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Finding Zen and Combating Morning Sickness

  • June 3, 2014
  • By Brittany
Finding Zen and Combating Morning Sickness

Hi there!  Today’s post is all about babies.  Babies, babies, babies.   Ok actually, it’s not really.  It’s about the mamas.  The thing is once you find out the baby is on its way, you become a mama instantly.  You have to give things up and start putting the baby’s needs ahead of your own.  Nothing could be more true when it comes to your body.  Almost the second I found out that our little poppy seed was on the way, I started feeling t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e, terrible.  Ugh.  Morning sickness affects 80% of all women so this topic that will resonate with most expectant moms.

I found that I would generally feel ok in the morning but as the day wore on, I would start feeling a bit blah and by 4pm, I was full-on nauseous (morning sickness is a misnomer!).  The 4pm-6pm time block at work always gave me so much anxiety because I knew I wouldn’t be feeling well and I would dread that time of day.  I would get on the subway in the evening and start playing Scrabble on my phone telling myself that there was only one more stop until I could get off.  A few times I even took the bus home so I could jump off if necessary (luckily never needed to).  Basically, I just felt terrible.  But I found over time I started to manage it better and eventually I started feeling less and less sick.  Here are a few tips on what helped me cope with the dreaded first trimester morning sickness.

1.       Eating.  I ate all.the.time.  I had snacks with me at work, in my purse, every time I went somewhere, I packed something to eat.  My pre-pregnancy diet, while healthy, just wasn’t enough to sustain the life growing inside of me and I think it contributed a lot to my nausea.  Adding in some more snacking even in the early weeks helped settle my stomach.  For me, fruit and salty snacks worked wonders.  I loved saltines, pretzel crisps and tortilla chips because they were relatively bland and nice and salty.  There were a couple of nights, I’ll admit I had chips, salsa and guacamole for dinner. I don’t feel bad.  Also, fruit was great because it helped with my hydration.

2.      Water.  Speaking of hydration.  Being dehydrated is one of the worst things you can do when you feel sick.  I sipped on water all day long, even if I didn’t necessarily feel like it.  Sometimes juice, especially lemonade, which was nice and sour helped me and kept me hydrated.

3.      Exercising.  It is counterintuitive because when you don’t feel well the last thing you want to do is push through a workout but honestly, I hardly ever missed a workout during my first trimester.  There were a few days where I came home from work so exhausted and nauseous that I just laid down on the couch but most days I would get changed and just start moving.  Usually by the end I felt a lot better.  In fact, I found YogaGlo to be wonderful for moving on days when I didn’t feel well.  They even have a prenatal class to help you combat morning sickness.

4.      Tea.  Ginger tea was ok for me but what really helped was this Tummy Tea, which was made from peppermint.  It did the trick every time.  Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done without it.  Best purchase ever.

5.      Ginger candies.  I tried both the hard candies and the chewable kind.  Both were moderately helpful until I started associating feeling sick with ginger candies.  Until then I used  them a lot!

6.      Ginger Ale.  Ginger ale made with real ginger was actually helpful in settling my stomach.  One day when I was leaving work I felt so miserable.  I honestly think it may have been one of the worst days ever as far as how I felt went but I grabbed a ginger ale from a local shop and it actually helped a lot.

7.      Rest.  Resting was so important my first trimester.  I would feel tired all the time and never wanted to do anything but when I had the chance to take a quick nap or just lie down and relax, I took it.  It made a huge difference because when I was tired, I felt worse.

8.      Acupuncture.  I heard that acupuncture can be quite helpful for many different ailments so I decided to give it a try.  I have to say I was a little nervous it was going to hurt at first but it really didn’t.  Plus, I was impressed that my acupuncturist really seemed in tune with all the various side effects my body was going through (white tongue and dry mouth to name a few).  The process itself was quite relaxing (until my tailbone started hurting at the end of my first trimester and then I got really uncomfortable lying on the table).  I also used acupuncture for the sleep issues I have been having and while I can’t say it cured me completely, I think that it did help in combination with the other things mentioned above.  One trick she taught me was to perform acupressure on myself and that helped when I wasn’t feeling well at work.

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Readers, any tips for morning sickness?  Have you ever tried acupuncture?  What’s your favorite salty snack?

