All Day Sickness - Denver,CO

Updated on March 07, 2012
K.R. asks from Denver, CO
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I recently found out that I am expecting my 3rd. I'm very excited, but also VERY sick. I don't remember being this sick with my two boys, but as they say "every pregnancy is different". So my question is for those moms who had rough first trimesters. What did you eat during the day that you could keep down, and help you feel a little better. Also, cooking just sends me running for the bathroom. My husband is helping on this front as much as possible and we have been eating out more, but he is a physican and works strange hours, so I do need to figure out what/how to cook some of the time. Not to mention I have to feed my boys breakfast/lunch every day. Any easy meal suggestions?

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answers from Washington DC on

Starlight mints help a lot with the gagging and nausea. If you can find egg nog this time of year, that really helps too.

I had to sit in a recliner all day since laying down made me nauseated. I watched a lot of tv since reading made me nauseated too.

It was rough but it only lasted the first trimester.

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answers from Philadelphia on

We ate lots of raw foods. I had all day sickness that lasted the whole pregnancy.... Eventually I needed to be medicated for it because I was losing too much weight. Since your DH is a doc he can help you determine if this point is achieved.

I was also a member of the cracker brigade, and I drank little bits of Ensure , keeping a small amount in my tummy helped...

Good luck!

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answers from Dallas on

I was like this with my last pregnancy. I pretty much found that keeping something in my stomach at ALL TIMES helped. If I ate too much or waited too long to eat, man it was bad! I carried goldfish crackers in a baggie in my purse and snacked continually on them. Then it was club crackers, then chicken in a bisket crackers. I liked a little flavor, but couldn't stomach anything spicy or greasy or heavy. I also sipped room temp gingerale almost continually. I kept some of both in the bathroom so when I made my nightime bathroom visits I could eat a little and drink a little gingerale. Smells were the worst thing to send me running to the bathroom. Cooking was difficult, but I would have my older kids cook, or would serve a lot of sandwiches and/or foods that needed minimal cooking or gave off milder odors.

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answers from Detroit on

Chicken soup -- I used to make a huge pot of it, strain out everything, and freeze the broth in smaller containers. Then I'd boil elbow macaroni right in the broth and put parmesan cheese on it. I think I ate that for dinner for about 50% of my pregnancy.

For the boys, sandwiches, fresh (uncooked) veggies and fruits on the side, breakfast for dinner (eggs, waffles, meat if you can stomach the smell, side of fresh melon or berries), pasta variations (pierogi, ravioli, tortellini w/various sauces, or just butter and parmesan cheese), grilled cheese, tortilla wraps with grilled chicken (you can have your husband make the chicken ahead of time, slice and freeze) and salsa/cheese.

And, congrats!! Hopefully this phase won't last too long.

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answers from Atlanta on

I lived off of raw fruits and vegetables during the first 18 weeks of my first pregnancy, because basically any kind of cooking made me gag. I had a friend who was so sick that she could only keep Popsicles down.

Things that can help: ginger! I drank it in tea form, since I'm not a fan of the taste, but several studies have shown it is actually effective against nausea. I also found mint (also in tea form) to help. When you're cooking, keep the window open, the fan on, and don't cook anything that is going to make you too sick. If your kids have a limited menu for 12-16 weeks, so what? You can make it up to them. Peanut butter and jelly can be an awesome go-to, and if you're worried about it, try to get low-sugar low-sodium peanut butter, whole grain bread, and low-sugar jellies, which will provide your kids with protein and grains in a way that doesn't smell strongly. Good luck.

ETA: Carry a pack of saltine crackers in your purse, too. That helps.

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answers from Dallas on

I was like that my entire first pregnancy not quit as bad with the last. I did not really fine anything that I could eat that was a guerentee to stay down. I can only sugest if it keeps up talk to your dr about zofran. It is suposed to be safe when you are pregnant. It is a wonderful thing! Unfortunalty it was not around 13 years ago.

Good luck and God Bless!

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answers from Houston on

I was like that the entire 9 months with my first 2 pregnancies, and the first 6 months of my 3rd pregnancy.

I ate what I could, small meals during the day, small sips of water. I ate all the 'right' foods and did all the correct homeopathic ideas too (ginger and mint and anti-nausea teas made me sicker for example).

Really though, I couldn't keep ANYTHING down, not even ice chips or a cracker, without the aid of the prescription medicine Zofran and wearing seabands.

