Pregnancy Morning (All Day) Sickness Remedies – Did they work?

FYI – I started writing this when I was in the midst of my morning sickness, but decided to hold off until I was well in the clear and no longer sick…and then I forgot about it…so here it goes!

As I have said before, this pregnancy has been completely different than my first pregnancy, especially when it comes to morning sickness. Last time, I went through a few weeks of not really feeling so great, but never really got sick.

This time around, even though I am no where near as bad as some other pregnant mommies I know, I threw up several times, spent an entire day throwing up on the last day of our cruise, felt sick mostly every night, and went through a few weeks where the thought of drinking anything made me want to gag.

Luckily, I started feeling better as I entered the 2nd trimester and now want to talk about all the ways I tried to make myself feel better during those dreaded weeks. Some worked and some didn’t, but what may work or not work for me may have the opposite effect on someone else. You just never know….pregnancy is weird like that.

Pregnancy Morning Sickness Remedies

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1. Sea-Band – Sea sickness bands

These are one of those things that I may never know whether they worked or not, but I was too afraid to take them off for fear that I may quickly become sick if I did. The premise of these is that by placing both bands on a certain pressure point on your wrists, you can reduce that nauseous feeling. These are primarily meant to be for preventative measures on cruise ships, but can also be used for morning sickness. When I first started wearing them, I took them off twice to wash my hands and then to give Trent a bath, and I threw up both times. From then on, I wore them 24/7, except in the shower. However, I was wearing them when I got sea sick on the last day of our cruise. I threw up all day long while wearing those bands, so perhaps they are only effective to a certain degree and can’t handle anything extreme?? Either way, at just a few dollars, it’s an inexpensive method to try.

 

2. Mints or Candies

One of the main causes of me feeling sick/nasty and wanting to throw up was the gross taste in my mouth pretty much all day long. I couldn’t even brush my teeth or use mouthwash enough to make it go away, because it would come right back. So I always kept mints handy. I liked the Sugar Free Wint-o-green Mints from LifeSavers. I didn’t like peppermint, but spearmint was good. I just kept a mint in my mouth for most of the day to prevent tasting anything else.

 

3. Dramamine/Bonine

Before going on the cruise, I discussed my options with my doctor. He said Dramamine or Bonine was ok to take, but that he could also prescribe me a light dosage of their prescription nausea medication. He said it would make me drowsy, so I passed. When I started feeling sick on the cruise, I took 1 Dramamine….and threw it up. So I will never know if it would have worked…perhaps maybe if I took it sooner as a preventative? I just tried very hard not to take anything I didn’t have to, but by the time I HAD to take it, it was way too late. They make a “Less Drowsy” formula, so I tried that to be on the safer side.

 

4. Vomit Bags

I can’t believe I actually ordered these, and laughed when I did, but liked having them available to me if I needed them. Luckily, I never had to use any of them, but I kept one in my purse, in the car, in the diaper bag, at work and in my bag I had with me during the cruise. I was always afraid I was going to get sick at work or in a car and not have access to a container…so it was reassuring to know I always had a bag. They are just plain white plastic bags that have a drawstring and a super absorbent insert, so if someone sees it, they might not even know what it is.

 

5. Quease-Ease 

I came across this product while searching “morning sickness” on Amazon before the cruise. I liked the idea of it since it wasn’t a pill or anything that I had to put in my body. It’s basically aromatherapy and the combination of scents is supposed to make you not feel sick. You just take a few good whiffs when you start to feel sick and it’s supposed to make you feel better. The scents didn’t sound like anything bad, so I ordered it and didn’t open it until I was on the cruise on that last day. That smell was not pleasant at all. But I did it a few times thinking the effect would be better than the smell, but unfortunately it was not. It had no effect…in fact, it may even have had an opposite effect. Either that or I was already far to sick for it do have any effect anyway.

 

6. Ginger

For my first pregnancy, I tried ginger candies from the health store and ginger ale. I became disgusted with the taste and decided not to use it this time.

 

7. Preggie Pop Drops

I actually had some of these leftover from my first pregnancy, so I used them again, but didn’t buy a new container. The ingredients are supposed to help and the flavor is pretty decent – I got the sours I think – but since the mints were working ok for me, I just decided to stick with those. These are good if you are wanting more of a candy taste, as opposed to mint or ginger.

