The excitement of my pregnancy was soon followed by a sick feeling which I can only describe as a constant hangover after a night of drinking (minus the fun part). I had the full intention to have a healthy pregnancy, but that sick feeling left me with a constant need to eat unhealthily and with few energy to exercise. I quickly decided it was time to find solutions to my problem, take a look at what worked for me, what didn’t and my final tips to survive morning sickness:
I found my bliss in Shanti Bars and peppermint tea.
The first thing I tried were Preggy Pops, only to learn later on that pregnancy slows your production of insulin, so eating anything with high sugar content can make you feel nauseous and tired. Also, they don’t add any nutritional value to your pregnancy, so it doesn’t make much sense to eat them at all.
Ohhhh the myth of the soda crackers! These do not help at all, in fact, something similar to eating the Preggy Pops happens to your body when you eat them: Your body quickly turns them into sugar, leaving you sluggish and with that sick hangover feeling all over again!
My lifesavers were Shanti Bars! Not only do they provide good nutrition for you and your baby, they actually work because they offer exactly what your body needs: protein! One of my friends recommended the bars, which are especially designed to reduce nausea. I instantly fell in love with the ginger and blueberry flavor. The bars don’t have a strong smell and what I loved the most is that they have Calcium, a good fiber content, no soy, and no artificial sweeteners!
#1: Avoid all food with high sugar content in the morning (this includes fruits like mango and orange).
#2: Keyword is SMALL! Tiny meals throughout the day vs. a big meal make a huge difference. You can start with eggs and an Ezequiel toast in the morning then, for a snack, a Shanti Bar with peppermint tea. Continue to eat small throughout the day and remember that even if you are hungry, a huge lunch will instantly make you feel sluggish and sick.
#3: Buy kids’ toothpaste with bubblegum flavor. This should solve the nausea that comes with the strong minty smell and taste of regular toothpaste.
#4: I replaced all my household cleaning products for Method brand products. They are natural, smell great, never make me sick, and are therefore safe for my baby.
#5: Create a lunchbox for when you are not at home. I usually packed some cheese, water, a banana or green apple, almonds, and a Shanti Bar.
I hope these tips can help any of you having trouble with nausea and morning sickness. I know everyone tells you to enjoy your pregnancy, but it is especially hard when you are feeling so sick! Hopefully, if you are like me, by the 4th month it will go away and you will be able to live normally again!
Ps. As a little gift, Shanti Bars has agreed to give us a discount code for a 20%off at their online store: please20. Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter and share this information with your pregnant friends, I guarantee it will be very helpful!