I have six kids, including a set of triplets, and I had morning, noon, and night sickness with all of my pregnancies. I didn’t have anything as extreme as hyperemesis, so I don’t know how much this would affect that (definitely worth a try!), but the first trimester was always brutal for me. The true torture of morning sickness is this: when you have the flu or food poisoning, you feel better after you throw up. You experience some relief to make up for the disgustingness of it. When you’re pregnant, you’ve thrown up AND you still feel sick. And you are going to do it again soon. Insult to injury, the very definition of pregnancy.
I actually discovered the trick of the ginger candies when I was pregnant with number five (which started out as numbers five and six), so I was just as sick as I was when I was pregnant with the triplets. When I was making dinner (because the children insisted on eating four times a day, whether I could tolerate food or not), within five minutes of eating a ginger candy, I would go from, “I will never eat chicken again so long as I live,” to “This smells great! I’m starving!”
When I was pregnant with number six (again), I accidentally came across an even better cure. From previous experience I had learned the importance of a prenatal fitness program during a normal, healthy pregnancy (not when pregnant with triplets). Right around week seven I started a different workout I’d never heard of before. Within a couple of days my morning sickness was GONE. I mean gone all the time gone. Morning, noon, and night gone. I panicked. For the next two weeks I thought I was going to have another miscarriage. As awful as morning sickness is, it was my every day reassurance that I was, in fact, still pregnant, which is a very valid concern when you’ve had a few miscarriages. Then I read the book associated with the workout, and found out she created it for chemo patients to help with edema (swelling), nausea, and fatigue. That’s when I realized I wasn’t going to have a miscarriage. It was just the benefits of doing this workout. I’ve never seen it promoted as an anti-morning sickness workout, this is my own personal experience.
Not only did it help with those things, it also did wonders for my back!! I fell down the stairs when I was pregnant with number 5, and I suffered terrible back pain the rest of that pregnancy. The pain disappeared when the pregnancy was over, but was coming back with this next pregnancy. As long as I did this new 15-minute workout every day, my back felt and my stomach felt great!
SO WHAT IS IT?
What is this miraculous workout that eliminates morning sickness and edema, and banishes back pain? The T-Tapp 15-Minute Basic Workout Plus created by Teresa Tapp. I’m a huge information nerd, and have to understand the why and the how, so I really enjoyed reading the book, Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, that explains more of how it works and why she started working with cancer patients in the first place (she lost her mom to cancer), as well as the technique of the exercises. It also comes with an additional DVD in the back that has an exercise for flattening your tummy, and it works (but not when you are pregnant)! It only takes 5 minutes.
I can hear you saying, “Let me see if I’ve got this right. I alternate between having my head over the toilet, lying on the bathroom floor, and forcing myself to navigate the day through the first-trimester stupor and you want me to work out?” I know. It sounds like the worst idea E-V-E-R, but I promise, you will feel better. I’m not asking you to be a gladiator or do a bootcamp. This will actually make you feel better very quickly. Give it a week. The T-Tapp 15-Minute Basic Workout Plus is also no impact, so it didn’t give my knees any trouble either, and my knees are always trouble.
It’s a very different workout than anything you’ve ever tried, and the science is fascinating. It’s also a very efficient workout. I mean, I had five kids ages two to five to take care of, and I was pregnant, so 15 minutes was right up my alley. Although, let’s be honest. A 15-minute workout is always up my alley. I will never be that “One-hour workouts are fun!” girl. This workout is effective. As great as the ginger candy discovery was for morning sickness, it was very temporary. I had to suck on those things about every hour. I’m not discounting the relief, and they are still the best thing for motion sickness, but this one 15-minute workout knocks it out for the rest of the day and night. Even better, it’s multifunctional. T-Tapp helped so much with my back, which gets more painful as the pregnancy goes on, whether you have a bad back or not. It keeps you strong and healthy so you can support the weight of that baby and bounce back faster after delivery. It also helps negate some of the impact of the dozen Oreos you ate last night. SOME. Not all. Not that I ever did that. T-Tapp makes you feel good when you are done.
This isn’t specifically a prenatal workout, so definitely get the all clear from your doctor before starting a workout, whether you are pregnant or not, because people, I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I just play one at home. Assuming your doctor gives you the thumbs up, this is actually a very efficient, effective, multifunctional workout that is great for anyone! If your doctor gives you the thumbs down on working out, try the ginger candies. They really do help. I’ll write another post about the fitness and inch-loss benefits of T-Tapp later.
Have you done T-Tapp? Are you as big a fan as I am? Do you have any secrets to banish morning sickness?
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