Thursday, 17 December 2015

Morning Sickness - How much of it is in our heads?

Morning Sickness - why call it that?!

Everyone I've known to have it have felt rough pretty much all day! Its another one of those pregnancy taboos that nobody tells you about.

You assume you will wake up, have a little spew and get on with your day. Not really.....

What you should be told is you're going to feel like you've drank 50 shots of sambuca on an empty stomach, pretty much every day for the first few months if not more....

When I first found out that I was pregnant, I told myself and anyone else around me that i was categorically NOT going to be sick......Its all in the mind.....I'm going to do my best mind over matter yogi bullshit to make sure that i wasn't on my knees over my brand spanking new toilet calling to "Hughie" on a daily basis.

I actually did manage this! In fact, my husband was sick more than I was when i was pregnant thanks to the copious amount of Christmas parties he went to whilst I was pregnant over the Christmas period.

Before you all think I was bouncing around like I was pre-pregnancy, I was not! I had the worst hangover Ive ever had in my life....It was actually like sea sickness, combined with the worst hangover I've ever had in my life.....Some days I thought that if i was sick then the horrible spinning going on in my stomach would just go did i create this nausea with my "mind over matter - I'm not going to be sick" talk, or was I just lucky? Was it the Food State pregnancy vitamins I'd discovered? Or my mind over matter theory? Who knows, But here's what I did to try my best to avoid it.

I ate shit - all the time!

Nobody bangs on their healthy eating drum as much as me - but all I wanted to eat were sugar and carbs and lots of both. I'm talking jacket potato with beans followed by 3 or 4 donuts or scones 9 and they weren't vegan!

Convenience became my go-to and that often meant stodge! Potatoes, pasta and donuts are all things I probably hadn't eaten for a good few years but there i was craving them and I wasn't about to fight it. This is when I first learnt that I had to just let go of normality as my body was no longer my own....It was my babies now, and what baby wants baby gets.

When I was having a good day I made sure I ate lots of protein, iron and folic acid rich foods such as Avocado, quinoa and spinach, but the thing I learnt was it doesn't matter what it is = just get it in there and make it through the working day! On top of all this you're so tired, and its so hard to hide from people as you've not told anyone in your early stages when in actual fact, its probably the trimester that you could do with the most support in! I wonder if we will ever get over this taboo and normalise pregnancy and pregnancy loss so women don't feel like they're failing? That's a whole new blog post!

I slept - all the time!

I love to be busy, out and about, walking my dog for hours on end, socialising but none of this happened really for the first 14 weeks. On the weekends I would force myself to walk the dog on the heath for at least an hour which would normally result in my husband pushing me up Parliament Hill and me falling asleep in the car on the short drive home ( something I've never been able to do)

I meditated - all the time!

One of my tools throughout this pregnancy was the awesome book - bountiful, beautiful, blissful by Gurmukh - the Queen of Kundalini Yoga, she suggests that the Kirtan Kriya is the best thing possible to stop morning sickness / nausea. Its a really simple meditation that you can do when you have time to sit and relax properly - or when you're on the tube and feel like you're about to throw up as the dude next to you smells like a wet dog!

Here is a video of the Kriya.

...... I used to mentally vibrate Sa-Ta-Na-Ma as I was walking along and do the movement with my fingers.......Even it was a simple trick of getting you to focus on something else - it worked for me....... There is a video of me showing you the Mudras on my instagram page - click here to see it.

There are studies out there that suggest that there is no such thing as morning sickness....but I know a whole load of women who would say that's a load of bollocks......some say you get it with girls but not boys.....what are your views on it?

You'll be lucky to hear that by 16 weeks the 10 week hangover had passed - just around the time we found out the sex of the baby....But did I make myself feel worse by not allowing myself to actually be sick? We will never know....!

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