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Hello friends! Ready to talk all things PREGNANCY?? If you've been reading along for a while, you know that I am now 8 months preggers. (um..... what??!!!). Yep, 8 months already! I almost can't believe it. I decided to share my tips for surviving morning sickness, and my Rhubarbaby journey!
The time has seriously flown, but sheesh, it's been rough. Like, REALLY rough.
It started off easy. A little TOO easy. The hubbs and I decided to start trying to make a little bambino in September of last year. And guess what? I got preggers in October. OMG! Um.... wow. So, that happened. We weren't expecting it to be that soon, but we welcomed the idea and were pretty dang excited.
We made all the appointments, started all the planning... then BAM! This little thing called "morning" sickness hit me. Like a ton of bricks. Why the heck do they call it morning sickness? For me, it was all day sickness. Numerous times a day sickness. I'm talking can't even stand up without getting sick, losing lots of weight sickness. Totally miserable, you guys!
It lasted well into the second trimester, but sometime in February, I started to take control. I discovered some lifestyle changes that really helped me live this pregnancy as healthily as possible. And then, I started to feel better. Yippee!
OK, before we go any further, let me be clear. I am not your doctor. These tips for surviving morning sickness are just easy lifestyle changes that helped me battle that first trimester, and keep me as healthy as I could be for the remainder of my pregnancy. Mmmmmkay?
EAT VERY SMALL MEALS REGULARLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY: And by small, I mean SMALL! And by throughout the day, I mean ALL DAY! For example, I kept some saltine crackers on my bedside table. Before I would even sit up in bed, I would munch on about 5-10 crackers. Then I would take a few sips of water. JUST a few sips. Taking the extra few minutes to eat before I sat up really helped with the nausea in the morning. Then, I would immediately head to the fridge and grab a pre-made yogurt and high fiber smoothie from the fridge. I would sip this over the course of about half an hour. About an hour later, I'd have another small snack. Getting where I'm going with this? Yes, you are eating and sipping fluids all day. But trust me, it helps!
SIP ON MORE WATER THAN YOU EVER HAVE BEFORE: Water is SO important in pregnancy, especially when you are regularly getting sick. Choose a large water glass or bottle that you like to use, and keep that with you at all times so that you can sip, sip, and sip some more all day long. Chugging water made me sick, not drinking water made me sick, but you know what? Sipping water all day seemed to do the trick, and kept me as hydrated as possible. You can jazz up your water by adding citrus slices, herbs, or even bubbles! At this point in my pregnancy, I am totally obsessed with fizzy water. My SodaStream has become my new best friend. Anything to get yourself hydrated!
TAKE THE RIGHT PRENATAL VITAMINS: Prenatal vitamins were tough for me. The ones I was taking were large, once per day pills. They really upset my stomach, and I seriously dreaded taking them. I had to take them at night before bed in the hopes that I wouldn't get sick afterwards. During my morning sickness, I wish I had known about New Chapter Vitamins. New Chapter vitamins are uniquely formulated to support the health needs of each life stage. They ferment the individual vitamins and minerals with beneficial probiotics and whole foods to transform their multivitamins into whole-food fermented nutrients – the result are nourishing supplements gentle enough to take anytime, even on an empty stomach.
INVITE A CLOSE FRIEND OVER FOR A NIGHT IN: One of the hardest things for me during the first trimester, was the loneliness I felt. I never wanted to attend events, or even frankly, leave the house. I was just too sick. Having friends who were willing to just chill out on the couch, gossip, chat, let you vent, eat ice cream, watch movies.... whatever it may be, could really help fight any depression that might be creeping up in life. Ask your dude to make plans outside the house, and have a girls night in with just one or two friends who you feel totally comfy around. Lifesaving!
REMEMBER THAT IT WILL EVENTUALLY PASS: In the grand scheme of things, even if you are sick throughout your entire pregnancy, it WILL pass. You won't be pregnant forever. And chances are, you will only experience morning sickness in the first 3 months of your pregnancy. Try (it's tough, I know!) to keep your chin up and stay positive. Before you know it, it will all be over!
Well... that morning sickness DID eventually pass. The second trimester came and went. Pretty smooth sailing for a few months there.
Then, I was put on a low glycemic index diet to avoid getting gestational diabetes. Ugh. All I wanted to do was EAT EAT EAT JUNK after 4 months of not being able to hold anything down! Man... I was so bummed. But I persevered, and made healthy choices that gave my body and the baby's growing body the nutrients they needed.
It started to be more important than ever that I watch EVERYTHING I put into my body, including the vitamins I was taking. I found New Chapter Vitamins' commitment to sustainability and natural formulas to be comforting and trustworthy. Perfect Prenatal doesn't just include the essential vitamins needed during pregnancy, but also organic herbs, fruits, vegetables, and probiotics. SO AWESOME! You can purchase through Amazon or find a retailer here.
So, now I'm 8 months in already. At this point, I am no longer on a strict diet, but am still very conscious of the things I'm putting into my body. I try to fight through the aches and pains and still continue walking regularly and reading the labels of the foods I am ingesting. It's awesome to be able to give in to a few cravings in the last month, but I don't go overboard.
I've managed to keep the weight to a minimum, gaining only 16 lbs so far. HECK YES! Making the effort (and succeeding!) to live a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy has given me the confidence to believe that I can make it through this last, uncomfortable stretch before Rhubarbaby comes.
Yes, I am exhausted, but I am happy and healthy. BOOYAH!
OK fellow pregnant ladies or moms out there! I would love to hear how you handled the tough times in your pregnancy! I know I've got a tough month ahead, and welcome any advice! 🙂
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.