- Maintain Blood Sugar Balance throughout the day.
- Eat regular meals or, at a minimum, snack every 2 to 3 hours
- make sure your snacks are high in protein, such as nuts & seeds, eggs, fish, yoghurt.
- Keep a glass of diluted apple juice beside the bed to drink on waking.
- Keep some dry biscuits or cereal beside the bed and try eating before you get out of bed in the morning.
- Taking a Vitamin B6 supplement is helpful for some women.
- Many women find drinking ginger ale, ginger tea or sucking on ginger candy helps.
- Fatigue plays a big part in morning sickness, so if you can, take a nap during the day, just not immediately after eating.
- Sometimes smells might make you feel ill. Carry a handkerchief with a few drops of an anti-nausea essential oil, lemon for example and breathe through the offensive smell, especially good for if you can’t get away from the smell that is bothering you.
Heartburn or Reflux
As the baby grows, there’s less room and more pressure in your abdomen, sometimes this causes food to move upward in the digestive tract instead of down. The result is a burning or acidic feeling in the throat known as reflux or heartburn. Here are some simple ways to avoid heartburn or reflux.
- Avoid greasy or spicy foods as they often cause nausea or heartburn.
- Avoid eating too much at a time, instead eat smaller portions more often.
- Reflux is often worse when laying down, so if necessary prop yourself up with pillows.
Herbal teas for Heartburn
- Slippery elm
As the baby develops your skin needs to stretch to accommodate the growth. Even the most perfect pre-pregnancy skin may become afflicted by stretch marks or other skin conditions common to pregnancy. The best way to protect your skin is to make sure it is well hydrated and has the right nutrients to promote health and healing.
Here are a few hints:
- Drink plenty of fresh water and herbal teas.
- Eat foods high in zinc such as pumpkin seeds.
- Take a fish oil supplement to keep your omega3’s up, they are great for skin health and may have benefits for baby too.
- Consume plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure adequate amounts of Vitamins A, C and E.
Herbal teas for stretch marks
Often causes sleep disturbance and can wake you farom sleep in severe pain. Leg cramps are commonly associated with low calcium intake or an imbalance between calcium and magnesium.
Taking a calcium supplement before bedtime can be helpful.
Herbal teas for Leg Cramps
- Red clover
- Oat straw