Morning Sickness

Monday, October 8, 2018

Boston, MA, USA

Morning Sickness or Hyperemesis?

Morning Sickness:
It is hormonally related and we believe that your blood sugars are spiking and dropping (trying to adjust to having a baby on board) during that first trimester. It generally resolves itself between 12-14 weeks of pregnancy! When you wake in the morning, you blood sugar is low because it has just worked through all the calories as you were sleeping. If you rise and do not eat, this will cause your blood sugar to sink even further and will cause even worse nausea. Once your blood sugar tanks, it can be challenging to hit reset and you may find that you don’t feel well for the rest of the day.

This is extreme morning sickness that is debilitating and last longer than 12-14 weeks. This can be nausea that hangs around all day long and prevents you from doing normal everyday activities. Hyperemesis is very serious and requires medical attention. Miriam Erick, MD at Boston Medical Center, says Hyperemesis affects only 1.5-3% of births.

Morning sickness can actually be a good indicator of a good strong pregnancy. Remember, it’s hormonally based so these hormones are a good sign in the first trimester. Some practitioners believe that intense morning sickness in the first trimester can indicate that it’s unlikely you’ll have a miscarriage (however, not having morning sickness is in no way a sign that you will miscarry, nor is morning sickness proven to be an indicator of the health of a pregnancy). Having morning sickness is simply a good confirmation that you have a lot of active hormones.

Treating Morning Sickness:

  • Eating smaller meals - think the size of your palm and eating every hour and a half to two hours. You need small amounts of protein throughout the day to sustain energy. 
  • Eating crackers when you first wake up and taking small sips of water 
  • A shot of ACV mixed with water when you first wake up
  • Sleeping at an incline- you can purchase a wedge pillow, create an incline with pillows, or put rolled towels between your mattress and box spring.
  • Mint Tea, candies, or Essential Oil (do NOT ingest Essential Oils)
  • Sniff/suck on a lemon 
  • Switch to Alkaline water- Filtered water has a tendency to be acidic and can worsen morning sickness by adding to the acidity in your stomach.

Why Your Diet Matters: 

The first trimester can be so tricky! The foods you normally love are repulsive and although you know you need those greens, you really just want all the comfort food you can get your hands on! Bring on the mac-n-cheese, baby! Don’t even get me started on the salt! Those cravings can be wild! Here’s the secret about the first trimester: eat what you can keep down! You can pick back up with an intentionally clean and healthy diet in the second and third trimester! Try to eat fruits and veggies during those first 12 weeks, but don’t beat yourself up if you can only keep down french fries and veggie straws! You can always make your own fresh french fries at home!

Nighttime Diet:
Eating before you go to bed can be helpful. If you wake during the night to go to the bathroom, take a moment to also have a quick snack like a scoop of peanut butter, a few almonds, or any other protein. You can also add a grain like peanut butter crackers. Be careful with consuming too many carbs as they can sometimes sipke and then crash your blood sugar.

Consult with your doctor when you are experiencing morning sickness that is intense and disrupting your day. In some cases, medication is necessary. Your doctor may also "prescribe" you a cocktail of over-the-counter medications such as unisom and B6. Always consult your healthcare provider before incorporating anything new into your diet or routines.

Medical Advice: It’s sad I even have to include this. This is a blog, not a medical site. I am a doula, blogger, child development specialist, and compassionate human who wants to create a village. I’m not your doctor. Nothing in this blog is intended to be medical advice or used for diagnosis, treatment, or any other purposes.
Nothing in this blog or podcast episode is meant to be taken as medical advice (duh).

Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture: Try to find an acupuncturist that specializes women's health and even better if it's women's reproductive health.
Chiropractor: Try to find an chiropractor that specializes women's health and even better if it's women's reproductive health.
Acupressure Bands: They look like sea sick bands (made by the same company) and they press specific pressure points to curb the nausea. There are also digital anti-nausea bands that resemble a watch!
Exercise: I know this is the last thing on your mind, but the endorphins that are released can counterbalance the nausea. Magic!
Meditation: Sitting and connecting to your baby and body can be so helpful! It will allow you the time to pause and intentionally designate time for yourself and your mental health.

Being nauseas is miserable. I hear ya! I can't function when my insides feel like the inside of a volcano on the verge of erupting at any minute. However, if I told you that it was temporary and it lets us know that your tiny human is doing well.. would it be worth it?

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Eliminating Toxins in Your Home with Bri Pruitt

Friday, October 5, 2018

Eliminating Toxins in Your Home with Bri Pruitt

[This is also an episode of Friday Free Talk on The Tranquility Tribe Podcast on iTunes. Listen here.]

All about Bri

Bri is a registered nurse and nutrition health coach and has been focusing on a healthy and holistic lifestyle for seven years.  She lives in Idaho with her six year old daughter and has countless tips and tricks for transitioning to a toxin-free lifestyle in steps so that you can achieve the life you want without feeling overwhelmed.

