Happy Monday Loves!
Today I wanted to talk about my first trimester of pregnancy. Mostly what I ate and how I eased the nausea this time around. My first daughter was a rather easy pregnancy for me. I got nauseous but not bad enough to wear it stopped me from doing things or bothered me a whole lot. I worked everyday (at that time I worked at GEICO insurance) up until I was induced with her. My son was a whole other story… I was extremely sick with him and could barely get out of bed. I pretty much lived in bed or on the couch for months. It was miserable! I constantly felt like I was going to puke. Not only was I super sick with him but I had a ton of pains that I never had with my daughter. I experienced round ligament pains (bad) and thought I was having a heart attack a few times and went to the ER. I also had pains shoot up my back which were extremely painful and my husband thought I was being attacked by someone in our house one time because thats how bad I was screaming from them.
With baby #3 (will announce gender soon) I have been pretty lucky compared to my last pregnancy. The nausea kicked in around 7-8 weeks and for about 2 weeks I pretty much stayed on the couch. I knew from the last time I got pregnant I needed to stock up on blog content in case I couldn’t leave the bed again, so the moment I found out I was pregnant I took countless blog photos before the nausea kicked in to make sure I had several weeks worth of content and it worked out perfect. Now, was I so sick to where I couldn’t get of the couch, no but I am a HUGE baby when it comes to pain and being sick. If I just sat there forcing myself to eat small meals throughout the day it was easier for me, so that’s what I did. After about two weeks I got back to life lol. Did the nausea go away? No! I still had all day nausea and I still am getting nauseous today at 19 weeks but its manageable and I just push through it, which says a lot for me because again, I don’t do pain or sickness well.
There are some things I ended up learning from my last pregnancy a few months into it being incredibly sick. One thing I was doing wrong that made me so incredibly sick last time was not getting enough protein or other nutrients for that matter. I got pregnant right after all my heath issues started almost 5 years ago, so I was literally eating puffed rice cereal or puffed corn cereal (no added ingredients!) and Nutribullet drinks all day. It was one of the most miserable times in my life but it eased the pain in my upper right quadrant so that’s what I did. Over the years I have learned a lot about being healthy and feeding my body the right nutrients and it has made a world of a difference for me.
So what did I eat this time around and how did I manage not to be so sick this pregnancy?
PROTEIN! as far as food went I ate protein with almost every meal and not just a little protein but meals that contained 10g or more of protein at a time. My body apparently craves a ton of protein when I am pregnant and this time I knew that. The nausea eased up so much after each meal I ate with protein and thats about all my body craved in the first trimester. I also ate frequent small meals throughout the day because the longer your body goes without eating the more nauseous it will get.
These are the meals I ate all day everyday during my first trimester and a little into the second.
For Breakfast I almost always had potatoes with green and red peppers and turkey sausage in a coconut meat tortilla with salsa.
For Lunch I had ground turkey meat with brown rice pasta. For awhile I made the sauce with just olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and parsley. Other times I used red pasta sauce.
Later in my first trimester I craved crackers, with hummus, cucumber and turkey meat (always cooked the turkey lunch meat). I craved this everyday with my last pregnancy too.
For snack I craved fresh fruit. Mostly yellow Kiwis, grapes and strawberries.
For Dinner I either had a Pinto Bean Burrito with salsa in a coconut meat tortilla (not pictured) or Quinoa chicken soup. Sometimes I did a Quinoa and lentil salad, which is really protein packed.
How I helped my nausea with Vitamins
Eating frequent meals with protein was one of the things that really helped with my nausea. Aside from that I did the following:
After eating Breakfast in the morning I immediately took my B6 vitamin, which is known to help ease morning sickness. I also took a liquid bone support that has calcium in it and Magnesium. My sister would throw up from her calcium but the kind I take is liquid and nano particle. Its absorbed into your blood and doesn’t require digestion or enzyme activity and is 98% absorbable, so it never made me sick. The magnesium is the same brand and really helped ease my nausea. I took it several times a day when I felt nauseas.
Vitamin D with Cod Liver Oil by Carlson was another vitamin I took that has many benefits but also helped with nausea. These are tiny and give 2,000 IU of vitamin D plus have Omega-3s in them!
Ginger pills were also something I regularly took when I felt super nauseous. Ginger has been a favorite of mine for stomach aches and nausea for a long time. I use the Jarrow formula Ginger.
For the tiredness during the 1st trimester I took Vitamin B12 (helps with mental and physical energy) and Vitamin C. These two really helped keep my energy levels up and I took them before pregnancy as well. Vitamin C also keeps the immune system up, which we know is weakened during pregnancy. My favorite B12 is by Garden of Life and my favorite Vitamin C is Ester-C.
Of course I took a prenatal as well and I made sure it was easy on the stomach though multivitamins don’t typically make me sick because I am use to taking them everyday. I love and recommend the Rainbow light Prenatal.
Lastly I wear sea-band Mama Wristband all day. They are acupuncture bands that relieve nausea. These are a life saver!