Friday, May 18, 2012
Week 6 ~ Dealing with Morning Sickness
This 6th week is an important milestone-the baby's heart starts beating! It's so amazing to think that something is alive and moving in inside me but I can't even feel it yet (and I've done this 5 times already, but it's just as amazing as the 1st!).
I'm just starting to get a few waves of nausea now, but i'm actively planning my morning sickness game plan. In past pregnancies, i have turned to milk and cheese as my staple anti-nausea food for the first 4 months, as that's all that sounds good and it's a quick and easy protein that settles the nausea. However, when my baby's are born, their underdeveloped digestive systems can not handle any sort of dairy via my milk, so I have to go dairy-free for about 8 months. It's very hard on both of us, but i do it because it's necessary. My dear hubbie, mentioned after baby # 5 that maybe i created the dairy sensitivity in my babies because of my over use during pregnancy. That, coupled with the fact that i recently read that diets high in meat and dairy can cause more nausea because of the bile that is created in your stomach, is why I will be trying something new this pregnancy. I am going to use dairy products in moderation, but not cut them out totally. I am also supplementing with calcium/magnesium to balance my bodies need and craving of dairy.
Another idea I'm implementing is the bean diet. Sounds so simple and it is. When you have old bile in your stomach it causes more nausea. Eating beans adds phytic acid to your stomach to neutralize the bile. I've read that it works cumulatively and instantly, so eat them regularly, every day and also a biteful or two as needed when nauseated. Here's another blog that goes in to more detail- Life In A Shoe.
Look for more morning sickness tips in Part 2!