Any pregnant women, current or previous, who has suffered from sickness in pregnancy, can relate to how you feel right now. Take some solace knowing you are not alone.
I am a self-promoted expert on this topic. I had morning sickness all the way through my first pregnancy and at 28 weeks pregnant with my second and my sickness is showing no signs of passing anytime soon. So, I have received all sorts of tips to help assist me through this, which I am going to share with you.
So, let’s start by addressing the inaccuracies around the term ‘morning sickness’ :
- It does not just limit itself to the morning. Oh no, it can last all day, being in the afternoon, evening, so be prepared.
- You may not even be sick. It also relates to any feeling of needing to be sick or vomit – nausea – without the physical action. To be honest, I honestly think nausea is far worse.
- It isn’t always over by the end of the first trimester. Hopefully, yours will be, but this isn’t always the case.
With my first pregnancy, I was very naive to some of the ways I could help reduce, eliminate or ease these symptoms so I just suffered through. But, you don’t need to do that. I am going to share the secrets in helping you get through this. Then you’ll be able to enjoy your pregnancy and have a ‘real’ pregnancy glow rather than a dewy glow from perspiration from on going heaving.
Tips to get you through it
- Eat. I know when you’re feeling super sicky and this is the last thing you want to do. It may even feel counterproductive but honestly try it! Line your stomach. I know I feel worse on an empty stomach. You don’t even need to eat a lot half a slice of toast, a cracker, anything. Also, try to eat it first thing – it really does help – even if your, not a breakfast person, have a little bite of something.
- Eat little and often. It is really important no matter how ill you feel that you try to eat. And, by eating little and often you are giving your body the best chance to digest as much as possible. So, remember little and often, when you have an empty stomach your sickness jumps up a gear – I know this first hand.
- Stay away from foods that have a high aroma and can trigger your sickness. I know for me, this has resulted in eating a lot of bland meals but that’s okay, I’m eating and it doesn’t always make me want to vomit when cooking.
- People say having a mint helps – not sure how or why – but I definitely drank mint tea and it somewhat settled my stomach on occasions. Let’s be honest if you’re feeling pretty rubbish you will try and all of these tips…and I hope they work for you!
- Ginger – Now this one I got fully on board with. Ginger biscuits were my snack of choice, They allowed me something to nibble on between meals – so linking back to point 2 – whilst including ginger which is known and recommended to help settle stomachs and ease sickness. No idea behind the science behind it, but it works. Get some ginger – could be tea, biscuits or fresh – but get it added to your shopping list.
- Keep hydrated – If you continue being sick it is so important to keep your fluids up and remain hydrated. I know when I get a little low on fluid it makes me feel worse. If you struggle with water you could always suck ice or put in a diluted juice.
So they are the essential need to knows!
But there are also other things you can do to help yourself. From my experience, I found cooking a real battle. Which then resulted in a lot of takeaways. Not always great when you feel sick or are sick. Also, let’s be honest, we all want the best for our babies so we tend to be quite conscious of the food we are having. So, with that in mind get your crockpot/slow cooker out! There are so many meals you can make in these that you can still enjoy a nutritious meal without having to slave away in the kitchen for hours. My particular slow cooker go to recently has been spaghetti bolognese, chilli, cooking joints of meat, hunters chicken and curries…and there are so many other meals you too can do! So get yourself on the web and get searching – here’s the link to the BBC Good Food which I use quite a lot.
Don’t fret if you haven’t got a slow cooker though, I still have a plan to help. There are so many various other recipes and meals out there that are low prep, super filling and good for you. Emily at the The Emily Chapters has written a step guide for a casserole which you need to check out, which hopefully with inspire other easy meals for you to consider.
So there you have it. Some tried and tested ways to ease the sickness that will help you cope on those tough days.
If you have any other tips that are working for you – pop them down below…us girls have to stick together.