Knocked Up And Knocked Down

October 2, 2007

Last pregnancy, I had no morning sickness. This pregnancy, the morning sickness is lasting ALL DAY. I’ve been curled up in the fetal position on the floor, eyes squeezed shut to stop the endless waves of sea-sicky vurp, moving only to take position by toilet, for two days now. (Last week, it was only lasting through the afternoon.)

The doctor prescribed Diclectin, an anti-nauseant, but it knocks me out, which is great, except for the fact that I can’t appreciate the absence of nausea from the condition of unconsciousness. I’m not totally averse to unconsciousness – some of my best naps have involved unconsciousness – but I really do like to have some awake time on any given day.

The nausea is a good sign, I know. It’s all those crazy hormones, throwing a party for that embryo down there, and the crazier they are, the better the party is, and a better party usually means a more robust guest-of-honour. Last time around, there was no nausea, but there were also lots of scary hormone tests that indicated that things were too quiet down there, which was scary (Wonderbaby, as it happened, waited until the third trimester to start throwing parties, and she never stopped.) So, yes, I get it – the nausea is good. But still, yuck. It feels craptastic. I feel craptastic.

What do I do? Any magic remedies? Something that takes the edge off the sick but doesn’t make me unconscious? I’m no fun when unconscious (well, mostly.)

(crawling back under blanket with bucket now…)

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    radioactive girl October 8, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    When I was pregnant with my twins and feeling really sick, the only thing that helped me was fruit juice popsicles. Something about the coldness and the fruit sugar calmed my stomach. Good luck! I’ll be thinking of you!

    Jaelithe October 9, 2007 at 1:33 am

    I had all-day morning sickness. Totally sucks.

    Nthing the ginger suggestions. And you don’t have to take pills. There’s ginger tea, and pickled ginger (the kind you get with sushi– you can buy it by itself at an Asian grocery store).

    I used to keep a box of plain Saltine crackers by my bed so that when I woke up in the morning I could force one down immediately and thus manage to experience ripples of nausea as I stood up, rather than waves.

    But, really, nothing made it go away completely. *sigh*

    Laura McIntyre October 9, 2007 at 6:14 am

    Cannot be much help, but morning sickness is horrible so really hope your feeling better soon

    rachel @ Littler Inch October 11, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Almost everyone’s mentioned ginger, but no one’s shared a recipe for ginger tea! Here it is: Steep 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Take sips over a long period of time rather than chugging, but don’t have more than 2 full cups a day. This tastes particularly good if you add some honey, although it may be better to keep things simple.

    Another tea (but not really tea since it isn’t made from tea leaves, hence no caffeine) is Rooibos, which South African women drink during pregnancy. It’s a drink that’s even recommended for babies with upset tummies, so it’s definitely gentle. Good luck!

    Anonymous April 20, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I think people who recommend any form of diet change for morning sickness are not having extreme morning sickness.

    After vomiting 10-20 times a day, the only thing that even came close to working for me was Zofran. It only lasts a few hours, but it cuts the barf cycle when you just can’t seem to stop. My morning sickness lasted for 4 months solid, then slowed down to just nausea or minor barfing.

    It seems counter-evolutionary to not be able to take in any nutrition that would be beneficial to the baby for 4 months. That being said, those 3D ultrasounds are showing how chunky her cheeks are and how functional her systems seem to be.

    Now that I’m in my third trimester, I have had some days that were just like the first trimester. The only difference is that I feel like I could eat a burger between barf sessions.

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