Tips for Dealing with Morning Sickness and Toddlers

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 | Blog Posts, Shared Experiences Category | | Print This Article

If you already have an ankle biter or two, chances are you already knew what was coming with morning sickness. Or maybe you didn’t. Roughly 25% of pregnant women don’t experience morning sickness. Unfortunately, dodging the bullet the first time around is no guarantee that you won’t experience morning sickness with your second baby.

Whether you’re an old pro with morning sickness or this is your first time rushing for the bathroom every time you wake up (and at all the most inopportune times in between), having another baby or toddler to take care of adds a whole new dimension to morning sickness.

It’s one thing when the only other person in the house is your partner. Chances are, his feelings aren’t going to be hurt when you ignore him in your mad dash for the toilet. Even if they are, he’ll get over it.

Toddlers are another story, especially if they aren’t talking yet. Toddlers may have some concept that a baby is on the way, but it isn’t like you can explain morning sickness to them in a way that’s going to garner you much empathy. Even if they’re vocal enough to understand you, you probably don’t want to tell them you’re sick because of the baby.

The best that you can do is to keep it simple for them. Simply tell older toddlers that you’re sick. Babies who aren’t talking yet (or who are just starting to talk) are obviously even tougher to communicate with.

Here are a few tips for dealing with morning sickness with older babies and toddlers in tow:

  • Always carry extra saltines and ginger snaps with you. After all, baby will want to share. It isn’t fair that mommy gets cookies just because she’s pregnant.
  • As much as possible, have someone with you when you’re out and about during your first trimester. There’s nothing like having to run through the mall to find the nearest bathroom while big brother can’t understand why it’s time to leave the play area NOW.
  • Be patient. It isn’t easy, but remember that this whole process can be difficult and confusing for your other children as well.
  • Give them extra play time and cuddles when you’re not feeling sick. It’ll be good for both of you.



photo by: simplyla

  • Anitra Smith

    This is all true. I’m pregnant with my third child, so this is the second time I’ve been through horrible morning sickness with a toddler in tow. The other main thing I’ve learned is – don’t beat yourself up if morning sickness changes your parenting routine. When I’m this sick, I eat a lot more junk food (quick to grab and likely to stay down, unlike fruit or veg) and spend a LOT of time on the couch. I do feel guilty that this means my kids eat a lot more junk food (have to share, mommy) and watch more TV than normal. But it’s only for a limited time. Once I’m feeling like I can eat real food again, and be vertical for an hour without puking, then we’ll get back to “normal”.

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