Scheduling Your Day around Morning Sickness

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 | Blog Posts, Morning Sickness News Category | | Print This Article

By now, you’ve probably figured out that morning sickness can have a big effect on your life. Hang in there. In most cases, morning sickness is done early in the second trimester. Until then, being proactive in the way you plan your life can help you overcome some of the negative effects of morning sickness.

Don’t get us wrong. We’re not saying that you should schedule your morning sickness (though it would be nice if someone would figure out just how to do that). We’re also not suggesting that better planning will actually ease any of your symptoms. There are plenty of effective morning sickness remedies out there. Unfortunately, “planning” isn’t one of them.

So, how can planning your day around morning sickness help you cope with it? Better planning doesn’t really help you with morning sickness, per se. What it does is help you cope with the rest of the day despite your morning sickness.

We All Have Things We Need to Do, Morning Sickness or No Morning Sickness

Whether you have a busy professional life or are chasing your toddler around the house while dealing with morning sickness (or both), chances are there are plenty of things you need to accomplish in a given day. All too often, the best laid plans get waylaid when you eat (or even smell) something that kicks your morning sickness into overdrive.

For some of us, morning sickness is fairly predictable. You know (approximately) when you’ll get sick, what smells or foods will trigger morning sickness, etc. For others, our morning sickness seems to have a mind of its own and can strike at any time without prior warning (apparently no one informed baby that mornings are for morning sickness).

Plan Your Day Expecting to Get Sick

In either case, the best way to plan your day is to start out with the assumption that you will have a morning sickness episode or two. When making your to-do list (whether for home or the office), remember to factor in the fact that you are entirely likely to be spending part of your day nauseous or vomiting. Only schedule those things you think you can still accomplish if you need to take a couple of mandatory morning sickness breaks. You’ll also want to factor in the fatigue that sometimes comes with morning sickness.

Doing this helps you to set realistic goals about what you can do in a day while coping with morning sickness. This can help reduce the stress of not accomplishing everything you set out to do. On those days when you don’t get sick, you can always figure out something to do with the extra time, right?

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