Surviving Morning/All-day sickness

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It came on slowly. I kept it at bay with a crap ton of Tums and sweet tea. Odd combination, I know. I rested for hours at home and when I got up it hit–head met toilet and I stayed there for months.

I started a new job at nine weeks and would wake up two hours early to take a Phenergan and try to sleep a little longer so it would kick in before I started moving about. I built in puke time to my schedule and would always still manage to throw up twice on the way to work and more once I got there. It was a magical time.

Morning sicknessWith baby number two, I was a stay-at-home mom and could manage better. My goal was to get my daughter¬†fed, bathed, and settled so I could lounge on the couch and vomit as needed until husband could get up and take care of us. I tried Zofran and it worked ok for a week or so before it wouldn’t touch the sickness at all. After a particularly bad spell, I went to my doctor and was admitted to the hospital with hyperemsis gravidarum.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum brings on severe and persistent nausea during pregnancy. You end up with weight loss, weakness, and dehydration. It’s morning sickness on crack.

With baby number three, Zofran had come under fire for causing birth defects and Diclegis was recommended. I tried it and not only felt sick, but felt sick and drugged. I went back to the tried and trusted Phenergan, but as soon as it hit my stomach, I was bent over the toilet. The suppository form is like shoving a fire rocket, no-thank-you-to-that. With no medications to help, I tried to rely on my body to tell me what it needed and what it could handle.

  1. Eat what you think you can tolerate. Many days all I wanted was chicken noodle soup or creamed corn. I had a watermelon phase and a grits phase. As sick as I was, if I thought I could hold it down, I ate it.
  2. Eat it only if you can handle it coming back up. Popcorn is a big no-no, so is milk. Grits are quite unpleasant, too.
  3. If you don’t think you can eat, sip something like broth or pickle juice. You need to stay hydrated.
  4. Let your doctor know if you crave strange things (Pica), like flour.
  5. Adjust your schedule. My sickness was the worst at 9 PM and 7 AM. I made sure I was at home and comfortable.
  6. Take baths. I was up to three a day at one point. They brought some relief, so I didn’t mind. Just don’t get too hot.
  7. Find a gum you like. No matter how much I brushed my teeth, I still had that funky pregger taste in my mouth. Mints or butterscotch works well, too.
  8. Don’t be afraid to seek treatment.¬†IV fluids are great.
  9. Keep bags in the car and know where the closet bathroom is always. One minute you feel fine, the next…
  10. Be prepared to switch products. Our body wash started smelling and my husband’s deodorant turned my stomach.
  11. Know that it will stop… eventually. I felt better around 20 weeks with Lily, 16 with Bubba, and I was still puking up until 37 weeks with Goob.

You will be cracker-ed and giner ale-d to death. For many, that’s all it takes to feel better. For the rest of us, we have to be a little creative and tolerant.

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Emily is the person to blame behind Surviving Alabama. She is a nerd, a mother, and sometimes pretends to be a writer (although there was that one legit writing job for a few years...). When she isn't writing, repairing computers, or designing websites, Emily is happily raising three children with her very understanding husband.

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