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I just got through the first trimester of my pregnancy and asked a lot of friends what helped them with nausea. I tried out many of their suggestions, and here is what my experience was like.
Ginger: This is the usual suggestion. After gulping down a lot of ginger ale, I realized many of the brands contained next to no ginger. They tasted great, but as far as effectiveness, not so much. If you want to go the ginger ale route, you can find real ginger ale at stores like Whole Foods; just make sure ginger is a main ingredient.
I’m a huge fan of products from The Ginger People. Their beverages have helped me a ton! In addition to their wonderful (non-alcoholic) Ginger Beer, I especially love their Ginger Soother. My mom picked it up for me, and I’m so glad she did. Moms are the best, aren’t they? Anyway, this drink completely wiped away my nausea. I also found these great ginger candies called Ginger Chews. I like the taste; they are pretty strong and very chewy. I just learned about but have yet to buy their Ginger Chips to put in baked goods. I love the taste of ginger anyway, but a little perk of anti-nausea in baked goods isn’t a bad idea.
Another thing that absolutely helped me in a nausea crisis was sliced ginger from a sushi restaurant. I was actually eating at a restaurant next door, left the restaurant, went to the sushi place, and offered to pay for some ginger. I brought the ginger back to my table and ate a whole bowlful. At that moment, it seemed like the tastiest thing I had ever eaten. It completely saved me.
Saltine Crackers: Aside from ginger, the typical Saltines were great. I have recently been struggling with the nausea a lot, so I made a late-night Saltine run. Once I ate some, I thought to myself, “Why on earth did I wait this long to get Saltines?” They are heavenly.
Preggie Pops: I also liked these. Did they really cure nausea? Not sure, but when I was super nauseated, they helped me get through the moment.
Bedtime Carbs: A little trick for those struggling with nausea in the morning is to eat some peanut butter toast right before bed and have some Saltines by your bed to pop in your mouth as soon as your eyes open in the morning.
Supplements: One of my big challenges has been getting supplements down without major nausea, but I’ve found some products that have helped. For me the key has been not having to swallow the horse pills. I prefer vitamins that taste like candy. For my prenatals I take Vitafusion Prenatal Gummy Vitamins. They taste great! They have all the DHA and folic acid you need. I’m vitamin D deficient, so I take Rainbow Light Gummy Vitamin D. They are lemon flavored, and I love them. I also am iron deficient, so I have been taking Natural Factors Easy Iron Chewables. They say they are easy on the stomach. I find them easier on the stomach than other iron supplements, but I still need to take them just before bed to avoid nausea. My doctor has recommended that, in order to get some energy, I try EarthSweet Vitamin Chewables with vitamins B-6, B-12, and folic acid. These are raspberry flavored. As you can probably clearly see, I like my sweets. I guess if I have to take all these supplements, they might as well taste good.
I highly recommend signing up for Baby Center the second you discover you are pregnant. This site will help you figure out your due date and then will send you weekly updates on the growth of your baby and what should be happening with your body. Baby Center also has birth month groups so you can hear what other women due the same month are experiencing.
While I completely understand the reasoning behind not telling anyone about your pregnancy until your first trimester is over, I really think it’s helpful to bring your besties in on the news. It’s so nice to be able to vent to friends about how awful you are feeling, should that be the case. You may also want to ask for extra help from them during this time. Especially if you have other kids and you just need a nap to get through the day. Plus it’s great to be able to talk to your friends about how excited you are.
If you are in your first trimester, congrats! So exciting. Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any nausea-busting tricks for me. Trust me, I would LOVE to try them.