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Munch on toast.

A few bites of bland foods like toast and crackers can help. Try extra-healthy options like sprouted bread, flaxseed crackers and avocado toast to pack in nutrients without upsetting your stomach.


Snack on preggo pops.

Buy some or make your own with frozen fruit and veggie juice.

Eat small, frequent meals.

Nausea is typically strongest when you’re really hungry and really full. Do your best to stay somewhere in between to keep your stomach calm. Having snacks with you in your purse and car can help, too, as pregnancy has a way of making these hunger cues more immediate and intense.

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Listen to your body.

Trust yourself and your instincts. What works for you will probably be very different from what works for someone else. Eat when you feel hungry, honor your cravings and hunger cues, and be patient with yourself. You are growing a tiny human, after all!

What tips + tricks have helped you with morning sickness?

Stock up on ginger everything.

Ginger is a powerful bitter root that has been used in Chinese medicine for nausea for centuries. Sip lemon ginger tea, pop ginger chews or drops, snack on candied ginger: whatever sounds remotely appealing to you.

Morning sickness... afternoon sickness... all-day-long sickness. We feel you, mama. We reached out to our nutrition expert,Shannan Monson, and asked for her top tips to quell nausea during the first trimester.

Drink cold water.

Keep a water bottle with you and sip ice water throughout the day. The cold temperature settles your stomach, and the water helps with good digestion, both of which might make you feel a bit better.

Chew on ice chips.

You know that crunchy, soft pellet ice? Go buy some. When you don’t think you can stomach any food or drink, this can help keep you hydrated and calm your stomach.

Love lemons.

Many people find lemon to be settling as well. Add a squeeze to your water or tea, or diffuse some lemon essential oil. The scent and taste might make you feel better.

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

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The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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My husband and I always talked about starting a family a few years after we were married so we could truly enjoy the “newlywed” phase. But that was over before it started. I was pregnant on our wedding day. Surprise!

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