The past few months now seem like a bit of a blur, which I can only anticipate that there will be more times like this in the future. It has also been a really humbling experience. For a few years I worked with pregnant females providing counseling and education about proper nutrition during pregnancy. However, I have learned it is not as “by the book” as I could have imagined. That eating during pregnancy is not how I could have imagined. However, this has been a great experience that will help me with all the females that I may counsel in the future. I thought I would share with you all a few things that helped me get through the first tri.
Lemon-Line Gatorade – For some reason this has been my drink of choice while sick for years. I was unable to drink much water and didn’t like the sugary taste of ginger ale or citrus sodas. This was my staple for many weeks as I battled food aversions and nausea.
Peppermint – I went through a few packs of this gum. As you are pregnant you seem to get this constant nasty taste in your mouth ( somewhat due to slight dehydration). This gum helped with it a ton!
Fruit – I had and still have bad food aversions (it’s basically where the thought of certain or all foods make you sick feeling or actually sick). This was the main cause for my nausea. I still to this day can’t cook beef in the house or cook many big meals. However, fruit was always a go to as it never made me sick feeling. I am thankful for that because of the variety of great nutrients we can get from fruit.
ZZZZ’s – SLEEP! I am not sure how mothers to be who have a 9-5 job or a vibrant toddler at home do it. But sleep was my best friend especially since I have given up caffeine.
Citrus wipes – You will notice your smell increases big time while pregnant. These wipes helped keep smells down in the kitchen and bathroom. It made it more bearable to enter the kitchen with everything wiped down with yummy citrus smells.
Now all people are different but these things worked for me. Alot of things that worked for others didn’t work for me ( saltine crackers, etc). Today and recently I feel much much better, so going through what I did does feel like a distant time. Now, I fill my free time looking at fun stuff like cloth diapers and newborn outfits on esty.
If you have been pregnant before, what helped get you through the first tri?