Morning Sickness

Aug 12

You feel extremely exhausted and your boobs hurt. Then, nausea kicks in.
The stick says you’re pregnant. Now what?!
Should you put a stop to your fitness routine?
Sit on the couch for the next 8-9 months eating bon-bons?

I have coached over 22 pregnancies, each one so different, so exciting — I get giddy when someone tells me their news! However, the first trimester can be a pretty harsh experience, even unbearable. Estimates reveal that 60-80 percent of women experience nausea and/or vomiting that usually subsides after the 12th-14th week of pregnancy. Over the years, I have come up with some ways to help alleviate symptoms of morning sickness.

  • Always have a bland snack (saltines, cheerios, a granola bar) in your purse.
  • Drink lots of water. Vomiting can dehydrate you and send you into the hospital.
  • Go for a walk. Several times a day.
  • Work out! The more you move, the more distracted you’ll be and the less nauseous you’ll feel.
  • Just say no to fatty, greasy foods. Even if you crave them. Packing on pounds too early will lead to regret later. It only takes 300 extra calories a day to make a baby! You’re not eating for 2, no matter if it’s twins!
  • Sleep!
  • Listen to your body — there’s a lot going on in there. You’ll feel your heart rate spike anytime you get off the couch. Allow yourself to take it a little easier than normal.
  • Eat smaller meals more frequently. Nausea usually hits an empty or full stomach.
  • Snack on ginger chews, a homeopathic anti-nausea remedy. My favorite is spicy apple.
  • If your morning sickness is unbearable, try acupuncture
  • Know that morning sickness is temporary. Tomorrow is a better day. Stay optimistic.

And, remember: you’re not an invalid. You’re pregnant! People have had babies since day 1. Continue living your life…happy mommy, happy baby.

One Response to Morning Sickness

  1. Love it!! Wish everyone knew these tricks.

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