My morning sickness initiation

When I fell pregnant for the first time, I was elated. A gift from the universe! And then at about week 5, morning sickness hit me and I went down in a crumpled (and somewhat vomity) heap. I was working in a demanding corporate role, the sort where you need to be on the ball all the time. Only all of a sudden I wasn’t on the ball. I didn’t even know where the ball was and I was certainly too sick to pick it up again. It was a pretty miserable time.

To make things worse I was worried about morning sickness affecting my baby. My diet was a disaster because I couldn’t stomach anything. I couldn’t look at a green vegetable without feeling weird.  I wasn’t enjoying being pregnant and then of course I felt guilty because I wasn’t enjoying being pregnant.

Your typical “eat a biscuit first thing in the morning” advice didn’t cut it. My trusted GP was surprisingly unhelpful “Yes, it’s part of pregnancy for many women, eat small meals”. My obstetrician gave me a very dull and uninspired fact sheet and offered medication. That was about it. Taking medication didn’t feel like the right pathway for me but it felt like there was nothing in between.

My morning sickness continued almost until the end of my pregnancy. This gave me heaps of time to learn everything I could about it, find different ways to manage my symptoms and try out every (gentle and safe) remedy around.

I went on to have a beautiful and healthy baby girl. I had a really positive birth experience and morning sickness was soon forgotten. Until my second pregnancy…

Lisa McAully

Lisa McAully

The moment I met my eldest daughter

My beautiful bub

Finding my own way

Fast forward 5 years and I fell pregnant again. Morning sickness dropped in to say hello, late in week 4 (uninvited and unwelcome I might add). But there was a big difference. I was prepared and knew how to best manage my symptoms. I adjusted my lifestyle to make room for it, put self care at the top of my priority list, tuned into my body’s needs and made use of the strategies and gentle remedies I had discovered the first time I was pregnant.

Even though I still had morning sickness, I was able to function and enjoy my pregnancy much more than the first time. I never felt alone or unsupported. I felt like I had lots of strategies to cope and I used them whenever I needed to. I never felt guilty. I knew my limits and worked within them.

An epiphany – supporting other women

One day, about 5 months into my second pregnancy I had an epiphany “I could help other women”. All this suffering and morning sickness experience could really benefit newly pregnant Mamas. It could help them avoid experiencing the guilt, uncertainty and worry that can come with morning sickness.

And so, I gathered all the wisdom I had collected, talked to doctors, midwives and other mothers and I madly wrote the Morning Sickness Survival Guide. Morning Sickness Survival Kits was born about a month before my second baby girl joined our family.

You don’t need to do it alone

So many of us experience morning sickness. And so many of us go it alone, trying to figure it all out for ourselves. It can feel overwhelming and isolating.

My message to you Mama is you don’t have to do it by yourself. Morning sickness isn’t a right of passage or something you should just endure. There are lots of effective strategies and remedies that you can make use of to help manage your symptoms. I invite you to take a look around our site and gather as much support from it as you can. I’m confident you will find something really useful, whether it be a nugget of wisdom in one of our blog articles or one of our kits.

Get started today with some excellent tips for Surviving Morning Sickness at Work. It’s a free guide and available to you straight away.

Wishing you all the best,
Lisa McAully
Creator of Morning Sickness Survival Kits