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Morning Sickness

With each of my five pregnancies, my morning sickness started between 5-6 weeks from the first day of my last period, and lasted anywhere from 4 to 6 months.

With my first, I was working full time and under a lot of stress at work. I had nausea and vomiting for about 6 months, and then got a little relief, but still was slightly nauseous all the time. I can even remember vomiting 2 weeks before the baby was born, and vomiting during labor too. It did get better, though...

With my second, I was home full time, had a 1 year old, and was way more relaxed than during my first pregnancy. I had morning sickness for about 4 months, and then it was done.

With my third, I was home full time with 2 children, but was also a day care provider for 5 other children. My stress level was slightly higher than with #2, and my nausea seemed to last for about 5 months. But then it was over and I could enjoy the rest of my pregnancy.

With pregnancy #4, I was home full time and homeschooling 3 children. My nausea was probably about the same as with #3.

Then there was my 5th pregnancy, and the nausea and vomiting was way more pronounced than with the others. It started at 5 weeks, and lasted a good 5 months, and was so bad that I could barely get off the couch. There was very high stress in my marriage, and I believe that contributed to the severity of the nausea.

I went to the doctor and asked about anti-nausea medication, and he prescribed some. However, once I got home and did the research, I found that it can cause congenital heart defects in the unborn. Being that my third baby had been born with a congenital heart defect (Tetralogy of Fallot), I opted to endure the nausea, and forgo the medication. I did NOT want to take any chances that my baby would be born with a heart defect. (By the way, my 3rd baby had open heart surgery when he was 2 months old, and he did VERY well.)

There were a variety of different things that helped with each pregnancy at different times of day. Eating beef jerky at work, then going home and Sipping lemon water helped with the first. Using Sea Bands helped with the second. Sucking on hard candies helped with the third and fifth. Eating a banana first thing in the morning, before rising, helped with the 4th.

Having experienced morning sickness 5 times, and having tried everything I could think of to calm the nausea, I know how important it is to find something that helps.

I've created this section of my site to help you in your own search for something that will remedy your nausea. Take a look at these pages for lots of good ideas:

- Caring for Mom with Morning Sickness by Wendy Shaw
From my heart to yours,

Kirstyn Sierra

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