wendy says:

    I have no words of wisdom for morning sickness but I did want to tell you congratulations!!!

  25. Gattina says:

    Wonderful !!! CONGRATULATIONS ! that I call good news.
    Less nice is that you suffer these morning sickness and I really don’t know what you should do in this case. When I was pregnant I didn’t have anything, I even felt better then usual !

  26. Muthering Heights says:

    For me, I just have to make sure my stomach as never completely empty. I can usually sip some gatorade and eat about 3 saltines – just a tiny snack, and it helps with my vomiting. :)

  27. Sues2u2 says:

    My morning sickness wasn’t that bad although I was on Zolfran while waiting for my hernia operation. Awesome stuff!

    This might sound really odd but I used to east smarties. Can’t stand them & don’t remember how I found out that they worked but they did. I wish you the best.

    Oh & CONGRATS!!!!!!

  28. Mandee says:

    There were only three things that helped my stomach when I was pregnant…. vanilla milkshakes, salad or ginger tea (ginger is wonderful on upset stomachs!) I couldn’t do the cracker thing. Here’s to hoping you do not get too sick! Congratulations again!

  29. ciara says:

    i’m sorry i have no useful tip regarding morning sickness. i had it so bad w my girls that just the word ‘food’ made me nauseous. i lost weight instead of gained it in the 1st 4 mos of pregnancy :-/ i hope it will subside for you soon. xx

  30. baby hair clips says:

    Congratulations to you! I’m still a mom to be. What I did with my morning sickness was to sleep and when I wake up I feel better.
    I hope you’ll be fine soon.

  31. heatherlyn says:

    zolfran is the BEST. I didn’t realize they had generic versions now. Seriously, that is one of the BEST medicines ever invented. Ever.

  32. BlapherMJ says:

    Keep eating….. As sick as I felt on a pretty consistent basis, just keep nibbling… saltines, goldfish crackers, etc…. that really helped me. I hope the nausea goes away soon. :-)

  33. Hillary says:

    Definitely saltines. Ginger tea helped me a lot, too. So did sucking on something, like lollipops, or lemon drops. And chewing gum. Chewing gum kept lots of nausea at bay, for me.

  34. Pink Chihuahua Princess says:

    Oh yay, honey! Mazel Tov on such wonderful news! I hope you feel better soon.

  35. Natasha says:

    The dreaded morning sickness (that rarely only comes in the morning), so sorry to hear it got you!! I was sick for almost my whole pregnancy, and although nothing really helped, I found sucking on a lemon sometimes did the trick. Of course, it may have just been distracting me!

  36. Melissa says:

    Just keeping something in my stomach as much as possible seemed to help. I don’t think I got as sick as you though… hopefully it won’t last long! Hugs!!

  37. AmyG says:

    With my 2nd child, I never really had morning sickness, thank God for that! But with my first daughter, holy cow, it was every day, all day, all 9 months. *sigh*

    I only actually lost everything twice, but the nausea was horrible and I came close more times than I care to think about.

    What I did was kept bottled water on hand with lemon juice squeezed in it. Sometimes I chopped up a peppermint to put in it, but mostly just water & lemon. And this is going to sound funny, but if I was in the bathroom, brushing my teeth, or something & thought I might get sick, I would sniff mouthwash… or should say smell it. Just the scent of it, helped calm the nausea.

    I hope your morning sickness passes quickly!

  38. Sarah (Real Life) says:

    WOW! Well, first of all, CONGRATS!

    With Morning sickness, it helped when I chewed peppermint gum. Also, anything with ginger in it. I think they make ginger lozenges, or you can get some essential oils.

    I’ll be praying for you!

  39. diana/sunshine says:

    this sounds weird but the only thing that really settled my stomach when feeling nauseous was fresh vegetables. it’s the only thing i craved and my stomach felt so much more settled after eating them.

  40. katy says:

    Congrats! Something sour worked for me.

