Morning sickness sucks.
Everyone dreads it - the wobbly tummy that if often one of the first signs that you are pregnant. Most often called "morning sickness", feeling nauseated in the first trimester of pregnancy is very common. No one know for sure exactly what causes morning sickness but usually it is chalked up to the sky-high levels of hormones racing around your body as that little bean begins to grow.
How can you soothe that queasy feeling?
For most pregnant people, nausea is going to be part of the ride at some point. It is normal, but that doesn't mean you have to just live with it! There are lots of different tips and tricks that seem to help. For example, you have probably been told to eat some crackers before bed, drink ginger tea and to avoid certain smells until this part of your pregnancy is over. But if the crackers aren't cutting it, what else can you try?
Lollipop! Lollipop! Oh, Lolli, lollipop!
That's right - break out the sweets! Suckers, lollipops, or hard candies will do. As long as you need to suck on it, there is a chance that it will help your nausea. Why does sucking on hard candies help soothe nausea? You guessed it - because they are yummy and distracting. The added saliva they help you produce can ease any dryness in your mouth or throat, the gentle sucking motion can help to relieve tension in your jaw and head, and the flavour may help perk up an appetite making it easier for you to eat something and settle your stomach. There are several brands of pregnancy specific lollis including Preggie Pops but really any lollipop or candy will do!
Break out the lemons.
It might seem backwards to down a big glass of lemon water (clearly acidic) when you are dealing with "morning sickness" but for many people it is a life saver. Lemons are refreshing, help ease digestion, and are even high in magnesium and calcium which is all good news for your and your baby!
First Trimester Lemonade
Juice of 1 whole lemon
2 Tbsp of honey or maple syrup
1 L of cool water
3-5 Mint leaves optional
Stir together the lemon juice and honey or maple syrup until well combined. Add to the pitcher of cool water and stir gently. If choosing to add the mind leaves, bruise them by gently crushing them between your finger and thumb before adding them to the water. Set covered in the fridge and enjoy over the course of the day.
FUN TIP: If you have Popsicle molds at home, whip up this lemonade and freeze it for some tasty pregnancy treats when drinking another glass of water just doesn't seem possible.
Those crackers look lonely.
Seriously, if they aren't working for your on their own then smother those soda crackers in nut/seed butter or hummus! Protein is the way to go, friends! It helps to keep your blood sugars stable and are all packed with B6 which has been shown to help reduce the nausea that often comes with morning sickness. Trail mix, peanut butter and crackers, cheese, or roasted chickpeas are all comfort foods that pack a lot of tummy settling protein. It's worth a try!
Don't take morning sickness lying down!
Well, let's re-phrase that. Don't take morning sickness lying down, unless that's what works. Trying these or other natural ways to ease a sick tummy during those first few months of pregnancy is definitely worth your time. Feeling sick is no fun! For most people morning sickness passes as you near the second trimester but if it becomes worse and you are having trouble eating, drinking, and getting through your day you shouldn't hesitate to get in touch with your doctor or midwife.