Congratulations! You’re pregnant. Now you are on your way to having a baby so everything should be great…right? Well, now the anxiety sets in. The first three months are very nerveracking. You start to experience morning sickness and pray that it will end, but then you have a day where you feel great and you find yourself wishing that you didn’t so that you have a reminder that there is a baby starting to grow inside of you. It’s a lose-lose situation. You are likely wondering why they call it morning sickness when you feel sick long past the morning! Nausea and vomiting generally begin around the 6th week of pregnancy and for 80% of women it is gone by the 12th week. With that said, some women experience morning sickness for their entire pregnancy while others experience very little at all. Some women find themselves vomiting all day and night, while others experience continuous nausea. Some women find that the nausea and vomiting affect their daily lives and well being. There is a solution. While we are told to avoid all over the counter medication during pregnancy, there is a medication that is safe in pregnancy that helps with the morning sickness. Diclectin is the only approved medication in Canada for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy so if your morning sickness has taken control over your life, talk to your doctor for more information.

Here are ‘Jenna’s Top Tips’ for dealing with ‘morning sickness':

1) Keep some plain crackers beside your bed. When you wake up in the morning, eat a few before getting out of bed.

2) Eat small meals or snacks often, this way your stomach won’t be too empty.

3) If smells are bothering you, open windows and turn on the fan before you cook and tell those around you to be mindful of their perfume.

4) Get plenty of rest! Women need more sleep in the first trimester and being exhausted makes the morning sickness worse.

5) Take your pre-natal vitamins before bed or with food. If a multi-vitamin makes your nausea worse, try taking folic acid alone.

Many women keep their pregnancy a secret for the first 3 months known as the first trimester. It isn’t easy, so be aware of things you may be doing differently if you are out with friends and family. I like to enjoy a glass of wine or a martini when we go out for dinner on a Saturday night. I knew that if I stopped ordering drinks for three months that it would be a dead give away. So, when the waitress came around, I would order a drink such as a cosmo or a vodka cranberry and then my husband would excuse himself from the table and quietly let our waitress know that mine should be a virgin! It was the perfect distraction for people who wondered if I was pregnant! To relieve these anxieties, look at a menu before going to a restaurants to make sure there is food for you to eat. You can also call ahead and ask if their cheeses are pasteurized . Now that you are pregnant, there are somethings you need to look out for.

Foods to avoid

Once you are pregnant, you should avoid eating unpasturized cheeses and all raw food including raw eggs. Many soft cheeses are unpasteurized so look on the labels to make sure that pasteurized milk is an ingredient. Deli meats may also be contaminated so they are off the list as well. The reason for this is to ensure you don’t get Listeriosis. It is quite rare, but better safe then sorry!

Fish with high levels of mercury should be avoided because of the neurological effects it can have on your developing baby. Canned tuna can be eaten as it has a lower mercury level, but should be consumed in moderation.

Drugs, alcohol and cigarettes should be completely off limits. They aren’t good for you and they are certainly not good for your baby!

For all of you coffee drinkers…decrease your caffeine intake to less than 200mg per day.┬áIf you can, decrease your caffeine intake before you get pregnant so that you are used to a decreased level of caffeine once you get pregnant.

Be sure to drink lots and lots of water throughout your pregnancy.

* Use Motherisk*

Motherisk is a program at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario that has a hotline for pregnant mothers. Call them Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST to talk with a counselor about questions regarding safety in pregnancy. 1-877-439-2744

Disclaimer

** The information and advice posted on this blog is for informational and educational purposes only. The posts are designed to help women and their families better understand their pregnancy and post pregnancy experience. They should not replace the care, advice, judgment, or relationship one has with their OB health care provider. They are not a substitute for professional medical advice nor do they represent the practice of medicine.**