 

8. Time

I know you probably don’t want to hear this, but the best thing I did was to keep thinking about how I wouldn’t be sick forever. That hopefully in a few weeks, I won’t have to deal with this any more and I can move on to another set of pregnancy side effects. While I may not be entirely out of the woods yet, this did hold true. The Sea Sick bands are off, I don’t mind drinking liquids any more and I may even remove the barf bag from my purse soon. With only a small percentage of pregnancies that include morning sickness for much longer, most morning sickness goes away as you enter the 2nd trimester.

 

Your thoughts?

Have you tried any of these remedies? Did they work? Do you have any other recommendations? If so, share them in the comments!

 

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Bring your Child’s Artwork to Life with Budsies {Review}

I can see it now…

I’m totally going to be one of those moms that keeps EVERYTHING that my kids make, but I won’t have the time or ideas to organize any of it. I already have a small pile from Trent and one coloring page on the fridge…and he’s only 2!

I’m sure other moms can understand this dilemma, if you can even call it that. So why not encourage your child’s creativity and find a way to make something more out of a drawing…with Budsies!

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Budsies takes your child’s artwork and turns it into a custom plush toy!

Since Trent is a bit young to create his own, Brett took over and drew a silly creation to have turned into a Budsies….a “Cat-erpillar” – I don’t know where he comes up with this stuff, but I was impressed!

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We uploaded our creation to the Budsies site and within a few weeks, we had our very own stuffed “Cat-erpillar” toy!

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This wasn’t a small toy that vaguely looked like the drawing…it was large and the details were perfect and exactly like the drawing. From the eye color to the number of feet…it was the same!

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It was almost as big as Trent!

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I was impressed with the quality of our Budsies. The fabric was soft (and hypoallergenic!) and the it was very well stitched. It can definitely stand up to the crazy playtime of a toddler!

Trent loves his new Budsies!

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I can definitely see us getting Budsies made in the future when Trent and Aubrey can create their own. They would be so excited to draw something and have it turned into something they can hold and play with…as would any child, I’m sure!

The order process is super simple…it may take your child longer to decide what to draw!

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They can make a custom Budsies out of pretty much anything…including people! What a great gift idea for a birthday, anniversary, retirement, Christmas, etc. How funny is this one of Jillian Michaels?!

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If you need ideas to get the creativity flowing, Budsies also has a page of starter templates on their website to help get your child started. It couldn’t be easier! What a fun idea and definitely a great way to amaze your child!

 

To learn more about Budsies and to Buy, visit their website here

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Promote Kindness with Netflix!

With school back in session in most parts of the country (or close to it!), it’s easy to focus on teaching or reinforcing school-related subjects. Even though Trent doesn’t go to school yet, he also doesn’t go to daycare, so it’s up to us to teach him what we can to set the stage for when he does go to school. Of course, we concentrate on letters, numbers, shapes, colors, etc. but we also teach him other things…like how to be polite and treat others with kindness.

We promote saying hi and bye, please and thank you, and we also are big on teaching him to share, especially since he has a little sister that has already assumed control of all of his baby toys ;)

If you want to promote kindness and acceptance with your kids, here are some suggested titles from Netflix to help!

 

12 Netflix Titles to Promote Kindness and Acceptance

For your big kids:

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And your little ones:

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If you’re also looking for a fun activity to promote kindness, check out this Kindness Punch Box idea!

Kindness Punch Box

Inspire your kids to do good by turning random acts of kindness into a fun game. With our Kindness Punch Box, your kids can break through each tissue-papered hole to reveal a kindness challenge, like smiling at everyone you meet or making a sweet treat to share with your neighbors. Click here to learn how make your own.

 

This post was written by me as part of my membership in the Netflix Stream Team. All opinions are my own and honest. Thanks for reading!

 

Baby Age Blocks by Pretty in Polka Dots {Review & Giveaway}

One of Brett’s most popular photography packages is the Baby Plan…where parents can get professional photos of their baby as a newborn then at 3, 6 and 9 months, and then finally, 1 year old.

Of course, we are no strangers to personally taking progress photos. I took pregnancy progress photos with Trent and some with Aubrey, and we also took a monthly photo of Trent through his first year. We hope to take a weekly photo of Aubrey!

