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15 Things I’ve Learned About Morning Sickness

Over the past 15.5 weeks (really weeks 6.5 to now) I’ve dealt with my fair share of morning sickness. I like to call it the morning sickness saga. It’s been humbling, difficult, and even sometimes hilarious. I mean really, puking in the car with your husband every morning on the way to work has to have some sort of humor attached to it. I feel blessed that I haven’t had to deal with an extreme case, so I know it could be much worse. However, when it first started, I kind of felt like everything I read just sugar-coated it and no one really told it like it was. I had no idea what I was in for, and I wish there were more HONEST articles out there about what dealing with morning sickness is really like! I had a few friends who had also dealt with morning sickness who I was thankfully able to lean on in the first few weeks, and that helped a lot, just to know that what I was feeling was normal. Well, I feel like I’ve learned a few things of my own along this journey, and I’m betting that at least one fellow-tiny-human-grower can relate! So, here are 15 things I’ve learned about morning sickness.

1. Morning sickness will vary from person to person. And by vary, I mean each woman’s experience will be VASTLY different! I have friends who never once felt sick, friends who only felt nauseous, and friends who puked for 9 months straight.

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2. Morning sickness is actually all day sickness. While I had read this and heard it from people, you really don’t believe it until you truly feel like crap all. day. long.

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3. Morning sickness puts crazy thoughts into your head, and that’s OKAY! You can fully blame your hormones!

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4. It’s possible to throw up every day, for months! MONTHS! You’ll think this has to be some sort of test.

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5. You will become a puke predicting ninja. And you will just know, every time. Even your husband will know what that face means.

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6. At times, your husband will think you’ve been possessed by the exorcist.

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6. You will have a love/hate relationship with food, and it will be like trying to feed a very angry animal.

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7. Morning sickness can make you feel like a completely different person for months.

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8. When asked, “how have you been feeling?” you will be able to lie out of your teeth.

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9. Not feeling well is exhausting, regardless of how sick you actually are. Your friends might think you’ve dropped off the planet.

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10. Riding in a car will sometimes feel like you’re riding a rollercoaster backwards with your eyes closed.

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11. You will cry not because you’re so excited about the baby, (which you are), but because you are also so tired of being sick and tired.

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12. You will mentally plan out where every bathroom is wherever you go.

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13. You will leave a permanent indention on the couch.

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14. You will be scared to death to go anywhere without knowing whether or not you will be able to eat. Do. Not. Let. Your. Tummy. Get. Empty.

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15. It will all be worth it. Don’t give up! You are a strong, powerful woman and you are GROWING A HUMAN!!!

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All in all, I’ve learned that “this too shall pass,” (I’m hoping at least, ha!) and that sometimes you just have to put on your big girl panties and deal with it. More women deal with morning sickness than don’t, so welcome to the club girlfriend!

Disclaimer: this is MY experience, and MY experience alone. I am eternally thankful and feel so blessed to have even been given the ability to carry my sweet child. I would go through morning sickness again and again if the Lord were to bless us with more children. Every pregnant woman’s experience is different, and this is not intended to be a pity party, but a humorous account of my own opinions. 

Did you have morning sickness? What was one thing you learned from it?

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    Fiona MacDonald
    April 30, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Oh I love this post! So cute and honest all at the same time! I definitely feel you on the needing to know when there is food next, even the thought of going hunger which could possibly lead to nausea (you JUST NEVER KNEW) meant I was constantly thinking about food…I remember even thinking once the 1st trimester passed, like oh god what if I felt okay the 1st trimester then it’s all a big trick and I get morning sickness in the worst way for the rest of my pregnancy-thank god that didn’t happen..but still you can drive yourself crazy worrying!!!

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    Jessica @Myhealthypassion
    April 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    OMG! These ALL made me LOL! Hang in there girl!
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    Natalie @ Never Serious Blog
    April 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Hahahahaha – so great!
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    Kylie rose
    April 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    YES YES 1000000 times YES!!!! Oh my gosh my soul! This has been the most trying few months of my life! Hang in there gal! Brighter days are coming for us both!

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    Morgan @ Managing Mommyhood
    April 30, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Ugh this I Loooooved being pregnant, but the nausea was horrible. The only time I actually threw up was a few times when I didn’t eat when I first woke up. But I was blessed with all day nausea. All I could eat was bsgels, burgers, and soft serve ice cream cones. just seeing crackers made me want to vomit, and everyone kept bringing me them!
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    Johanna B
    April 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Things only a woman who has been pregnant knows… you are really a member of the I’m a mom club now.

