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A few weeks ago, I shared my first trimester survival kit. In it were items I’ve used on myself during both of my pregnancies, and that I’ve given to friends as they work their way through those early pregnancy symptoms. In the spirit of inclusion, I wanted to provide an alternate list, an all NATURAL first trimester survival kit, to give my pregnant sisters some natural morning sickness remedies if they want to skip the TUMS and Dramamine.
There is some overlap in the two lists, but what you’ll find below is a more natural approach, as well as being easy to take on the go. A few crackers, some tea bags, oils and snacks. Everything fits easily in your purse and helps you get through another day of the first trimester blues.
MORNING SICKNESS REMEDIES:
1.Ginger Tea: The most important part of this kit! Don’t leave home without it. You can also make a homemade version with slices of fresh ginger root and lemon (as pictured above)
2. Speaking of Ginger, homemade lemon ginger chews are a fabulous way to combat nausea. A few of these tucked in your purse would be a perfect addition to your survival kit stash. Check out this recipe from Jessie Hawkins.
3. If lollipops are more your thing, try this recipe for Ginger Mint Lollipops from the Pistachio Project. A delicious treat to help stem the tide of nausea.
4. Yoga can help with nausea and other digestive issues. Try this video from YogaYin to help you with morning sickness, nausea, PMS, and just plain old vomiting.
5. Magnesium helps to balance cortisol levels, curb blood sugar spikes, and therefore, limit fatigue and morning sickness. Try a rubbing magnesium oil spray like this one on your skin after a shower or bath. You can even add Epsom salts to the bath for added magnesium benefits.
6. Simple snacks like saltine crackers (I like to get a small box that’s easy to stick in a purse) are great for keeping nausea at bay. A protein snack like almonds work nicely, though cashews are a little softer and easier to throw up. (TMI)
7. Peppermint and Ginger Essential Oils can be super helpful. Massage Ginger with fractionated coconut oil into your abdomen. Rub Peppermint into your abdomen or bottoms of your feet. Put 3 drops of Peppermint in a diffuser next to your bed before bedtime. (for more tips on using essential oils during pregnancy, check out One Good Thing by Jillee)
8. You absolutely MUST check out this e-book, Morning Sickness Remedies, by Lindsey A. Morrow. Tons of practical tips and advice, stories from moms like you, the full spectrum of ideas from traditional medicine to holistic/herbal remedies. Plus tons of other bonuses! Click here to view more details
FIRST TRIMESTER FATIGUE:
9. If you are struggling to keep your eyes open, try an energizing and refreshing beverage! Like this All Natural Energy Boosting Drink from Live Renewed, or this Chia Fresca Energizer from Hurry The Food Up. Both recipes are quick and simple with few ingredients, all natural, extremely healthy, and will give you a boost of energy to jump start your day.
10. Try this Energizing Morning Yoga Sequence from Yoga with Adriene. It’s sure to get the blood flowing and re-energize you.
CONSTIPATION IN EARLY PREGNANCY:
11. Alleviate those early pregnancy digestive issues with this Constipation Candy from Mommypatomus. Again, the ingredients are simple, all natural, and great for mom and baby.
12. If you really need to get things moving, try this yoga practice for digestive flow from Yoga with Adriene. A great, non-medical way to restore movement and health to your digestive system.
What are your recommendations? What would you add for an all natural first trimester survival kit?