Lately, I’ve started posting fun facts about pregnancy and postpartum health on my Instagram page. I don’t want you to miss out on any of these facts, so I’ve decided to post these facts and images on my blog in addition to Instagram.
I hope you enjoy this new series of blogs. If you’re on Instagram, come find me @rockyourhormones 🙂
The reason I have “morning sickness” in quotation marks is because (as any pregnant woman will tell you) pregnancy-induced nausea can happen at any time: morning, noon, and night. Aren’t we lucky?
Statistics show that at least 70% of women experience this symptom at some point during their pregnancy, often during the first trimester.
We provide an entire document full of natural remedies (diet, lifestyle, supplements, herbs) for morning sickness in #whole30hmhb (The Whole30 Healthy, Mama, Happy Baby program). Here are a few triggers of morning sickness:
1. Strong smells = now may not be the best time to cook fish, curries, or make bone broth. I had to purchase pre-made bone broth or have other people make it for me. If you think you can handle the smell/taste, you can try canned fish or order curry from a restaurant to avoid dealing with the additional smells from cooking. Or, just skip it completely! You have lots of time in the second and third trimester to make up for it.
2. Getting out of bed too fast or fast movements = instead of sitting straight up, roll over to your side and gentle ease yourself out of bed. Do you have a toddler? Running around after your toddler can certainly trigger it. There’s not a ton of realistic advice to manage this, but to just do your best to avoid sudden movements as much as possible.
3. Eat something first thing in the morning = foods that contain protein work especially well.
4. Watch your blood sugar = sudden changes in your blood sugar could trigger nausea.
5. Iron supplements = consider talking to your provider about getting off the supplement or switch to a form that doesn’t cause as many symptoms and is better absorbed, such as a chelated form.
I remember being blown away when I learned this fact.
While these body systems (brain, heart, lungs, muscle, liver, pancreas, etc.) continue to grow and develop well beyond the first trimester, it’s incredible that our bodies can create major organs in just 10 weeks!