First of all, congratulations!! If you’re here because you’re dealing with morning sickness, huge hugs and congratulations on your precious little bean!
Friends, I am right there with you.
I’m still in awe.
But I really understand how tough it can be (even when you’re super excited…) I want to help you survive morning sickness.
Now, there should be two versions of this post (and maybe I will write two). One for the first baby, and one for those adding more little ones to their family.
The first time I experienced morning sickness (which we all know is a silly term for something which can continue all day and all night), I lay on the couch. A lot. I skipped meals and ate dry toast when I could face it. I ate little packets of pre-chopped fresh fruit. My lovely husband popped to the shops to buy me sparkling water and ginger ale.
For me, those days are a distant memory 😀
I have 4 little kids at home, needing meals, needing attention, need snacks, needing potty training… Yeah, morning sickness simply cannot be allowed to have the control, it cannot.
So, I want to share a few tips and tricks to help you cope with morning sickness while cooking for your family. My Amazon links are affiliate links, at no cost at all to my lovely readers. Thank you!
Morning Sickness Survival Tips and Tricks
1. Serve more cold food with raw, chopped veggies
Sandwiches, wraps, baguettes, pittas, you get the idea. I’m finding cold food so much easier to prepare than hot dinners because of the smell. I try to vary the carb option and add lots of raw chopped veggies and finish with some fruit. It might not be gourmet, but it’s easy, you can cater to your kids’ favorite sandwich fillings, and you know with the extra carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers they are getting lots of nutrients. And it’s easy clear up.
2. Try to prep or cook the food when you are feeling ok
As we know, morning sickness can strike any time or all the time. At the moment, I’m feeling at my worst between 5-9pm. Inconvenient, to say the least. I’m trying to get the meals prepped or even cook earlier in the day, so that it smooths the path for 5pm.
3. Be prepared to shop differently
I usually buy veggies and fruit whole and then chop them when I need them.
- But if your budget will allow it, buy some pre-chopped veg and fruit. This is not an everyday kind of season.
- I also stock up on cans and jars of easy things my kids like to eat – things like tins of pineapple chunks or canned sweetcorn. Not really expensive or exotic, but nutritious without too much effort.
- I also buy more ‘easy to serve fruit’ like bananas and apples at the moment. I’m not feel much like peeling mangos.
- Try more frozen veg. It’s already prepared and it’ll do the job.
4. Have a scented candle in your kitchen
This makes SO much difference.
Seriously, it works wonders in getting rid of that meat cooking smell which can just make you feel terrible. The reality is, my family need hot meals – it’s December and soooo cold. But cooking bolognaise? It’s tricky…
Try something neutralizing, subtle and fresh – like this Balsam Fir, by Village Candle.
5. Don’t try cooking on an empty stomach
Nibble on a cracker and cheese first (my current craving is seasalt and rosemary crackers…amazing).
And have an ice drink ready prepared in your fridge if you need to sip on something cold as you go. I really recommend ice, cucumber, mint and lime blended together.
If you don’t have a mixer, try one of these Hand Immersion Blenders. I use mine so so often – for smoothies, ice drinks, soups and sauces. A great investment for under £20.
6. Go for one pot recipes
If you can cope with the smell of the food cooking, throw everything in a Dutch Oven or Slow Cooker for the afternoon and try to forget about it. Tomorrow we’re having chicken drumsticks, a jar of bbq sauce, a small tin of pineapple chunks, and some broccoli, all thrown in my lovely Dutch Oven. It’s not gourmet cooking, but it’s easy and do-able, even when I’m feeling rough.
7. Frozen pizza
Don’t think I really need to explain this one 😀 Except to say that for my kids, frozen pizza is a fun night. I might not feel like it’s the best culinary offering, but they enjoy the meal and that’s worth something too. In this short season when I’m not feeling my best, I try to focus on little moments to have fun with the kids. Nothing amazing, but it puts the day in a different light.
8. Delivery is your friend
I don’t really mean takeout (although the Chinese restaurant in our neighborhood is definitely a friend of mine). I mean make full use of supermarket deliveries and Amazon Prime. Saving energy on going to the shops gives me a little more heart for preparing meals.
Plus I can order some special morning sickness remedy kind of treats. Like this Perrier Pink Grapefruit – just the right kind of sour for me at the moment.
9. Enlist help
If not with the cooking, then definitely with the clear up. You have a little person growing there, my friend. You need to rest.
10. Try these wrist bands
If you are struggling with severe morning sickness, these Wristbands are the business. I will absolutely go for these if this continues much longer. We all know what it’s like when life needs to continue, you have a family to look after, and you just need some relief.
So, huge congratulations to you on your little one! Keep well, and let me know any tips of your favorite tips for surviving morning sickness – I would love to hear them.