1. Vaatha Vaigunya
Malfunction of Vata. This is like travel sickness, Vata moves around the body in the wrong way pushing other dosha's along too.
2. Dauhidra Avamaanana
Give the woman what she wants! So long as it is not detrimental to mother or her baby all her cravings must be satisfied. Unsatisfied desires cause morning sickness.
This means the embryo/feotus is pushing upwards which is what makes the mother feel nauseous or vomit.
The first trimester diet for a pregnant women advises lots of liquids, the embryo is still in a liquid form and the mothers body is building blood, amniotic fluid and fat. An increase in water element is very helpful.
However if you are anything like me fluids are the main offender, I just can't swallow anything liquid. I find that if I eat Vata and Pitta pacifying food as soon as a I wake up and then at 8am, 10am and 12 pm then it sets me up well for the rest of the day. You'll know what your worst time of day is (and it's not always the morning) so make sure you have food ready every two hours for that time of day.
My favourite snacks:
- apples, bananas, grapes, pears
- rice crackers
- salty crackers with cottage cheese
- plain bread, scones, chapati's
- Blanched almonds, walnuts
- Cold milk with ANZAC biscuits (cold milk is generally recommended during early pregnancy)