Thank you, Jenn, for hosting!!

Before I get into my latest eats, I think I need to add a disclaimer to this post.

**I am dealing with morning sickness that has essentially robbed me of my appetite for the past week or more.  I go through this with all of my pregnancies, so it isn’t anything new, but every time I get into this stage, I’m completely sidelined.  The food that you find below is in NO WAY a correct representation of how I normally eat or would suggest that anyone eat!  I’m doing a WIAW- Morning Sickness Edition because I’ve never seen it done before.  And I’d also like to give any tips that I can for anyone going through this.  So again, do not aim to eat like this.  I’d give ANYTHING to eat normally!  Another couple of weeks and this too shall pass.**

Breakfast:

Morning Sickness

After sleeping 11 hours and eating a saltine every three hours during the night (MS Tip #1 – It helps to have a bit of food on your belly at all times during the night), I wake up to find Henry peeking into my bedroom.  Before I get out of bed, I eat 2 saltines and wait about 10 minutes before I slowly put my feet on the ground.  (MS Tip #2 – Don’t perform any movements quickly – slow wins the race.)

You probably already know this, but morning sickness doesn’t just happen in the morning for most women.  It is typically an all day affair, but the mornings are harder because you don’t have as much food in your belly.  Immediately after I get Clara out of her crib, I make them breakfast and then make myself a piece of toast with cream cheese and almond butter.  I have no appetite or desire for this, but I know that it will stick to my bones for a couple of hours so I eat it.

Morning Sickness Breakfast

Washed down with sips of ginger ale and two ginger pills.  (MS Tip #3 – Ginger helps to soothe the belly.)

Snack #1:

Before heading to the gym to train a client and teach Aqua Power, I grab a Gala apple, cut it up and eat a 1/3 of it on the road.

Morning Sickness Snack

Between my client (hi, Sarah!) and Aqua Power, I eat another third.  Aqua Power actually goes well and this is the first time I’ve done anything besides walking in FIVE days.  (MS Tip #4 – Do whatever kind of exercise you can! Low impact activities are best – jumping is not advised. Get outside if you can!).  Clara ends up eating the last third of the apple.

Lunch:

After my class, I pick up the kids from KidZone and take them to lunch.  I order a wrap but don’t eat it.  Instead, I take a quarter of Clara’s grilled cheese and slowly nibble on that.

Morning Sickness Lunch

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When we get home, I put the kids down for a nap and then I zonk out for about two hours. Sleep is a relief – there is little nausea and I can escape.  This is the reason why I’ve been going to bed at 8:30pm every night.  Kind of depressing, but it’s how I’m coping right now.  I know this won’t last forever.

Dinner:

Mom invites us over for dinner and I gladly accept.  Anytime I don’t have to cook, I’m there!  (MS Tip #5: Stay away from cooking smells!  Pregnant women have a heightened sense of smell and some food smells can send them running for the toilet.)

Morning Sickness Dinner

On the menu: Baked turkey breast, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy,

macaroni and cheese, steamed veggies and Sister Schubert’s rolls.

When we got there, I plopped down at the table and asked Travis to fix me a plate.  I ate about 1/2 of this, again, as slowly as possible.

Morning Sickness Supper

 

And that’s everything (and I mean everything) that entered my mouth on Monday.

Some Observations/Thoughts:

-> I’m doing something that so many women can not.  And as sick as I might feel, I know that I am BLESSED beyond anything I deserve. Thank you, God for this new gift!

-> Having this MS has made me unwillingly detox from two things I was heavily addicted to: COFFEE and SUGARNo wonder I have a headache. 

-> There are no thoughts of macronutrients or calories or being well-rounded.  No worries over getting x amount of protein or vegetables in.  There are only thoughts of survival.  What can I eat next that won’t make me barf?  I can guarantee you that it’s not broccoli.

-> I’m thankful that I don’t work an 8-5 job.  I have great sympathy for any of you mamas who had to put on a brave face for 8 hours a day.  I do admit that I’ve been sucking it up in the Mom Department lately – luckily I have an amazing husband and mother/mother-in-law who have filled in my gaps.

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Here’s the thing…I know that I will get through this.  Yes, I’m in a dark place and could use some prayer.  But I also know that during my weakest times, God is working.  He’s making me a stronger person.  And that’s not just hopeful thinking – it’s written right in His word.

Romans 5:3-5 – “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame….”

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QUESTION:  If you’ve gone through MS, what seemed to help?  What was the best thing you ate today?

splendid…lindsay

  1. Ellie@Fit for the Soul says:

    oh girrrrllll I totalllyy feel your pain (but blessing!)!!!! I’m in the exact same position as you are at the moment, and everything you talk about is right on according to my body’s responses. I find that saltine crackers right before I get up really help, and I mostly like tangy foods and also more meat than I’m used to eating! (sweets don’t usually appeal to me as much anymore) Also, oranges and oj realllly seems to help me! I always get reminded by the Lord that this IS INDEED A BLESSING. Thank you for sharing with me and other pregnant women in this journey, hehe :D

  2. Sherice@foodieluvsfitness says:

    I so feel your pain Lindsey.. I was soooo soooo sick with my second.. I mean puking 3 days before having her sick…. it seems I was puking the whole pregnancy! Hang in there.. you’ll get threw it and if not just tie a barf bag around your neck and carry on! :)

  3. Kristen@ Good 'n Good for Ya says:

    Unfortunately I had to go on meds for my morning sickness ’cause at one point I couldn’t even hold down water. But even with the meds it was hard. Strangely mild salsa was something I could handle. I remember being at a potluck and one thing smelled…good? Not just edible, but good? It was a side dish made by combining a can of black beans, a can of red beans, a can of corn, and a jar of salsa. I lived on that and saltines for a while. Someone suggested that the vinegary vegetables worked similarly to ginger. All I know is I could eat it.

