For all Moms-to-Be-Here is the Nourishment You Need!

First let me say that as a Momma who is a three-time HG survivor, “morning sickness” is different. HG otherwise known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum is “Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. It is generally described as unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids” (www.helpher.org). This condition affects only up to 3%of the population. Contact Healthy Mom Happy Baby LLC at inforhealthymomhappybaby@gmail.com if you need more information/support about this condition.

For those of you who just found you are expecting, you may have a flood of questions or concerns hitting you at once, perhaps this news is even overwhelming you. Give yourself some compassion as this is a very new and beautiful journey you are about to embark on! Right now, you are carrying a miracle and the future in your womb! Embrace it, allow the questions to come and give yourself time to seek the answers you need for your baby.

One of the first symptoms that many women experience is in fact, the dreaded morning sickness or rather ALL DAY sickness because it can happen any time of the day. Morning sickness is not fun for anyone, however when you are feeling able, sit or lay in a quiet space, close your eye and just breathe. As you breathe in and out, embrace how hard your body is working to divide cells and collaborate within you to create this new life! This exercise can be done to help get you through the hardest moments during morning sickness. Many Moms worry that their baby is not getting the nutrients he/she needs if she is not able to get adequate nourishment during morning sickness. Don’t worry as your tiny little warrior can sustain the throws of morning sickness and will not be harmed.

Every woman finds what works for her during this time. Seeking childhood comfort foods is a favorite way to manage and indulging in these foods is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you find ways to alter it. For example, using whole wheat flour for pancakes and fresh fruit instead of sugary syrup. Eating foods that are processed can enhance the effects of morning sickness because it can impact not only your physical well-being and fetal development, but also can affect your mood, bringing it down. We are already not in great spirits when we are feeling nausea or vomiting and processed foods that can bring your spirits down, can make these symptoms surprisingly much harder to cope.

Here is an all-time classic, Jell-O! Now I know your noses may go up at the idea of Jell-O, however for many during pregnancy this old-style snack can bring comfort, especially during morning sickness. I will share a healthier, homemade version to make at home below! Throw in a handful or two of your favorite nuts for some protein.

Homemade Healthy Jell-O Recipe

Prep time ~ 5 min, Cook time ~ 2 hrs, Serves ~ 4-6 people (or feel free to double the recipe to keep in bulk in the refrigerator)

Ingredients:

1½ cups organic or freshly juiced fruit juice of choice (orange, grapefruit, apple, grape, pineapple, berry, etc, or a mix of two)
¼ cup cool water
¼ cup hot (almost boiling) water
1 tablespoon of Kosher Gelatin Powder
1-2 cups fresh fruit (optional) – Pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, sliced oranges, etc

Directions:

Pour the cool water in a large mixing cup or quart sized mason jar and add the gelatin powder.
Stir briskly until mixed- consistency will be thick
Add the ¼ cup of really hot water and stir to mix – consistency will be thinner
Combine this with the juice and mix well.
Put the fruit into the container that you are going to make the jello in. 8×8 baking dishes work well.
Pour the jello mixture over the fruit and stir lightly to make sure it has coated the fruit too.
Put in the fridge, covered, for at least 2-3 hours or overnight and serve.
You can cut into cubes or scoop out with a melon or ice cream spoon and enjoy it!