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“Morning Sickness”

“Morning Sickness” was something that consumed my days with my third and fourth pregnancy. My ‘grocery puke bag’ became as essential as my phone and keys when I left the house to go anywhere and I made many stops along the side of the road or had to excuse myself briefly during patient visits. I tried to focus on the thought that being nauseous was a blessing in the fact that it gave me comfort that I was most definitely pregnant…after miscarrying a baby four years earlier. Having been more nauseous with each pregnancy, I was GINGERED out (just the thought of ginger chews or ginger beer made me more sick!).

Here are some things that I have tried along the way and recommend to the pregnancy mamas we have the privilege of caring for:

  • Gentle detox BEFORE you conceive

  • Eat often-sucking on almonds almost consistently was helpful for me

  • Aim to eat BEFORE you are hungry - Keep snacks on your night stand for if you wake in the night and first thing in the morning

  • Appropriate protein intake-include a protein source at each meal/snack

  • Switch out synthetic supplements for whole food ones

  • Chlorella supplementation

  • Magnesium supplementation

  • Umeboshi paste

  • Papaya enzymes

  • Nettle tea

  • Lemon Essential Oil and/or Peppermint Essential Oil in a diffuser or with deep inhalations

  • Homeopathy (common ones include nux vomica/sepia/pulsatilla)

  • Acupuncture

  • Sea-Band Anti-Nausea Wristbands

  • Motion Sickness EarSeeds Kit

  • IV Therapy (visit Livewell for pregnancy-specific options)

I hope these tips helped you as much as they helped me.

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