My first pregnancy was easy. I was proud to be one of the few women who didn't experience first trimester symptoms. But I wasn't so lucky this second time around. I had every symptom in the book (morning sickness that would last til evening, nausea, vomiting, smell and food aversions, constipation, you name it) and it was simply horrible. I just felt miserable everyday. Fortunately, I had awesome support groups in the form of mommy friends and healing arts practitioners to help me through it.
I would like to share with you some of the things I did. Hopefully, it may work for you too.
1. Snack on crackers first thing in the morning
Eating is one of the most difficult things to do in the first trimester, especially in the morning. As recommended by a mom friend, I kept crackers by my bed side and took a few bites each time I felt the nausea kicking in. When you're hungry, the acids in your stomach cause nausea, so by eating a little bit of something starchy, it can help keep the urge to vomit at bay.
I am ever grateful to homeopathy for curing me from many illnesses like cough, colds, even more complicated ones like anterior uveitis (inflammation of eye blood vessels). To learn more about homeopathy, please read my post on Homeopathy 101.
Ipecacuanha is a remedy used to treat nausea, while Nux Vom is used to treat vomiting and problems related to digestion like constipation, heart burn, etc. I took these remedies alternately, depending on what I needed at the moment and they helped to make me feel a little better. The best part about homeopathy is that it is completely safe for pregnant women, nursing mothers, and babies.
3. Dolphin Neurostim
I found this to be an awesome form of treatment. Dolphin is a form of acupuncture, but instead of needles, a tool that mimics a dolphin's electromagnetic frequency is used on acupuncture points to relieve chronic pain and blockages. Having the Dolphin treatment every week helped to relieve my constipation and nausea, as well as helped the flow of my energy to circulate better. As safe as acupuncture is for pregnant women, so is Dolphin.
4. DoTerra Diffuser and Essential Oils
I had really strong smell aversions. I could smell the cooking of two houses away, and it was horrible. I couldn't (and still can't) stand the smell of garlic, onions, Knorr seasoning, and fried foods. Luckily, I was gifted a doTerra diffuser and some oils. While some scents are not safe for pregnant women and/or the fetus, my go to was the citrus oil. It helped to mask the cooking smell and relieve me of my nausea.
I think sleeping is a given. Sleeping helps anyone to feel better and more energized. And many moms advised sleeping as much as you can to make up for sleepless nights of the having a newborn.
6. Keeping busy
I was not on bed rest during my first trimester. In fact, I was lucky I was allowed to continue doing my photo shoots, driving, shopping, etc. I found that having my mind focused on an activity kept me from feeling the symptoms. In fact, it made me feel more energized.
For those who wish to schedule a Homepathy session of Dolphin Stim session, you may contact the Healing House at firstname.lastname@example.org.