Whether you’ve lost your appetite, have strong aversions to certain foods (like meat or vegetables), or are having trouble keeping food down, there are certain strategies you can use to ensure you’re staying hydrated and well-nourished for your growing baby!
Morning sickness is the nausea and occasional vomiting that may occur in pregnancy. It’s most common during the first few months of pregnancy, and despite the name, can occur any time of day. Morning sickness can also vary between pregnancies, so if you experienced it with one pregnancy, it may or may not occur again.
While morning sickness can cause loss of appetite, it usually is not harmful. However, there are severe cases of morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum. If you’re not gaining weight, or unable to keep fluids and food down, talk to your healthcare provider ASAP.
While there is no one specific cause of morning sickness, increased hormones early on are the most common reason. The onset & severity of morning sickness will vary woman to woman. I can say I was pretty lucky, only experiencing a mild version for a short time!
There is no one strategy, food or product that work for everyone, so I recommend experimenting to find out what works for your body.
Do your best to eat small meals, frequently. Aim for high calorie foods, like peanut butter & avocado Try eating the foods you used to love & enjoy!
If you’ve employed the tactics listed about and still can’t keep food down, work with your healthcare provider. You don’t want to risk becoming undernourished or dehydrated.
Eating enough veggies is hard anytime, and nearly impossible for many experience morning sickness. Give fruit/veggie smoothies a try, choose, soft steamed veggies that are easy to chew & eat small amounts as tolerated. Taking a prenatal will help ensure you’re meeting nutrient needs.
There are numerous other sources of protein other than meat. See if you’re able to tolerate eggs, fish, yogurt, tofu, nuts, peanut butter, or beans. If not, you can try adding a scoop of protein powder to a smoothie!
Don’t forget to download my FREE Nourished Mom’s Guide. You hopefully won’t experience morning sickness after the 1st trimester & then will be ready to up your nutrition game!