You’ve sailed through the first few weeks of your pregnancy with flying colors….and then it hits. Nausea, numerous trips to the toilet, and feeling like you just want to curl up in a hole and fast forward nine months. And why do they call this thing morning sickness?! You’re sick all day: morning, afternoon, and night. You’ve tried the crackers and ginger ale, but it hardly helps. What else can you do to make it through this rough patch and emerge an intact human being? You know, the kind that carresses their bump and radiates that pregnancy glow….will you ever be THAT preggos girl? Yes, you will…but in the meantime, here’s some advice to help you survive “morning sickness”.
Remember that this usually GOES AWAY, yes into the pregnancy archives, by the second trimester. For some women, it lasts longer, but most will tell you it was literally week 12 when they began to feel human again. You can do anything for a short time, including being a nauseous pregnant mama. It will not last forever.
Eat, eat, eat!
You may not feel like it, but eating small amounts throughout the day will actually help your nausea. This is the time to be birdie! Crackers, hummus, toast, pretzels….nibble away to give yourself energy but not overtax your tummy. It’s very sensitive right now and big meals may not jive with it. But most moms report feeling better with food in their stomachs, so even if it comes up later, keep nibbling.
Ginger has excellent anti-nausea properties~ and you can both eat and drink it! Here are some suggestions:
Dried ginger (you can find in bulk aisle at Whole Foods)
Ginger tea: we like Yogi
Ginger ale: choose a stronger one with real ginger if possible
Motion sickness bands
Yes, the kind you wear on airplanes and boats….they can work for pregnancy nausea too. These bands put gentle pressure on acupressure points on the inside of your wrist~ but you get used to them and hardly feel it after awhile.
Your doctor may prescribe something for you if the nausea is really severe. We don’t recommend taking medicine unless it’s a necessity and you’re too sick to eat or drink anything. In that case, you need to go to the hospital for an IV.
The ancient Chinese practice can offer incredible relief from nausea by calming the nervous system, balancing hormones, and assisting the liver.
It should be in your prenatal vitamin, but make sure you’re getting enough through your diet as well. Bring on the spinach and other green leafy veggies! If you’re really sick, you might want to have your Mg levels checked and consider taking a supplement if they’re low.
Take it any way you like…..I love Yogi peppermint tea after dinner because it helps me digest. Peppermint has long been heralded for its tummy soothing properties. Eat the leaves, drink some tea, or have a bowl of holiday peppermint ice cream.
Even if it doesn’t help your nausea, it feels amazing and the health benefits are well worth the investment. Many women report relief from morning sickness through regular massage, though. Just make sure to find a therapist experienced in prenatal massage.
Bach Flower Remedies
These all natural drops help to calm the nervous system and relieve nausea associated with morning sickness: http://www.bachflower.com/
A gentle yoga practice can help your body adjust to pregnancy, and this yoga pose is particularly beneficial for morning sickness: Modified Reclining Hero. Just be sure to warm up before doing any poses, especially if you aren’t practicing regularly.