Moms The Word

July 10, 2007

“Morning” Sickness! *WFMW*

Filed under: Pregnancy, WFMW — mrslady @ 8:12 pm

There is a wonderful feeling you get knowing that you’re pregnant.  You get to think about what’s going on in there…you know, in there where you’re growing a baby!  It’s all very exciting.

This week I am in Week Seven.

and so much is already happening.  Our baby already has little fingers and toes, and their eyes are already getting a little color in them-they’re even starting to grow their baby teeth under their gums, with which to bite me later-got to love breastfeeding!  When you see a model/cartoon of what they look like when they’re at this part of baby life you think HOW CUTE! [Knowing that your child does NOT look like that crazy alien looking picture, but in fact a very tiny raspberry-sized non-alien baby.] 

While you may not have gained that much weight [unless you’re me, in which case you are a HOUSE already] you probably already feel pregnant.  There’s a very special wonderful pregnant feeling….

That feeling is NOT peeing all the time.  You will do that, but that’s not a part of your special pregnant feeling that’s just the side effects of gestating a human.  The reason you [I] pee so much is actually because of dramatically increasing blood volume, used to help support your baby and you at the same time, which causes a lot of extra fluid to be processed through your kidneys and then end up in your bladder.  Lucky for us as the blood volume [and so…um…”fluid”] increases, so do our babies!  That means about 30 weeks from now I won’t be able to laugh without worrying that I will pee my pants.  Just part of that wonderful mommy feeling.

The big-bad this week [and often for a long time afterward] is “morning” sickness.  Whoever came up with the title for this plague had either never had a baby or was trying to be ironic.  I don’t appreciate this title, because many people believe it.  My own sister [who is 20 years old by the way] was confused when I told her I had morning sickness.  She thought for a second and then said “But it’s nighttime!”  Oh I am very aware.  I vote we change it’s name from “morning sickness” to “all-day plague”.  This is DEFINATELY not apart of the special-wonderful feeling of being pregnant.  It’s hard to feel special, wonderful, or anything else but extreme exhaustion and frustration when you find youself with your head in the toilet thinking about how you would have cleaned it SO much better if you had known your face was going to be there.  This is not the glowing part of pregnancy [unless you count sweat as a “glow”, then boy are you!]

So how do you combat the feeling that you’re suddenly residing on a fishing boat in perpetual gale-force winds?  There are a lot of theories, most of them just based on personal experiences because the medical community has very little comfort to offer the green mommy to be.   Here are the nausea remedies that have worked for me:

*Never let your stomach get completely empty or overly full.   When your stomach is too empty you get that acid-like taste in your mouth which only makes you more sick and leads to eventual vomit.  However, if your stomach is super full you end up all bloated and feeling like your food is crawling back up your neck….and leads to eventual vomit.  The strategy here is to keep your stomach appeased without making it burst.

*Ginger (the real thing, not artificial).  Drink ginger ale or ginger tea, try ginger snaps or ginger root capsules.  I perfer ginger ale because the bubbles also help to settle my stomach.  However, bubbles only make things worse for some women.  Hopefully you know which you are.  If you are the non-bubble type, try the snaps.  They say they are cookies on the box-try to believe that if you can. They might be 2% cookie, but they are 98% cardboard.   Appearantly cardboard is good for morning sickness.

*Lemons. lemonade or sucking on raw lemons or even just something sour.  Many people will swear by this.  I perfer something slightly less sour, so I ate lemon heads.  Those seem to have worked nicely [so far].

*Seabands. These are a form of acupressure that are designed to battle sea sickness.  They gave me a small break away from “morning” sickness during my 1st pregnancy-which was a miracle because NOTHING could stop it back then.

*Mint gum.  Mint gum [and other minty products] help get that nasty vomit taste out of your mouth.  This will make sure that your husband is still willing to kiss you, AND help with all that yuckiness.  I like both results.

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  1. Bless your heart. I too, had HORRIBLE 9mo 24/7 sickness. I barfed on the day my daughter was born.

    Ginger definitely worked for me. I actually enjoyed the snaps. Vernor’s Ginger Ale is one that I swear by. I heard the lemon drop thing too, but it made my heartburn way worse so I couldn’t take it. Eventually, I gave in and got the meds. Zofran is what finally gave me some temporary relief.

    Thanks for sharing, and good luck with the sickies.

    Comment by diatribal — July 10, 2007 @ 8:29 pm

  2. Me too – I’m 9 and a half weeks (funny how even days must be counted!) and very green. With my last pregnancy the doctor informed me at 12 weeks (thanks for the week of comfort since I was fine by the 13th!) that dairy is sometimes too heavy for a sick stomache, kind of like when one has the flu one doesn’t dine on milk and clam chowder. As soon as I started to feel the effects of this pregnancy I cut out the dairy and it made a huge difference! Following that diet and your #1 tip, I’ve only tossed cookies five times, each time after I got cocky and thought I could handle cheese or ice cream. That’s a vast improvement over my last pregnancy, when I regularly checked the toilets 3 to 4 times a day and lost 5 pounds in 7 weeks. I’m adding you to my favorites – someone to be pregnant with! Hooray!

    Comment by ogle3 — July 10, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

  3. You can take the mint remedy a little farther if needed. You can get peppermint oil at a bakery store, then when you’re feeling particularily queasy, put a drop of peppermint oil UNDER your tongue (it’s very spicy) and then drink a glass of cold water.

    My sister-in-law who suffered terrribly from the all-day plague taught me this little trick.

    Great list! Congrats on week 7! How exciting.

    Comment by Pastormac's Ann — July 10, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

  4. My morning sickness would always hit in the evening and overnight so I’m with you on changing the name to “all-day plague”

    Comment by twithhoney — July 11, 2007 @ 7:06 am

  5. I’m at 13 weeks with my fourth child, and still suffering mightily. Your number one tip really does work until you get hit with a family flu bug and a heat wave in the same week. Then you just try to survive. I sure hope you don’t have it this bad when you reach this point.

    Comment by vida — July 11, 2007 @ 8:35 am

  6. grapefruit helped me, i think it was the sour thing but manageable. but then i craved it once my morning sickness was over!

    Comment by lifeasamama — July 11, 2007 @ 11:42 am

  7. gorgeous blog, by the way!

    Comment by lifeasamama — July 11, 2007 @ 11:42 am

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