I tried to repeatedly tell myself morning sickness is a good thing. In the moment of feeling terrible, it’s hard to think that way. My cousin (who is going through her first trimester right now) said “You feel trapped inside your own body”. It’s SO true! You don’t know if it’s going to continue to get worse, go away after the first trimester, or last the entire pregnancy. The only thing you can do is try to make it as comfortable as you can.
I wanted to share a few things that helped me ease the nausea and get through the several weeks of feeling blah. Of course, anything suggested that worked for me may not work for you, and consult with your doctor/midwife to make sure some things are fine for you to do as well.
Food: Eating protein rich foods helped me feel less nauseous for longer time periods.
As stated in one of my previous blogs about eating lots of protein, it is important to eat protein to feed the placenta important nutrients for your baby. This time around has been a little easier to do, because baby isn’t as picky to meat as Kate was. I can tell a huge difference in the way I feel if I eat foods that are high in protein. I eat very frequently, like every 1-2 hours, and small portions each time. Listen to your body. Eat or drink what it tells you. You’ll feel better by giving your body what it needs.
Corkcicle: The only way I can drink water is if it is ice cold and loaded with lemons ha!
My corkcicle was gifted to me and seriously the best gift ever. When I am pregnant I can only handle filtered, ice cold water with lots of lemons! I take it with me everywhere. Literally. Anything that keeps drinks cold will be your best friend.
Pregnancy Pillow: or any pillows for that matter.
It seems like the day you find out you’re pregnant, your body tells you your not going to sleep good anymore… The only thing that even remotely helped me get comfortable, at night, was to use a pillow for behind my back and one in between my legs. Then my awesome friend surprised me with a pregnancy pillow. Its like your own cacoon of heaven. They can get expensive, but I have seen some on amazon for around $40. Ill link one here.
Peppermint: Peppermint essential oil, peppermint candies, all things peppermint.
I would rub peppermint oil diluted with coconut oil behind my ears and sometimes on my stomach to help with nausea and cramping. It worked wonders for my headaches. A lot of times I would just smell it to help the nausea. I, also, ate peppermint candies in the mornings during the beginning part of my work day and that helped tremendously as well.
**Essential oils are natural but very concentrated. This is one of the things you may want to discuss with a doctor. Some essential oils are not recommended during early stages of pregnancy.
TUMS: Indigestion’s best friend.
I think I had indigestion several times during my first trimester, so I ate these like candy haha! Well, only as much as I was allowed in a certain time period. TUMs helped me tremendously. The directions say it is safe for pregnancy, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask your doctor on that as well.
Chamomile Tea: I drank this a few times before bed with lemon, honey, and apple cider vinegar.
Chamomile tea helps to relax you, so I drank it before bed to help me settle down and sleep better. The added ingredients are just my preference of how I like my tea.
Comfortable Clothes: Early pregnancy I always feel so uncomfortable right where the waist of my pants hit.
I usually live in sweatpants and leggings once I find out I’m pregnant. Tight pants made me feel even more nauseous so I just stick to loose clothing. Leggings are a pregnant mama’s best friend. You can still look cute, but feel your best self.
I pretty much can’t go without wearing a bra these days, because my breasts are so tender and heavy(sorry guys). I usually just wore one of my sports bra’s that I already had, but they started to feel a little too tight so I wanted to find something supportive but comfortable enough to wear all the time. Another blogger I follow recommended this nursing bra and I love it so much. Not only is it so comfortable and supportive, but its also nursing friendly so I can wear it after baby gets here (that is, if I haven’t worn it completely out by then).
Rest: I am so go go go, it is so hard for me to sit and just rest.
I feel like I always have an endless list of things to do. Being pregnant, my body goes through so much change that it gets exhausting some times and I can tell a huge difference in my energy level when I take quick naps whenever I can.
My Husband: None of these things would matter if I didn’t have his help.
Especially with having a toddler to care for this pregnancy, I can’t imagine surviving with out his help. I could have been exaggerating or feeling super lazy and having an excuse not to do anything, but for a time being he did everything for me and I can’t even begin to explain how helpful it was for me. It made all the difference in the world to not run myself to the ground feeling like I had to do it all.
I felt like these things made all the difference in the world for me to make my first trimester as easy as it could be. My nausea and sickness was pretty moderate on the spectrum of not feeling sick at all to throwing up after eating anything. I googled tons of other things and was recommended ideas as well that help with nausea, but I never got around to trying them.
I hope this helps!