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.