Royal Baby: George the heir and Baby to Spare
Apparently no one, including the Duchess herself is safe from “morning sickness”. My cousin for example, was the thinnest she’s been since she was a child when she was pregnant for her twins. She had morning, noon and night sickness- all throughout pregnancy. She unfortunately didn’t have the help I had during pregnancy with my midwife, and so she powered through it like a pre-mommy superhero.
I started feeling sick when I was probably about 3 weeks pregnant- about a week before I took a test and knew what was happening. It was pretty bad. I luckily wasn’t throwing up the whole time…but I felt on the edge of puking most of the time. I spent a small fortune on Diclectin in the beginning until I truly understood the value of hydration and diet.
Now I know that it’s not that easy. I think that for some reasons, like previous health conditions, weight (honestly I am sure carrying a baby on such a tiny frame can’t be easy for the Duchess- although some women do it without any issues) and other factors may contribute to the feeling of nausea but other than extenuating circumstances most preggos can alleviate that nagging feeling of grossness if they know what to do:
- Eat little and often. Before you’re pregnant you go from not being hungry, to feeling peckish, to feeling pretty hungry to starving, and THEN if you still avoid eating you feel sick. While you’re pregnant your body doesn’t bother sending any of those signals and immediately goes to queasy. Keep your blood sugars levels constant by nibbling small amounts of bland, dry food during the day. Honestly once I actually accepted this fact saltines became my best friend and came with me . I even kept some beside the bed and
- Aim for high-protein foods, and those rich in vitamin B such as yogurt, because these will help keep you full and feel good
- Avoid avoid rich, spicy, acidic or fried foods is good too. In the last trimester I developed gall stones from eating too much fat. It’s apparently VERY COMMON. Now I’ll be getting it removed before the next baby.
- Saltines/plain crackers-keep them EVERYWHERE- in your purse, by your bed. Give yourself a little extra time in the morning to eat them, and rest before getting out of bed. I even noshed on one during my many middle of the night pee breaks.
- Keep a diary of when you feel worse – and better. There is often a daily pattern, and you may find a particular time each day when you can eat or drink without heaving.
- WATER-lots and lots of water. When you are dehydrated your body also thinks it’s hungry. Try drinking between meals if you’re finding it hard to keep fluids down. Be sure to drink regularly – try sucking ice cubes if you are vomiting fluids.
- Get as much rest and relaxation as possible and take time off work if necessary. Stress and tiredness can make pregnancy sickness worse.
- Sniff lemons – the smell of a cut lemon may help your nausea. Add some slices to iced tea or sparkling water.
- Make ginger tea using the peeled grated ginger root or take ginger syrup or drink ginger ale. Ginger is known to settle stomachs and help nausea. However, ginger should be used in moderation and with care – it doesn’t help everyone.
What was your experience with “Morning Sickness”? What was your go-to solution?