2023 is ticking along and as each day passes we get closer to having a new edition join our little family. I think Laika the dog might still be in denial of this news, but I’m sure she will adjust once the baby arrives.
Trimester 1 involved a little more nausea (and food not staying down) than I hoped for, but it really wasn’t that bad. Below are a few suggestions I have for anyone who needs them while feeling a bit green in trimester 1, fingers crossed they work for you or your loved one.
Tips to help you deal with nausea in trimester one:
- Have a snack on your bedside table to eat 1st thing in the morning. This helps to stabilise your blood sugar levels before you get up – it really helped ease my morning nausea. I snacked on nuts, bliss/protein balls, dates stuffed with nuts or homemade frozen yoghurt bites which really hit the spot as they were cold – see recipe below!
- If your prenatal supplement smells too strong and sets you off, store it in the fridge, this really helps reduce the strong smell.
- Avoid getting hungry. The more hungry I was, the worse I felt! I always carried mixed nuts, bliss balls, True protein bars, Mary’s Gone Crackers & carrot sticks in my handbag as a back-ups to eat when I felt myself getting hungry and nauseous.
- Breakfast was hard to stomach, so I became obsessed with smoothie bowls and smoothies for breaky- cold things were so much easier to get down. I loaded them with beetroot, berries, kale, spinach, mango, fresh ginger, yoghurt & INCA organic’s protein powder – do whatever works best for you!
- I wore Sea-Bands – they help with sea sickness and I found they really helped with my nausea. You can find them at chemists.
- If you can stomach it, try and get some protein and good fats coming into your main meals instead of just carbs. Getting some protein and good fats coming in helps stabilise your blood glucose levels much better which helps reduces nausea. Meat, fish and eggs are good sources of protein, but if you’re like me and found these hard to keep down focus on getting a good quality protein powder coming in like INCA organic’s natural whey protein powder, Greek yoghurt, cheese, legumes (lentils, beans, chickpeas, and pastas made of legumes too). I ate lots of nuts and seeds and raw nut butters, Made by Cow full cream milk, quinoa cooked in organic chicken broth. When I could stomach it, I got grass-fed mince meat coming in too.
- When I was craving chocolate cake I made home made chocolate muffins loaded with raw cacao powder, mashed banana, oat flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs and dark chocolate chips.
Nutrition is something I love, so I really focused on both mine & Mitch’s preconception nutrition before we started trying. This is not everyone’s jam & I totally respect that, but if you’ve been thinking about adding to the fam & want to make sure both you and your partner are brimming with nutrients please reach out!
Homemade Frozen Yoghurt Bites:
- 3/4 cup of Plain Greek yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or grass fed ghee
- 1 tablespoon of collagen powder
- 1/4 of a cup of strawberry chia jam – check out this simple online recipe
- 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds or home-made granola
- Mix melted coconut oil/ghee and collagen powder into the yoghurt
- Use a mini muffin tray (silicon trays are easiest to use) and scoop 2 heaped teaspoons of yoghurt mix followed by 1 teaspoon of strawberry chia jam and a sprinkle or pumpkin seeds or granola into each muffin cup
- Freeze for 2 hours and keep stored in the freezer until eating
- In the AM get your partner or housemate to grab you out a frozen chia yoghurt bite to eat while in bed to help ease your nausea
- Enjoy 🙂