My morning sickness started early and strong with this pregnancy, much MUCH worse than last time. Knowing now that it's twins (click here to see my post about discovering twins) makes it more understandable, but not any less miserable. Suffice it to say I've been trying every trick in the book with varying success.
I recently wrote an article for Mommy Nearest about 7 Natural Ways to Ease Morning Sickness, with the caveat that any of these methods may or may not help you out. In a nutshell, the tips included aromatherapy, staying hydrated, eating every hour (especially high protein), increasing intake of magnesium / B-6 / B-12, eating ginger, and acupressure.
I'd like to go into a bit of detail in this post about acupressure, which I've been experiencing mild to moderate relief with. The idea is that there is a pressure point on your inner arms (P-6 Pressure Point: about three finger widths down from the first crease in your wrist joint, just between your two tendons) that is believed to relief nausea. You can do this manually by using your thumb to put firm circular pressure on the spot for 3 minutes at a time, rotating arms. But here's what is much easier...
I got me some acupressure bands from No Mo Nausea. There are several brands out there, but this one is especially cool because the band is infused with peppermint oil so it acts as nausea-relieving aromatherapy as well!! Need an extra boost against a wave of nausea, or an unpleasant smell you've encountered on the subway? Just bring your wrist up to your nose and take a whiff!
I have to be honest though, I had a very unexpected and rare reaction to the bands. I started off liking the peppermint smell but must have developed some crazy Pavlovian response to it and within days I couldn't be near the bands without waves of nausea hitting me like a mac truck, pre-puke salivation and all!! It was BAD!! I contacted the brand representative who assured me this is really really rare, and recommended to soak the bands in water for 2-3 days for the smell to go away. That worked like a charm, and now they are smell-free and back to being (mildly) helpful for me.
No, they don't work miracles for me, but if you find several things that work mildly, well, put them all together and you have some hope of being able to function! YAY!!
You can purchase No Mo Nausea bands on their website, they're $10.99 per pair and come in grey, pink, green, blue, and nude. They also sell kids sizes, which come in blue, purple, and red.
You can also win a 2 pack in my $500 value Best for Your Bump Giveaway going on right now!!!
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Do you have any tricks or tips for relieving morning sickness? Share them below... PLEEEEEEASE!!!!!
Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, I was not compensated in any other way to do this product review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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