Save Me From... Morning Sickness

I have some experience with this - considering I had it with both my pregnancies during the first trimester. The good news is there are ways to cope with it.  During my second pregnancy I had no nausea after 10 weeks (as opposed to the previous 14 weeks), it kinda felt like a miracle.

I will say the most important thing here is that you eat. You need nutrients during this critical time of the babies development. I hear ya though, you don’t feel like it.  These tricks should help.

Why is this happening to me?

Okay let’s start here. There are plenty of theories on why morning sickness happens, and the medical community has not yet agreed on one. What makes the most sense to me through my research, and helped me the most during my pregnancy is the theory that you do not have enough bile to properly digest your food.

In light of keeping it simple - when pregnant your body uses the same thing (cholesterol) to make sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) needed to build the baby and bile needed to digest fats. So your body just isn’t making enough bile because building that baby is more important, and that is making you feel nauseous.

All of this is taking place in your liver (and gallbladder), which is your body’s filter. As you would assume most of our liver’s are tired, so this is the time to really take care of them.

Things you can do:

Everyone is different, every body is different, and every pregnancy is different.  Don’t give up, just keep trying things.  It takes your body a few days to adjust so take your time with trying these tactics.

Avoid Low Blood Sugar.

This is essential. Eat small meals often, every 2 to 3 hours. The trick here is you never want a completely empty stomach. Don’t be afraid to consume fats during these meals (milks, coconut oil, butter, animal fat).  First your baby needs fat to develop, but also fat takes longer to digest and will keep you full longer.

Why? Well your liver manages your blood sugar (I know it is a busy organ). Before you got pregnant it could regulate all this without getting tired, but now it is just too much. When you go a long time without eating your liver has to work to regulate your blood sugar. So help it out by regulating it yourself… EAT.

Some ideas: Carry epic bars in your purse, eat first thing when you get up (whatever you can get down), buy snacks that sound yummy to you, cook meat (or have your husband) and keep it on hand, and think ahead.

Eat Fatty Foods with a Lemon.

Lemons are acidic and will help with digestion. If you squeeze a lemon in your water it will help your stomach digest better.

Really anything citrus, slightly sour or acidic will help ease your stomach. Things that I ate: green apple skins, lemonade, orange juice, and grapefruit juice.

Side Note: Okay so for some reason water could make me nauseous… I know crazy right.  So here is the thing don’t drink too much water on an empty stomach.  Stay hydrated because dehydration makes the whole thing worse, and it is not good for the baby. So sip on water throughout the day.

Drink Herbal Teas.

Herbal teas did provide me some relief. I drank a lot of: peppermint, raspberry leaf, and ginger.  All these teas are known to help with stomach issues.  It helped ease the symptoms, especially after they had started.

Get Moving.

I know you will not want to do this, but get up in the morning and walk. This will stimulate your digestion and it is great for the baby.  Involve your spouse, he will be happy it makes you feel better.

Sip on that Bone Broth.

Bone broth is packed full of nutrients and fats that your body is craving. Who doesn’t like soup when their stomach is upset? The great thing about bone broth (there are a lot) is it helps with digestion. Since this is where you body needs the most help this soup is perfect.

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Ginger is the Bomb.

Anything with ginger will help. I bought both ginger capsules that you swallow and tablets that dissolve in your mouth. I also bought prego pops.  They do have sugar so I only used them when I needed immediate relief.

You can make ginger ale pretty easy (so it has no added sugar). All you do it chop up some fresh ginger, put it in a frying pan with water, and bring to a boil. Simmer for about a minute then take the ginger and the water and store in the fridge overnight. The next day strain out the water and add to sparkling water or regular water and you are set.

Try Swedish Bitters.

This is a medicinal product made from Vermont herbs and roots. It will aid in digestion and help with nausea. Just follow the dosing and put in water in the morning and night. Later in your pregnancy if you have heartburn this can help too.

 

Side Note: Not all bitters are safe for pregnancy so be sure you ask for help when purchasing.

Eat Bananas.

Thanks to Gwen Stefani I know how to spell that. There has been some research done that says a Vitamin B6 deficiency is linked to morning sickness. Well guess what bananas have a ton of - Vitamin B6. Check out my morning sickness smoothie to help with this.

Save Me From… Morning Sickness Smoothie:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats (if you have trouble digesting them try soaking them overnight in water)
  • 1 banana
  • 4 T. of almond butter
  • 2 T. of Blackstrap Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water
  • ½ cup of coconut milk
  • Handful of spinach
  • Piece of ginger – peeled about a quarter sized piece

How to Make it:

  1. Throw it all in a blender and combine. Enjoy!

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