  4. Cassidy says:

    I feel for you, I was in the same boat this time last year! What helped with my 4 th pregnancy was gum, which is weird because I hate gum, but it got rid of that awful mouth taste you get with the morning sickness. I had to work hard to find one without aspartame but I found one. Good luck and congratulations! What a blessing!

    • Ellie@Fit for the Soul says:

      Omgshhh I’m always chewing gum now! (as if I didn’t already chew enough before) I hate that bitter taste in my mouth and I do everything in my power to get rid of it :P It’s a really random thought, but i don’t know how women in 3rd world countries can manage since we’re spoiled with resources to make ourselves feel better.

  5. Kathy says:

    Congrats on your pregnancy! I found your blog from My Food N Fitness Diaries. Ugh, morning sickness sounds horrible. Sorry you’re having to deal with it. I’m almost 19 weeks along and it’s been a huge blessing to not have any morning sickness (mostly since I work full-time). I’m excited to follow your pregnancy! Keep trusting the Lord for strength.

  6. Nelly says:

    I can TOTALLY relate. Up until week 14 I was throwing up daily and could barely eat anything without feeling nauseous at the smell! Ginger didnt help nor did crackers. The thing I found best was to get outside and walk…subway was my go to and i would get a foot long and eat a 6 inch part then pray I would feel ok. Praying for you and you will get through this time….2nd trimester was AMAZING so just think you are almost there!

  7. Katie says:

    I am so glad that when I go through all of this a second time, that I won’t have a full time job and 30 kids to wrangle while I throw up intermittently.

    I wish I could cook you meals every night so you’d never have to smell anything gross. I’d make you grilled cheese sandwiches at every whim and toss you crackers while you lay on the couch. We need to live near each other someday.

    Love to you, lady.

  8. Danica @ It's Progression says:

    You’re so right in that this is a blessing, despite how sick you may feel :( I’m praying for you! Hopefully this sickness will pass sooner than later but most importantly that your body will continue to create a healthy home for that little baby of yours!

  9. Austin says:

    I had terrible morning sickness when I was pregnant. What worked for me was eating frozen fruit. I think it helped because it made my belly numb. That was pretty much all I ate for 2 months. I’m praying for you! And congratulations on your new blessing! Life is such a miracle!

  10. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says:

    Oh, yuck! I cannot imagine morning sickness with two kids to take care of. I only had it for a few weeks in my pregnancy, but I felt like I could hardly function. I was in count down mode until the second trimester. So glad that you can nap and have your mom nearby. Sending prayers your way- you’re right, this will pass!

  11. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen says:

    I think you accidentally gave me a shout-out instead of your client. Although I wish I was your client. Also, I wish you didn’t have to go through this, but I am so happy you have a positive outlook, and at least have been through it before to know that ‘this too shall pass.’ You are AMAZING, whether or not you have a desire to eat currently. :)

  12. Erin says:

    Yuck! With my daughter I ended up having to be medicated after going almost a week without keeping anything down – and I tried EVERYTHING and nothing worked. With my son (my oldest) it wasn’t nearly as bad but I do remember the awful feeling and my husband just not being able to relate. Until you’ve been there it’s hard to explain to people just how awful it is – and how after a certain point knowing that you’re going to throw up whatever you eat makes you just not want to eat anything at all. Best of luck that it passes soon!

  13. Heather @ Heather's Dish says:

    oh honey, i remember those days like it was yesterday. hang in there – you’ve got a miracle happening in your body!

    honestly the thing that helped me was what you’ve already said – making sure you have food in your stomach. and when you eat, eat what sounds good in the healthiest way possible. my first trimester the ONLY thing that sounded good to eat were burritos from Chipotle. to make it healthier (because i was literally eating it every day) i did the bowl and got minimal rice, extra beans, no cheese and as many vegetables as i could fit. i don’t know if that makes it healthy per se, but it was better than the mac and cheese that i craved!

  14. Aimee says:

    I lived on the preggie pops for a while as I could not keep anything down. It was close to the point of going to the hospital. Yuck. I know exactly how you are feeling. I hope it passes soon!

  15. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says:

    Ugh Linds, I know what you’re going through! I honestly got depressed for a few weeks when my morning sickness was at its worst. I felt like crap, my appetite was nonexistent, and like you said, I was just in a “dark place”. Nothing I normally enjoyed doing appealed to me. Like you said, napping/sleeping was my escape! I found that ginger chews helped me quite a bit… I thought it was a myth, but I was willing to try anything and they surprisingly worked (only temporarily, but it helped). I also found that sour candies (i.e. Sour Patch Kids) helped me a bit too. Other than that, I just tried to keep myself busy so I didn’t think about how miserable I felt as much. I hope this passes SOON!

  16. Heather says:

    I was sick for the first 7 months so I can definitely relate- it’s no fun! Taking a combo of B6 & unison helped, especially at might when I was too nauseous to fall asleep. Hope it passes quickly!

  17. char eats greens says:

    I was fortunate to not have really bad morning sickness at all. Just prepping dinner was hard for me, but once it was cooked, I was fine! Now it’s the not being able to sleep at 38.5 weeks part that’s getting in the way. Congrats to you on your third!!

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