I Hate Pregnancy: A Handy Guide for a Tough First Trimester

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Freeze some meals. If you’re one of us special gals that pukes at the sligh
cooking smell, you will thank yourself later if you stock your freezer with meals that just have to be heated or made in the slow cooker. Stephanie’s eCookbook of real food slow cooker meals is a great resource for this! You can dump your bag of already chopped and prepared ingredients into the slow cooker and call it a day. Having lots of meal options available in your freezer also helps cater to your pregnancy cravings. If the thought of certain meats or veggies make you nauseous, you’ve got several other possibilities ready to go. I really wish I had done a better job of stocking up on freezer meals during this pregnancy because we went way over budget on grocery bills during my first trimester trying to find something I could stomach at the last minute.

Do a household deep clean before the fatigue and nausea set in (for most women this is around week 7 or 8 but for me it’s week 5 so I have to get prepared early). Make sure your fridge is sparkling clean because your superhuman pregnant nose will pick up the sligh
whiff of icky food smell.

Enlist some help. Even when I’m in first trimester vomiting agony, it’s not an option for my husband to stay home from work to watch our other two little ones. Talk to friends or family about whether you can call them in an emergency for childcare, a grocery store run, or to drop off whatever food you think you can stomach on that particular day. This time around, my queasiest pregnancy yet, my older brother made a few valiant last-minute runs to pick up Chinese take out when all I could keep down for several days was egg drop soup. If anyone offers to help out, say YES! If they say they will fold your laundry, do your dishes, or watch your kids so you can take a nap, they probably mean it and really want to be helpful. Let them!

Explore some remedies that might alleviate the nausea. Is it drinking lemon water? Candied ginger? Nothing completely tames my morning sickness at it’s worse, but here’s a few tips that have helped me survive morning sickness in the past and this is a great post about homeopathic morning sickness remedies.

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Haley is a Catholic wife and mama of three little ones, ballet teacher, and lover of all things Jane Austen, Evelyn Waugh, and Wendell Berry. Find her at Carrots for Michaelmas where she writes about urban homesteading, motherhood, literature, faith, homeschooling, and her undying love for bacon.


  1. Acupuncture! I’m pretty sure it shortened the duration of my nausea and vomiting.

    • Great advice! I tried acupuncture for the first time when I was trying to avoid an induction (my second baby was almost two weeks late!) and it worked like a charm: I started having contractions on the table! So I’m a believer now and I really should try that if I have terrible morning sickness for my next pregnancy (God willing we’re blessed with more little ones).

  2. Thank you for your honesty! So glad someone else knows the pain or morning sickness. Mine was more light morning, noon, and night sickness. I averaged getting sick about 15 times a day :( the only thing that got me through the day was egg and cheese biscuits from McDonalds. I also kept a ultrasound picture in the bathroom to remind my self why I didn’t hate my life. I continued having morning sickness until the moment I delivered. It was like once that baby was out the nausea went away.

    • So funny that you mention those breakfast sandwiches! When I’m not pregnant I’m a super healthy eater but for morning sickness, a fast food breakfast sandwich is my greatest craving and it really does help the nausea. I’m glad I’m not the only one! And I don’t know why it helps because when I make high protein breakfasts or even breakfast sandwiches at my house it doesn’t satisfy the cravings and kick the nausea like a fast food bfast sandwich does. So weird!

      • It is weird! We have chickens and all the fresh eggs we want but they do not do the trick. My doctor was the one who suggested McDonalds because she had other patients suggest them. Since that was the only thing I could eat and still throwing up I had to eat 3, 000 calories a day of them hoping I could keep something down. It took me 3 years before I could eat them again.

  3. This is a great post – thank you! I always reminded myself that others had it far worse than me..I mean, I didn’t even vomit blood once! ;) I think it’s a great point that we should ‘make hay while the sun shines’ because before you know it you’re into the next phase and you might have missed a golden opportunity to make meals, clean out the fridge, etc.

    • Thank you, Rene! I always psyche myself up into thinking I’ve got it THE WORST and then i think of my friends who had to be hospitalized with IVs to survive their pregnancies and I feel like a big whiner. Speaking of making hay while the sun shines, I need to start filling my freezer with meals for post-partum before the third trimester fatigue really kicks into gear!

  4. My first pregnancy I had no morning sickness at all, but I got horrific preeclampsia, 2 weeks in the ICU for me, and 67 days in a NICU with my baby, who was born at 28 weeks while my blood pressure hit 210/190. Second time, I was nauseous ALL THE TIME for three months. Morning, afternoon, and night sickness, the kind where you wish you could vomit but never do … but, trust me, I’d much rather that than pre-e again (and, thank goodness, I didn’t have to deal with pre-e again – Baby #2 was born at full term). Every pregnancy has its own challenges and struggles, of course, but I actually liked the reminder that my pregnancy was progressing normally when I had normal things like morning sickness the second time around.

  5. My holistic practitioner told me that I could use vitamin B-6 pills for acute nausea, if needed. Swanson Vitamins sells them… hopefully that helps someone!

  6. I am 10 weeks pregnant and absolutely miserable. Have been to the ER several times to get fluids because I can’t keep anything down:(.. Definitely feels like a never ending journey right now! My doctor gave me zofran but its not really helping. I wear my dorky sea bands constantly and I think I’ve tried every single home remedy ever thought of without relief. Hoping this all ends soon!

    • Look up my post on magnesium, there is new research that suggest that morning sickness, especially the kind that last the entire pregnancy is from a magnesium defeciency.

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