The three of us all felt a bit ill recently and it somehow reminded me of the time I was pregnant, the first couple of months to be more specific. 😉
I felt nauseous – all day long – up until the 12 week mark and then I didn’t really know enough just yet about how to overcome this horrible feeling naturally. I’ve since done a lot more research and even though it wasn’t in time to help myself, I do hope these 7 tips I share with you in the video below, will help some of you ladies who are currently suffering from the so called “morning sickness”.
Click on the picture below to watch the video and let me know in the comments below, if you have even more tips and techniques that you’re using to prevent morning sickness.
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You’re so tired of this nausea and you just want to get to that point that everyone’s talking about, where you’re glowing and you can truly enjoy and love your pregnancy…
I’d like to share with you 7 steps to overcome the so called morning sickness, or rather the all day sickness as I’m sure you’d agree 😉
Ok, so before I dive into the tips I wanna share with you, I’d like to clarify that there is a form of pregnancy nausea called Hyperemesis Gravidarum or short HG, which is a very severe form of morning sickness. As some of you might know Princess Kate here in the UK has suffered from that during both of her pregnancies.
The symptoms are severe vomiting & weight loss, dehydration, headaches, not being able to keep any food or fluids down, fainting, rapid heart rate, and loss of skin elasticity.
If this is you, please do speak to your health care provider and find a solution together.
If, however, your symptoms are less severe, I’d like to offer you some ideas you can try out, if not all of them.
1. I’m sure your intuition will have already told you this – is to avoid raw leafy greens, roots, and seeds
“Say whaaaat????”, I can hear some of you say: But Lucienne, you’re a Health Coach, why would you say that???
Here’s the thing, plants have ways to protect themselves from being eaten by animals, insects, and other creatures, including us 🙂 They need their leaves, their roots and their seeds to survive or to reproduce.
So those parts of the plant contain lots of powerful toxins that in small doses for us, when we’re not pregnant (!!!), can act as powerful medicinal herbal remedies.
However, during the first trimester, in those first few weeks of our pregnancy, our babies and their development are super vulnerable and for them those toxins could be fatal.
Other than those toxins in the leaves, seeds, and roots of the plants, they often protect themselves by growing beautiful, colourful, and deliciously smelling fruit to distract from those other parts and usually the fruit is edible, so those don’t contain toxins.
That, even though it hasn’t been scientifically proven, is most probably why so many of us have a very intuitive disgust when it comes to vegetables and we crave fruit and other sweet carbs, rather than the things that are usually so healthy for us.
Studies also show that women who suffer from pregnancy nausea have a lot less miscarriages, which could be because they naturally avoid those, for the baby at this stage, so toxic foods.
The sensitivity for smell and our fatigue symptoms during that same time only support this. We smell when foods are not fresh enough or simply bad for our babies and when we’re tired we’re naturally less active and therefor need less energy input through food.
And that in turn means less of a risk to eat something that doesn’t serve the development of our little ones.
So trust your intuition, and please don’t worry about not getting your leafy greens in during that time. Enjoy more fruit, sweet potatoes, avocado, etc. and if you can’t help but have something you usually wouldn’t touch, like white bread, pasta or pizza, look at it as a tasty treat without feeling bad about it.
Having said all of this, don’t use it as an excuse to avoid vegetables and indulge in the white stuff throughout your whole pregnancy! As soon as you’re feeling better again, have the salads, the green juices, and the raw veggie snacks to get back on track and help you and your baby feel amazing, healthy and fit.
Listen to your body!
2. Increase your vitamin B6 intake to about 10mg per day.
in order to increase progesterone, the pro gestation hormone that helps us to get pregnant and to maintain pregnancy.
Often another reason for feeling nauseous in those early weeks is because we went into pregnancy with a B6 deficiency.
Foods that have B6 are bananas, sweet potato, hazelnuts, organic pastured eggs and poultry, wild caught fish, grass fed beef, and vegetables.
3. Eat something small before you even get out of bed.
I think the best thing to keep on your bedside cabinet for the morning would be a banana: It’s a fruit, it’s carbs, it fills you up a little and it’s got some vitamin B6. So the perfect food really.
You don’t wanna have an empty stomach and so eating something before moving into a vertical position and waking up your stomach is definitely helpful.
4. Drink lemon water.
It is so important to keep hydrated and if you’re tired of plain old boring water, put some lemon or other fruit in to make it more tasty and appealing.
5. Do your best to keep up your protein intake.
Especially in the morning after getting up and at night before you go to bed.
So if you’re not vegetarian, have some organic bacon for breakfast and maybe a grass fed beef burger at night. And for those of you who are veggies, try eggs.
6. Don’t get hungry!
Just like I already mentioned before, you do not want an empty stomach.
So have snacks in between meals or just have lots of small meals throughout the day.
Remember the fatigue I mentioned earlier?
Your body is begging you to calm down and have a break, sleep as much as possible, meditate, or do a beautiful visualisation, whatever makes you feel calm and relaxed.
And I actually have a little gift for you.
It’s an mp3 with a beautiful hypnotic visualisation called “Managing Morning Sickness” and it’s taken straight from the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme that I teach couples in preparation for a calm, positive and fearless birth experience so they can have the right birth on the day.
There you have it, my 7 steps to prevent or overcome pregnancy nausea.
If you’d like to add any steps that you are using and that work for you, please add them in the comments below.
And remember to download your FREE Managing Morning Sickness mp3 from The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme.
Lots of love and all the best! ♥︎♥︎♥︎