How to Deal with Morning Sickness at Work

Posted on October 19, 2017 in Pregnancy/ Tips

Working while pregnant can be rough, especially if you experience morning sickness. You are tired, worn out, and to top it all off, sick. Below are some tips to help you to deal with your morning sickness at work. Hopefully, these tips can help you to get through the day a little bit easier.

Morning Sickness is characterized by nausea and vomiting, both of which are not fun. Some women can experience weight loss, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and even have to go to the hospital. No matter how minor or severe your morning sickness is, it makes for long days. I hope these tips below help you survive working when you have morning sickness.

Surviving Work When You Have Morning Sickness

Travel: If you drive or take a bus, traveling can be hard. You might find it makes you feel worse being in a moving vehicle. So here are some tips to help.

Bring a cup of ice water: By sipping it every so often can help lessen the nausea. If you can’t tolerate water, bring a drink like ginger ale that soothes your stomach.

Fresh air: If you can sit by a window and if you are feeling sick, open it for a little fresh air.

Extra Time: Make sure if you are driving yourself to give yourself extra time. In case you feel really sick and have to pull over.

Bags: Make sure to bring a bag in case you get sick in. These can be old grocery bags you get at store, just double it up, to make sure it won’t break. I know it is gross, but better to be prepared then to get sick on yourself.

At the Office: So you made it to work and now it is time to tackle the day. If you are open, make sure to tell your co-workers you are expecting so they know and understand. If they see you away from your desk they know you needed a little bathroom break.

Snacks: Pack snacks to have at your desk. It is so important to snack often during pregnancy. Even if it is a bite of a granola bar every twenty minutes. I know it feels like eating is the last thing you want to do, but for a lot of women it really helps.

Toothbrush and Mouthwash: Keep toothbrush and mouthwash at your desk or in purse. You can buy a travel size, and if you get sick, you can brush your teeth.

Avoid Break Room: If you have a break room, you might try to avoid it around meal times. Some of the smells of food being heated up could really flare up the morning sickness.

Eating Out: Say someone is ordering from a restaurant and something sounds good, make sure to eat what your body is telling you. Even if that means tossing out your sandwich you were dreading eating. Listen to what your body wants, sometimes those foods can help you get rid of the dreaded morning sickness.

Work Flexibility: If you are lucky enough and can change your schedule up a little you might consider that. If you tend to get morning sickness for the first few hours of work, see if you can come in a little later, or start work at home.

Ask for Help: If you need someone to cover you while you go to the bathroom, ask a co-worker. That way when you feel sick and need a break they know that they will cover you while you are gone.

Your own Cubicle: If you work in an office, see if you can have your own office or cubicle. That is a little more private and close to a restroom.

Breaks: If possible see if you can get an extra break here and there, to take a moment and step outside for fresh air or to lay down.

Computer Settings: If you work on a computer, consider adjusting the lighting. If it is to bright it can be making your morning sickness worse.

At the end of the day, working while dealing with morning sickness is hard. But if you talk to your boss, they will most likely be understanding and help you anyway possible. If you can’t seem to get through the days, maybe talk to your doctor about medications you can take to lessen the nausea.


  • Reply robin rue October 19, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I am soooo, sooo thankful that I never had morning sickness with either of my pregnancies. My sister in law had it for the entire time she was pregnant and I felt so bad for her.

  • Reply Arlene Salcedo October 19, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I remember the days of morning sickness. I only had morning sickness with my first two kids and my last two I had none. Thank goodness!

  • Reply AnnMarie John October 19, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    These tips can really help out any working momma! I think it’s really important that we take the necessary precautions especially since morning sickness can happen and be triggered any time. Great tips!

  • Reply Leslie October 19, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I can’t imagine morning sickness at work. I got lucky with my son because I only had it in the evenings and it was very mild.

  • Reply Cindy Ingalls October 19, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    These are great tips. I didn’t realize lighting could affect morning sickness, but it makes complete sense considering I notice it can effect my when I have a bad headache and am feeling sick.

  • Reply Terri Steffes October 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I used to keep saltines and 7 up close by for my morning sickness. Saltines were a life savor for me!

  • Reply Rachel October 20, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Morning sickness and work is awful. I had to supervise drug tests when I was pregnant with my first which means I was shut in a little bathroom with people to observe them peeing. It was rough.

  • Reply Sarah October 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I never had to deal with this at work, but you have some great tips here. It is definitely hard to function when you don’t feel so great.

  • Reply Brittany October 21, 2017 at 8:56 am

    With my third pregnancy, I had the worst all-day sickness! These are some great tips that actually work.

  • Reply HilLesha October 21, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I had the worst morning sickness with my third child. I didn’t think it was going to ever end! The only things that helped from time to time was ginger chews as well as ginger supplements.

  • Reply Claudia Blanton October 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    thankfully, I did not have any problem with morning sickness, but I would fall asleep as soon as I sat down somewhere. That was not exactly pleasant. Blessings!

  • Reply TColeman October 22, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    This was one of those things that was seriously so awful for me. These are some great tips to help!

  • Reply Kelly Hutchinson October 22, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I can not imagine having morning sickness at work! I think avoiding the break room is a very smart tip!

  • Reply Ayana Pitterson October 23, 2017 at 11:24 am

    That fresh air is IMPERATIVE, IMPORTANT and a LIFE SAVER. I worked in an office without a window throughout one of my pregnancies and the morning sickness was horrible. The only relief was to run out the building and drink up as much fresh air whenever the nausea got the worst. Great tips.

    Thrifting Diva

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