Jul 24, 2011

Morning Sickness

First and foremost ANYONE with "Morning Sickness" knows its just the tip of the nausea iceberg.  Morning sickness quickly becomes mid-morning sickness then of course noon, mid-afternoon, evening then night sickness.  For me it started probably around week 5 and has reared its ugly head since.  I also find that I vomit from eating the wrong thing and dry heave mainly due to hunger or the thought of something I definitely do not want to/should not eat.  Really, I get sick because I'm hungry, because I'm hot, because I've drank too much ice cold water, because I smell meat cooking... BECAUSE I'M PREGNANT!

Talking with friends and peers I've decided I am about a 7 on the scale of 1-10 (10 being pure hell) sickness spectrum.  I have a friend who is only mildly nauseous right now @ 10 weeks and one who had to take Zofran throughout most of her pregnancy. FYI, she has a very healthy beautiful 2 year old girl now.  My doctor did offer me Zofran but also warned me that I would have serious constipation. Funny, I thought I did already have serious constipation?  I passed on the Zofran while my heart broke for my friend who found it to be the lesser of the two evils.

My sickness begins the moment I wake up- God forbid I sleep-in, if I do this baby is ravenous and makes me pay dearly for it. I have smoothies on hand, I LOVE the Naked Juice smoothies and Saltine/Oyster crackers. I laughed at the crackers in bed theory for a few weeks but helpless I gave it a go.  I must say eat the crakers in bed before your feet hit the floor, it really makes a difference. Unfortunately, I have completely OD'ed on anything I found to work and recommend not doing that if you can.  Here are a few things that worked for me but now I can never drink or eat again!  Ginger Ale, Sprite Zero, Sierra Mist Natural, Sparkling Water, Saltines, spicy dill pickles & Cheese It's. Best drink for me was the Sparkling water, I think it worked so well because it was not sweet like the others. I have also found that sugar and pure sugar candy/chocolates make me sick. I also was not a sweets person before my pregnancy. Another pregnancy pain-in-my-ass is the fact that I have not been able to step foot in my local grocery store for weeks. The sight and smell of all of that food is way too much.

The following is a excerpt of a report on Morning Sickness from the American Pregnancy Association.  The complete article can be read here- http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/morningsickness.html

Morning Sickness:

More than half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness. Morning sickness is the nauseated feeling you get during pregnancy. Morning sickness can be, but is not always, accompanied with vomiting. The nausea is often a result of the increased hormones in your body. Many health care providers think morning sickness is a good sign because it means the placenta is developing well.
There are a number of do's and don'ts you can try to help alleviate your symptoms.

Helpful Do's and Don'ts:

  • Eat small meals often
  • Drink fluids 1/2 hour before or after a meal, but not with meals
  • Drink small amounts of fluids during the day to avoid dehydration
  • Eat soda crackers 15 minutes before getting up in the morning
  • Avoid foods and smells that increase nausea
  • Ask someone else to cook for you and open the windows or turn on fans if the odor bothers you
  • Get plenty of rest and nap during the day
  • Avoid warm places (feeling hot adds to nausea)
  • Sniff lemons or ginger, drink lemonade, or eat watermelon to relieve nausea
  • Eat salty potato chips (they have been found to settle stomachs enough to eat a meal)
  • Exercise
  • Do not lie down after eating
  • Do not skip meals
  • Do not cook or eat spicy food

It is absolutely amazing to me that the "mothers instinct" is real and prevalent from my first few weeks of pregnancy.  I LOVE Saga Blue Cheese, Goat Cheese, Sushi and a Good Beer with a cigarette, I could eat raw tuna, shrimp, mussels and oysters all day!  Since being pregnant none of those things I crave or want, in fact now I really want to puke.  What I do crave, that I NEVER craved before baby, are salty potato chips, everything bagels with cream cheese, spaghetti noodles with a bland ragu-like sauce and all together bland foods. 

I suppose it really is true... EAT WHAT YOU CRAVE!!!  

The Mothers Intuition is amazing and if you don't trust it you are a fool!-(Think Mr. T)   

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