“Morning” Sickness

As my husband says: my eggo is preggo! The new little one is due in December, right around Christmas. So that should be fun.

This picture is taken in my kitchen because snark. I like to poke fun at the people who use the phrase “barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen” to imply that religion that prohibits birth control is super oppressive to women.

So today I thought I’d write about what helped me deal with my “morning” sickness. The term morning sickness is really a misnomer. It’s not fair to tell people who’ve never been pregnant about morning sickness as if it only happens in the morning. I felt pretty duped during my first pregnancy because I was sick all the time. I never threw up because of it, but I was pretty miserable.

So here are some things that can help:

Magnesium. You can get a supplement, or use a magnesium oil. I found that the oil worked better for me because the supplement was too much for my body. As a side note, magnesium also helps with period cramps. So if you’re period is usually painful you might consider trying a magnesium supplement or oil before you even get pregnant.

L-5-MTHF. While I was doing Live Blood Analysis to help with my health problems we noticed that I was consistently folate deficient. I was taking a good B-complex with folate in it so I tried a form of methylated folate in case I had the MTHFR gene mutation. Basically the mutation prevents your body from producing the enzyme you need to properly assimilate folate. This helped me a lot. I went to Grand Junction for a few days and I didn’t bring this with me. I felt miserable. When I got back home I started taking it again and I felt much better.

Ginger water kefir. To make this you just brew the water kefir normally and add about a teaspoon of dried ginger root to the second ferment. I sipped this slowly and it served as a great pick-me-up.

Water. Staying hydrated is really important when you’re pregnant. I kept a glass of water in the bathroom so I could drink some every time I got up to pee. I still do this. It kept away the worst of the morning part, because I felt worse before I ate anything in the morning.

Whole milk. Drinking a glass of milk before I went to bed was another thing that helped me. I’ve read that milk helps stabilize your blood sugar and I’ve also read that morning sickness is mostly a blood sugar issue (hence the advice of eating saltines before you get out of bed).

Raw milk cheese. I snacked on cheese, but anything with protein probably helps for the same reason milk helps: blood sugar balancing.

Exercise. This one is harder because you’re feeling miserable, but taking a walk outside or doing a little gardening really does help you feel better.

Enzymes. This helps with morning sickness and pregnancy poop. Your digestive system slows down during pregnancy, so it’s a good idea to lend it a helping hand.

That’s about it. Do you have any tricks to stave off morning sickness?

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