For as long as she can remember, Bri has been facing a variety of health issues.  From migraines to depression and anxiety to fatigue, she has always been curious about what was causing her health problems and how they could be prevented.  In an effort to avoid taking medication and create a healthy environment for her daughter, Bri really decided to pursue a clean lifestyle when she became pregnant.

As a nurse, Bri found that the hardest part was continuing to work in a hospital setting after transitioning to a holistic lifestyle because she felt that the patients that she worked with could benefit from the same type of lifestyle but those ideas were not well supported in her work environment.  This belief in the power of living a healthy lifestyle lead her to become a nutrition health coach so that she could help others achieve the same benefits that she had.

Reaching your toxin-free lifestyle

Pregnancy was a major catalyst for Bri to pursue a healthy lifestyle.  She first began her transition by switching to more green cleaning products after realizing how many chemicals the products that she had been using contained.  As Bri points out, you can start the switch anywhere in your life - whether it’s cleaning products, the food you eat, or the health products that you use, find the part of your life that most affects you and go from there.  

In addition to paying attention to the products that she uses, Bri also focuses on educating her daughter about the products and food that surround her.  In addition to using essential oils, Bri makes an effort to talk to her daughter about sugar, especially because of the increasing amounts that both adults and children consume in today’s society.  

Effects of household products on newborns

As Bri explains, studies done on cord blood of newborns have shown that the chemicals contained in everyday products can have an impact on your little one before they are even born.  Having a baby is one of the best times to switch to living a healthier lifestyle because by doing so, you give your tiny human a good baseline right from the beginning.

One change that can make a huge impact on you and your family’s health is trying to limit the amount of plastic you are exposed to.  From baby bottles to tupperware, chemicals from the plastic can leach into your food and affect your health. Bri advises replacing as much plastic in your life as possible with glass containers.  

As far as skincare, beauty products, and sunscreen, Bri and Hehe recommend avoiding products with toxins such as parabens, phthalates, and fragrance.  These ingredients indicate that the products contain chemicals that can be absorbed into your skin and affect you and your environment. Instead, look for products that contain natural ingredients.  This advice also applies to laundry detergents and fabric softeners, which contain a lot of fragrances and other chemicals. Hehe and Bri also point out that it’s important to look for period products that don’t contain fragrances and chemicals, especially because that area of your body is extremely absorbent.

As you make the switch to a cleaner lifestyle, Bri says that some of the health benefits that you can expect include better skin, better sleep, more energy, and decreased brain fog.  If that’s not convincing enough, Bri also points out that many people even experience decreased allergies and asthma, decreased hair loss, and even some weight loss!

Bri’s parting piece of self-care advice for parents is to let go of mom-guilt - you have to take care of yourself so that you can effectively take care of your kids!  Taking some time for yourself and not feeling guilty while doing so can make a huge difference in your energy and mood, and therefore your overall ability to be a caregiver for your family.

If you want to hear more from Bri, you can find her online at, on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest at @hippiedippiemom.  You can also email her at  

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Written by our Guest Blogger, Kyra Shreeve. She is a Biochemistry, Health Policy, and Music student at Brandeis University. 

How the Seasons Impact Humans and Our Births

How the Seasons Impact Humans and Our Births

Some people will think the “energy talk” is too woo-woo, but there’s no denying that energy plays a role in our lives. The planets are held in place and rotating by energy, the tides are impacted by the energetic pull on the earth, and patterns of human behavior have been linked to seasons or specific times of year. Equinox’s are part of the seasons and they indicate midway points. There is a Spring Equinox and Fall Equinox. The equinoxes are said to be days of perfect balance. It’s like Mother Nature has built in days of rest and balance for us.

Since little research exist, we can look at what the seasonal impacts are on humans. We see the impacts of the changing seasons in the Mental Health sphere with things like Seasonal Affective Disorder and some studies show that suicide rates can be linked to the seasons. We see the change in energy affect humans like full moons making children act wild and many small businesses report seasonal times of huge growth that almost feels magnetic. We also can see the energetic shift when hurricanes, strong thunderstorms, and snowstorms hit. This causes a spike in births!

Since there’s not much research out there about this topic, we rely on parents sharing their personal experiences.  Hundreds of moms have shared their experiences with baby born in different seasons and having drastically different personalities and temperaments. It makes sense from an energetic standpoint. Babies born in the fall are welcomed into the world in a warm, cozy, hibernating period. Babies born in the spring are born into a “rebirthing” period of hustle and bustle. While Spring is a happy time, it is often overstimulating to small babies because the energy is so high. Some cultures consider babies born on an equinox super good luck.

Personally, in my practice, I see spikes in February/March with conception being when the weather begins to warm up, May/June with conception coordinating with the onset of Fall, and then again in August/September with the conception being during the winter holidays. Coincidentally, the “off-seasons are my times of biggest growth!  

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