All I can say is that I really lucked out during my last pregnancy because, with this one, my morning sickness is SO much worse! Not only am I struggling to get out of bed in the morning but, unlike the last time, I am nauseous all day too. There are some brief moments where I find relief, but they are short-lived. I feel so terrible that I don’t even have the energy or desire to play with my little boy C (which is one of my favorite things to do). I just want to lie in bed and sleep, not chase a 2 year old around the house. Ugh!
The 3 Keys to Morning Sickness Relief
The first thing that you should know about me is that I am a researcher. I spent much of my undergrad and grad school as a research assistant. So if I don’t understand something, I dive into my books and peruse the internet until I’ve found a solution.
At this moment, all of my energy is focused on ending this horrible bout of morning sickness. I refuse to let it ruin my first few months of pregnancy. After hours of research and tons of experimentation, these are my top 3 recommendations for managing morning sickness:
1. Eat often
The key to feeling better is to make sure that you keep a stable blood sugar. This means eating small, frequent meals throughout the day. The most common recommendation is to snack every 2 hours. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should consider eating foods that are high in protein or carbs, but low in fat.
If at all possible, I recommend trying to find healthy snacks in your pantry. I found that bananas, sometimes with peanut butter, made me feel the best. I also did really well with a handful of nuts or a granola bar. If you are up to it, you could even try a delicious smoothie that has some ginger in it to settle your stomach. One of the ones that I really liked is Chef Lindsey’s Blueberry Ginger Morning Sickness Smoothie.
If you are one of the lucky ones, this might just be enough to put an end to your morning sickness. But if you are like me, it wasn’t cutting it. I needed more help.
I’m not going to lie, one of the last things that I want to do when I feel like I am going to vomit is to exercise. But I’ve found that in those brief moments of relief from morning sickness, exercise is what has helped me the most. Especially the 5MinuteBack Pregnancy Program. Not only is it easy on my body, but I could do it at my own pace.
Finding time in our busy days to rest may seem virtually impossible, but you must find a way to make it happen. You need to take care of yourself and listen to your body when it says it needs a break. Whether that means taking a quick nap when you get home from work or during lunch, resting your head on your desk for 5 minutes and shutting your eyes, or even relinquishing a task or two a day so that you can just sit down and breath, rest is a must!
My 5MinuteBack Pregnancy Challenge Update
This leads me to My Challenge. Over the course of the last two weeks I have struggled to get my 5MinuteBack Pregnancy exercises in. I somehow had to find a way to slip a few minutes of exercises into that very small window of relief from the nausea. But when I have been able to, the most amazing thing happens. . . I feel so much better!
I’m not talking about a tiny bit better, or just a few minutes of relief, but I’m actually finding that I almost feel like myself and the relief is lasting for several hours.
Not only does the nausea subside, but I am getting some of my energy back! Thankfully, this gives me a couple of hours to dedicate to C, to give him the time that I so desperately have wanted to since I started feeling so terribly. On top of that, I can squeeze in a bit of time for those wonderful household duties that I enjoy so much ;-).