The possibilities are endless with progress photos! First day of school for each grade, pregnancy months, child months/weeks/years, anniversaries….it’s always so fun to look back on the progress no matter what it is.

Pretty in Polka Dots has just the product to help you take any kind of progress photo for kids…Baby Age Blocks!

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Baby Blocks

What makes Baby Age Blocks from Pretty in Polka Dots different:

1.       We PRINT directly on our blocks with a flatbed printer.  Our blocks are more vivid, clean, safe, & permanent that any other on the market (no more peeling stickers or chipping paint!).  We purchased this printer recently solely for this purpose (though it has opened other markets for us).   We do all of the work and printing in our home (myself, my husband and my littler helpers – 3 children under 4… EEK!)

2.       We cut, sand & inspect every one of our blocks by hand to make sure they’re perfectly safe for babies and of the best quality.

3.       We gift wrap every set of blocks and include an optional hand written note if requested.  We are also now branching into the world of wholesale and offering retail packaging when required.

4.       Because we print, our blocks are COMPLETELY customizable.  On our website, we let our customers select their own colors, font outlines, block finishes & more.

 

Of course, we just had to use these blocks for Aubrey’s progress photos! Look who is 1 week old today!

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What we really like about these blocks is that the letters and numbers are printed directly onto the blocks…they aren’t stickers, so that means no peeling! The use of UV stable ink means these blocks will last a lifetime.

These blocks come in a variety of color options.

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We chose blocks in Primary Colors, but because of their special printing process, the blocks can be customizable to match décor, favorite colors, etc.

Baby Blocks Collage

The blocks are made from solid “poplar” hardwood with permanent UV Printed letters and numbers. The two smaller number blocks are 2.5 inch cubes. The larger word block features the words: weeks, months, years, and grade. It is 2.5in x 2.5in x 5in.

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What you get on the blocks:

  • Word Block: weeks, months, years, grade
  • Number Block 1: 0,1,2,3,4,5
  • Number Block 2: 0,1,2,6,7,8
  • Expansion Block: 3,4,5,6,7,8 (optional)

NOTE: The number 6 is also number 9 when turned over

With the expansion block, your options are endless! It allows for extended number combinations with the Baby Age Blocks from 0-99.  The typical Baby Age Block set without the expansion blocks can only go from 0-32 before begging to skip number combinations such as 33, 34, 43, 44 and so on.

Pretty in Polka Dots sends these Baby Age Blocks in the cutest wrapping, making them ready to given as a gift – perfect as a baby shower gift, for a photographer or for parents, to name a few. Shipping was incredibly fast, too!

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Pretty in Polka Dots also offers some other unique items:

Personalized Name Blocks

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Baby Announcement Blocks

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Wood Plank Picture Frames

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To learn more about Pretty in Polka Dots and to Buy, visit their website here

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Twinkles of Joy Musical Baby Blanket {Review}

No matter where you live or what the temperature is, a nice, soft blanket is always a good thing to have around for your newborn. It’s also easy to get carried away with baby items, so it’s also nice to have items that perform double duty. That was the goal with the Twinkles of Joy Musical Baby Blanket!

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The creators of the Twinkles of Joy Blanket dedicated the last two years to create the first interactive, washable baby blanket that enhances infants and toddlers early cognitive development and motor skills. Working along with some of the leading neuroscientists in their field, their design team is the first to integrate neuroscience technology into classically designed baby receiving blankets and security blankets. This new technology is crafted into each item and provides very gentle stimulation for both infants and toddlers by combining light, touch, music, color and sound as well as comfort.

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All Twinkles of Joy products are:

  • Extensively child product safety tested and approved to meet worldwide standards
  • Machine washable and dryer safe
  • Long lasting battery life of 2 years or more
  • Our technology is patented in China and patent pending in the US and Canada

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Each Twinkles of Joy Blanket comes designed with a button to press to play music to entertain baby.

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We received the Hearts Luxe Blanket, which has a subtle heart design all over it. It is a pretty large blanket compared to other baby blankets I’ve seen. The material is super soft….why don’t they make these in my size?!

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The Twinkles of Joy Baby Blanket is a great addition to your baby’s nursery!

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