Surviving the first trimester – a time filled with excitement, anxiety, butterflies, headaches… and nausea.
During both of my pregnancies, I found myself searching the internet for anything that would make the first trimester sickies go away.
Here are some of my tried and true solutions that made even the worst days a little more bearable.
1. Stay Hydrated
It’s easier said than done, especially if nausea is the worst part of those early pregnancy days. It didn’t matter that the first trimester sickies visited me in the middle of winter – the number one thing that I knew would stop my stomach from churning was an icy cold drink or tall cup of ice. And yes, temperature does matter. Hot and warm drinks may be more difficult to stomach in those early weeks, so I recommend steering clear of those. Meanwhile, ice cold sports drinks, lemonade, water – they were all necessary to keep my energy up and keep me off of the couch and out of bed.
2. Make Lemonade
Not literally, but try hot water with lemon which turned out to be the only hot beverage I could keep down. Whenever I needed a change from plain water, I would squeeze the juice of half a lemon, then cut the other half into thick slices and pour hot water over the fruit. I would only recommend drinking one cup of this every few hours though. I learned the hard way that anything more may invite heartburn.
3. Get Spicy with Ginger
Ginger has also been known for its anti-nausea properties and during pregnancy, it can bring much-needed relief. Whether it’s a cup of tea, ginger ale with real ginger, or crystallized ginger, the form all depends on what you can stomach.
This tip covers two bases in one by getting something of substance into your stomach and fighting queasiness with something cold. My fruit of choice is always mango, but I’ve found that frozen strawberries and peaches also do the trick. It also serves as a midnight snack that you won’t feel guilty about.
If you’re battling congestion on top of morning sickness a nasal inhaler can open your passages and help you to breathe a little easier. Be sure to look for a non-medicated inhaler unless you have the okay from your doctor.
6. Go Scent-free
You never realize how fragrant Thanksgiving and Christmas are until you’re pregnant. Your partner’s favorite cologne or perfume may send your stomach churning, so politely ask if your loved ones can help you go fragrance-free until your morning sickness days are behind you. This also goes for scented candles, air fresheners, laundry detergent, bath soap, and shower gel. You’ll want to pack up those air fresheners until you’re feeling better, but you may want to retire the scented detergents and soaps until a few months after baby is born to avoid any possible allergic reactions and rashes.
Sometimes a nap is really the only remedy, especially when your body is working overtime building a human! Plan to get some extra shuteye while you can, and don’t feel guilty about it. You deserve it.