Morning Sickness Almost Ruined Me, But This Helped
It's difficult to explain to someone who's never experienced morning sickness how appalling it can actually be. Before I became pregnant, I had no idea. "What's a few spews over the course of nine months?" I thought, if I ever thought about it at all. "Surely you can manage with medication," I said to myself. (HA! I tried three different options—none worked for me.) Having never known anyone with "unmanageable" morning sickness, I didn't think it would be that bad. But while some women get off scot-free, and some get a tiny touch of nausea, I vomited so violently (and often) that I burst blood vessels in my face.
During the first trimester, I had nausea 24/7. For weeks, I averaged a few handfuls of crackers a day. On the odd occasion I didn't immediately need to chuck up on waking, I'd maybe manage some egg for breakfast. Sometimes it stayed down. Often, I threw up plain water. At my worst, I was so ill I couldn't get out of bed for three weeks. I didn't know when, or if, it would end. Eventually, the intensity did dial down. I still threw up most days at work, but I was happy not to be housebound. (And one spew a day sure beats 10.) It was at this stage, I discovered a little-known morning sickness cure. And unlike ginger, acupuncture, vitamin B6, and eating before you get up, it helped.
Keep scrolling to find out what it was.
Desperate for help I came across magnesium oil as a potential cure for morning sickness deep in mummy forum territory. The theory for it's effectiveness goes that during pregnancy cortisol levels spike and fall, resulting in fatigue and nausea. Usually, magnesium is able to balance the process but preggo hormones interfere by inhibiting the body's ability to absorb it. Because I was willing to give anything a go, I began spraying the oil on the backs of my knees multiple times a day. On a friend's recommendation, I incorporated mineral-rich bone broth into my diet. I also started taking more Epsom salt baths, and an oral supplement at night. Seems excessive, but after a week, it started to work.
While I can't be 100 percent sure boosting magnesium levels was what brought me relief, I'm pretty convinced. I ran out of bone broth and Epsom salt two weeks in and my symptoms almost immediately got worse—that's proof enough for me. Now into my second trimester, my morning sickness has finally started to nick off, but I still use either the salts or oil daily, and I'm too scared to stop.