You Can't Cure Morning Sickness

Amy Kuras

morning sicknessI was very, very lucky in both pregnancies that I never really had morning sickness. With my daughter, I'd get nauseous if I went too long without eating and felt sick at around 11 a.m. every day. My husband would tease me about it, but I was never, ever without my crackers. With my son, I was in my first trimester during a hot summer like this one ... 90-plus degrees every day and humid as the frickin' rain forest. With him, I never felt as acutely bad as I had with his sister, but I felt some degree of awful all the time.

So I have nothing but the deepest sympathy and a virtual friendly shoulder squeeze to offer you when I say this: A recent study found that no common morning sickness treatments work, not even prescription medication.

And yes, you're right, that's truly awful news! But I'm calling just a bit of BS here. From what I can glean from the news story, they didn't try every remedy on every woman they studied, and didn't adjust for how bad each person's nausea was to begin with. If someone has been feeling really, really horrible, she might consider something that kept her from booting just one time out of three to be a miracle drug, or conversely despair that nothing will work, ever.

And we all know that not every remedy works on every woman. For one friend, McDonald's French fries did the trick and were about the only thing that did. For my mom, it was an orange, right out of the refrigerator so it was nice and cold. Ginger really helped me in my pregnancy with my daughter; it made me feel even more sick in my pregnancy with my son. Citrus anything worked with him, especially those super-sour Altoids they don't make anymore. Bubbly beverages worked too (I went through a LOT of soda water).

The takeaway here is that even if studies say nothing really and truly works, if something helps you feel better and it's safe, go ahead and use it. So what if it's a placebo effect, as long as you're feeling better, right?

There are two bright sides to this story: One, morning sickness correlates with a 30 percent reduction in the risk of breast cancer down the road. And also ... this is going to be over sooner rather than later, I promise. It usually goes away sometime in second trimester, so hang in there, mama!

What morning sickness remedies worked for you?

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