Why Tho:

So. Freaking. Nauseous.

WHY THO: SO. FREAKING. NAUSEOUS.

WHEN WILL YOU BREAK-UP WITH YOUR BATHROOM FLOOR?

The most notorious of all pregnancy symptoms is nausea. It’s just the worst. Ranging in severity from low-grade malaise to repeat trips to the bathroom at all hours of the day and night, once you’re in it, it’s hard to imagine it will ever end (it will!). If you’re in the throes of a rotten first 3-months (or if it persists throughout all 9), there are small things you can do that might make a significant difference.

 

THE WHY

Progesterone levels are high in the first trimester, as is HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), the “pregnancy hormone.” While it isn’t clear why they make you sick, they do appear to be related to the malaise.

 

THE WHAT-TO-DO

Keep your blood sugar levels stable: Eat small meals throughout the day and if you have to keep something in your bedside table to nibble on in the middle of the night, so be it!

Increase your intake of B6 (it hasn’t been shown why this might help relieve nausea but there’s enough evidence it might—found in bananas, lean meats, potatoes and fish) that it is worth a try!

Avoid the usual GI-aggravating culprits: spicy foods, cruciferous vegetables, greasy anything.

Find ways to include soothing ginger and cleansing lemon into your diet, if you don’t feel averse to either. Aromatherapy featuring these two ingredients may also help!

 

NEUROTIC THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Will the nausea ever end?

By the end of the 12th week, the levels of progesterone and HCG decline, and so, hopefully, will the nausea.

 

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