Ginger is the go-to herbal remedy for relieving morning sickness, which 50 percent of women experience, but there's only so many cups of ginger tea an expecting mom can sip! Enter these ice pops that are also made with stomach-soothing citrus. If you make a bunch in advance, you can grab one from your freezer whenever you feel queasy. Or have this sweet treat as a "dessert lollipop" after meals. If you've been finding yourself chomping on ice to settle your stomach, freeze the mixture into tiny molds the size of lozenges that you can comfortably suck. Not a fan of ginger but like the idea of a cold pop? Leave the ginger out entirely! And if pops make you gag (a common problem among pregnant women!), freeze the mixture into ice cubes and drop them in a glass of water or seltzer to sip on.
Poppable protein is just what you need when moring sickness makes eating a proper meal out of the question. And these are yummy with a chewy, sweet and saltiness to each bite. Have 'em for breakfast, as a snack or before bed with a cup of tea. They're nutritious even if you're not counting down to Baby: Almonds have more bone-building calcium, fiber, protein, and vitamin E than any other tree nut and cocoa powder contains flavanols, plant-based compounds that are known to reduce blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart.
Dip into this nutrient-rich snack! We ramped up this guacamole by adding chickpeas to make it both full of protein and heart-healthy fats. Grab a handful of your favorite plain chips and satisfy your pregnancy hunger without upsetting your stomach. Besides "good" fats, you'll also get a roster of pregnancy-fuelers, such as fiber, vitamins E and K, folate, and minerals (potassium, iron, and magnesium).
A warm bowl of soup, much like a cup of tea, can soothe your quesy stomach in your first trimester. But it can also fill you up, which is crucial to managing morning sickness. The curry and coconut in this recipe are so satisfying, but milder soups like chicken noodle can also help an expecting mom out. If you don't have a mandolin to thinly slice the vegetables, no worries. Simply quarter the zucchini and carrots lengthwise and slice them into thin 1/4-inch pieces. You can also add a handful of chopped peanuts or shredded cooked chicken to your bowl for a punch of filling protein.
Lots of pregnant women have an intense craving for sweets, even while battling morning sickness. So go ahead, bake a batch of these cookies! The tummy-tempering ginger makes them a great treat when you've got a bump. Plus, the whole-grains means they'll fill you up more than other carb-y options out there.
No recipe required! Throw these 10 goodies in your cart to have on hand for instant relief.
Anything made with ginger
Carbonated water, like seltzer
Herbal teas: red raspberry, lemon, spearmint, peppermint, peach, or chamomile
Sandwich bread for making toast
Recipes and photos are reprinted with permission from FULL BELLY © 2014 Tara Mataraza Desmond, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.