Is morning sickness a constant companion in pregnancy? You are not alone! Close to 70% pregnant women experience some kind of morning sickness - nausea and vomiting during the first trimester.
Here are a few things that you can do to keep morning sickness in check:
- Eat small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day so your stomach is never empty
- Include high-protein foods and complex carbohydrates in your diet
- Whatever you eat, eat it slowly. And chew your food well.
- Try to eat food at room temperature because food tends to have a stronger aroma when hot and could trigger nausea
- Avoid fatty foods which take longer to digest. Bland foods should do the trick
Here is a recipe that you are sure to enjoy without worrying about nausea playing spoilsport!
Ginger Chicken Soup
3 one-inch pieces fresh ginger. Peel the ginger pieces and pound them it in a mortar and pestle
3-4 pieces skinless chicken with bone
2 ½ cups water
1 teaspoon oil
1 small onion
1 small carrot (grated)
½ medium capsicum
¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Salt to taste
Preparing the Soup
Add chicken,water, pounded ginger and ½ teaspoon of salt in a pressure cooker and let them cook for 3 whistles
Once the pressure is released, strain the liquid and keep aside. Separate the meat from the bones and discard the bones
In a wok, take oil. Once hot add onions and cook till they are translucent
Add grated carrots, cook for 2 mins and add capsicum
Once the vegetables are cooked, add pepper powder and garlic powder
Now add the chicken and the broth and let it simmer for 7-10 mins
Add salt if required. Ginger Chicken Soup is ready to be served!
These tips should also come in handy:
- Ginger is a great remedy for nausea. So have ginger cookies instead of regular biscuits in your snack
- Try these home-made pellets: Mix jaggery and ginger powder in a 3:1 ratio ( i.e. 3 tsps of jaggery with 1 tsp ginger powder. Make tiny balls. Once made, these can be stored for 1 week
- Spice your food carefully. Go half on the quantity
- Lemon really helps! Keep lemon drops (candy) handy. You can even try lemon water. Sniffing a lemon may also help.
Try to identify patterns and understand what triggers your nausea. Wishing you a happy pregnancy!