by Liza Janda

One thing you don’t forget about being pregnant is that awful nausea and vomiting of early pregnancy. But take heart, mamas, studies have shown that women who experience nausea and/or vomiting in early pregnancy have a much greater chance of continuing on to a healthy full-term pregnancy. That nausea you’re experiencing indicates that your body is producing the HCG hormone necessary to continue with a flourishing, healthy pregnancy and baby.

So try to look at it positively even though I know it’s hard to do while you’re hugging the “john” on a daily basis!

Some may say that nausea in your first trimester is there to help you make sure you eat more healthful foods, or maybe even slow down and rest so that you and your baby get off to a good start. Whatever the reason, life still goes on, and you have to find ways to cope.

10 Tips For Coping With Nausea in Early Pregnancy

1.     Keep some food by your bed: whole wheat crackers, dry cereal, a banana, some Greek Yogurt. Before you get up out of bed, eat a little snack first. Then get up and get ready for your day.

2.     Drink some Dandelion Root or make a lemon tea. Take 2 TBS of lemon juice in some hot water. Sweeten it with good organic maple syrup. Both teas help digestion and help flush the kidneys.

3.     Eat a good breakfast before you walk out the door. Make sure your breakfast includes a bit of protein too. You need 80-100 grams of protein, but only 300 extra calories daily, during pregnancy.

4.     Take your prenatal vitamins on a full stomach only.

5.     Ginger is a great remedy and can be used in a variety of forms. You can drink ginger tea, eat fresh ginger, take ginger supplements, or chew on crystalized ginger when the upset stomach hits.

6.     Homeopathic Remedies are safe and effective. If you can consult a homeopath, even better, but some homeopathic remedies to try are: “Professional formulas Nausea/Morning Sickness tinctureIpecacuanha for vomiting,  Nux Vomica if nausea is worse in the morning , Sepia if you’re sensitive to smells or feel depressed about the pregnancy.

7.     Acupressure bands-the same kind used for sea sickness.

8.     Acupuncture two times a week has been shown to be effective. And if you’re afraid of needles, don’t worry. It is as relaxing as a massage. You may even fall asleep while you’re having your treatment, because you are so tranquil and relaxed.

9.     Peppermint Oil can be found at Ideal Vitamins. If you’re using homeopathic remedies, don’t use the peppermint oil. It can antidote the remedy. The smell of peppermint can alleviate an upset stomach. You can place a drop on your tongue, place a few drops in a bowl of water and place it near you, or use an aromatherapy oil diffuser.

10.  Get lots of rest, but don’t lie around too much. The more you get up and out for a walk, a prenatal yoga class, a swim, or whatever you like to do for exercise, you’ll feel much better once you get moving.

Hang in there and just try to focus on the fact that this is a great sign that you and your baby are off to a healthy start.

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