Managing Pregnancy Nausea
Morning sickness? More like “all-day sickness” for many expectant mamas.
In the early days of pregnancy, you may be trying to keep your blooming belly on the down low, but with constant nausea and food aversion, it’s not always an easy task!
Aside from slapping on a smile and trying to sport a casual stroll to and from the bathroom all day long, it is possible to keep symptoms at bay!
Here are our top 5 tips for first (and sometimes second and third) trimester nausea:
- Eat. Yes, we know it’s the last thing on your mind, but when you eat regularly, you can avoid sudden drops in blood sugar levels, which may exacerbate nausea.
- Avoid super fatty and processed foods. Stay away from the drive-thru! If you can’t bear to spend time in the kitchen, check out the food court in your local supermarket for freshly made salads, stews, soups, and other simple meals that are high in macronutrients (protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates) and low in sugar and sodium. A good general rule of thumb is the longer the ingredients list, the more processed it is. Run away!
- Try ginger. Ginger is a natural way to curb nausea and settle the stomach. Fresh ginger (found in the produce in almost every supermarket) can be grated into a shake or smoothie or, if you’re feeling up to it, mixed in a chicken stir fry. If you don’t have fresh ginger, ground will do!
- Choose your carbs wisely. Are bread and pasta all you can stomach? Opt for a healthier option such as spelt or Ezekiel bread, and brown rice, quinoa, or bulgar.
- Add 1-2 servings of Baby Booster Protein. When solid food comes up short and your usual source of protein make you queasy, adding a serving of Baby Booster Protein to a bowl of oatmeal, glass of milk, or a smoothie.
Craving something sweet, cold and creamy?
Try this quick and easy Baby Booster Protein Ice Cream recipe for pregnant mamas:
2 scoops Baby Booster Tahitian Vanilla protein
1 cup full fat Greek yogurt
¼ cup organic heavy cream
1 frozen banana
½ cup frozen berries OR ½ cup frozen mango
1 tablespoon raw honey
Optional: ¼ inch piece of finely chopped ginger root or ½ tsp ground ginger
Put all ingredients in your blender until smooth and delicious!