Friday, March 15, 2013

20 Natural Morning Sickness Remedies

I have always heard that "every pregnancy is different". And I thought I understood that with my last two pregnancies. But boy has this pregnancy thrown me for a loop!

I have literally had just about every pregnancy symptom known.... Headaches, breaking out, sciatic pain, extreme fatigue, sleepless nights, hyper sensitive sense of smell, dry skin, varicose veins, stuffy nose, lots of braxton hicks contractions, extreme heartburn all the time, sore hips & stomach from stretching, shortness of breathe & dizziness, back pain, forgetfulness, etc.

The weirdest symptom I've had was my hearing sensitivity. Apparently, it's caused from the extra fluid & so to me it kinda mimicked having an ear infection. Noise was painful to my ears. It was quite difficult to deal with in my house as you can imagine with 4 kids all fighting to be heard, but it was also quite comical. There would be times when my kids would all be talking to me and I would just cover my ears, while shushing them. When my husband and I would watch t.v. I would make him turn it all the way down. It was literally on 1. Poor man couldn't even hear it and I thought it was still too loud.   

But by far the worst has been the morning sickness. Which, by the way, should be called all-day sickness, at least in my case! I think I tried just about every single remedy possible! Some worked. Some did not. Some helped a lot. Some I couldn't tell, but did it anyway thinking if I didn't I might feel worse.

 I have made it to my 3rd trimester and am no longer dealing with morning sickness! 
As for the other symptoms, I wish I could say the same!

So, here are some of the things I tried. I thought it could hopefully be helpful to someone!

  1. Accept it - If you're feeling like you're going to throw up, just go do it. There is no sense in delaying the inevitable. Normally, once you do it, you feel better. I promise you'll survive. 
  2. Taking Vitamin B6 - Usual dose is 10-25mg. I took 10mg with every meal. This seemed to help a lot.
  3. Rest - The less movement, the better.
  4. Nausea bracelets - These work by pressing your pressure points. These seemed to help a lot! I wore them nonstop for weeks. I was almost scared to take them off. You can buy these at any drugstore for less than $20.
  5. Sniff lemons or ginger.
  6. Eat lemons - I know it sounds crazy, but the acid helps the digestive system. I've actually grown to like the taste. Sometimes I suck on a lemon wedge after a meal.
  7. Take Digestive Enzymes - Take with each meal. This helps regulate your stomach acid and reduce heartburn. These can be for less than $10 at any vitamin shop.
  8. Sip lemonade.
  9. Sip ginger ale.
  10. Eat watermelon - I don't know why, but it was something I read somewhere. When you're desperate you'll do anything.
  11. Eat bananas or pineapple if it is cause from heartburn. - I don't know why, but these foods help.
  12. Eating salty potato chips - They have been found to help settle the stomach, especially right before or in between meals. 
  13. Eating soda crackers - It is a good idea to eat a few about 10-15 minutes before you ever get out of bed. This helped me a lot!
  14. Taking antacids.
  15. Sucking on hard candy - I liked gummy bears.
  16. Preppy Pop candy - These were good to eat before a meal or when random spells would come on. Buy at Babies R Us for a few dollars.
  17. Drink fruit juice - I would sip on apple juice. 
  18. Avoiding smells that make you sick - For me, this was bacon. Bleh!
  19. Don't feel guilty - It is easy to feel guilty, which can cause depression. It's not your fault. You're not faking it. It's not in your head. You do want to feel this way. You will eventually leave the house again. It is only for a time, not forever. 
  20. Remember the end goal and try not to complain 24/7. Stay positive.

Some pregnancies can be really difficult. Especially when you have other children. But remember that you are experiencing something so special and miraculous. You are growing a human for cryin out loud! And it is for only a time, not the rest of your life, though at times it does seem that way. It really will all be over so soon that one day you'll see another pregnant belly & wish you could do it again.

So while it may not be easy... It is definitely worth it!

What was your most difficult pregnancy symptom??? 

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    My Meal Plan 03/11 - 03/17

    Wow! It's been forever since I've written a blog post with that title! And to be honest... It's been months since I've done a complete meal plan since being pregnant. I've done a few lately that included just dinner and that is about it. Really if it wasn't for my husband, we would have been living off of PB&J for every meal and snack!

    I've definitely been reminded of why I choose to meal plan.
    • Our grocery bill more than doubled. 
    • We were constantly doing the "5 o'clock panic" trying to figure out what we were going to eat.
    • My husband made countless extra trips to the store for things we needed. Which contributed to the extra cost.
    • We ate a lot more processed foods.
    • We ate fast food a lot! Talk about expensive & unhealthy!
    • Any many other reasons... 

    But we were in survival mode, so I don't regret it, I just know it needs to change!