  41. Desert Songbird says:

    Um, should I tell you that I never had morning sickness? Okay, I know you hate me. *grin*

  42. Erin says:

    ugh I had morning sickness 24/7! What really helped me was ginger snaps! I had a craving for them one morning, bought them, and sure enough they made me feel so much better. every morning when I woke up before i even sat up i slowly ate some ginger snaps and sipped some water or ginger ale. Any time I got alittle woozy I would lay down right away and eat some more. They say the majority of your morning sickness is caused by getting hungry and that the skinner you are, the more likely you are to get it. So eat! And maybe it will help! :)

  43. Traci Phillips says:

    Congrats! I had horrible “morning” sickness with all 4 pregnancies! I had to use phenergan but also found eating small things throughout the day helped. Starting out with saltine crackers at the bedside before getting up seemed to help out a bit also!

    Good luck and remember, this too shall pass!

  44. TheAngelForever says:

    I found that a lot of my morning sickness (never actually got sick, just felt like I would most of the day) was thanks to the prenatal vitamins. No matter what brand and kind we tried they did not work. I opted to do regular vitamins with a folic acid and calcium supplement. I also bought the sea bands to try. Some days they would help and others they wouldn’t. Hope you get some relief soon.

  45. Summer says:

    Poor you! The first few weeks are just the worst. I certainly hope you don’t have to end up taking zolfran again. That would mean you were pretty darn sick.
    I never found anything that helped with my morning sickness. If you find something that really works let us know!

  46. MoDLin says:

    Congratulations on your pregnancy. So sorry to hear that the green-eyed nausea monster is visiting, though. Ugh!

    The March of Dimes has several suggestions on our website for tackling the nausea issue. Take a look:

    Hope you feel better soon!

  47. Autumn @ My MoonBean says:

    I hate to hear that…I hope it passes quickly!

  48. Shannon says:

    Ginger, anything with ginger should help!

  49. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor says:

    Fresh air usually helped… I did end up throwing up in the garden once though! :-)

  50. Deborah at Coco Bonbons says:

    Congratulations!!!! That is awesome!!! Unfortunately I do not have much advise to give since I did not suffer from morning sickness w/my daughter. The few times I got a little nauseous I ate some crackers and felt fine. (Even though the last thing I felt like doing was eating anything.) Good luck!!!!

  51. Sarah Jewel says:

    Altoids Sours really helped me, as well as sucking on mints all the time. There are a few teas that help w/ nausea (some geared esp. for pregnant women) that have herbs and things that calm the stomach.
    Mine started at 5 weeks this pregnancy and lasted until about 15-16 weeks, so I can totally empathize!

  52. Suzanne B (Crunchy green Mom) says:

    Suck on Peppermint. It is a natural stomach relaxer and calmer!

    I lived in it and never got sick….

    So happy for you….

  53. Stephanie says:

    I was lucky and did not have morning sickness. You might try ginger. That is supposed to help.

  54. Deborah says:

    Congratulations, Kailani! I’m so happy for you. And, I’m hoping the morning sickness will subside soon.

    I want to invite you to the Mommie Daze Virtual Baby Shower I am hosting May 15 – June 8 on my blog. There are over 60 sponsors….and so many fabulous prizes for mommy and baby. Guest bloggers and games, too.

    Grab the button and link up with Mr. Linky…see my blog for details.


  55. Asianmommy says:

    I had to take Unisom & vitamin B6. Made me very sleepy, but it did help. You can ask your doctor about it for the right dose.

  56. Cat @ 3 Kids and Us says:

    Hands down, fresh ginger root. Put a slice into a cup of hot tea and you’ll feel so much better. I use ginger root every time I get the flu and it works like a charm. There’s a lot of positive research behind the soothing relief of ginger root.

  57. NerdMom says:

    I was a puker with all my pregnancies. Eating small meals of food that didn’t smell helped;). If my stomach was totally empty I threw up. Stay rested. When I got tired I started throwing up. I carried peppermints and gingersnaps. I also got some relief from b vitamins and 1/2 a Unisom at bed time.

  58. Jenni Jiggety says:

    Eating a lot of small snacks seemed to help me!

    Hang in there!

  59. Caryn Bailey says:

    I ate ginger snaps/ginger tea and comfort foods…..

  60. Pamela says:

    I don’t recall anything helping with my morning sickness… except just waiting it out.

    One thing that helped me emotionally was thinking about ALL THOSE WOMEN who said about their pregnancies “I never felt better than when I was pregnant.”
    Then I would feel smug – and think, “Poor ladies, they have to be pregnant to feel better.”


