Bloggin’ Again… With a Purpose. (AKA: How I Dealt W Morning Sickness)

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My hubby and I announced our pregnancy to the world!

3 months pregnant

we also announced that we have finally left NYC and moved to the suburbs.

eric michelle new house

A lot of announcing at once, yes I know.

At 12 weeks, I feel it’s finally okay to start chronicling this journey called motherhood.

So far, I’ve had a pretty quintessential first trimester.

Morning sickness was awful. Combined with the fatigue it was much like being hungover for 2 months. But no matter how much Gatorade I chugged, and how much fried food I ate, I couldn’t beat the damn nausea. As a former wino, the feeling was so familiar, and so my inability to get rid of it was so disconcerting.

Anyway, my quick hangover morning sickness remedies for all you 1st trimester moms out there.
1. Ginger tea – Look it’s an ancient Asian remedy, yes… but I also found that the warmth of the tea itself was very soothing. Boil some ginger slices, add some honey and lemon, if you like, and then sip away. It will at least pretend to calm your stomach for a little while
2. Aromatherapy – Who knows if I’m just falling into a psychosomatic trap, but my friend Cindi gifted me this fantastic Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness spray. Basically it smells like ginger and citrus… So if you want to just sniff your tea, go for it.
3. Watermelon – or any super watery fruit that you like. Preferably something nostalgic that reminds you of a simpler time when you weren’t trying to grow a tiny human being inside you. It hydrates, (and thus is also good for your skin!) and will soothe.
4. Get a massage – Easy way out, but what the hell. The relief from all the rubbing will at least take your mind off the nausea. Also if you are battling major fatigue, this is a great way to get in a mid-day nap.

These are the 4 things that worked for me. Most everything else that people recommended did jacksh*t. Those car sickness bands that dig into your wrist, magnesium supplements, taking a “brisk walk” (wth is that?), deep breathing (well, this helped a little… like for the duration of the breath).

But my real take away from this was that you have to try everything, and byt he time you are ALMOST done with your first trimester, you will find out what works. At least you can save the knowledge for the next baby.

Also, now that I think of it, all those rememdies would also work for a hangover.

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Homemade Soy Milk

Soy milk is SOOOO much better when you make it at home.

It tastes sweeter & cleaner, and you know there are no preservatives/chemicals.

Eatingrules posted the following video so you can do it at home too (trust me, you want to)

In case you dont feel like watching the video, heres the way my Korean mom makes her soy milk:

My Mom’s Soy Milk

Take a pound of dry soy beans, rinse them thoroughly, and then soak overnight, for at least 12 hours in the fridge (in my mom’s technique). Some say 8 hours is fine.

Once theyre soaked, drain and rinse the beans.

Put 1 cup of beans and 2 cups of hot water into a blender or foodprocessor and puree them. Pour the pulp into a large bowl and continue until all your beans are done.

Place a muslin cloth in a bowl, put a manageable portion of the soy puree in there, then squeeze the living bejeezus out of it. Continue until all of your puree has been squeezed out.

You can use the pulp that remains to make vegetarian dishes like burgers or stir fry. This is actually super useful, so don’t throw it away if you have a use for it.

Take the liquid that has been squeezed from your beans and put it in a pot. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and let it simmer for 8 minutes.

Remove from heat. Let it cool. Refrigerate and enjoy!