Pregnancy Nausea

First Tri Nausea/Fatigue

God bless, it’s truly the worst shit ever. With JJ it was bad. It was all day flu like symptoms and I wouldn’t actually vomit, just nauseous and smell sensitive all damn day. Cringe at the thought. Anyway, moms going through it, I see you and I am praying for you, especially if you have another one to look after at the same time, it’s like ummm hellish. Here is what I did to get through. Everyyyyone is different so take this with a grain.


AROMARINGS. Praise the heavens above. I think I had one in my nose for 9 weeks. Literally GAME CHANGE. In your first trimester your sense of smell is INTENSE. They think that may be why we get so nauseous. Who knows. Everything I smelled from my fridge to Jerry cooking chicken made me want to literally DIE. The aroma rings were a lifesaveerrrrrrrrrr, when I was done with one I would put it in a plastic bag with peppermint oil so I could reuse.


Unisom at night. Sleeping pill, people say it helps with nausea. It could’ve eased it but idk honestly. This shit will knock you out but if you don’t think it’s working use Rutavala on your feet for sleep. I could not diffuse anything first trimester, that is literally how ill I was.


Super Vitamin B. Yo swear this is a game changer. I doubled my dose on this.


Ningxia + Club. Water was even an issue to get down so this I drank all day. This way I knew I was getting the nutrients that I was lacking by not eating. I froze my ningxia packets as well. Idk why it went down so much better that way.


Supplements. Wasn’t pretty getting these down BUT I took Master Formula which covers just about everything you need, a prenatal, and Life 9 because I was irregular thanks to hormones. Lmao wild.


Carbs + soup. All I could do. Wooooooo lord it was bad.


Lemons. Lemons in my water, diffused lemon and peppermint all day.


Digize on both belly and back morning and night. The smell is hard to take at this point but it did provide some relief. Peppermint on your tummy should only be avoided in the last tri so you good.


Spearmint oil on your thumb, apply to roof of mouth for some relief.


Peppermint behind my neck all day. Eucalyptus and lavender in the shower – idk why this did it for me.


Aromaease is one people swear by but personally I couldn’t stomach the smell. Try it though, everyone is different.


Red raspberry leaf tea is said to help but it didn’t help with me. *gag*


Keep saltines on you at all times. Eat them in the am before you get up.


Get the Gentle Babies book right the F now. It is INCREDIBLE for everything from pregnancy to toddler.

Pregnancy # 2

I was just telling a few of my friends who are hesitant to get pregnant with number 2 because being pregnant with number 1 was so effing overwhelming.

Let me explain how I feel.

So pregnancy with JJ (number 1) was tough for me. I went from partying and socializing and trips and friends all day every day to a complete 180 life change. I was sick af in the beginning which made me a tad depressed. It was a life change I was not ready for. I was excited to be pregnant but I also had no idea what I was in for so it was a wild ride. The unknown will get ya!

I am enjoying this pregnancy SO MUCH MORE than pregnancy number one.

With JJ my life completely changed, with this pregnancy I am already in mom mode. Jerry and I already hit the sheets at 10, we don’t stay out late on weekends anymore, like we are already in parent mode. No shell shock with this pregnancy. We actually are getting along better because we know what to expect (mood swings wise) and how to navigate certain situations.

Pregnant with JJ I had no clue what I was waiting for. I knew I was having a baby but I had no idea how much I would love this human so it was kind of underwhelming. I was like okay this long waiting game is boring and like why did I do this? I was excited to give birth simply to be done with pregnancy, I wasn’t exactly excited to meet this babe. This time I am like okay I am ready to meet youuuuuuuu!!!!! I am SO excited to meet this little human being.

I was overwhelmed with joy when JJ was born, not sure if it was an instant connect, my post partum anxiety was little much. It wasn’t chart topping anxiety but it was enough to not thoroughly enjoy newborn life. In fact, I hated it. I’m not sure if that is because I was too anxious to enjoy it? Probably. I have a good feeling that this go around I will be way more present and relaxed, taking in all newborn snuggles I can.

