Some tips from today’s show.
Keep well hydrated, try sipping on some instant miso soup (check that it has no MSG, which is sometimes translated from Japanese as “amino acid”).
Eat every 3 hours as sometimes the nausea is caused by hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) – try sucking on a teaspoon of nut paste (eg almond spread) or eat a piece of fruit.
Sip some peppermint or chamomile tea*, add a little honey if required.
Ginger, as a tea or as tablets/capsules of pure ginger powder (often sold as a natural travel sickness remedy) helps some women.
If nausea returns after the first trimester this is often a sign that you are tired – take some time out to rest immediately.
Avoid fats – of all kind, but especially the combination of fat and flour eg: pastry, pizza, cakes etc.
Sit up, don’t be a couch potato.
Try meadowsweet tea, with a little peppermint if you prefer the flavour.
Slippery elm powder mixed with water or mashed with banana also calms reflux, (but the texture might be off putting if you are concurrently suffering from nausea).
A celloid or tissue salt of potassium chloride and iron phosphate (PCIP) is pregnancy-safe for reflux.
Eat small meals and avoiding eating after 7 pm.
Cut out the salt and reduce meat.
Eat lots of leafy green vegetables and brown rice.
Try organic dandelion leaf and nettle tea – 3 cups per day.
Start prenatal yoga in second trimester.
Talk through your fears, consider working with a private midwife or doula.
See a herbalist to prescribe a “partus prep”.
Think positively, use creative visualisation or enrol in a calm birthing course.
Rhea Dempsey is a childbirth educator and doula, check out her classes and resources.
Kaz Cooke’s Up the Duff – for most people, I’d suggest this is the only pregnancy book you need.