First Trimester

Nausea and Vomiting: 

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Nausea and Vomiting is most common during the 1st TM. It is nature's way of keeping you away from things that may harm baby during a key period of major organ development. There is no cure for nausea in pregnancy, but it often suggests a healthy viable pregnancy. Most women benefit from keeping something small in their stomach throughout the day. 

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Tips and Tricks:

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  • It is a time in pregnancy when typically if it sounds like it might settle in your stomach, it is worth a try. If your body is telling you to stay away from it, listen to those cues.

  • Take note of what triggers your nausea: odors, certain foods, movement, getting out of bed too quickly

  • ​Carbohydrates tend to be the easiest to digest and may settle your stomach. If you can, choose the least processed carbohydrates when possible to avoid additives & chemicals.

  • Sometimes keeping a small snack at your bedside can help to avoid early morning nausea (a small handful of salted cashews or saltine crackers may do the trick).

  • Having a small amount of protein at breakfast - a few nuts, an egg or a few bites of an egg, a piece of cheese

  • You might also try: frozen fruit, smoothies, avocado, or greek yogurt, 

  • Sip on fluids throughout the day (water with lemon / lime, or ginger, sometimes a smoothie or shake)

  • Try sour / salty foods: a tangy popsicle, avocado with salt and lemon juice, or tart cherries

  • Cold foods be better tolerated (frozen berries, cold pickles, or yogurt

  • Consume B6 rich foods: avocados, bananas, pistachios, sunflower seeds, meat, fish & poultry 

  • Consider taking a B6 supplement during the day - in combination with Unisom at night

  • Ginger: ginger tea, dried ginger, ginger ale, raw ginger (cooked into foods or added to a smoothie)

  • Consume Potassium rich foods: avocados, bananas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, oranges

  • Aim to consume some protein and fat, even if portion is small when you eat

  • Try an Epsom salt foot bath - you will absorb some magnesium, which may also help decrease nausea

  • Pure lavender and peppermint essential oils in small amounts may help

Fruits and Nuts
Strawberry Milkshake
Avocado
Image by Dominik Martin