That is my take on pregnancy number two. I have about a month and half left and I cannot believe I have room in my heart to love another human but I trust that I will.

My Oily Labor Plan


Going on baby number two so this whole article has been updated! My God do you learn a lot after becoming a mom. SHEESH.

I had such an amazing experience (though definitely wild and at times painful) during labor with jj.
Thank you Jesus for YL. Having those tools- It totally put me in such a mindset, I felt powerful af. YL has SO many tools to make your labor unforgettable, manageable and amazing.


I overpacked HUGE time with JJ. This time I am taking on the minimalist approach so I can fit all of the hospital supplies I will be taking home with me in there.

◖ Oils/diffuser
◖ Labor playlist
◖ Chapstick and lavender face spray
◖ Crappy flops for shower
◖ Blanket
◖ Your own towel
◖ Snacks – mints to keep your mouth moist during labor
◖ Shampoo, condition, lotion, etc.
◖ Hair ties and headbands
◖ Cotton t-shirt dress/nightgown
◖ Sports bra for your sore boobies
◖ ipad.   

◖ going home outfit

◖ Comfy socks
◖ Extra long phone charger

◖ Wine for a victory cheers (and wine opener)
◖ Water bottle with lid

Baby going home outfit.

Also – TAKE EVERYTHING FROM THE HOSPITAL. They want you to. If you’re formula feeding take all of those bottles too.

Lav & Peace+Calming//

Apply a few drops on your belly to help calm you and baby down. You can diffuse Peace + Calming or apply directly to your chest. I have my oil and roller form of P+C I’ll be bringing with me.

Use this combo if you are dealing with restless leg or if you simply can’t get comfy enough to snooze.

This routine not only calms you on the way to the hospital, it can even slow down early labor.

Alsooooooooo, these are to be used on baby when the little nugget is fussy as all hell.

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Encouraging Labor//


This million dollar bottle is a freaking miracle. Once labor begins, apply this as a perfume or simply drop into hands and inhale. The smell will keep you calm and happy. It smells like a dream.

[ I have been wearing it as a perfume all week in hopes of labor about a week early ]

Jasmine has antidepressant and antibacterial properties. It is also known to be a sexual stimulant.

Already a YL member? You can use your reward points to grab this oil. It’s a bit pricey so treat yourself. SO worth it.


Diffusing During Labor//

Okay so check with your hospital to see if you are allowed to diffuse in your room. I am delivering at Lankenau and have yet to check but you bet your ass I am bringing my Orb diffuser and hoping for the best. This little guy is small but powerful. If you don’t have it yet, add it to your ER because you are truly missing out. I currently use it in my car.

Anywho, here is your diffuser recipe to bump during labor …

(4 drops of each)
🌱 Lavender
🌱 Frankincense
🌱 Ylang Ylang
🌱 Roman Chamomile

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Labor Roller//

Mix the following oils with carrier oil in a roller for when labor starts. Massage into the your inner ankles, on little toes, little fingers, lower back, and abdomen. These oils will help regulate and keep you focused during the most amazing job you’ll ever have.

🌱 Helichrysum- 4 drops
🌱 Fennel – 4 drops
🌱 Peppermint – 2 drops
🌱 Ylang Ylang – 6 drops
🌱 Clary Sage – 3 drops

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In my research I have found that this guy is a key player during labor. I mean I am obsessed with Frank anyway. This is my yoga oil. Centers and calms. I often drop frank into the palms of my hands and inhale deeply, then I rub it all over my face for wrinkle prevention.

So when you are going into labor, if you remember, one drop of frank around your vaginal opening. Your babe is going to come out zen AF.

I also recommend placing a drop on your newborns forehead to welcome he/she into the world.



Apply four to six drops on wrists, chests, and back (or bottom of feet). You’ll want to love on valor during transitional labor and pushing. This is no shocker to me as we all use valor to calm our nerves, anxiety and halt panic attacks.

