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Cooking Through the Childbearing Year:

An herbal exploration of food, drink, and family

By: Emilie Jenkins, MSM

January 15, 2020

Emilie Jenkins, MSM, is a midwifery graduate of Bastyr University. She is an herbalist and lover of food based out of Bellingham, WA. As our guest blogger, she shares her love for botanical medicine and working with recipes as they apply to pregnancy’s specific trimester needs. In her spare time, Emilie is a cellist-baker-beekeeper, a reader of books and enjoyer of strolls around the park.

If you enjoy these recipes, stay tuned for Emilie’s full cookbook, Cooking Through the Childbearing Year, due to be published June 2021.

Simple Syrup

Early pregnancy discomforts can vary widely. One of the most common is nausea and vomiting, often called “morning sickness” through it is very rarely limited to morning. Pregnancy is hard work. You’re making a human being from scratch! And all that building takes a lot of building blocks, things like glucose (sugars), proteins, and lipids (fats). There are also huge hormone shifts in early pregnancy as you shift from one to two. These big jumps and shifts along with the quick changes in blood sugar are some of the things that can lead to morning sickness.

There is hope. Eating small frequent meals, high in protein can be one way to combat morning sickness. Keeping a bowl of nuts next to your bed to eat first thing in the morning can be helpful. The following are recipes to settle your baby belly and equip you to handle these first months of change.

Ginger Simple Syrup

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup water

4 TBS grated fresh ginger

Peppermint Chamomile Simple Syrup

1 Cup sugar

1 cup water

¼ Cup dried peppermint

¼ Cup dried chamomile

Substitute peppermint with the zest of 1-2 lemons for Lemon Chamomile Simple Syrup. Use 1 TBS of lavender with or without the chamomile, for a more relaxing flavor. Take care with lavender, it can easily become overpowering and perfum-y.

Place ingredients into a small saucepan. Heat on medium high, stirring constantly until it begins to bubble lightly, taking care not to boil. Stir until the liquid is reduced by half.

Add to fizzy water to dress up a drink or to ease nausea throughout the day or night. Add fresh fruit to dress up a summer mocktail.