Handling First Trimester Nausea

I feel like a broken record because I keep bringing up nausea and first trimester sickness (trust me, I'm over it too), but I bring it up so much because it's such a huge part of the first trimester, and often the other trimesters as well. Obviously it totally sucks and it messes with you mentally because you just get SO sick of feeling terrible all the time. You're sick of not feeling yourself, not being able to eat the way you want to, not being able to workout the way you want to, yada yada yada. BUT it's always a blessing to be pregnant. I try to never take it for granted, even when it's challenging, because I know how lucky I am to be able to carry a baby.

Yesterday, I posted a picture on Instagram asking other mamas what has helped them, and there were so many great suggestions! If you're looking for lots of good ideas, go through the comments on THIS post.

There are days I don't feel AS bad as I did when I was pregnant with Pipes, and there are days that I'm like, AM I DEAD?? IS THIS DEATH?!? (no, I'm not a dramatic person, why do you ask?) Everyone has different experiences with nausea and "morning" sickness, but here are things that helped me during Piper's pregnancy and this one. 

PROTEIN & HEALTHY FATS

Carbs feel so good on a nauseous stomach, but protein and healthy fats stabilize blood sugar levels (which has a lot to do with the constant nausea). Don't get me wrong, I eat TONS of carbs right now, but I try really hard to get protein and fats in my diet too, especially in the morning. My go-to breakfast is eggs and avocado, but when I feel like switching things up I love protein pancakes with shredded coconut and nut butter.

LEMON & GINGER

Lemon and ginger are well known for helping with pregnancy sickness and nausea. When I was pregnant with Piper, Jordan got me ginger drops from the store and they were amazing! I love Kevita drinks in general, but this lemon and ginger flavoured one is the best! It helps so much when I'm feeling sick because it's also carbonated. Plus, plus it's a probiotic so it's good for the gut which helps with the digestion issues that can happen during the first trimester too.

EAT CONSISTENTLY

I think most women figure this one out quickly, but if you haven't yet, get consistent! If I go to long without something in my stomach (every 2 hours), the nausea gets 1000x worse and I almost always throw up. Eating small meals or snacks frequently really, really helps! Some women keep crackers next to their bed if they wake up in the night feeling nauseous, or to have something immediately on hand right when they wake up!

TRY TO MOVE/BE SOMEWHAT ACTIVE

I kinda hate bringing this one up because, I get it, this is one in HARD! You are SO fatigued because your body is working insanely hard to support and grow this new baby (especially in the first trimester), and on top of that, you're throwing up all day and just generally feel like a big pile of poop. The reason I'm adding this to the list is because it CAN make you feel a little better. There are some days when I'm dead and can hardly make it out of bed, so obviously exercise is the last thing on my mind. But on days I feel okay-ish, I try to go on a walk with Piper, or do suuuuuper low impact exercises because it feels GOOD to get blood flowing through my body and to move it a tiny bit. Listen to your body, and on days you feel up to do something small, take advantage!