**If you are feeling super anxious, directly inhale valor, breathing long and heavy, in and out. I don’t recommend diffusing it because it knocks my ass out at night for bed and I don’t want to feel sleepy when I’m supposed to be pushing.

Strength + Focus//

If you are pregnant – grab these now!

🌱 Brain Power: Apply two drops on neck and throat

🌱 En-R-Gee: Hate the smell of this oil so I am applying to the bottom of my feet. If you don’t mind it, apply to wrists and back of neck

🌱 Ylang Ylang: Apply to hands and feet to advance labor. Keeps your blood pressure from spiking through the roof. I friggin love this oil.

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Cool Down, Mom//

So from what I hear the pushing is going to make me cry, sweat, puke, and more and I cannot wait. LOL

I have these dry face masks from amazon I am going to use as neck and face cloths to cool me down during labor. Bring a bowl with you so your partner (give them something to do) can add cold water to it along with these masks.

This is what you want to add to your dry face masks.

(10 drops of each)
🌱 Jasmine – there it is again! Love you, Jas.
🌱 Roman Cham
🌱 Geranium
🌱 Lavender – I am using 20 drops of lav. Obsessed.

face cloth

The Afterbirth Blend//

Make yourself an afterbirth roller with the following oils and carrier oil to rub on your abdomen after birth. This will help expel placenta and tone the uterus. Who doesn’t want that?

Each of these oils are super uplifting too. You’ll feel amazing.

(10 drops each)
🌱 Geranium
🌱 Lavender
🌱 Jasmine

The Bon Voyage Kit//

This miracle bag of goods takes care of about 90% of my needs at the hospital. Check out everything it includes.

Amazing for travel too! I’ll use this no matter where I travel now. Add it right to your ER!

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pack your friggin ningxia//
I adore this supplement. If you aren’t drinking it you’re insane, please read on.
Can you eat 100 oranges, 814 blueberries, 22 medium carrots, 10.85 lbs spinach, 59 broccoli florets, 73 med. strawberries, and 93 apples? No? Then just drink 1 packet of Ningxia. I’m not kidding you, it’s equivalent to all of that. ⁣
Ningxia Red has helped my family through digestive stuff, pregnancy, my spacey-ness, when we’ve been under the weather, when I crave sweets… so many things.
It has helped in keeping me regular and my levels balanced throughout pregnancies.
Anyway, have some packets ready for you to drink after labor to recover and give your body allll the things.

Clary Sage//
You are going to want to bring this bottle – SUCH a key player in all the things for labor.
Basically if you want to speed up your labor
To increase and strengthen contractions//
Clary Sage applied around the inside of the ankles and internally as needed, eg.
1 drop every half an hour
Dilation, if delayed//
Clary Sage, use orally 1 drop every 15 minutes or 6 drops and see what happens
over the next couple hours, then repeat if necessary.
Blood Pressure
If too low or too high during pregnancy or birthing//
AromaLife Blend, I drop on the heart and inner wrist
Clary Sage lowers if too high!
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Prep those bathroom baskets //
So you are going to take a tonnnnn from the hospital so grab a basket for each bathroom in your house. You can keep your mesh undies, tucks pads, perinatal bottle etc. in them. Easyyy button!!!
 make padsicles!
Link below has a ton of stuff from Amazon you can grab.


So I’m bringing this babe into the world right smack dab in the middle of flu season.

Thieves. Bring the oil, the spray, the antibacterial gel, the roller for you.

Don’t feel like a bitch when your aunt comes in and tries to kiss the brand new baby. Tell her to give it a little due to flu season. I’m sure she will understand!

Having the spray on hand is such an easy way to keep everyone on their toes as soon as they walk in the door.

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3rd trimester tea//
If you are reading this you are most likely prepping for labor. get you some 3rd trimester tea. this stuff is formulated with organic herbs traditionally used to to nurture third trimester bodies and to prepare for labor.
There's a Pregnancy Tea For That! - Thrifty Nifty Mommy


🌱 Claraderm: I’ve been spraying on my lady parts since week 33 to prevent tearing during labor. This is also used after labor to help your lady parts recover.

