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    Hello All,
    I wondered if anyone had any suggestions on Primal foods that might help with morning sickness. My wife is pregnant and like previous pregnancies has terrible morning sickness that is more of an all day sickness that extends into the night. She is trying to stay primal during this pregnancy but being so sick all day it is hard for her to get a lot of nutrients. With previous pregnancies toast was her go to food but she really wants to stay primal.

    I appreciate any suggestions.
    Went Primal January 24, 2011
    Lost 105 pounds in 5 months
    Currently 130 fat pounds down which is 120 pounds on the scale while putting on 10 pounds of muscle
    According to my kids I am looking more and more like the Hulk every day
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    this is a situation where you might want to use the toast. it will not have a great effect on the overall primal life and it will heal the morning sickness.

    i read that blog the other day where they point out that jesus loved to eat meat in times of good, but in times of bad even jesus would eat some bread. it's ok.

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    • #3
      it's not worth the stress, with a child in the belly, to debate over a slice of toast.

      it is not vodka she will drink, but a slice of toast to ease some sickness.

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      • #4
        Ginger, lemons and peppermint might help some with the nausea.

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        • #5
          Thanks to all. I figured the toast is not too bad, It is like 18 carbs for a slice and to be honest and not to be gross she usually ends up expelling it anyway.

          The main reason we had been avoiding toast is that she has a small umbilical hernia from the previous kids and has found that eating wheat products causes it to protrude a bit and can cause pain. I told her I thought it was that wheat belly thing and her intestines are probably a bit swollen/inflamed when ingesting wheat which causes the intestines to find the path of least resistance in the muscle wall which would be the hernia. Normally (when strictly primal) it causes her no pain and is not visible. After this child (the last one) she is going to get it fixed surgically.

          I bought her ginger nausea gum last night and she has tried preggie pops. I might try lemons and peppermint next.
          Went Primal January 24, 2011
          Lost 105 pounds in 5 months
          Currently 130 fat pounds down which is 120 pounds on the scale while putting on 10 pounds of muscle
          According to my kids I am looking more and more like the Hulk every day
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          • #6
            see you didn't tell us that in the original. you're throwing curve balls at me and i can't help at this point.

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            • #7
              I've heard that B vitamins can help with morning sickness. If she has issues with wheat that severe, at least try to find a gluten-free bread product. What is it about the bread that she is craving? The texture? The taste? The blandness?

              If you are able, making some chicken/bone broth might be a good idea. There are tons of nutrients in bone broth and if she can keep it down, she will at least be set for micro nutrients, even if her belly is empty.
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              • #8
                Sorry for the curveball, was actually an after thought as it has not been too medically significant previously.

                With the bread it is simply the absorption factor she goes for. It seems to help absorb excess stomach acid, bile, and appears to help settle her stomach a bit.
                Went Primal January 24, 2011
                Lost 105 pounds in 5 months
                Currently 130 fat pounds down which is 120 pounds on the scale while putting on 10 pounds of muscle
                According to my kids I am looking more and more like the Hulk every day
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                • #9
                  There are several threads on this topic. You can do a search on the forum.

                  Acupressure bands can be useful.

                  Also, if she can, eating smaller meals more frequently can help to keep her blood sugar stable.

                  Sometimes dairy can work. Smoothies are good.

                  Unisom is a non-Primal, over-the-counter solution, but can help. You want the one that is a combo of B6 and Doxylamine succinate.

                  I have some links in my Primal Pregnancy article that may be helpful (links in my siggie.)
                  Ancestral Nutrition Coaching
                  Pregnancy Nutrition Coaching
                  Primal Pregnancy Nutrition Article

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                  • #10
                    try ginger chews from The Ginger People
                    also, not entirely Primal, but... sprite. It helps.
                    --Trish (Bork)
                    TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
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                    • #11
                      Thanks to all. This is our fourth pregnancy but first Primal one so there is still a bit to learn.

                      First was at a hospital with a midwife

                      Second and third were at a Midwive's birth center in a bathtub (water births)

                      For the fourth and last my wife is toying with the idea of a home birth.

                      All three births were totally natural (no pain meds of any kind). How is that for Primal birthing :-)
                      Went Primal January 24, 2011
                      Lost 105 pounds in 5 months
                      Currently 130 fat pounds down which is 120 pounds on the scale while putting on 10 pounds of muscle
                      According to my kids I am looking more and more like the Hulk every day
                      sigpic

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                      • #12
                        Going through this myself the past month or two... I second the suggestion to try dairy, if your wife can tolerate it. Sometimes cottage cheese, greek yogurt or even a stick of cheese is the only thing I can eat without getting nauseous. Other times, it is a handful of potato chips. (don't judge!)

                        Usually once I find that "thing" that settles my stomach for a little bit, I can then eat some nutritious food (veggies, eggs, etc). Of course, everyone is different. Good luck to you & your wife!
                        Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.

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                        • #13
                          I had the all day morning sickness until the beginning of my ninth month with both my girls. It's not primal, but I found that refried beans helped. I actually craved refritos my last pregnancy, that and I was putting hot sauce on everything. Basically I always had to have something on my stomach or I would lose it. I could eat fruit, bread, and veggies if they weren't strong smelling. Meat was very hard to get down because it smelled like week old road kill. Eggs were even worse. I couldn't handle anything greasy either. I could eat yogurt, but I'm lactose intolerant so I couldn't drink milk. Nut butters set pretty well on my stomach too. I'm not sure how successful I was, because I lost 15lbs in the first trimester with all my pregnancies and then struggled to put on weight for the rest of the pregnancy. I only gained 15lbs with my last pregnancy.

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                          • #14
                            Can she stomach chicken soup? Make some chicken broth for her, and if she can handle it add in chicken meat and sweet potatoes. Gads, you're bringing back memories of my pregnancies- hope she feels better real soon!

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                            • #15
                              to settle stomach I would cook all veggies until mush, same with meat. Also bone broth will work well... or just cook something down to almost nothing.

                              Grokette wouldnt be eating toast so there must be another way
                              Primal since March 2011

                              Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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