Coping with Pregnancy Nausea While Preparing Healthy Meals

Coping with Pregnancy Nausea While Preparing Healthy Meals

coping with pregnancy nauseaThere are so many beautiful things about pregnancy: the cute baby bump, the feeling of little baby flutters and kicks, the healthy glow of an expectant mother. There are also, however, a lot of things about pregnancy that aren’t quite as beautiful. There’s the fatigue, the aches and pains, and sometimes there is nausea that seems to get worse whenever you so much as think about food, much less prepare a meal.

While it can sometimes be difficult to do, eating healthy during pregnancy can honestly help with some of the more unfortunate symptoms. A healthy diet can help to give you more energy and actually lessen your nausea, once you get past the struggle of preparing your meal. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help cope with pregnancy nausea while preparing healthy meals.

Eat Naturally

Not only is eating a diet that focuses on whole, natural foods the best thing for your health overall, but you might find that these foods are easier to prepare. Some lightly steamed fresh vegetables, for example, are typically less likely to set off your gag reflex than many processed food items that tend to have strong smells and overly rich flavors. Until your nausea subsides enough, eating a fairly bland diet with fresh produce and plain (unflavored) whole grains is likely to be easier.

Try Plant Based

One very common aversion for pregnant women is the preparation of meat. Luckily, there is a simple solution to this very common problem– try eating a more plant based diet. Most whole grains and fresh produce are going to produce less offensive smells as well as be less greasy, which will likely make it easier for you to prepare and eat meals. For some women, eating fresh salads is the best way of coping with pregnancy nausea while preparing meals because there are no harsh cooking smells involved.

Take Little Sips

While you are cooking, try sipping on either a hot or very cold beverage. Choose whichever option works best for you, as some women prefer one over the other. Continuously sipping something like hot peppermint tea or ice cold lemonade can help to take the edge off your nausea while you are cooking. These beverages are known to help with nausea, and the sensation of drinking something either hot or cold helps to trick your brain and gag reflex.

Smell the Flowers

Keeping something with you that smells fresh and pleasant to help avert your senses from the less attractive smells of cooking. Again, find what works for you as different women are likely to have their preferences. One very popular fresh smelling item that helps with nausea is the scent of lemons. You can simply hold a lemon up to your nose whenever you feel nauseous, or cut up a lemon and allow the smell to permeate the area.

There are a lot of tricks and techniques you can try to help manage pregnancy nausea while preparing healthy meals. Hopefully, some of these tricks can help you get back to preparing healthy meals for you and baby. Keep trying until you find what works best for you.