🌱 Linen Spray: I want to make myself as comfortable as possible and there’s nothing that scream my bed more than lavender sheets and pillows.

🌱 Tender Tush: This is what I have been using on my stomach and bum to prevent stretch marks where my body is stretching the most. I’ve grown to love the way this deeply hydrates my skin and I now use it all over.

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Good luck, Mom! YOU GOT THIS.

Trimester #3. The 72 Year Pregnancy.

third tri

It’s finally real. I promise you I thought I would be pregnant for the rest of my life. The fact that I am 32 weeks is so surreal. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried (a lot), I’m happy, I’m sad. I’m not exactly sure I can even recall what I ate for breakfast this morning tbh.

Thinking back on this journey it’s such a miracle that we even got pregnant. It isn’t an easy thing to do and the stars aligned for sure. This overwhelms me with gratitude, I truly wouldn’t change it for the world. I used to be so frustrated that I had to carry the baby for almost a year while Jerry’s life remained the same but now I actually feel bad that he doesn’t get the chance to experience these kicks and leaps happening in my stomach. I mean not to mention, it’s pretty bad ass that my body is not only is growing a human but somehow I’ll find the strength to push it out into the world. Then raise it? Who let this happen? Do I get a lifetime supply of wine after?

Now don’t get me wrong, pregnancy isn’t a cake walk and I don’t exactly enjoy all of it. If we’re being honest, I don’t enjoy most of it. It’s a wild ride. Oh and in the summer *L-O-L*. I really should’ve listened to the moms who would tell me “oh God you have a lonnnngg summer ahead of you” because it is in fact the longest summer of my life. I am not kidding you people that don’t even usually drink are drinking. Walking to the beach is a funny joke too because you really can’t breath to begin with and your body temp is already at 1000 degrees, so. People tell you SO MANY THINGS. Ah you’ll be fine! Eat your way through it! But that doesn’t really appeal to me. Idk maybe the thought of gaining 100 lbs on top of being a social recluse is scary to me? Working out is a huge release, love my Orange Theory classes. There’s highs and lows. Just gotta go with it.

At this point I have had enough. I’ve been through the first tri nausea and the second tri bliss. I have exactly 2 months left and I am trying my best to enjoy but I really just want to meet this baby. Dare I say I’m excited for labor? I know all of you moms out there are friggin cringing. “Omg enjoy this time alone, self-care, take a nap!” I’m sorry but that just isn’t me. I’m not a patient person, I self-care to the max regardless of being pregnant or not, and I don’t nap. Like ever. Fucking sucks but my body like refuses naps. If pregnancy isn’t for you, that is fine. I hear ya sista sledge. That doesn’t mean we aren’t grateful. I am beyonnnnddd grateful. Every day I thank God for this miracle. Sometimes I’ll be like holy shit how did this happen.

What I’ve learned.

For the love of God please do you. Do what makes you happy, not what makes your mom, significant other, or friends happy. If you don’t want to go somewhere, don’t. If you need a day off, call out. I think it is easy for people to chalk off pregnancy as simply carrying around a human for 10 months. Not the case. Your body is no longer yours. Your brain is at a rapid decline. Your shit scheduled isn’t even the same. Oh AND absolutely everyone in the world is going to get on your nerves at some point so just breathe. Huff some oils baby. It’s not going to work because it just is what it is I just want to prep you. Your significant other won’t get you, your mom forgets about her pregnancy so she won’t get you. Just don’t expect much because your hormones are going to win this one. They always win. You have to take care of YOU. Connect with those who get you. I promise, it’ll make you feel so much better.

2nd Trimester: It really is all it’s cracked up to be.


What a breath of fresh air. Holy friggin shit. Dare I say I like being pregnant? [JK, that was my hormones]

That is, if your nausea and fatigue symptoms have passed. Condolences if they haven’t. I said it before and I will say it again, you deserve an award. It’s true hell.