  61. Karen L says:

    I had the worst morning sickness with my first pregnancy..the second wasn’t as bad. The only thing that helped was to eat starchy things like crackers…and salty foods like Fritos! And don’t even get me into a car before noon!
    Hope you have an easier time this go around!

  62. Jill says:

    I didn’t really have morning sickness, but I have heard good things about those pregnancy pops — little lollipops that are supposed to ward off nausea — and my earthy, crusty friends swear by pregnancy tea from the health store. Hope it eases up soon!

  63. Forgetfulone says:

    I’ve been on vacation, and I’m just now catching up. Congratulations! I hope this goes well. The morning sickness is awful, but it will be a distant memory soon.

  64. Kari says:

    Congratulations and prayers for a healthy, safe pregnancy!

    I found that eating frequently helped and also drinking frozen/slushy lemonaid. Take care!

  65. Kelly says:

    Congratulations! That is so great! The sickness however SUCKS! With my daughter I was pregnant 20 weeks of the 39 weeks of pregnancy. I too lived on Zofran and honestly , you sound like me, the only thing that helped was the zofran. And even then there was still nausea but I wasn’t throwing up. So I don’t have much advice.. just get a prescription quick! Good luck and I hope it isn’t as quesy as last times…

  66. Kelly says:

    Sorry, I meant I was sick 20 weeks of the 39 weeks of pregnancy….oopsie!

  67. grubmama says:

    ginger tea, vitamin b12 half tablets and the sea-band wristband for nausea. i hope home remedies helps you as well. congrats kailani!

  68. jaime says:

    i had terrible morning sickness from DAY ONE through the end of month six! i found that if i periodically ate a little bit and never let my stomach be completely empty that helped. i drank non-acidic fruit juice (grape or apple) before i even got out of bed and kept a supply of crackers everywhere – my nightstand, my purse, my car, my desk at work… and surprisingly, working out helped. no matter how bad i felt beforehand, it was the only time during the day i actually felt good and energized.

  69. Debbie says:

    Congratulations to you! Awww..I’m happy for you. Sorry to hear you are not feeling well.

    What worked for me, was saltine crackers and the organic gingerale in the glass bottle. They sell them in 6 packs.
    Trying to remember the name. Look in the health food section. I drank it warm too…It felt good on my upset tummy.

    Stay well,

  70. jennifer says:

    Nothing helped me. But as a childbirth educator I suggest keeping something right next to your bed and nibbling before you even sit up. Almonds or crackers are good. Eat more protein throughout the day. Eat smaller meals, but more often. Get enough water. And anything peppermint or ginger. Those Sea Bands wrist bands work for some people.

  71. Krista says:

    congratulations! I’ve been off in my own world (literally!) so I hadn’t heard! Of course I hope the morning sickness isn’t so bad for you this time!

  72. Eryn says:

    Ginger everything helped me. Ginger candy, ginger tea…I still don’t know if it’s a mental thing, or it really works, but it worked for me!

    The other thing I would do is run my inner wrists under cold water if I was starting to feel ill.

    Actually, that’s a good tip for you when you go back to work…if you have people that are feeling stomach sick on the plane, dab a little of that hand sanitizer on their inner wrists and tell them to blow on it. The cooling sensation counteracts the nausea.

    it works like a charm!

    hang in there, it’ll get better!

  73. KELLY@SHE-POWER says:

    Just catching up on my reading and saw this post. Congratulations! I wish I had advice for morning sickness, but i didn’t really get it. The tiredness was a killer though, so I definitely understand you cutting back on blogging for a bit. This is really wonderful news. The girls must be so excited.

    Take care of yourself.

    Kelly x


See what others are saying about this post...
  1. » Blog Archive » Morning Sickness says:

    [...] An Island Life » Morning Sickness So now I%26rdquo;m in my 8th week and the Morning Sickness is starting to hit. With both my daughters, the nausea was so bad that I couldn’t even function without my Zolfran (chemo medication). Back then, there were no generic brands so I had … [...]

We Appreciate Your Comments

Thank you for stopping by!
If you'd like an image next to your comment, you need a gravatar.

CommentLuv Enabled