This post was sponsored by Premama as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I had almost forgotten how rough my pregnancy with my son Gabe was. I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) when I was almost 7 weeks pregnant. I had been vomiting all day, every day, for several days straight. I was working in the Clinical Laboratory at the University of Kentucky and after nearly vomiting all over my equipment, I nearly passed out from dehydration. I was rolled up to the obstetrics floor of the hospital and I spent the next several hours being pumped with IV fluids. I ended up on prescription medication to help control the nausea and vomiting, and I still was hospitalized several times for dehydration. Typical prenatal vitamins were out of the question; every variety that I tried seemed to make my nausea worse.
When I was finally admitted to deliver my son, it took two nurses and too many tries for them to get an IV started; they blamed the dehydration and all of the previous IVs on their difficulty. When I finally delivered my healthy son, it was almost like every memory of the vomiting, exhaustion, dehydration, and IVs disappeared. When I found out I was pregnant several weeks ago, I thought I would “will” myself not to have morning sickness. At the first thought of nausea, I tried to get myself busy and put it out of my mind. You can laugh at me now, because we all know how well that works. Even the the typical remedies of crackers and ginger ale ended up being lawn fertilizer; I couldn’t even make it back in the door from dropping my son off at school without heaving. Since my plan for “willing” away the morning sickness didn’t work, I had to reconsider my options. Here are a few tips to help prevent dehydration and manage morning sickness.
Please note that I’m not a healthcare provider and this advice is just personal advice. You should always consult your healthcare provider when making any dietary changes, especially when you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
Tips to help prevent dehydration and manage morning sickness:
- Listen to your gut and food aversions. I currently can’t stand the smell, taste, and even sight of meat. I haven’t eaten meat in days. At the moment, nothing sounds very appetizing, but the thought of meat nauseates me. Instead of trying force myself to eat something that will likely cause nausea, I’ve been trying to find alternative protein sources to meet my dietary needs. I decided to trust my body and eat what smells appetizing. Currently my diet consists of caffeine free hot peach tea, potatoes (any way but fried), and the occasional swig of pickle juice.
- Eat small meals throughout the day. Instead of eating three larger meals and an occasional snack, I eat several smaller meals. I think that smaller amounts of food seem to keep me from getting as nauseated. If I do get sick, I don’t have as much volume to throw up. I came to the conclusion that I’m going to get sick, but if I can keep myself hydrated enough then hopefully I won’t require hospitalization.
- Take good quality prenatal vitamins/supplements. When I was pregnant with Gabe I had limited options. I tried dozens of vitamins that only seemed to make things worse. I was excited to try Premama products. The Premama Essentials is a prenatal vitamin in a powdered form that can be mixed with your favorite drink. They’re great for women like me who have trouble swallowing anything in pill form. It can be used as a prenatal and postnatal supplement. Premama Essentials contains as much or more folic acid than most over the counter prenatal vitamins, and levels similar to most prescription prenatal vitamins; They also have the same non-constipating iron and Omega-3 fatty acids. Premama Essentials can be taken before, during, and after pregnancy. Premama Essentials has additional amounts of Vitamin B6 which can help reduce the symptoms of morning sickness, and it’s also essential to your baby’s growth.
Premama Essentials can be mixed in lots of beverages, even something as fun as a milkshake.
Here’s my recipe for a Premama Essentials Very Berry Blast:
- One pouch of Premama Essentials
- 4 ounces strawberry greek yogurt
- 4 ounces milk
- 4 ounces ice
- 2 ounces whole washed fresh blackberries (can be substituted with frozen)
Combine in a blender/mixer until smooth.
I found it’s easier to store it in the refrigerator and only drink a few ounces at a time. A whole smoothie is a lot to consume at once. You could also substitute the milk or yogurt for ice cream.
Premama also has a Digestive Aid and Lactation Supplement. I breastfed Gabe until he was almost two years old, and I took so many horrible tasting supplements in hopes of boosting my milk supply. The Premama Lactation Supplement can be mixed with 12 ounces of water, juice, or any other non-carbonated beverage. The Premama Digestive Aid is a Vanilla Caramel chew that contains probiotics and fiber to help aid digestion.
Did you have trouble taking a prenatal vitamin supplement? Or did you suffer from hyperemesis? What did you find useful in combating moderate to sever morning sickness? I’d love to know what helpful tips to help prevent dehydration and manage morning sickness that you have. I hope you’ll check out the variety products available from Premama and where you can find them here.