So baby is coming..
Yay! You are pregnant! BUT... morning sickness has moved in. A pregnant woman’s body is going through so many hormonal and physical changes—it is no wonder we can feel queasy. And strangely, for something which affects so many women, there is surprisingly little research into what causes it and how to treat it.
Morning sickness is nausea that lasts usually for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy— but can last longer and be severe with vomiting. If it becomes very serious medical assistance (IV hydration and anti-nausea drugs) may be necessary for the safety of mother and baby.
From what I have seen as a doula & experienced myself as a mother - I know what works for one of us, might not work for another. So here is a list of things to try and I really hope one of them works for you!
1. Shiatsu or Reflexology: (I am yet to try it though i have heard tonnes of praises for it). Shiatsu balances the whole energy system, helping to nourish and support the changes of pregnancy. Using finger pressure on acupuncture points around the body, it has been found to help with nausea. I have had a chat with a reflexologist who supports women through fertility, birth and postpartum with reflexology treatments. Sheila Owen is based in Leiden and runs the treatments in her own therapy studio but can come to you too. She recommends taking the treatments together as a couple so that your partner would learn how to best support you too in her absence. She gives weekly, monthly or however many sessions you need to calm, balances the hormones and enables you to see pregnancy in a brighter light.
2. Ginger: Ginger comes in many forms: tea, tablets, candy, drinks, and essential oil. Try them all! One of them just might be your ticket! Personally I couldn't stand Ginger Ale, but Ginger chews worked wonders for me especially because in the beginning of my pregnancy i was flying out to Amsterdam a lot to spend time with my baby's father, I found i was more car seat, flight sickness kicked in and i was just full of nausea up until 5th month. Back in the UK i could get these in any Superdrug or Boots store. In the Netherlands; I have seen them in Kruidvat too, but you would most definitely find them in De Tuinen. Sometimes in De Tuinen they may suggest sickness bands too. I tried this myself and found it worked better (for me) combined with the chewies. However; as much as Ginger is a wonder, It is also a potent herb and you should check with your doctor or midwife before going heavy on higher doses of the stuff.
3. Vitamin B-6 & 12: this would be included in any decent pregnancy multi vitamin. De Tuinen and Etos both have a great selection of Pregnacare vitamins. Ask the differences if in doubt to make sure you are not overdoing it. If you find one has more quantity than the other, ask in-store. I found De Tuinen staff know more about the products they have in store and are very knowledgeable abut what they recommend. But DO check your vitamins before you double up and if in doubt ask your midwife or gynaecologist.
4. Eat little and often: I turned into an eating machine! Like seriously! But, i couldn't eat a whole meal in one go with my morning sickness, so this advice worked for me. Especially towards the mid part of my pregnancy, i would sleep upright from heartburn and Gaviscon became my juice, until my mother mentioned to eat little and often. I had to bite throughout the day with a demanding job, in small quantities and frequently to top myself up otherwise i was out of energy so fast as my job demanded me to be on my feet mostly. Carry snacks such as nuts, dried fruit, edible seeds, cheese sticks. As a commuter to work, i found snacks helped me heaps! Especially when I couldn't estimate how long the journey was going to be. Try a protein rich diet with lots of fruit & veg and you can’t really go wrong.
5. Magnesium: Pregnancy hormones slow magnesium absorption down. Magnesium plays a role in clearing cortisol (stress hormone which causes blood sugar spikes). Spikes in blood sugar can lead to nausea. In early pregnancy we can become deficient in this and other minerals.
The best things you can do for yourself during pregnancy are to eat well, rest well, get fresh air when you can and be kind to yourself. Learn to slow down, ask for help when needed and take it easy. Everything else will fall in place, the focus right now is on you and the little person you are growing.
Happy pregnancy! :-)