Sick of morning sickness?
Did you know that over 1/3 of all pregnancies are affected with morning sickness. Many compare it to having persistent food poisoning or a constant hangover for four months. Oh the joys!
Anyone who has not had a pregnancy really does not understand do they.
To help you overcome or at least reduce the affliction give some of the following tips a go and hopefully you can get through this retched period a little easier.
- You want to get your bowels moving and strengthen up your digestive system
- Fibre – lots of green leafy vegetables and vegetables with their skin on. Brown rice, barley, oats, quinoa, amaranth, wholegrain spelt / wheat bread etc.
- Water – being dehydrated will make your nausea worse. At least a couple of litres a day
- Exercise – gentle walking and moving your body at a pace that suits you most days
- Snack regularly and prevent hunger
- Small snacks every 1 ½ - 2 hours
- Never let yourself get hungry
- Go for protein (eggs, cheese, beans, meat, poultry), fats (avocado, oils) and low glycaemic carbohydrates (wholegrain bread, crackers, rice etc) and vegetables.
- Sugary foods and drinks will de-stabilise your blood sugar levels which will make you worse as much as you feel like they might pick you up
- Say away from lollies, excessive fruit, fruit juices, pastries, poor quality chocolate and sugary drinks
- Always add some from form of protein or fats to your sweeter snacks e.g. a few almonds and a dried date, add yoghurt to your bowl of fresh fruit
- Some foods will make you worse so listen to your body
- Even if it was OK for your best mate to eat it just might not be right for you
- If you experience phlegm or you are constantly congested this might be a sign that your diet is not working for you
- If you are feeling cold, fuel yourself with warming food. Warm / cooked foods are much easier to digest too and may also help your nausea.
- Rest when you can. Although it is rather temping to be the ideal ‘superwomen’ one day it will catch up on you. Respect your body and your baby’s growth and development.
Some of the following ‘may’ help – it is definitely worth a shot.
- Your sense of smell just might be heightened – get your hands on some quality essential oils and put a burner in your kitchen. Peppermint and vanilla are terrific.
- Apple cider vinegar – 1tbs added to a cup of boiled water
- Ginger tea – freshly grated ginger to the size of a 50c piece, steep in boiling water for 10minutes, add honey to taste
- Mineral water with lemon juice
- Our belly bumpers! – Our ginger tinged bumpers are loaded with ingredients naturally containing protein, good fats, fibre, and complex carbohydrates
- Dry crackers, vegemite on quality toast
- Stewed fruits with linseed meal or LSA (linseed, sunflower seed and almond meal) and yoghurt
- Brown rice, congees and well cooked grains
- Almonds and other nuts and seeds
- Broths and slow cooked stews – full of amazing nutrition, very hydrating and also very easily to digest.
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