So, I've been a little off the grid lately as I am pregnant! Yup, fourteen weeks along and I already look like I did when I was five months pregnant. The tum just popped on out this time!
No sugar coating here: Trimester One SUCKED! Yeah, I hated it. With a passion. I basically checked out for a bit as I tried very hard to keep food or water down. Which, I managed to do if I ate small meals every couple hours. My social life took a beating, my child watched more TV than I would ever normally allow and I weeped over every slightly touching commercial.
I tried every natural remedy in the book and then some. Some worked a bit, but the most helpful was acupuncture. What I've come to believe after lots of research on morning sickness, is that one should aim to be in tip-top health before pregnancy to hopefully avoid
morning all day sickness. Meaning no deficiencies beforehand and a clean liver. Click here for a great read on morining sickness if you would like more information.
The only thing I know was different this pregnancy is that right before getting pregnant I went to Napa Valley and drank wine for a week. I didnt get wasted but I drank more than I am typically used to. Sadly, I've read that if the liver gets overloaded pre-pregnancy it has more trouble filtering out all the excess hormones involved in the first trimester. (I've read that a liver cleanse with Milk Thistle can help, but it only helps before pregnancy, so I guess I missed the boat).
As far as deficiencies go, the common thread I found in my reading is that magnesium levels need to be normal or even high beforehand. The majority of people have low levels to begin with. Thats why I found epsom salt baths so helpful, as they raised my levels temporarily.
Anyway, I'm finally better, and looking forward to all the fun stuff: decorating, planning, thinking of names, and dressing my bump!