Did you know that more than 50% of women experience morning sickness during pregnancy? Yikes! If you’re experiencing it now, or have in the past, you know how draining and downright awful morning sickness can be. Combined with pregnancy cravings and food aversions, as well as the weight gain suggested for pregnant mamas, pregnancy nausea can be a difficult thing to navigate.
I dealt with extreme morning sickness for the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. You got that right. 20 weeks. I expected it to stop when the first trimester came to an end, at around 14 weeks, but it just kept dragging on…and on, and on. Not a fun experience! Thankfully, it was only extremely intense for about six weeks, and I was able to keep up the weight gain recommendations without any medical interventions.
These are some of my best tips for naturally dealing with twin pregnancy morning sickness!
Try to keep your calorie intake up!
This can be so difficult when you aren’t feeling well, but its so important for your body and your growing babies. I almost always felt better if I didn’t allow myself to get too hungry also! It’s best to try to incorporate some protein in your diet. My favorite first trimester foods were gluten-free bagels with cream cheese, sushi, miso soup, and protein smoothies.
Nausea Relief Wristbands
I wore this pressure-point wrist bands for nausea a lot during the first trimester. I’m not really sure if they helped, or if wearing them is just a mental trick? But I always seemed to feel a little better when I had them on!
Exercise for Morning Sickness
This was the single most important thing for me during the first trimester. No matter how sick or tired I was feeling, I forced myself to go outside for a walk every single morning. I also focused on a lot of gentle, ballet-based stretching. Being active is so good for mental and physical health, so I really made that a priority during my entire pregnancy, especially the first trimester. Always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine!
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Hydration during Twin Pregnancy
Its so important to stay hydrated during pregnancy! I found that drinking icy cold water was one of the best cures for morning sickness. I used an extra large insulated thermos from klean kanteen to make it easy for me to stay hydrated 24/7!