As if work wasn’t already the pits — now you’re constantly nauseated and vomiting. Great. But what do you do? You can’t up and quit your job just because of morning sickness (diapers are expensive, you know), and you can’t use a sick day every time you’re queasy.
The only real solution is to go to work and deal. Sure, you may need to call in sick if you’re having an especially barfy day, but for those other days when you’re feeling not horrible but not great, here are some ways to deal with your morning sickness while pregnant on the job.
- Ask to make small accommodations. Trust us—your boss and co-workers want to help you keep your morning sickness under control. Ask if it’s possible for you to temporarily take a desk or station that’s closest to the bathroom, or farthest away from the kitchen, if odors are triggering your morning sickness. If you’re not eating big meals, ask if it’s possible to swap your hour-long lunch break for several 10-minute breaks during the day, when you can rest your eyes or get some fresh air. If you feel worst during the mornings, ask to come in later in exchange for staying later, or switch to a different shift so that you’re not in the office when the worst morning sickness hits.
- Try Sea-Bands. Those little acupressure bracelets sit on a specific place on your wrist and ease nausea. Many women find that wearing them during the day helps with the worst of their morning sickness.
- Essential Oils Aromatherapy can help you feel fresher, less depressed, more energized, and can help keep morning sickness at bay. Try dabbing a few drops of lemon, peppermint, grapefruit, or bergamot oil on your pulse points every few hours.
- Keep snacks on hand Even if you’re not eating much else, keeping something—anything—in your stomach is good for morning sickness relief. Work-compatible morning sickness snacks like crackers, grapes, peppermint candies, or nuts are discreet and portable, so you can be sure to keep some in your pocket or desk drawer. It’s also important to drink plenty of fluids, since dehydration can make morning sickness even worse. Peppermint or chamomile teas are soothing choices.
- Keep an emergency kit on hand Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself running for the toilet. A small kit of essentials, including a toothbrush and toothpaste, hair bands, lip balm, and mints can help you freshen up after a bout of morning sickness. Many women even carry small plastic bags in their pockets at all times—just in case the bathroom is a little too far away.