Things to make for the kids that aren't too strong smelling for me was mac n cheese, baked potatoes, chicken noodle soup, chicken pot pie, tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, pancakes, baked chicken, oatmeal topped w fresh fruit, guacamole and chips... we definitely didn't eat as healthy it seems, I just made what I could as fast as possible. I made a lot of trips to fast food places!

I also ate Luna bars in the morning to help. I nibble on fresh snacks like avocado with a tiny bit of salt, hard boiled eggs, trail mix, cheese sticks, granola, peanut butter on toast, peanut butter on apples or celery, craisins, pretzels, toast...

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answers from Santa Fe on

I was sick till about month 7 or 8 with both pregnancies! It helped me to eat little tiny protein packed snacks or "meals" all day long. I snacked on candied ginger at work or drank ginger ale. I remember really suffering at work some days bc I was so nauseated. yuck. I liked nuts, homemade trail mix, yogurt, fresh fruit, peanut butter toast, toast with melted cheddar cheese and avocado, soup (I loved black bean soup), egg sandwiches, scrambled eggs. Roast a chicken and then you can use the leftover meat to make fresh chicken sandwiches. With my first pregnancy I really enjoyed chicken nuggets from mcDonalds - bad, I know! I hardly ever eat fast food, but boy those things were good during that time. I normally love fish but when pregnant I have a super sense of smell and could not handle any fish. Hamburgers are easy. Meat lasagna. Quesadillas with black beans and cheese. Steak, baked potatoes and a salad. Can you use your grill outside to cook things like steak/burgers/salmon? Then the house won't smell like food.



answers from Billings on

I recently went through this, and am finally feeling better at 16 weeks! Hooray! But that first tri-mester was ROUGH and MISERABLE. I was going to try the anti-nausea prescription, but it was $53 bucks for 9 pills/only 9 days worth (and that's *with* insurance!) So here's what I did instead: peppermint lifesavers, ginger candy, ginger gum, sea-bands (I thought this sounded hokey until I tried it!), ginger cookies, cinnamon toast, cinnamon toast crunch cereal (this was actually the thing that really got me through.. somehow cinnamon is calming for nausea; you can also get the generic cinnamon toast crunch cereal at Walmart for cheap; I would even eat this in the middle of the night when I woke up nauseous), real ginger ale (not just the flavored kind), sleeping propped up instead of laying down, fresh air, cold drinks instead of hot, oh, and peppermint patties are a must.
As far as cooking goes, I just couldn't really do it, especially if I had to deal with raw meat.
But thank goodness this will pass, and you will get through it!



answers from Salt Lake City on

Time to call in the girlfriends, family, church, whoever is around. A lot of people offer to cook for a woman who has just had a baby. Not as many realize just how helpful it could be if you're one of those women who is having a green, queasy first trimester.

Simply tell folks that you need help (I know, hard to do) and ask for freezer meals. Casseroles that can be popped in the oven at 350 and done in an hour without you needing to be within smelling distance are good. Pre-made salad in a bag is good. Anything that can be warmed in the microwave is good. A pot of soup is good. Chili is good. Pasta in a red sauce is good. Anything that you can feed your family with without much cooking that they will eat is good.

As for what you can eat... I did two first trimester green pregnancies, and what I could eat (or even be in the same room with) differed with each. During my first pregnancy, strangely, raw food was better than cooked food, and fruit was the best, especially peaches and apricots (which I don't even like at other times). With my second, I was the dairy queen - yogurt and cheese (and ice cream) were good. Almost nothing else was. Ginger teas and candied ginger seemed to soothe my tummy enough that I could at least get some food to stay down.

Congratulations on your pregnancy, and the best of luck to you weathering the rough stuff.



answers from Billings on

A midwife told me to drink or eat anything with citric acid. So oranges, orange juice, lemonade...I still do this when I get nausea even when not pregnant lol! It does seem to work! GL!


answers from Kalamazoo on

I sipped on Slimfast first thing in the morning. After that, i could usually eat some food.


answers from Phoenix on

Maybe you're having a girl!!! I was sick the entire 9 months for both my pregnancies. My daughter, the first, was the worse. I even thru up during my c section! Ginger snap cookies to nibble on helped some, but nothing really worked for me. I just had to deal with it. I hope you find something that helps you! Good luck and congrats!!!



answers from San Francisco on


For lunch, you can make a box of macaroni and cheese, open a can of chili, dump it in the mac & cheese and you have chili mac.

There will probably be enough for you to save leftovers for the next day!

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