Ok, so let’s talk nausea!
Everyone and every pregnancy is different when it comes to nausea—some of you might be queasy off and on for a few hours, while others wonder why it isn’t called “all day sickness?!” A lucky 24% of women don’t get nauseous at all and then they might worry why they aren’t having this symptom! Here’s a few ways I’ve found helpful to deal with nausea.
- Eat smaller meals and snacks more frequently, rather than 3 big meals. Try to eat whole foods but if all you can stomach are some starchy carbs, go with it and hopefully it won’t last more than a few weeks! Potatoes are great for many women.
- Eat first thing. If mornings are worse for you, keeping snacks (like plain crackers) by your bed to eat first thing in the morning before even getting up can help! Also eating protein before bed that takes longer to digest can help.
- Don’t let yourself get hungry! Eat before you’re hungry, even if it’s a small snack.
- Eat mild foods that are more tolerable for your body. Spicy, fatty, or heavy foods may not sit as well, and take longer to digest. I love sandwiching protein in between really bland carbs like a croissant or tortilla.
- Stay hydrated. Lots of water is vital during the entire pregnancy, but sip it often throughout the day rather than chugging huge amounts at a time. Keep a water bottle nearby at work, in your car, and at your nightstand. Consider adding electrolytes as well.
- Experiment with your vitamins. Sometimes prenatal vitamins can affect queasiness so pay attention to whether you feel worse after you take yours and experiment with different prenatal vitamins if necessary. Try taking your vitamin right before bed rather than first thing in the morning, and see if it helps.
- Exercise. It sounds counter-intuitive, but sometimes a walk outside can do wonders. Breathing fresh air, enjoying the sunshine and having a good time can help take your mind off of your tummy and lift your nausea.
- Avoid Stress. I know, it’s easier said than done but aside from hormonal changes, stress/emotions are another potential cause for nausea.
- Be sure you’re getting enough B vitamins, particularly B6. If you have the MTHFR mutation, you’ll need a methylated version.
- Essential oils: This is a new tool that has worked wonders for me with my current pregnancy. I only use Young Living oils for their quality and purity and all of these came in my kit when I got started. Different ones I’ve had success with are:
- 1-2 drops DiGize on belly.
- 1-2 drops Copaiba on chest.
- Peppermint + Citrus Fresh in my diffuser first thing in the morning especially if there are any funky smells going on in my house.
- I use StressAway in a roller on my wrists throughout the day (also great for when there’s a funky smell when you’re out and about.
- Tea: Anything citrus-y or with ginger is great. I love Earth Mama’s Morning Wellness Tea.
- Sea Bands: many women swear by these and I did have success with them on a road trip when I was extra queasy.
I know some women have nausea worse than others and you should definitely always consult with your care provider to make a plan! But, hopefully you find some of these tips helpful or know of someone else who could use this extra help!