Healthy Mummy Cat Christ is currently pregnant with baby number three and has shared her top tips on how to survive the dreaded morning sickness that many pregnant women suffer with.
I have suffered to some degree with morning sickness with each of my pregnancies.
This current pregnancy was probably the most difficult because I kept my pregnancy quiet until I reached 13 weeks from my employers/immediate family and until 22 weeks from social media.
I was actively teaching a minimum of five group fitness classes per week and although I knew my limits, the extra physical work took it’s toll.
Top tips from this mum-to-be to help with morning sickness!
I think my biggest tip is just, “Do what you gotta do!” I spent a lot of time working from my laptop in bed, I work from home, besides teaching my classes, so this was a bonus.
I also had children to get organised and to get to school, so sometimes the bigger sunglasses had to be worn to hide the paleness from the nausea.
What to eat to curb the nausea
I didn’t have much of an appetite which did see me lose weight in the beginning of my pregnancy, which I did in both previous pregnancies also, but I would try and snack where I could.
I avoided a lot of meat and animal products like eggs in the beginning due to food aversions, so I utilised a lot of the vegetarian and vegan Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges recipes to keep me fuelled and ensure I was still eating sources of protein.
Although feeling like absolute BLAH first thing in the morning, I discovered if I could get a Healthy Pregnancy Smoothie into me within 30 minutes of being up and about, it would help to settle my nausea. I highly credit this to the ginger in the Pregnancy Smoothies, coming from someone who is not a fan of ginger flavoured things, you cannot even taste it.
The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie is a convenient and easy supplementary food, designed to complement your existing pregnancy vitamins or supplements, to help you meet the extra protein, vitamin and mineral requirements during your pregnancy.
The Pregnancy Smoothie is also free of all chemicals, fillers and artificial ingredients, has no fructose in, no added sugar and uses high quality dairy protein sourced from grass fed cows in New Zealand.
I also found going long periods of time without food wasn’t an option unless I wanted to spend the rest of the day in bed. I had to make a conscious effort to eats snacks every 2 hours, even raw cashews or a Choc Cherry Power Bar would help keep the nausea at bay.
Don’t fall into the trap of takeaway. I know a lot of women say only fast food settles their tummy or that’s what they are craving but aside from not being the healthiest option most things don’t pack a lot of nutritional value.
I strongly believe this is the time bub benefits the most so utilise the #noexcuses motto here and really try to make some great options for you and baby.
Try having some snacks on hand that are small, tasty and pack a punch of goodness for you and baby. Better yet, you can even make your own version of those cravings at home to save some bucks!
Rest when you can. if this is not your first pregnancy, chances are you are a busy mum with children at home or who need to get to school/kindy/daycare and even work yourself so do what you can and really listen to your body.
Here are some of my fave snacks:
Banana Bread (with added walnuts- YUM!) Check out a healthy recipe here.
Bliss balls. Here are 10 healthy bliss ball recipes.
Choc Cherry Power Bars.
Healthy Pregnancy Smoothie.
Peanut Butter or Vegemite and cheese on rice cakes.
Chocolate Weetbix Slice – get recipe here.
Choc Lava Mug Cake – get recipe here.
Baked Bean toasted sandwich – you can find this recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.
Healthy Mummy Vegetarian Nachos – check out these vegetarian recipes here.
Are you currently pregnant? Then you should try our yummy Healthy Mummy Pregnancy smoothie.
The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie is designed to complement, not replace, your prenatal vitamin intake. Our nutritionists ensured that the vitamins and minerals in the smoothie are at a low level so there is no risk of doubling up on any pregnancy vitamins.
It is ideal as a high-protein, high-calcium snack in pregnancy. You can download the Pregnancy Smoothie Label here.
To purchase yours, click here.
*Please note that The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy range promotes healthy weight gain in pregnancy*