7 foolproof ways to hide morning sickness from, well, everyone

7 foolproof ways to hide morning sickness from, well, everyone

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If you’re like me, almost as soon as you peed on a stick and saw a positive pregnancy test result, morning sickness set in. I enjoyed a week of “yay I’m pregnant!” bliss, before my head wound up in the toilet, and I was praying for the misery to end.

The (sorta) good news? If morning sickness strikes early, you aren’t alone. Three-quarters of us will suffer from at least some nausea and vomiting during the first trimester. Let that fact be a minor comfort while you’re lying on the bathroom floor.

For me, the hardest thing about having chronic, and all-day, morning sickness dumbest name for what I’m feeling, ever!), is having to hide it. Like most mamas, I hoped to wait at least a few weeks before sharing my baby news. Mainly I hoped to avoid the comments about my fourth pregnancy: “Really?! Again?!”

Everyone has their reasons for wanting to keep a pregnancy hush-hush until the bump does the talking. But hiding that you feel like pregnant roadkill is easier said than done.

Here are a few tricks that helped me cover up my queasiness when I had to be around other people early in my pregnancy:

  • Under-eye concealer is your friend. Cake it on, moms. In this case, more is more. Because nothing says, “I’m miserable” like dark circles. I know; it’s a small detail, but I’m convinced this one-step miracle makeup makes a difference in convincing people I feel great.

  • Carry food. Like, all the time. Empty stomach equals nausea. So never, ever leave the house without some slices of cheese, Cheerios, or basically whatever you can hold down.
  • Wear sunglasses. Especially if you forget the under-eye concealer. If you are indoors, and it would seem super weird that you’re wearing sunglasses, um, smile?
  • Practice deep breathing. Seriously, practicing this has kept me from hurling, at least for a few minutes, at countless school pickups. I focus on my inhalation and exhalation to get my mind off of how insanely nauseous I feel, until I can escape back to the privacy of my car, rest my head on the wheel and moan.
  • Make excuses. I have told friends I’m just really tired, or getting over being sick, to mask the fact that, no, I’m just pregnant. I’ll say my preschooler kept me up all night because she thought a spider was in her room. Or our smoke detector was going off at 3 a.m. Maybe these are more lies than excuses. But, whatever.
  • Become a recluse. Do I want to get together this weekend? Sorry, busy. Did I feel like meeting for lunch? Not a good day. One easy way to hide debilitating morning sickness is to stay home as much as possible. Good friends will still be there when you feel better. My philosophy has basically been, if it isn’t essential-- work, getting the kids from school, doctors' appointments-- I don’t do it. Not until I’m feeling less like a pukey ghoul.
  • Avoid certain environments. Stuffy, hot rooms with no ventilation are like visiting hell for any pregnant woman suffering from morning sickness. Likewise sitting in the backseat of a car. I try to practice self-care in everyday situations, and make sure I’m as comfortable as possible so my nausea isn’t aggravated further.

Ultimately, all you can do is hang in there, Mama. As hard as it is to believe, considering you probably want to give up and crawl into a dark hole, this too shall pass. By the end of the first trimester, unless you have hyperemesis gravidarum, about half of all pregnant women feel much better.

Here's a mantra that may help you get through this brutal period: “Me feeling like crap is good for my baby.” Indeed, research has shown that morning sickness can possibly indicate a healthy pregnancy.

Lastly, remember that when you want to share your pregnancy news is up to you. Don’t let anyone, not even your increasingly-suspicious mother, pressure you to give it up too soon.

Opinions expressed by parent contributors are their own.

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