For me, and I know I’m not alone here, the hardest part of pregnancy is dealing with morning sickness. I’ve had it during each of my pregnancies for at least 8 weeks.
Morning sickness is not just limited to the morning (many women, myself included, feel it throughout the entire day, some worse than others). If you are one of the extremely lucky mamas to have never experienced this, I am in awe and a little jealous!. For you lucky ladies who don’t already know the feeling, it feels like you are constantly on the verge of throwing up, but never do. Ugh. I know some women who have had it far worse and have actually thrown up throughout their entire pregnancies. Gosh, I feel for you L
What can we do to alleviate some of the nausea? After a lot of trial and error I have found the following 5 morning sickness remedies to be especially helpful. Even though I have still felt nauseas on and off throughout my 1st trimesters, I at least get long stretches of relief when I do a combination of the following tips.
These remedies (plus, I must admit, an awesome husband who helps when I need to rest at night or on the weekend) have allowed me to work and raise 2 kiddos during each of my 1st trimesters:
- Make your own Fresh Ginger Juice Concoction with the following recipe: “Nausea” Typical Ginger Juice
- 1 cup freshly peeled ginger
- ½ lemon or lime
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Pinch of cayenne (optional)
- Juice peeled ginger in a Champion, Breville, or hand juicer. I lately have been using the Chef’s Star Manual Hand Crank Juicer. It's only $30.00 and you can take it with you anywhere! It takes a little longer to juice but the cleanup is easy and this juice can last you a few days. Squeeze half a lemon and mix in with fresh ginger juice. Add salt. Add cayenne to taste. Shake vigorously until well mixed.
- Place in well-sealed container in the fridge. Will last 4-5 days.
- Drink 1oz all throughout the day when you start feeling nauseous, wait 5 – 10 minutes and watch the nausea dissipate (for awhile).
- Take vitamin B-6, 50mg, twice per day.
- Chew ginger gum. I like Simply Gum. They have an all ginger gum made with natural ingredients.
- Drink sparkling water (the fizziness helps for some reason) and hot ginger tea. I particularly like Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea. The other option is to simmer fresh ginger, mint, and chamomile on low for 30 minutes and then strain and drink.
- Protein is the most important tip of all. Most of us have been taught to eat crackers, chew candies, or drink carbonated ginger drinks. PROTEIN is instead the key. Protein keeps our blood sugar stabilized so you don’t need to eat as many carbohydrate rich snacks throughout the day. When we eat carbs our blood sugar drops faster, which can lead to more nausea. Eat lots of protein to help delay the sickness from returning so quickly and to keep it lower in severity. I know different women can only touch certain foods, especially during that first trimester, so go for whatever protein your prefer (organic and Non-Gmo is best): beans, lentils, nut butters, eggs, meats of any kind, cheese, milk, cottage cheese. Stay away from sugary foods or simple carbs that will cause your blood sugar to drop rapidly and lead to stronger spikes in nausea.
I know morning sickness is NOT fun but you can make it more manageable. The key is finding what works for your body. If you follow these tips, it may not go away completely but hopefully they can help lessen your symptoms, which can make a huge difference in your day!
- Written by Cassandra Curtis, Founder & COO, Once Upon A Farm