Somebody help me! I think I am around 7 weeks (appt. w midwife is scheduled but haven't seen one yet) I went from being this whole grain and veggie health nut to this first time pregnant woman who can't stomach anything but processed junk! I am ashamed and sad but all my usual foods make me feel like getting sick! I am reduced to eating rice cakes, wheat thins, baked potatoes, chips, and even Top Ramen! I am slipping with little bits of dairy and I have eaten two eggs since being pregnant. I don't want to slack off and I def. don't want to eat junk food either but it is what I CAN eat. I managed to squeeze in blackberries and half of an avacado today but I haven't eaten a green veggie in two days. I took two bites of collard greens with ACV last night and that was all I could stand for!
Tell me this gets better by month three! Does anyone have any tips for quelling the nausea so that I can stand to eat my regular foods? Help!
It usually gets better, but everyone is different, so you just don't know.
1. Eat a bland diet. Baked potato, plain grain, miso broth, bananas, applesauce, whole grain pasta, whole grain toast, plain lentils. Don't worry too much about the baby getting enough calories or protein though. It is the size of a blueberry, so you don't need to increaser calories for a while. Just focus on stomaching nutritious stuff.
2. Try ginger root in powder form and encapsulate them. You can get these gel caps at whole foods. Take a couple multiple times a day. I've done a little research and found that these have been helpful with cancer patients receiving chemo. You might want to do a little of your own research by finding a good dosage and amount that is right for you. Maybe google it?
The beginning can be torture! With my daughter I was nauseous for maybe the first five months. I had to eat extremely bland foods. Rice, toast, plain potatoes, apples. Just make sure you are taking your vitamins (with food, that will help) and also eat a lot of small meals throughout the day. If I got even a little bit hungry, the nausea was out of control.
I'm about 6-7 weeks right now, and I've been living off of toast. I try to add some fruit in there, but honestly, some macaroni and cheese sounds so good at this point. I'm hoping I snap out of it in a few more weeks, but right now I gag at the idea of food.
I was sick up until 16 weeks but i'm at 18 now and feel so much and I'm eating a lot better too. I was eating cereal and rice milk - like grape nuts and cheerios with a banana for breakfast. I was never a big cereal eater but that i was all i could manage to 'cook'. For lunch, (i work in NYC), i found myself getting take-out everyday, because the thought of preparing food disgusted me. It's easier to eat healthy when someone else prepares it for you. But i did try to always pack snacks like fruit and vegetables to help me throughout the day. Toast with almond butter and jelly always seemed to work too. Hopefully the nausea passes soon!!!
I'm almost 6 weeks and the nausea really kicked in this week! Potatoes have been my saving grace, but I've also been able to stomach salad's, which has been very helpful.
I find that the fizzy juices calm the nausea better than the ginger (I haven't tried the capsules, might have to make a run for those), as well as "plain" bread (I'm eating a plain vegan pumpkin muffin right now, no nausea).
Remember all this nausea is a good sign! Your body is trying to rid itself of the "natual" toxins harmful to the baby!
I'm just coming to the end of the first trimester now, and it's been really hard. I had gastroenteritis and surgery just before the pregnancy, and the morning sickness has been out of control!
Actually, until I started the pregnancy I was an ovo-vegetarian-- eating eggs (organic free-range) but no dairy. Now I have such a strong aversion to eggs or any protein for that matter, that I've been vegan for most of the pregnancy so far (minus the occasional organically farmed honey). I can't handle nut butters or beans, or any vegetables really.
My saving graces-- fruit (often blended into a smoothie), soy yogurt, plain rice, plain boiled potatoes, toast with soy-cheese, and a bit of squash and pumpkin mashed into my rice. I found smoothies really help because I can drink my food instead.
I try not to eat too much soy because of the phyto-estrogens, so I bought hemp protein powder. It's not the most palatable, but you can blend it with almond milk, fruit, etc, for a quick pick-me-up and it's also high in fiber.
IT GETS BETTER!!!! I was right there with you. I ate junk, and slipped up with eggs and dairy. I had awful sickness, up unti l 16 weeks. Mentally I thought it was gonna be over by 12 weeks, but for me I had it a little longer.
FINALLY, I am back to eating a vegan diet. I finally feel good, and want healthy foods!
It does get better, unfortuantely takes time.
Nausea tips..... well everyone is different. The tips people recommended to me were repulsing (I still have trouble eating potatoes now). I found eventually in season fruit was my diet (I still crave apples). And forget any vitamins, I couldnt bare to swallow them. I couldnt even do plain water, I had to add some juice to it!! Just see what seems appealing, and eat mini amounts. Take it day by day.
In the beginning the baby is living off of your reserves, so dont worry if your not eating a well rounded diet. I worried about that, but everything is fine. I am about 26 weeks now. The kicks are great, and you will feel better again soon.
Take time to rest! I think I slept the entire Summer away.
Just know, it will get better, and its funny you start to forget how crappy you felt in the beginning. I didnt believe anyone, and now here I am saying the same thing.
I felt the same way 14 wks pregnant with my second, first was much easier. I almost sold out veganism a couple times but managed to keep with it, right now I can eat,
granola, yogurt, baked potatoes, raw veg slices like carrot celery cucumber and cherry tomatoes with dip like hummas or i like vegan sour cream with french onion seasoning in it, bagels occasionally, fruit, toast, just take it easy eat what you can, it really does get better good luck, try and supplement something like spirulina if you can
I'm 7 weeks and been craving chicken. I can't bring myself to cook anything so breakfast is a bagel or cheerios. Lunch is pb&j. Dinner is cheerios or pollo tropical black beans and rice.
This is my 2nd pregnancy so I know this will pass. I'm just trying to make I take my vitamins and get in some protein.