As any pregnant woman will tell you, nausea is a constant battle during the first, and sometimes, into the second trimester.
There are numerous theories as to why women become nauseous, but ultimately we don’t know the reason why. It could be the extra HCG hormone circling in your body, it could be that your liver is working in overtime, and another theory still is that nausea is nature’s way to having you avoid foods which are not healthy. And it could be a little bit of all these causes combined. Don’t be too upset that you’re nauseous, studies have found that women who experience nausea are less like to suffer from early term miscarriages. (source)
Most women find that eating a more bland diet during this time helps to curb nausea. That may mean toast and fruit, or plain brown rice with mashed sweet potatoes, and perhaps chicken soup and crackers. If you find that you are living on a diet of toast and jam, try to find some good quality sprouted grain bread which will give you a little extra kick of nutrition. At Metro you can purchase Silverhills sprouted grain bread in the fresh bread section, and at Loblaws I believe they have Food For Life Ezekiel bread in the natural food freezer section.
Try your hardest to take your multivitamin during this time. If you find that the scent puts you off, purchase some folic acid separately and at least take that (1 mg).
Here is my recipe for some anti-nausea cookies. They have ginger in them which we all know helps a great deal with nauseau. They are also rich in calcium, and contain lots of good healthy fiber. Plus they are calorie dense which will help you meet your caloric requirements on days when nausea limits and amount of food you can consume in one day.
Anti-Nausea Almond & Apple Butter Energy Cookies
1 ½ cups Rolled Oats
½ cup Almond Flour
¾ cup Rice Flour
¼ cup Shredded Coconut
¼ cup Sesame Seeds
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tsp Baking Powder
½ cup Almond Butter
¼ cup Coconut Oil
¾ cup Almond Milk
¼ cup Maple Syrup
½ tsp Almond Extract
1 Tbsp Grated Fresh Ginger
½ cup Apple Butter or jam
Makes 24 cookies
Recipe: Kate Matthew Culinary Nutrition. 2014
If you’d like to learn more yummy and nutrient dense recipes, check out my cooking class coming up on October 25th!