Now that my energy is back I’m sure Jerry wants me dead because I am in nesting mode, updating and repainting every room in the house to prepare. In my mind, I’ll be immobile in my third trimester and after birth I’ll be a slave to my newborn. Why not barrel down the hatches now?

First child pregnancy is amazing and boring all at the same time. My sleep schedule is impeccable. Well rested. No toddler to chase around. Self-care is happening on the reg. But on the other hand, it gets quite boring for that same exact reason. Before pregnancy, life was social. Very, very social. While I enjoy this chapter of my life, I’m uhmm limited.

God forbid you say pregnancy isn’t really your thing, people have strokes. Back it up Nancy, nobody said I wasn’t grateful. I’m beyond blessed and very aware of it. Just a tad bored. Plus, summer is around the corner and who doesn’t want a nice spritzer on the beach? [WARNING: I am saying what many people think, so if you’re offended please stop reading and I apologize, I am currently just as sensitive as you are. I get it.]

Here’s where it gets tricky. Now that people know you are pregnant, the comments are just…

At the same time you are in mom mode so your brain is all alert and sensitive and weird. If you try to explain to someone why you’re a tad bored of pregnancy from your point of view people try to find remedies for you – which is totally nice and normal – but you don’t want to hear it. Trying to explain to someone who is on their 5th beer that my outlet options are kind of limited is frustrating. Have another glass Nancy, I’ll be over here petting my stomach trying to stay awake while Kathy tells me the same story for the third time. *forced smile*

“What do you mean? Enjoy this time! Go to the gym!” Oh honey, I go to the gym and pamper myself when I’m not pregnant so buzz off. “You have to find a way to have fun without alcohol.” Ok Nance, you try going to a 30th birthday party where everyone is lit and you’re sober. “You’re not going to find out the gender?? You’re nuts!! Why would you not??” My own moms like, “well you know how you get.” Me? Mom, I’m perfect. Please.

Again, it’s not wrong of anyone to have these comments, I used to make them myself! I still do! People are truly, genuinely nice and trying to relate. However, you feel how you feel and it’s so much cooler when you find the person who’s like, “God bless ya hunny, it’s going to be a longgggg summer with that big ass belly and no cocktails.” My eyes light up. I’m like, “Giiiirrrllll let me tell youuuu about it. It’s been a long winter! Pull up a chair.”

Do what makes you happy! Don’t want to sit through a happy hour? Don’t! You know yourself way more than anyone else and now is not the time to do things you don’t feel like doing. Not the girl who can still hang pregnant? Who tf cares? I’m not. I yawn and want to put a face mask on and rub my stomach. Don’t care.

Also, you can totally have a glass of wine here and there. Weddings tend to be tiresome so have a glass of red and have it proud! Drink your 12 oz of coffee your allotted to (fking brutal – I do 6oz in the am and 6 I the afternoon), eat your cooked sushi. Do friggin you. Now a day’s society makes you think you can’t even fart without your kid coming out with 4 eyes. Just relax. An uptight momma means an uptight baby. I am so blessed to have the doctors I do at the McConnell division. They’re so down to earth. “I mean yeah avoid seafood like swordfish but I mean have you ever even had swordfish? Exactly.”

I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune once the little babe arrives. I really can’t wait for that. To raise a little human is truly the greatest, most powerful gift you can ever give. These posts are just how I feel now. Writing them for myself and for those who feel the same. May you never stifle your voices. Your emotions are just as important as the glowing pregnant girl who wants 10 kids and can’t wait to carry them all. Power to her too! You kill it bb.

My First Trimester. Though beautiful, not exactly rainbows and daisies.

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In fact, it was terrible. I’ll say it.

Please, please, please keep in mind that every single pregnancy is different and absolutely everyone has their own experiences, thoughts and feelings. I just want to share mine so that those who are going through it don’t feel so alone.

So I had a wine + oils night at my house (shocker) on January 24th and called mags before to tell her my body is acting strange and I know my body pretty friggin well. Bring a pregnancy test when you come over tonight. I’m not going to take it until Tuesday because I’m not even late and I don’t want to waste your test. Everyone leaves and after 3 glasses of red, I pour my last one out knowing damn well that it was going to be my last for a very long time. Went upstairs, took the test and almost fell off the can.

