Congratulations! You found out you’re pregnant and now you’re feeling like....$hit.... You can be honest with us. :) There’s quite a bit of feelings that circulate our system when we find out we’re pregnant. Some of us feel excitement or dread, joy or fear, energized or sick as a dog- or any combo of of it! Nausea during Pregnancy is quite common during the First Trimester and often naturally subsides between 13-16 weeks*. If you have some “morning sickness” morning, noon, or night, here are some of our fave ways to alleviate your nausea: (None of this is considered medical advice. Please consult your provider with any questions or before beginning any regimens to alleviate nausea)
1. Ginger! As a tea, as a chewy candy, as a cold drink. It’s a go-to for Nausea and as traditional as it gets! We enjoy the Chimes or Gin-Gin candies :)
2. Snacks! Keeping your body fed and hydrated constantly can help subside any nausea. It may feel counterintuitive being that the very thought of food is making you ill- but trust us. Think of any snack you can stomach, for the moment, and keep it by your side. If you’re feeling nauseous when you wake up in the morning, keep snacks bedside. Keep them in your purse, on your desk, in your car- wherever you are, there are your snacks. (That’s how the old saying goes, no?) Keep your water or drink handy as well!
3. Consider adjusting the time of day you’re taking your Prenatal Vitamins! Some people are sensitive to the vitamins they take. If you’re noticing that your nausea is being triggered by your vitamins, consider taking them before bed or with a snack?
4. Citrus! Drink it, smell it, Eat it, (Bop it) Keep clementines nearby, throw some lemon slices in your water, snack on a grapefruit. Citrus has been known to settle nausea naturally! If you don’t want to eat it but you love the smell, you can simply smell the peel or try an essential oil.
5. Peppermint! Try sucking on Peppermint candy, drinking peppermint tea or gently smelling a Peppermint essential oil.
6. Acupuncture! If you’ve never tried Acupuncture before, this can be a great foray into the ancient practice! Acupuncture is the answer to many different pregnancy side effects- ask your doula for a local referral!
7. Herbal Tea! Try a combo of Ginger, Chamomile, Peppermint, and/or Red Raspberry Leaf tea. These herbs can settle your nausea and tea will keep you hydrated! Consider a consult with our Herbalist to learn more about how Plant Medicine can support your Pregnancy!
Maybe one of these didn’t work for you yesterday- but it may be just the ticket tomorrow. Maybe you’ve been skeptical to try one of these things but now you’re more open! We only hope that you find some relief from your nausea and see some light at the end of the tunnel. Please remember that even when you’re feeling sluggish, bloated, and sick as a dog, your body is working extremely hard to grow a healthy baby. Be gentle on yourself, rest when you can, and stay hydrated. Good Luck out there!
* If you continue to feel nauseous/vomiting, be in touch with your provider to see how you can alleviate symptoms or learn more to see if you may have Hyperemesis Gravidarum.