Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FittaMamma, who has graciously outfitted me with maternity activewear for my active pregnancy. FittaMamma supports active Mammas by offering exercise tips, recipes, and maternity activewear that holds and supports your baby bump!
Well, friends, the cat is out of the bag: We’re expecting Bavarian Baby Shaw in April 2016, and we couldn’t be more excited! Today marks the beginning of my 13th week of pregnancy, and man, the first trimester nausea is for the birds. Every pregnancy is different, and some women are lucky enough not to deal with much (or any!) morning sickness. Then there are mommas-to-be like me.
The morning sickness set in almost exactly on the first day of my sixth week. I was nauseated almost all day every day, and certain smells made me gag. And on the ever-pleasant subject of gagging, I’ve experienced something totally new this pregnancy: that brushing my teeth sometimes makes me gag so hard that I dry heave.
I’ve asked myself, and the Internet, a simple question many times over the last couple of months: “How can I solve my horrible morning sickness?” and the answers have been anything but simple. The Internet told me to eat several small meals each day, avoid spicy foods, take Vitamin B combinations, or ask my doctor for prescription medication.
I tried all three of those things, but I didn’t resort to the last one until my morning sickness reached its peak — a few days before my husband was to leave town for month-long TDY (temporary duty assignment) with the Army. I was worried about whether I could take care of our daughter, our dogs, and my work and volunteer responsibilities with such horrible nausea.
I was having trouble drinking more than a glass or two of water a day, and even though I wasn’t vomiting (I’m genetically pre-disposed not to vomit…like, ever), I had lost almost two pounds. I caved and called my OB to ask for nausea meds.
In Germany, the doctors often prescribe homeopathic medicines, and that’s exactly what my doctor offered me: Three different homeopathic “medicines.” I’m usually all about homeopathy, but in this case, none of the German medicines put a meaningful dent in my queasiness. That’s when I went to the FittaMamma website to see if they had any other anti-nausea recommendations.
FittaMamma sells great maternity activewear, but they also have maternity exercise tips (StayingFitta) and prenatal nutrition and recipe suggestions (FittaFood). It was under FittaFood that I found a recipe for my saving grace: the Refreshing Ginger and Lime Sparkler.
The FittaMamma Refreshing Ginger and Lime Sparkler took a little bit of time to make, though admittedly things would have gone faster had I used the proper tools. Instead of a mechanical juicer, I juiced a half-dozen limes by hand, and instead of a food processor, I grated my three-inch ginger rood by hand, too.
The good news is that one batch of the recipe made enough syrup for me to drink the Sparkler for a full week (you only need about a tablespoon of syrup for every 12 ounce glass of sparkling water)! And the even better news is that thanks to the Refreshing Ginger and Lime Sparkler, I was finally able to drink enough water each day to stay mostly hydrated. FittaMamma saved the day.
If you’re expecting a baby, why not hop over to FittaMamma’s website to explore their exercise tips and recipes? While you’re there, take a close look at the FittaMamma Maternity Yoga Pants and the FittaMamma Pregnancy Yoga Top because next Friday I’m kicking off my first FittaMamma Friday maternity activewear giveaway!
Despite my terrible nausea and many thanks to a wonderful yoga teacher who’s also a momma of four, I’ve been able to continue power yoga twice a week throughout this pregnancy. I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to stay so active!
Do you want to see something really cool? Check this out:
I’m still scared to death of crow, but when I got home from yoga class Tuesday, I worked on moving from dolphin into a headstand — without a wall or a spotter to support me. Not only did I do it, I held it long enough for the timer on my camera to go off!
Yoga isn’t the only way I’m staying active through this pregnancy, but I’ll save the details on my workouts for a future post. For now, let me tell you about my cute maternity clothes in this yoga picture collage.
The top I’m wearing here is the FittaMamma Pregnancy Yoga Top that we’ll be giving away next week. It comes in three colors and four sizes, and it’s super comfortable! I have it in gray and pink, and love them both.
The pants are FittaMamma Maternity Leggings. They come in black only, and they’re available in sizes extra-small through extra-large. They’re super-flattering on, and I especially love the ruching at the ankle.
Come back to MilliGFunk.com for next week’s #FittaMammaFriday post to enter to win your own FittaMamma Pregnancy Yoga Top and Maternity Yoga Pants! In the meantime, leave a comment and tell me: What helped YOU manage your morning sickness?
Move. Nurture. Support.
FittaMamma is a woman-owned company that’s supports pregnant mommas with pregnancy tips, safe pregnancy exercises, nutritious recipes, and supportive maternity activewear. Alex, the owner, is passionate about encouraging women to stay fit during pregnancy, to keep active, and to choose a well-balanced nutritional pregnancy diet.
The FittaMamma ethos is simple, but important: “Move. Nurture. Support.”
Move: Love your body, love your baby and love the benefits that exercise brings!
Nurture: It’s not just about nurturing your baby – you deserve to be nurtured too! Happy, active moms raise happy, active kids!
Support: FittaMamma is constantly adding new exercises, information, and recipes to their website to help support pregnant moms. And don’t miss out on the support their clothes offer! The FittaMamma range was created to hold and support your baby bump.