Emotions. I was so unbelievably excited I woke Jerry up (12:30am to be exact, poor dude) and he is like hold up I thought you were getting your period (TMI). I had every single symptom, so I did as well, hence why I almost fell off the pisser. This is also why we bought puppy Joe off Bob the bartender after a Sunday day load at Cuddys Brookline. Now I had a puppo and a human on the way. Did not sleep a single wink that night. So many thoughts and emotions, not an oil in the world could help me.

“Omg I am SO grateful, this is unreal. I guess I’ll tell my mom? Is it too early? Wow. Do I take another test? Could it be wrong? Like holy smokes. Jerry goes right back to sleep. I do not sleep a wink. Cried the whole next day because I was so happy/emotional/overtired.

Shell shock. This being my first pregnancy, I think what you don’t factor in is how much your life will change when you actually do get pregnant. My world was just flipped upside down with joy, gratitude, so much love, all the tears and fear. It’s like breaking up with your past life, which I was totally ready for but not at the same time if that makes sense.

There’s the whole, your life was a big party and social events aren’t exactly ideal anymore (I’ll say it). Social events in the first trimester when you are trying to keep it a secret and not throw up are crippling to say the least. It was my birthday weekend so I had all the dinners that could ever be planned so that was fun. Especially if you are sick and tired like I was. I could barely eat or keep my eyes open. My patience was nonexistent. Scratch that, it was in the negatives. The “morning sickness” was actually “all day sickness”. I didn’t even like to be around me. I would literally sit in my car and cry because I was so frustrated at how I felt and I didn’t want to be dramatic about it – as if crying in my car wasn’t dramatic enough. It truly was like waking up every single morning with a stomach bug sprinkled with the flu with a food poison cherry on top. Every single day. For about 2.5 months. Couldn’t use or smell any of my oils. Super B and Ningxia became the only things I could take down and not want die after. Carbs were cool.

My mom never experienced this illness so she was like “omg get over yourself”. Jerry didn’t get it so I started to feel alone and hated myself for not being this glowing pregnant woman skipping around and whistling. Please reread that. Your partner is not going to get it and it is not their fault. They aren’t the one going through these hormonal, body and life changes. That was the toughest for me to swallow because I always have had such an easy time expressing my emotions to loved ones that when both my mom and Jerry didn’t get it I felt so alone. Am I going mad? Thank God for mags. I called her after an exhausting dinner and was like dude what is wrong with me??? She brought me back down to earth real quick.

Don’t get me wrong, there wasn’t a day that went by that I wasn’t SO grateful and in love with my baby, the connection for me was instant. It was just really hard to even think about that when the only symptoms you have are nausea, fatigue, sore tits and severe mood swings. I was no longer in control of my body and emotions.

All worth it. The 8-week appointment was incredible, it became real. Of course you have the whole “what if there’s nothing in there” anxiety chat with yourself because if you say it out loud people think you’re insane. The heartbeat had me sobbing until the minute I pulled back into work. We were like wow this is a true miracle. God has seriously blessed us. How can we be so lucky? My best friend is literally living in my stomach.

So what I want to say is that the hunnies going through it right now, I get you. If you don’t feel good you don’t feel good. It is OK to let yourself get a little frustrated. Our feelings are very important. They count. They matter. Feel it and don’t feel bad about it. I’m not saying walk around hissing at people because you can’t eat let alone smell food because that’s just mean. Just keep pushing through and reminding yourself that the second trimester is euphoric (for most, sorry for those who have sickness the whole 9 months, you literally deserve a friggin holiday dedicated to you) and you are taking part in a miracle. Not many can say that. I am in the second trimester now and it really is all they say. This crazy, hormonal journey is so, so worth it. I never feel alone and I think about him/her all the time. I truly cannot wait to hold this babe and teach him/her that they can literally do and be anything that they want. The world is yours baby M.