4 Simple Remedies for Morning Sickness.
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Here are the best simple remedies I found to prevent and ease morning sickness during pregnancy
Morning sickness remedy#1.Eat lots of protein
I think one of the best things I did to avoid morning sickness was that I had a protein rich breakfast in the mornings. I’m not usually a breakfast person but when I was pregnant I needed to be, and if I skipped it or ate something that wasn’t protein rich, like fruit or cheerios I really felt the difference. Boiled eggs are an easy way to start your day with a good dose of protein (6g per large egg); I had two boiled eggs every morning with a bit of melted Kerrygold Irish butter on them (it had to be the Irish butter) and I also added some Sea Salt or Himalayian Pink Salt, these salts are actually really good for you and contain around 84 minerals that your body needs. Sometimes I’d have an English Muffin or some toast with them as well, with lots of butter…which is also easy on the stomach, and strawberry jam. Other good sources of protein are almonds (and other nuts), seeds, cheese, milk (always good with a banana), broccoli (3g per cup! Who knew?!) and of course…my favorite…meat, I mostly ate different variations of spicy chicken. Towards the end in my third trimester I have bit of a confession to make…being a South African I found I got a huge craving for a particularly delicious snack called Biltong, which is similar to Beef Jerky, only it’s cured and dried so I know this can be a no-no (depending on who you ask), because there is a slight possibility of getting toxoplasmosis which can be quite serious, so I wouldn’t recommend this if you’ve never tried it, but if you’re familiar with it and crave it there is actually a test your doctor can do to check if you’ve had toxoplasmosis before and if you have then you’re in the clear so have at it.
Morning sickness remedy#2.Stay hydrated
Keep a cup or bottle of water with you to sip on throughout the day and next to your bed during the night . I used a 24oz Tervis Tumbler cup, they have so many bright and cheerful designs that help to catch your eye and remind you to drink plenty of water. I also recommend sipping on Sparkling Mineral Water or Club Soda with lemon. If you’re feeling a bit naughty a Ginger Ale or a Coke works wonders when the morning sickness is really getting to you. Obviously soda is not good for you to drink on a regular basis but an occasional can of Coke really seems to settle the stomach and the little boost of sugar and caffeine can really help you feel better especially when so many things are off limits when pregnant, so it’s nice to have something a bit naughty every now and then (a regular 12floz can only has 34g of caffeine in it by the way; which really isn’t much in terms of the recommended daily allowance of 200g a day). I also drank Red Raspberry Leaf Tea which is said to help with morning sickness, as well as having multiple other benefits during pregnancy such as strengthening the uterus and toning your pelvic muscles. For more information on all the benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea check out my post on 4 of the Best Supplements to take when you’re Pregnant.
Morning sickness remedy#3.Eat Salty Snacks
It’s a good idea to keep salty snacks on hand throughout the day and also next to your bed. I found mini pretzel snacks were sometimes the only thing I could stomach, and driving home from work I kept a packet of saltine crackers on the passenger seat because I often felt really nauseous sitting in traffic and it really helped to munch on them…just remember to have your water there with you as well to wash them down or you may end up with a bit of a dry mouth, which is never pleasant.
Morning sickness remedy#4.Get Enough Rest
So this one was probably the hardest for me because I really find it hard to sleep at the best of times, and I was always a bit of a night owl. If you’re anything like me this will be a challenge too, especially because you’ll have so much you’re trying to get done before the baby comes, and top of that you may also be reading up as much as you can to figure out what choices to make as a new mom and what you’ll need for the baby, and what to prepare in advance and what you should do before the baby arrives, and the list goes on…also you will likely be up every couple hours in the night to go pee, especially in the third trimester, which is actually training for getting you up every couple hours when the baby comes I think, which is pretty amazing really. So with all this said I know it’s hard to do, but remember your body is working hard to build a baby so be kind to it and listen to it when you get the chance, and at least try get a 20 minute nap in where you can to help get the rest you need, even if you just lay still with your eyes closed and relax it will do you good and help your morning sickness subside and keep it toned down. Sipping on a nice hot cup of tea is always relaxing as well, enjoy the hot tea while you can, it will be a while before you get to finish one once the baby arrives…but cold tea isn’t all that bad either 😉