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morning sickness and diet

http://birthfaith.org/exercise/preventing-morning-sickness

Interesting ideas about how nutrition can impact nausea during pregnancy that I thought you ladies might find interesting.

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That is interesting and would make a great study. I am very interested in doing a serious cleanse, probably not until next summer b/c of how sick you can get (lots of running to the toilet I've been told) and I'll likely be done or almost done with nursing by then. I also began drinking alkaline water from my acupuncturist during my pg. I don't know if I believe in that per se, but I do believe our bodies are very toxic from the food we consume.

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I agree this article is interesting .....

First, my own experience. I'm vegetarian. I haven't eaten fast food in at least 6 years, I'm not a big fan of sweets, and I very rarely eat junk food. Still, I experienced pretty awful morning sickness.

Second, how exactly will eating acidic foods such as lemons and limes "alkalinize" your body? Sure, lemon juice (pH2) is slightly more basic than your stomach acid (pH 1-2) but so are the vast majority of most things. Am I missing something? I've read (and whole-heartedly believe) that dill pickles help heartburn by adding a milder acid to your stomach, which signals reduced output of acid. But that's a far cry from alkalinizing your stomach. I'm fairly certain that you'd die if you were to turn your stomach basic.

There is clearly a reason behind why women in industrialized nations are plagued with morning sickness whereas women in other parts of the world may have never heard of it. Diet could most certainly play a large role in it. However, I don't buy this alkalizing theory. But if it convinces people to eat healthier, go for it!

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yeah...I thought that lemons and limes were acidic...acidic fruits make my mouth raw.

One of the comments on the entry was from a chiropractor who appears to be an expert on raw foods and she said that the human body needs to be alkaline, but the stomach itself needs to be acidic to digest foods...so I don't think what she is describing is actually "alkalinizing" your stomach acid, but more about keeping your body in balance instead of it being "all acid all the time," maybe?

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Your blood is typically about pH 7.4, which is technically on the edge of basic but is considered neutral. Your body has extremely complex mechanisms in place to maintain this pH and with good reason. All of your metabolic processes are geared to work within a very narrow range of pH. A change in the pH of your blood stream by even 0.1 requires medical attention and a change by 0.5 means big trouble. You can eat all the cucumbers you want and it won't change the pH of your blood. However, they are tasty and virtually calorie free :p.

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Interesting... Just my experience - with my first, I wasn't eating very healthy before I got pregnant, and not the best at the beginning of the pregnancy. Almost no nausea at all. Pregnancy number 2 I had been eating healthy and did a liver/gallbladder cleanse 2 months before I got pregnant. I was nauseous almost 24/7. I couldn't eat anything except saltines a lot of days. I did find that green tea helped the nausea though - and that's alkalizing.

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Interesting article. I agree that cutting out some of the junk we consume could help just about anything, morning sickness to boot. I'm not personally 100% on board with all of her ideas though based on my own experience.

I had some major m/s this pregnancy and ironically ate a lemon (entire whole lemon like you eat an apple minus the peel) or 2, ok sometimes 3, every day until about 20 weeks. I just could not get enough lemon. It was like that with my 1st pregnancy too. Anything sugary made me want to gag but then again we don't eat sugar in general or many refined foods. But anyway my point was that if her theory held true then I should have not had the 'on the floor' morning sickness that I had every night. That is great if it works for her or anyone else though!

Now I'm totally on board with Erin and her dill pickles for heart burn. Thank you so much for that idea a while back because it has totally worked for me numerous times!

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Okay, I did some more reading about it because I was confused. What has the alkalinizing effect is not the pH of the food itself, but the pH of the "ash" or "residue" the food leaves behind in the body when it is digested. It is the mineral content of the food that determines the pH of the "residue," SO, foods that we would normally think of as "acidic" such as lemons an limes actually have an alkalinizing effect on the body due to the residue the food leaves in the body after being digested (how they know this, I have not figured out yet). All the work that our bodies do to keep the pH of us the same no matter what we eat can, in theory, put stress on the body and cause us to not fuction properly, which is why proponents of this theory feel that this diet makes people more healthy. Of course, if you look at the lists of foods, it is really all about eating less highly processed foods and meats and eating a lot of vegetables, which is a pretty healthy way of eating reguardless of any scientific theories.

Links:
http://www.energiseforlife.com/list_of_alkaline_foods.php
http://www.energiseforlife.com/food_ph.php
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/alkalinediet.htm

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Very interesting. All of the "good" foods she listed are on my list of favorite foods (minus celery) however, to even think of garlic and onion (my two favorite ingredients normally) make me want to vomit. I ate cucumber the other day (have so many growing now and have made tons of salads before I got pg) and thought I was going to lose it.

I definitely think she may be on to something but the m/s I feel and the aversions and super strong and although I typically think "mind over matter" it simply doesn't work for me in early pg.

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I just wonder how she manages to gain any weight eating cucumbers, celery, lemons......?? :eek:

My 2 cents...

Lemons were a godsend during my first pregnancy. I added lemon juice to my water all the time and it helped temporarily with that HORRID pregnancy taste I had in my mouth (I haven't had it yet this time).

A lot of it is really bland stuff, which I'm sure would be fine for m/s... A lot of the time when I got really nauseated with DS, it was because I ate something with a really strong flavor that I would belch constantly (gross, I know)... So in hindsight, more bland foods (celery, cucumbers) would have been a good idea. Perhaps this is the reason I craved baby carrot sticks and ate them by the masses? I forget... She may have even mentioned carrots.

I'm going to have to agree with the pp on things like garlic and onions though... I ate tons of both while pregnant with DS, and they were some of the worst offenders for me (for the reason listed above... too strong of flavors that would NOT go away and just kept making me more and more nauseated)... That's especially true of the stronger red-skinned onions.

As for me... I've gotta have more substance in my diet or I would wither away to nothing! Wink

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I had really severe HG with my first. I'm a vegetarian and ate cucumbers ALL. THE. TIME. Not because of any type of pH property, but because when you puke them back up, they're soft, squishy, and cool.

It didn't help me to eat them, but they sure are easy to bring back up!

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"MommyJannah" wrote:

I had really severe HG with my first. I'm a vegetarian and ate cucumbers ALL. THE. TIME. Not because of any type of pH property, but because when you puke them back up, they're soft, squishy, and cool.

It didn't help me to eat them, but they sure are easy to bring back up!

I also chose food based on how easy it was on me coming back up! Wink