Are you struggling with nausea during your pregnancy? If so, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to help ease the discomfort. One option that may be worth considering is using pregnancy lollipops to combat nausea. Read on to learn more about these lollipops and how they can help you feel better during your pregnancy.
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A word of Caution: Please talk with your provider before using the advice in this post. They may be specific insight to you and YOUR nausea and what type of thing might help it most (and possible prescriptions instead of lollipops)
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Why would pregnancy nausea lollipops work?
It looks like the things marketed for this have a few specific ingredients.
Also, the very fact that you’ve got something in your mouth that you find pleasant may be enough to stave off morning sickness.
What ingredients are in the lollipops for nausea?
Things I see in many of them are:
- Ginger — a well-known nausea cure
- Essential oils — they often don’t say which one, so you’re never sure if they’re going to work for YOU
- B6 — often prescriped for nausea
- “botanicals” — not sure what this is, but it’s not disclosed on their ingredients
Beyond that, they have regular lollipop things, like sugar (often as a sugary syrup), natural colors and flavorings.
How does all that help?
Pregnant women often have dry mouths, or their mouths taste different than it used to (had to explain, but you know it when it happens). Sucking on a lollipop or even a candy can help this.
Some women may just not be getting enough calories to keep their blood sugar up, so sucking on them can help that as well (but keep in mind the simple sugars in the lollipops won’t keep your blood sugar up long).
And honestly, just the whole sucking on it (even the distraction of it) can help nausea. Meaning, any lollipop may work the same for you.
What won’t these help?
If you have the stomach flu, these likely aren’t going to help as you probably need to get it out of your system (meaning, vomiting and diarrhea). Same for food poisoning.
If you have severe hyperemsis gravadarum these may not help much beyond the period that you’re sucking on them. I’ve seen a few reviews that say they work while they suck on them, but the nausea is immediately back when the lollipop is done.
Also, if your stomach is gurgling during pregnancy << I have a post on that too.
What types of lollipops are there?
Preggie Pops are probably the best known ones. They seem to have more oils and vitamins in them that might help more.
Tumeeze are meant for kids. They’re more for settling one’s stomach. They have some bicarbonate in them, but might be worth a try.
Pink Stork Sweets aren’t lollipops, but have the same idea. They have quite a few different flavors, as well as gummies, etc.
Upspring Stomach settle also works similarly. They seem to have a ginger kind, and a peppermint kind (in case one of those works better than the other for you). Both ginger and peppermint have stomach soothing properties (but not in everyone).
These Tummy Drops also look similar, but come in more fun flavors.
How often can I use them?
Preggi Pops recommend only 6 per day because they have the B6 in them.
Other brands may have limitations on theirs, so be sure to read the packaging.
If you’re trying just regular lollipops, make sure you rinse your mouth frequently, and do good oral care, as a constant sugary substance in your mouth might not be good for your teeth (of course, neither is vomiting constantly).
What else can I do for pregnancy nausea?
Talk with your provider. They may have medications they can provider that will do better than the lollipops. Medications often used are:
- A sleeping pill/B vitamin combination
Make sure you’re trying to stay as hydrated as possible, and if that isn’t working you may need to go in for IV rehydration. Talk with your provider if that’s a right option for you.
I also recommend making sure you balance your meals with protein and carbohydrates. If you have too many carbohydrates, your blood sugar might crash — which may trigger more nausea.
But, either way, a lollipop is an easy way to see if it helps at all, and trying nausea-specific ones might help even more.
And finally, I’d just like to say I’m sorry. Nausea is one of the most annoying parts of pregnancy. While the majority of women have it go away after the first trimester, some women suffer with it right up until the baby is born. I hope you can find a way to make your way through it.
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A nurse since 1997, she has worked in various fields including pediatrics, geriatrics & hospice.
She has 20 years of labor and delivery experience in the San Jose, CA and Phoenix, AZ areas.