By Brittany, June 3, 2014
  • Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    June 3, 2014

    I ate so many crackers first trimester! So much so that I couldn’t stand the idea of them for several weeks after that. I carried ginger and preggie pops in my purse whenever nausea struck while I was out and about. I’m glad you’re feeling better!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    June 3, 2014

    Wellll no tips for morning sickness but I’ve done acupuncture for back pain and it definitely helped! You look amazing, lovely! Love reading about your journey ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    June 3, 2014

    Ugh, morning sickness is terrible and it was like all day sickness for me! Ginger tea, mints and chewing on some gum was definitely helpful for me. And, I’d have to agree with you on exercise. I was able to exercise in the very beginning, but once I got the doctor’s okay, I did and rarely missed a day. The movement definitely helped and I always felt much better once I was done.

    • FitBritt
      June 11, 2014

      It generally wasn’t all day sickness for me but I definitely felt terrible at night.

      It’s so weird that exercise helps. You would think that would be counterproductive!

  • Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)
    June 3, 2014

    I’m not preggo… but I can relate to salty snacks. Just yesterday I was craving ruffles chips and french onion dip! YUM!

    You look so cute with the little baby bump. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      June 11, 2014

      Yes salty snacks! They have actually helped me my whole life when I’ve had mild stomach aches, especially due to stress.

      Thanks Kimberly! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    June 3, 2014

    I can’t relate to morning sickness, but these certainly seem like some good tips. My favorite salty snack is, chips and salsa!

    • FitBritt
      June 11, 2014

      I love love love chips and salsa. I had that for a dinner a couple of times during my first trimester when nothing else seemed appetizing.

  • Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness
    June 3, 2014

    You look adorable! I really love pretzels. You need to be careful with too much salt. Towards the end of both pregnancies my feet would swell if I had too much salt. I had morning sickness with my youngest. It went away into the second trimester.

    • FitBritt
      June 11, 2014

      Thanks Kristina! I have been much better with salt now that I’m feeling better but my feet still swell a little in the evening after walking home from the subway!

  • Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    June 3, 2014

    Look at that little tiny baby bump… just adorable! I can already see your skin glowing!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    June 3, 2014

    Both times I had morning sickness…the second time it lasted the ENTIRE 10 months…it was unbelievable. I couldn’t want to have my baby and have an appetite again! You are sooo adorbs!!

    • FitBritt
      June 11, 2014

      Oh my gosh I can’t believe that! What did you do? I’ve heard sometimes the sickness is worse with subsequent children. Why the torture!?

  • Nicole
    June 3, 2014

    Hang in there girlie! I’m glad that you’ve found some tricks that help you feel better. Interesting about the acupuncture.. I haven’t tried it yet but have been wanting to give it a go.

    • FitBritt
      June 11, 2014

      I would recommend it. I don’t think it is the be all and end all but it helped in conjunction with other things.

  • Holly
    June 3, 2014

    Knowing that you will be more than OK soon helps with the not-so-good-feeling!

  • Kim
    June 3, 2014

    There were days during my 2nd pregnancy that Cheetos were the only thing I could imagine eating – not a great choice but!
    Great tips for dealing with morning (all-day) sickness!!

    • FitBritt
      June 11, 2014

      Did you find your second pregnancy was worse than your first in terms of morning sickness? I ate chips, salsa and guacamole for dinner more times than I would like to admit.

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    June 4, 2014

    I can’t believe you’re already 16 weeks!! I always start to feel better around 16 weeks. YAY! I’m sorry to hear you were so sick though. I was pretty much on “survival mode” the first trimester and just muddled through it somehow. I’m so impressed you stuck to your workout schedule so well too. Amazing!

    • FitBritt
      June 11, 2014

      I can’t believe how fast the time is going by. I have a feeling its going to go much slower the second half!

      Working out was sometimes the only thing that made me feel better!

  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    June 4, 2014

    Are you still experiencing morning sickness? I hope not! All my friends who have gone through this say that it usually passes and you start to enjoy the pregnancy more. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Carla
    June 4, 2014

    I actually never got morning sickness. However, my daughter always gets severe morning sickness. She uses peppermint and saltines.

    • FitBritt
      June 11, 2014

      It’s so funny how it’s not at all genetic. My mom was really sick with me and my brother but I didn’t have it as bad as her!

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    June 4, 2014

    Morning sickness sounds like the least fun ever. But hey, you got through! Great tips for future mommies ๐Ÿ™‚

  • catherine gacad
    June 4, 2014

    yes! you are doing all the right things…ginger candies, peppermint tea, acupuncture. all of those have helped me. i’m also obsessed with coconut water, specifically this brand: harmless harvest 100% raw coconut water. it is so yummy and so good for you. i swear by it.

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