Overcoming Morning Sickness: A First Trimester Must

“I don’t know why they call it ‘morning sickness’ when it lasts all f#%&ing day long.”
– Miranda on “Sex & the City”

Ahhh…the first trimester. That mixed bag of a time period when:

  • I was secretely SUPER EXCITED that I was having a baby, while at the same time I felt like…I had THE WORST HANGOVER EVER that didn’t go away for 3 solid months,

  • I consistently turned down wine but didn’t say why (or claimed I was still “cleansing”, when you and I both know that I quit that cleanse early),

  • I repeatedly stopped mid-sentence while teaching, or while in a business meeting, to swallow – HARD – due to nausea,

  • I wasn’t showing yet but felt like a giant bloated whale (‘No, I swear I didn’t eat an entire party platter of lasagna!‘),

  • I couldn’t stand the SIGHT of my usual favorite healthy foods like kale or spinach,

  • I could smell a cigarette smoker from blocks away – and wanted to strangle them,

  • Every waking moment that I didn’t have to be somewhere doing something, I was laying down and wishing I was asleep.

All of this and my pregnancy was at that point still a secret – just me and the hubby knew about it.  I thought to myself – ‘there HAS to be a way to make life more pleasurable right now‘. So of course, I went straight to Google. 

Gluten Free Pancakes with Ginger Syrup and Greek Yogurt

Gluten Free Pancakes with Ginger Syrup and Greek Yogurt – could have eaten this at every meal during the first trimester.

What I found is that I did have (think positive) a lot of female bloggers to look up to – many giving great advice online on how to deal with the dreaded “morning sickness”. (I agree with Miranda, by the way… it lasted ALL DAY LONG – they should have called it “all-the-time sickness“, in my opinion.)

A reaction to the pregnancy hormones flooding the body, believe it or not “morning sickness” (latin name nausea gravidarum) is actually a sign that things are happening the way they’re supposed to. Apparently the nausea is an evolutionary trait that helps keep us pregnant moms from ingesting toxins that can harm our baby’s development. If you can, try to find comfort in that. It didn’t really work for me.

That said, if you don’t have morning sickness, that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. Not every woman gets sick during their first trimester – I’ve met a few recently who told me they had ZERO symptoms. This post is not for those lucky ladies. This post is for the rest of us – turns out more than half of all pregnant women get sick during their first trimester. And for some, it lasts even longer than that.

So, without further ado, let’s pass on some mama wisdom! Here are SIX things I tried that worked for me. 

1. Eat something AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP – before you get out of bed in the morning. What worked for me? Having my husband – bless his heart – get out of bed before me, and bring me a “quick carb” first thing in the morning. The longer I waited to eat something, the more likely I’d vomit. We found that the best bets were:

  • Mini scones from Whole Foods – no prep needed

  • Toast with butter – just toast and go

  • Waffles – again, toaster style

2. While awake during the day, do NOT let your stomach go empty.  Aside from the meals you eat, eat small snacks every hour throughout the day.

Crystal Ginger Chunks from Whole Foods Helped my Morning Sickness

Crystal Ginger Chunks – kept a package in the car at all times.

  • Almonds

  • Crackers

  • Ginger Chews

3. Drink plenty of water. (Sparkling water worked best for me.)

  • Perrier

  • Crystal Geyser

  • Sparkling Mineral Water mixed with a little fruit juice added for flavor. I liked mixing berry juices with it.

4. If you can muster up the energy, exercise.

  • Walking

  • Yoga

  • Whatever you do – don’t go on a rocky boat. I did this and it was just NOT a good idea.

 5. Chinese Curing Pills and Herbal Teas

  • Chinese Curing Pills – Curing, also known as Kang Ning Wan, drains dampness, eliminates food stagnation, expels wind, and regulates Qi.

  • Any Herbal Teas with Ginger and Mint (Try this one.)

6. Use Prenatal Vitamins that don’t need to be taken with food.

Well mamas and mamas-to-be, I’m sure there are more ways to combat morning sickness (or all-the-time sickness), and I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Overcoming Morning Sickness: A First Trimester Must

  1. I’m one of those that barely got sick. Mostly, I just didn’t feel like eating. Nothing sounded good to me, but I could eat almost anything I wanted, except oily foods (which in retrospect probably did wonders for my skin). I threw up only 3 times – twice because I was nauseous, and once because I took my prenatal pill on an empty stomach. The mild symptoms I did experience completely vanished as soon as the second trimester started, so I count myself very lucky. A good friend of mine is a little more than half way through and according to her she’s living off of water and Ben and Jerry’s. Interesting tidbit about the reason for nausea during pregnancy. I guess some of our bodies are more paranoid than others.

    • I was similar – I only threw up 5 times, but felt like I was on the verge a LOT. I’m convinced that the things I listed here were things that kept the food down and my agony to a minimum. Once I hit my second trimester, I did a 180. During the first, though, I *definitely* couldn’t eat whatever I wanted. I could only stomach things like pancakes, pasta, bread, pizza….basic carbs.

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