I’m not sure if you noticed my light posting schedule but the reason for it, my personal family issues as it were, was that I am pregnant! Due to being pregnant 3 times in 7 months, I was laying low and keeping my big mouth shut until I knew this one was a keeper :). We pinpointed the problem with the miscarriages (low thyroid) and heard the heartbeat a few weeks ago. Praise GOD!!!
That being said, I spent several months feeling pretty icky, using the electronic baby-sitter for my 2 yo, and sending the budget completely out the window because food was just gross but I still needed to feed my lovies and eat a little myself. There were a few things that I noticed that greatly helped my nausea that I didn’t know about last time.
1. SLEEP! I understand that because I have a 2 yo who is still napping that I had it pretty good, but knowing just HOW sick I would get without my 2-3 hour nap, well, next time, I might have to get a babysitter in the afternoons just so I can nap. It made SUCH a huge difference in how I felt. I probably slept 8-10 hours at night and 1-3 hours in the afternoon. Completely essential. Do anything you can to get a nap. I promise, you won’t regret it!
2. EAT PROTEIN! I have got on my Bradley Birth soapbox before, but the diet recommends tons of protein to try and avoid preeclampsia. It works wonders for nausea, too. I tried lots of different types of protein but found that a chunk of cheddar cheese did the trick. Every time. I must have eaten a pound a week. I may not ever eat it again :). So try lots of type of protein and see which one makes you feel human again.
3. EAT FREQUENTLY! If your stomach gets empty, you will feel sick. Eat something every hour or two. Make it something you don’t have to cook if that makes you feel better. Fruit salad, canned soup, meat/cheese/cracker tray, yogurt, kefir, etc. Whatever it takes, budget be buggered; it’s a season, not a lifestyle. I normally eat real food but I must confess we just finished up a bag of chicken nuggets that I bought because it didn’t make me gag when I “cooked” it.
4. DRINK WATER! This one should be a no-brainer but when you are pregnant you require so much extra fluid. Any time I wasn’t drinking enough, I could feel it. If water suddenly tastes funny to you (it does to me), try making it warmer or colder. Maybe add a little fruit juice to it. Usually I like tepid water but if it’s not super hurts-your-teeth cold now, I don’t like the taste.
5. SEA-BANDS. Those ugly little elastic bracelets with the knobs that hit your pressure point when you get sea-sick or car-sick. Yeah, those babies. I lived with them for WEEKS. I still keep them in my purse just in case.
Those were my top 5 ways to lessen morning sickness (which always hit me in the afternoon or evening — ugh!).
What about you? What are your “tell everyone you meet” ways to mitigate that icky feeling you get in the first trimester? Share in the comments!
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