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    Shay @Great, Now What
    April 30, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Your gif game is on point!

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    Annette Perkins (@FitnessPerks)
    April 30, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    First of all, congrats!!

    And second of all, laughing SO hard right now! Right.on.point. Hang in there, I promise it (usually) gets better soon!! xo
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    Lily Lau
    April 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    You’re so funny, Sarah! Haven’t stopped laughing yet! 😀
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    Jenn
    April 30, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    The entire reason I realized I was pregnant was morning sickness. My mom thought I had food poisoning from bad sushi. We thought we weren’t able to get pregnant at all, so imagine our surprise when instead of food poisoning, it was a positive pregnancy test. I threw up every day, multiple times a day for about 17 or 18 weeks. I had to drive to work with plastic bags because I couldn’t make the full commute without getting sick. I had to sleep with crackers on my nightstand – before I even lifted my head in the morning, I had to get something in my stomach to settle it. I had a window from about 11AM – 2PM when I felt reasonably human and could eat, and then it was back to misery. I remember sleeping on the bathroom floor a lot.

    It was pretty rough.

    However, it did pass, and it was worth it. I just tried to keep eating to keep the stomach acids from getting the best of me and sleeping as much as I could to rest.

    I hope you start feeling better soon. Growing a human is hard work, but you’ll get through it. <3
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    Mom
    April 30, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Makes you appreciate your old Mom a little, huh?

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    Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers
    April 30, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Ha, too funny! (the post of course, not the morning sickness) I’ve felt nauseous this time around, but I never have thrown up… except that one time.
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    molly @ there goes molly rose
    May 1, 2015 at 11:04 am

    You are hilarious! I’m glad you can take a humorous approach to something so awful. Grow that baby Sarah!

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    Sarah @ Sarah Sincerely
    May 1, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    This was hilarious! And while I’ve not yet been pregnant, I imagine most of them hold very true for many women! Thanks for an upfront and honest, while be it hilarious, viewpoint. 🙂
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    Tiffany
    March 16, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I like reading your blog now that I’m pregnant and seeing similar experiences. I had morning sickness from about weeks 5-13. I am soooo glad that’s behind me. I remember the love hate relationship with food well. I would feel nauseous from hunger, feel wonderful while I ate, and then get sick as soon as I was done. I remember many days of bawling to my husband about my fears that it would last forever. I definitely wasn’t prepared for that.

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      Sweet Miles
      March 17, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Haha morning sickness is no joke. I used to think people are whiny babies for complaining about it but oh my goodness!!! It. Sucks!! Hope you are feeling better, friend!

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    Saida
    February 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Hello, just discovering your blog. I am currently over 15 weeks pregnant and you made me laugh and big smile. I have the exact same experience as you and your description is hilarious and so true. It is someway good to not feel alone but man this is not easy. It starting fading away kind of not having the morning ritual of throwing up in the bathroom but It is like you never know if I am going to vomit or not. Well I am hoping in few days/weeks will be back to whatever is qualified as normal being not vomiting or feeling weird… but the true normal of once upon time I used to live I have no idea what it was but I can say if it happen again I will not take it for granted 🙂

    Thanks for your blog it is really good to read your experience as I am currently in it . So thank you for sharing with a good sense of humor which is the moment we don’t but nothing we can do about it and we have to suck it up. Like you say any articles I read about morning sickness was useless and made me feel isolated that I was like on my own but gosh this little baby girl growing inside me is thousand time worth it.
    Cheers
    Saida (French living in NZ)

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    Andia
    March 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    You are so right about these articles that give a mild definition of what pregnancy is like. I know everyone is different, but all of the information out there seems to cater to the fortunate few that have mild morning sickness. Seriously from weeks 5-8 I felt like I wasn’t doing anything right because I couldn’t exercise or eat my veggies like all these other superstar mums. And forums make you sick with worry that something is wrong. My diet for 2.5 weeks was literally Poptarts, Ramen, and oatmeal!

    When I finally had my first prenatal visit, my doctor reassured me that my puking was not harming the baby and to not worry so much about trying to eat uber healthy. Her advice was, “Eat whatever you can, even if it comes up. You don’t want to have an empty stomach and be puking stomach acid and bile.” And as miserable as it was to throw up 3-5 times a day for 6 weeks, this was a lot better than those days when I avoided everything and made myself even sicker.

    Totally bookmarking this for future preggo friends because we need more realness when it comes to pregnancy!

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      Sweet Miles
      March 24, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      I’m so glad it was helpful!!! YES I had the same thoughts as you – like where are all the REAL posts about how terrible morning sickness is?!

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