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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Surviving Morning Sickness with a Toddler.

So if you followed me through my last pregnancy you know that the first 12 weeks my world is being turned upside down. Nothing will stay in my stomach, not even water. Life is wild. It was hard the first time around, but now with an almost 2 year old in tow, morning sickness has jumped up a level.

These are a few tricks that I've learned to help my toddler deal with my morning sickness. 

1. I leave the door open if it's just us at home. She gets scared if the door is shut and she hears it. In between my stomach emptying itself I tell her that it's okay and try and make light of it for her. 

2. I find a comfortable spot on the floor close to her so we can watch shows or play games together with me moving very little to none, while my stomach is turn and my world spinning.

3. I let her be a big girl as much as she wants. No more babying her unless she needs/wants it. It's amazing how excited she gets when we start singing the "Clean Up" song, she knows that what we're going to do will be fun and will end with a treat of some sort!

As for me dealing with a toddler an morning sickness:

1. Wake up just before they get up and pop a pill and relax. (Dr's suggestion)

2. Clean when possible, or needed. My house has been a disaster for the last 8 or so weeks, it's fine unless someone is coming over & then I find enough strength to clean. I figure as long as it's just toys and clothes, no need to worry about it. 

3.We snack together. If I just need an apple or a few sour patch kids, she is more than welcome to it as well, makes her feel like she's part of the club.

4. Remember that this is all new and their toddler world is being rocked as well. The once active mom is now laying around looking awful. This one took me a little bit to figure out, but once I did and helped her through it, she's understanding and back to her happy little self.

Though I've reached the 12 week mark and things are slowly dying down morning sickness wise, I still follow these little rules I've figured out. My pregnancy wasn't too easy last time around and this time I want to make sure that my toddler is happy, and feels loved even though our world is being rocked.

What are some tips you have for handling morning sickness while you have a toddler?


Trish said...

I've only got the one baby so far, so haven't had to deal with morning sickness and a toddler. I can ONLY imagine. It sounds like you've made the best of it though. I'll have to remember your tips for my next pregnancy :)

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