Updated: Jul 13
So, I have news. In March 2016, both myself and my husband Parry are welcoming our first little bubble to this crazy, exciting and beautiful planet. Bea is going to be a Great Aunt and a fabulous one at that!
Every so often, I am going to post little bits of knowledge I have learnt throughout my pregnancy journey. While I am feeling healthy and happy now at 23 weeks along, I suffered fairly horrid morning sickness from about weeks 8-12. Although many would argue that morning sickness is actually a indicator of healthy bubs development, it certainly doesn’t feel like that at the time!
I was hit with severe nausea without vomiting, fatigue and shakes/ tremours… The type you get when you are really cold. The nausea was all day every day, not just in the mornings even when I was nibbling dry crackers in bed to subside the symptoms.
However, although morning sickness is unpleasant for some women such as myself, it usually dwindles out somewhere between weeks 12-16. Or on the flip side, you may get no symptoms at all or symptoms that last all nine months. It is possible to aid in the reduction of symptoms with natural alternatives if that is something you are wanting to give a try.
Here are some things that worked for me and other women he have supported me through:
GO WITH THE FLOW
The unpredictable nature of when the nausea will come or what foods/smells can make you feel sick can bring about feelings of irritability and anxiety. Once I focussed on being in the moment, resting when my body required, and succumbing to a diet of Vegemite crumpets and watermelon, I was able to manage the symptoms of both the nausea and anxiety. I learnt that your body will tell you what you need to survive, so don’t stress about a temporary loss or gaining of weight, the pregnancy supplements will give the baby necessary nutrients in other areas if need be. Listen and be kind to yourself.
WARM WATER, LEMON & GINGER
In the morning, in team with a breakfast of dry crackers or toast, I found warm water with a slice of fresh ginger and lemon to be soothing on a upset tummy and dry mouth.
A classic nausea reliever written in almost every pregnancy book and I found it to work. Have some by your bed, nibble before getting up, and this can help with early morning symptoms.
EAT AS SIMPLY AND AS FRESHLY AS POSSIBLE
Although a Maccas run for a cheeseburger may be exactly what you feel like, I found a few slices of fresh melon or some simply cooked rice with vegetables can have the same if not better effect on relieving nausea as fast food. Pre-cook some simple snacks/meals to have on hand when you need a quick food fix.
SQUIRREL IT UP
Have little bags of dried fruit, nuts, sesame snacks or whatever appeals to you tucked away in your desk draw, hand bag or glove box. Nibble throughout the day as you need to avoid a dropping of blood sugar levels and in turn, a nasty bout of nausea.
EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT
I have found once you tell people you are pregnant, waves of congratulations and hugs come your way as well as individual women’s’ stories of their own pregnancy experiences. While the hugs are lovely, sometimes the stories of other women’s journeys can create worry for you as to all the possibilities of what you may have to endure. Your experience will be completely your own, maybe better or worse than someone else’s. Either way, you and your baby will find a way to manage. Appreciate the wisdom from others as well, you can always learn something and most pieces of advice are given to you through feelings of love and support.
TRY TO ENJOY THIS TIME
In the early stages of pregnancy, my baby and I had a special bond shared by no one else. No one can really tell you are pregnant and the early little flutters can be felt by only you. As crazy as it sounds, try and enjoy this time between you and your baby… even if it is in the few moments of feeling good between nausea.
Being pregnant is the most amazing experience, but can be challenging on your physically, emotionally and mentally. You are your baby are tougher than you think and remember morning sickness is just like anything else… This too, shall pass.
Peace and love,
Tamika and the little bubble xx
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