I’m now well past the first trimester, but that doesn’t mean I forget the all-too-familiar feeling of constant nausea that was present throughout the beginning of my pregnancy.
While I didn’t have any actual sickness in my first trimester, I definitely felt nausea, and at times it seemed nearly debilitating.
So I did as I usually do and started troubleshooting to find what worked to make me feel better.
While I won’t promise that these things will work for you, they were certainly must-haves in my first trimester.
I bet if you give them a try they might just help you, too.
1. Ginger Ale
I’m not much of a soda drinker; however, ginger ale was a must for me during those first few months.
I liked my well-chilled.
The tart ginger helped calm my stomach and even made it easier to deal with aggressive smells.
Peppermints were a standard for me during the first trimester.
The minty refreshment is something I can remember my mom giving to me as a child with an upset stomach, so it was natural for me to turn to these during pregnancy, too.
And it worked!
The combination of the mint and having something soothing to keep in my mouth made all the difference.
Regular snacking definitely helped keep my nausea at bay, too.
I gathered several items that I wouldn’t normally eat to keep on hand for small snacks to settle my stomach.
A few of my favourites were pretzels and mini muffins. In fact, my husband would bring a mini muffin to me in bed in the morning before I’d even get up.
Keeping food on my stomach, helped it remain settled and enabled me to avoid actual sickness.
I don’t know that this one actually helped with nausea, but it definitely helped me feel better in the early days.
Staying hydrated was key for helping me keep my energy up, avoiding headaches, and just feeling good in general.
And lots of it!
I don’t know how many people told me to take advantage of the extra rest while I could, but I finally started listening to them.
Whether it was a morning, afternoon, or even an evening nap, I made sure to get a little extra sleep most days, especially if I was feeling more nauseous.
I know that’s not as easy as an option for everyone, but it definitely makes a difference.
Morning sickness doesn’t last forever
If you’re in the early stages of your pregnancy and dealing with morning sickness or just nausea (all day long), these tips should help.
I literally couldn’t have survived my first trimester without these 5 things.
Take heart and know that for most expecting mamas, nausea and sickness does subside.