If you are one of those lucky mummy's out there that didn't get any sickness or nausea during your pregnancy... I envy you! I don't think any amount of reading prepared me for how I would actually feel having morning sickness. It was a battle of listening to my body and what I needed to eat or do to get through those weeks, BUT trying to stay as nutritionally balanced and getting the right nutrients for my baby as I possibly could! There's genuinely no feeling quite like it and it's hard to describe. That constant feeling of nausea is so surreal, because you don't feel 'sick' like stomach-bug-type-sick, as if you are actually poorly and ill. You can still function, but just feel like you need to grab a sick bag constantly!
So my sickness started around week 7, a couple of weeks after I knew I was pregnant. It started with just feeling nauseous in the evenings, yup.. evenings. (The name “morning” sickness, doesn't quite fit, as many pregnant ladies or mummy's know!) This then turned into 24/7 feeling nauseous and then it turned into actual physical sickness. They say sickness “should” die down after the first trimester, however my sickness didn't actually stop till about week 18/19, so mine was at its worst over Christmas - (brilliant!) I really do feel for the poor women out there that have sickness throughout their whole pregnancy, or get it so badly they're bed bound or hospitalised! The only thing you can do is just keep telling yourself.. it's worth it in the end!
I know every women's body is different, and everyone's experience is different. But here are the 5 things I discovered and stuck by, to help me cope and get through my pregnancy sickness...
1. LITTLE & OFTEN
The only way I could control, the physically being sick part, was nibbling LITTLE and OFTEN. As soon as I felt myself starting to gag, I knew I had to eat something ASAP or it was too late. This was such a nightmare, as even when I wasn't hungry, I had to eat to stop being sick. I couldn't have any big meals either, it had to be little snacks, or light meal options and often!
2. SOLID FOODS
One thing I found in particular, was I always felt more vulnerable to throwing up if I hadn't eaten something solid. Now by this I'm talking more about the carbohydrate side of a meal e.g. toast, rice, sweet potato etc. I found this really helped feel like I had lined my stomach, and gave it a good base, ready to absorb fluid or more liquid based foods later on such as soup. The only way I can describe it is.. it's a bit like when building a house, you need your foundations first to set up a strong building. I felt without a strong base, any liquids would just be sloshing around in my stomach, making me feel more prone to being sick!
Now this one you've probably heard of or read about elsewhere but ginger is a miracle worker when sick! Now I say ginger rather than a ginger product exactly, as I know for some women, ginger tea is great to sip on to calm the sickness, however I had only been able to face drinking water up till about 20 weeks, so ginger tea just wasn't going to work for me! However, nibbling on a ginger biscuit every now and then, really helped! Again I think it relates to my previous point about having something solid in my stomach rather than liquid.
I think this is an obvious one, but staying hydrated was a big thing, and still is! Being a personal trainer, I meet so many clients that never drink enough water, or they simply don't realise just how much their body needs! Staying hydrated now isn't only a priority for me but now for my growing baby! Again, the little and often rule comes into play, as gulping tons of water would make me feel awful, but not having enough water would make me feel sick as I'd get dehydration headaches! It's also especially important to hydrate after being sick, as you loose a lot of fluid through throwing up. So replenish, and avoid the headaches! We're already going through enough!
My final trick for coping with my sickness... mint. I found that either chewing on some minty gum, or sucking a mint sweet, just completely helped take away the nausea! It made me feel fresh in my mouth and took away any sensation that I was going to gag. I also found chewing on some gum helped when I was caught out without a emergency snack or had a little wait till I could next get food. It just temporarily tricked my body into thinking it was eating, till I could get some actual food in me! Again preventing me going through the ordeal of actually being sick!
So I hope some of these tricks are useful and help fellow mummy's-to-be out there! This is all personal, so what works for me wouldn't necessarily work for everyone, but it's definitely worth a try! Any sickness hacks you discovered when pregnant I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment or contact me via the social page!
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