If you’ve been hanging around Carrots very long, you know that my biggest struggle with pregnancy is morning sickness. Not just uncomfortable, annoying morning sickness…like can’t-keep-water-down and need-serious-prescriptions-to-handle-the-situation kind of thing. And then my other kids want to hang out with me when I’m pregnant and that’s tricky when I’m curled up in fetal position drinking ginger ale. Pregnancy is hard for me and so I have been spending a lot of time researching what I can do right NOW when I’m not pregnant to prevent such severe morning sickness in future pregnancies (God willing). I was really excited when I heard that Lindsey, the doula that assisted Lucy’s godmother during her last birth, has put together resources from her expertise to help women like me. So give a warm welcome to Lindsey!–Haley
What!? You might be wondering what morning sickness and peeing your pants have in common. Honestly, I would be surprised if you weren’t. Before I had kids, I had no clue these two things might be somehow related. How? Let’s find out, shall we?
Sometimes when you are throwing up due to morning (all day) sickness, along with the stress of heaving, your bladder weakens and therefore dribbles… or full out releases. This is called stress induced incontinence.
Yes I’ve been there…The first time this happened to me I was throwing up so… um… passionately, that when I was done and cleaning myself up I noticed that my underwear was wet. I was so embarrassed! Here I was, a grown adult having to change my underwear because I just peed my pants.
This happened a few more times, and I began to accept it as “a pregnancy thing” I just had to deal with. It was for a good cause, right? Pee your pants… get a baby. Yay!
Sometime later I got smart about it. If I knew I was about to vomit I would grab a towel and put it between my legs (without my clothes on). Once I started vomiting and peeing, every bodily fluid was properly contained. By using the towel I could salvage my clothes and still feel semi-normal. Later on I got even smarter and emptied my bladder before I vomited. (Please note that peeing before vomiting may require you to be a ninja.)
Through the years I have started chatting with friends, doula clients and the mamas who take my childbirth classes; much to my astonishment I realized that I was not the only one peeing my pants. In fact, a good portion of these ladies were peeing their pants on a regular basis! (via stress induced incontinence, of course) They just weren’t crazy enough to write a blog post about it.
After my enlightenment I began to feel less ashamed. I no longer had to be a “closet pants pee-er,” but could declare to everyone that it’s ok to pee your pants! Ok, so maybe I won’t go that far, but I do feel way more comfortable with my body knowing that I’m somewhat normal.
Side note: Since having my babies I have started to take my pelvic organ health much more seriously and have started doing daily squats and kegels. These two done together can do amazing things! There are some fun side-benefits of squats and kegels (by the way), but they can lead to more babies and more peeing your pants.
The Good News
Morning sickness can cause a lot of unwanted and uncomfortable results, like peeing your pants again for the first time since you were 4. However, I’ve written an amazing eBook called Morning Sickness Remedies which could help you to lessen your morning sickness symptoms, and therefore eliminate the pants peeing. A win-win, no?
Morning Sickness Remedies compiles all the data, advice and remedies I’ve found, and makes them easily accessible in a down to earth, woman to woman format. I’ve done the work so you don’t have to. When you are feeling your worst and have no energy to spare, this eBook will be a life saver, and can help you feel better today! Many women have even eliminated their symptoms completely using some of these remedies!
When I had morning sickness there were so many things that I never tried, simply because I wasn’t informed, and didn’t know what would and wouldn’t work. I was told that morning sickness was something that I just had to endure. While doing research for this eBook I was blown away by what I found. The remedies I’ve discovered have been successfully used on clients, friends and family, and I want you to have the power to relieve/eliminate your morning sickness as well.
One of the things I like the most about this eBook is that it is mega useful for women who are NOT pregnant, because prenatal preparation is the best way to reduce or eliminate morning sickness. Who knew? And between you and me… it’s also the best way to prevent your bladder from picking up where it left off when you were 4.
Lindsey Morrow writes at Mother Rising, a holistic pregnancy blog for new moms and birth workers, and My Best Pregnancy Books (a pregnancy book review site). Her most recent accomplishment entails her first publication Morning Sickness Remedies. Lindsey is a doula, childbirth educator and lives with her husband and two kiddos in North Florida.
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