The truth is however, although drinking is important it’s also tough, especially when the thought of putting anything in your mouth and swallowing makes you feel even more nauseated then you already are.
For me, some days getting anything in was a struggle. Although it helped knowing that what I was putting in my body was helping me, and more importantly, the budding baby inside. At the peak of my “morning sickness,” the thought of food, no matter what it was, made me feel nauseated.
Although of course I never stopped eating, I did find the more I drank the less nauseated I felt, the less nauseated I felt, the more I could eat, and the more I could eat the better I felt.
So how did I stay hydrated and fight my morning sickness symptoms at the same time? This is the list of my top go-to home remedies.
Every day, as soon as I get up, I take a ½ to a ¼ of a fresh (preferably organic) lemon and squeeze it into a big glass of room temperature/warmish water. Drinking lemon water every morning is something I have been doing for years. During pregnancy, I have found it helps because I immediately have something in my stomach that is alkalizing and cleansing. It really helps with my digestion. Also, the vitamin C in the lemon has immune boosting properties and a strong immune system is so important for all mamas to be.
Ginger works extremely well in calming my upset tummy. I typically felt more nauseated in the evening, after dinner I would add a ¼ to ½ a tablespoon of fresh ginger to about a cup and ½ of water. I would let it boil in a pot on the stove with the lid on for 15 minutes and then pour it into my mug and add a tablespoon of honey and some fresh squeezed lemon. Ginger known for its anti-nausea properties combined with the soothing effects of honey helped my upset tummy tremendously.
Water is so important but after drinking glasses and glasses of it, sometimes it’s nice to give your taste buds a treat. My love affair with coconut water got even stronger when I became pregnant because of all the many benefits associated with it. Low in sodium, with no added sugar. More potassium than four bananas. More electrolytes than most sports drinks. This is a beverage that can’t be beat.
Any women that has experienced nausea during pregnancy knows it’s hard to even think about food let alone eat it when you are running to the bathroom. Which is why I loved making smoothies, filling my blender with green goodness like spinach or kale was always my base. Then depending on how I was feeling, and the time of day, I like adding other veggies like cucumber, carrots and beets and then a bit of fruit such as, apples, blueberries or a banana.
I also always add a good fat such as, avocado, coconut oil or a nut butter and perhaps a scope of protein powder. A nutritious and delicious smoothie can give you so much of what your body needs in a tasty and easy to digest way. There are endless smoothie recipes online, find some that work for you and have the ingredients on hand for the days when your tummy is giving you troubles.
This is the latest and greatest in health food beverages. Filled with minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and manganese, this low calorie beverage can provide energy without spiking your blood sugar. It’s a hydrator and a perfect afternoon sweet treat.
What has worked for you? What are your favourite healthy hydrating beverages? Please leave a comment below and share your morning sickness symptoms and relief remedies.
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