    While it is hard to get back into the swing of things, I know it is best. Especially with the craziness of life right now! Between moving in 3 weeks, 3 kids involved in baseball, softball & t-ball, and a baby being born in about 10-12 weeks... This is going to be necessary in order to keep some type of organization in our house.

    I have not had the time to use coupons as much I have in the past, so I'm trying to make up for that in other ways. One way is I am trying to make a lot more food items from scratch. This will not only help us save money, but is also healthier! I am starting slowly with breakfasts and snacks. I am also cooking dinner more, rather buying already made food. I intend to blog about this more in the future.

    Here's our meal plan for the week:

    Monday, March 4, 2013

    March Goals & February Recap

    Here is the recap of my 2013 New Year's Resolutions so far...

    1. Organize and Print all of our pictures - I have downloaded all my pictures from my computer, Facebook & phone to Next step is to download the pictures from my cameras. Then as they have promos I will print them individually and as photo books.
    2. Plan and stick to a budget - We have started the Dave Ramsey budget and cash envelope system. This has helped us tremendously keeping track of expenses & staying organized. As we start to "master" it a little better then I will write about it.
    3. Work out twice a week - Another successful month. There were 3 times I couldn't make it to the gym because of the kids & myself being sick, but I made sure I did some yoga stretches at home. Only 3 more months til baby.
    4. Schedule monthly date nights and family nights - Surprisingly this has been the most difficult goal to complete. This past month we did go to Great Wolf Lodge one weekend. The kids have been saving their report card money since last year & then we got a great deal from Groupon. We had a blast! The kids all got along well & it was really just a relaxing time.
    5. Drink 64 oz. of water a day - This has become easier and easier this past month. A few times I have drank more than my goal!
    6. Be in bed before 11pm & shower first thing in the morning - This is becoming a normal part of my routine again.
    7. Declutter before we move and organize new house - The decluttering is going great so far. HERE is one post I wrote about the process so far. Only one more closet and the garage to go!!

    **Read HERE how I use checklists to break down my goals & make them more attainable!

    Here is my February goals recap:

    • File papers at the end of the month.
    • Declutter master bedroom - decorations, clothes, shoes, nightstands, etc. - My husbands nightstand is still left, but he can do that in his own timing. :)
    • Pack what I can in master bedroom.
    • Declutter & organize medicine cabinet. - Our medicine cabinet looks amazing now! I'll post about this later.
    • Schedule kid's physical.
    • Declutter & pack linen closet. - The only thing left out is the kids sleeping bags. I plan on washing all our bedding the week before we move, packing that and they can sleep in their sleeping bags. Easy to roll them up on moving day.
    • Outfit vehicles with an emergency kit.
    • Begin planning for the summer. - I just made sure all the birthdays & things we've already committed to were on the calendar.
    • Make Valentine's Day plans.
    • Take care of gift returns - Headphones, shirt, watch.
    • Download photos from phone & facebook to SnapFish. - I just need to download the photos from my camera.
    • Organize a homemaking binder. - I just added to one I already have.
    • Laminate kids chore chart. - These are working great so far. Definitely helping the kids to remember to pick up after themselves.
    • Complete February declutter calendar.
    • Get college classes set. - Getting closer. Since I'm switching degrees and possibly schools it's been a bit more difficult than normal.
    • Workout twice a week. - The 3 days I couldn't make it to the gym I did some pregnancy yoga stretches.
    • Declutter magazines & pack.
    • Freeze one thing a week. - This is preparation for baby.
    • Make one homemade item a week. - This is to help cut down on grocery cost. - I made french bread, cinnamon sugar bread, peanut butter chocolate chip muffins & something else I can't remember.
    • Sell things on Craigslist. - Preparing for move. - We still have a few more things to sell.

    Here are my March Goals:

    ·      File papers at the end of the month.
    ·      Schedule kid’s physical.
    ·      Take care of gift returns – Ear buds, Shirt, Watch
    ·      Get college classes set.
    ·      Workout twice a week.
    ·      Freeze one thing a week.
    ·      Make one homemade item a week.
    ·      Sell things on Craigslist.
    ·      Make Easter plans & shopping list.
    ·      Buy Easter shopping list.
    ·      Set up yard sale.
    ·      Greg’s nightstand.
    ·      Greg’s dresser.
    ·      Fill out change of address form.
    ·      Notify insurance about change of address.
    ·      Defrost freezer.
    ·      Register at Babies R Us.
    ·      Make all household repairs.
    ·      Clean up yard.
    ·      Declutter garage.
    ·      Complete March Declutter calendar.

    Hopefully, these will all be crossed off at the end of the month. Considering I'm moving March 30th. After that the amount of monthly goals should lessen.

    What are your yearly or monthly goals???