You may not know this, but I am in week 9 of my third pregnancy at the moment, and let me tell you-it hasn't been easy. With my two previous children, morning sickness only lasted a few hours a day. Well, this baby has other plans. I'm sick the entire day, and my lack of energy has contributed to my house (and myself) looking a hot mess.
Being a SAHM, I do have more freedom to rest than most moms, but the danger of being sick for such long periods of time can really wreck your health. I don't actually throw-up, but I am not able to each solid foods very often, this poses a problem. Not only is the baby not getting adequate nutrition, but neither am I. Now, I know most women turn to Zofran for this, and trust me-I tried, but it didn't work, and I'm a little iffy as to taking medications while pregnant. (I don't even take Tylenol.)
So what's a sick momma to do? I can't go much longer with not eating. That's where the local health food store comes in handy.
First in my bag of tricks is a good prenatal vitamin (Rainbow Light Prenatal One). The one I've chosen is a food-based version. This results in the body being able to absorb and process it more naturally, as well as being more gentle on the stomach. (If you are getting sick after taking a prenatal, it's probably because the iron is too harsh for your body at this time.) I take one at night, and haven't has any issues.
Next, I take fish oil for the omega nutrients (Barlean's Omega Swirl). This is extremely important early on in pregnancy. I prefer liquid because it gets in your system faster. It's been known to help with mood swings as well as pain in your joints for carrying that little one around for so long. The list of benefits coming from fish oil is amazing, just Google it
Another great addition is candied ginger (in the Ziploc). I am NOT a fan of the taste, but you can't deny how quickly ginger can eliminate or soothe an upset stomach. I have a hard time eating these, but when I can get one down-they work miracles! I get about 30mins-1 hour of time to eat real food! Ginger tea is great too, but doesn't seem to work as strongly as straight ginger.
Traditional Medicinals has an amazing pregnancy tea that I love too. Doesn't really do anything for morning sickness, but just gives you some all around goodness.
Now that big bottle of lemon juice? It's been my best friend lately. I mix tons of lemon juice and water, and that's how I've stayed hydrated. The taste of plain water was beginning to make me really sick, and I needed a change. I was drawn to lemonade, but the sugar made me feel even worse. In steps lemon juice. Of course fresh squeezed is 100x's better, but when you can't stand up for longer than 60 seconds-this is a great alternative! I've heard tons of mommies swear by lemon juice to help with MS, and I would agree. It takes that nasty taste in your mouth away, and just feels a bit refreshing. My hubby thinks I'm crazy-and maybe I am!
Last but definitely not least, is fruit/veggie smoothies. These are something else I would prefer to make myself, but there are some really great brands out there without any junk-including these Naked Juices. This helps get some real goodness in your body. I had a strawberry/banana one yesterday-and my energy level went up a few notches. I don't suggest living off these, but if you are having a hard time with solid foods-this is a better alternative than those sugary meal replacements.
So there ya have it! My best friends during this crazy time! I am not a doctor, but I think these ideas are worth a shot if you're feeling weak and need to get some nutrients in your body. This is definitely better than sitting in a hospital bed with IV's and such! Of course, if you're throwing up a lot and can't keep anything down-it's best to talk to your doctor/midwife about it.
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I'm Dominique Burleson, a twenty-something mommy to two (with one on the way!) and wife to one amazing man. Being a homemaker has always been my dream, and I enjoy writing and sharing this adventure with you!
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