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Morning sickness survival

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Many moms-to-be suffer from morning sickness, or "all day sickness" as it may be. Says Minsun, in her pregnancy diary:

My very survival depends on trying to find meaning and variety in the purgatory of morning, noon, night and whatever's in between sickness. Otherwise, a girl could go crazy. Maybe I already have. You be the judge. I'm coming to the end of my first trimester and there's no relief in sight.

Generally I vomit about once a day, not too bad. But I devote the rest of the day trying to avoid a repeat performance. I desperately want what little food I choke down to stay down.

Don't talk to me about saltines, pretzels, protein, B6 vitamins, wristbands, ginger in any form, mint tea, lemon sniffing, potato chips or any other lame-ass remedies. I've tried them all and they don't work for me.

Read more from Minsun here, and find out more about coping with morning sickness in these articles.

Bonus question: Does morning sickness lead to smarter babies?

Ideas and Inspiration

It's not too early to start your Kegels! These exercises are done in order to strengthen the pelvic floor during delivery (to help you push more efficiently) and to assist your body in recovering from childbirth (and to avoid stress incontinence). They are most simply done by contracting and holding the muscles used to stop the flow of urine. For each Kegel, tighten for three seconds, then relax for three seconds. Start with 10 reps a day, and work up to 30 repetitions.

Read more about Kegels here!

Sports and trying to conceive (TTC)

Up to 50% of the women who participate in very strenuous sports, to the point of losing weight and maintaining a low body weight, experience menstrual irregularities or delayed menarche (Canadian Institute of Child Health, 1992). This could greatly affect your chances of conceiving.

Pregnancy fitness

Keeping fit during pregnancy does have its benefits -- it can help you maintain a healthy body weight and can also help your endurance when it comes down to the end-of-pregnancy workout -- childbirth! You might find, however, that working out in early pregnancy has its own set of challenges.

Fitness in pregnancy

Kristin writes: "I'm having a hard first trimester, with lots of nausea and fatigue. I want to continue to exercise, but often nausea and/or fatigue keep me from continuing. Is it okay to keep going when I feel these things, or should I stop?"

Lisa Stone, an ACE-certified Pre-and Post-Natal Fitness Instructor, answers: "Been there, done that! I feel for you -- it's awful feeling so queasy and tired, especially when you're a high-energy person. My experience is that exercise usually made me feel better. Some days were better than others, but for the most part I forgot about my nausea while I was working out. My advice would be to push yourself a little -- if you don't feel better within the first 15-20 minutes of your workout, stop."

To read more of this answer, click here.

Advice and support

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