70% of Pregnant Women Get Morning Sickness

And about half of those women actually experience full on puking… but it means the baby is healthy, right…

All I wished for this pregnancy was a healthy baby. I didn’t care what that meant, I wanted to experience morning sickness and exhaustion like “everyone else”. Honestly, I didn’t know what I was wishing for until the morning sickness came full blown at 7 weeks.

Not Only Exhausted, But Sick Puking All Day, too

Yes, that’s right. I thought morning sickness was the same for everyone. You wake up, you puke. Have breakfast, puke. Try to swallow those horse-sized prenatal vitamins, puke. And on and on. I was sick all day, every day. Not only did I have zero energy, it felt like I had the flu for 3 months straight. At first, I embrassed this so called morning sickness. The doctors kept assuring me that it meant this pregnancy was a healthy one.

Welcomed it, Until it Became Unbearable

Since I was going to the hospital once a week, up until about 12 weeks, the doctors saw me getting worse and worse. I was loosing weight, didn’t have energy to wear any kind of make-up, my blood sugars were lower than they’d ever been and I was running to throw-up every hour, at least. Finally, I was told to take anti-nausea medication 3-4 times a day. This way I could at least keep one or two meals down.

From Sick All Day to Not Being Able to Get Out of Bed

I was prescribed Diclectin. Apparently this was the weakest treatment, as they didn’t want my diabetes to get out of wack. Unfortunately, one of the side effects is exhaustion, which I already had thanks to, you know, being pregnant. I took the first pill on Friday night and slept all day on Saturday. My hubby woke me up to have lunch and I started crying. Not because he made my least favourite meal (ha, ha), but because I was so tired that I couldn’t function.

From there, I decided that I would take the constant vomitting over being that tired. How was I supposed to go to work, if I couldn’t even get off the couch to eat lunch? I decided I would have ginger tea first thing every morning (I couldn’t eat anything right away because I take Synthroid, which needs to be taken on an empty stomach). This did not work at all, but I just forced myself to try to keep the food down, the best I could. Whole wheat salteens were my go-to all day snack. I would munch on them from after breakfast to lunch, and then from after lunch to dinner.

It Tapered Off, Only to Come Back a Few Days Later

At 10 weeks exactly, I started to feel a little better. I was still nauseous, but was able to keep my food down. After two days of only puking twice each day, I was very excited! Until, two days later when I started to run to the bathroom again, hand over my mouth, yay!

Week 15 and it Was All Gone, But the Stress Started Again

Why don’t I feel sick? Why have I not thrown up in 3 days? Is there something wrong with me, with the little peanut? Then I went to an doctors appointment and was re-assured that this was normal, my placenta had started taking over, so I had less HcG hormone in my body now. Seeing the little Monkey jumping around was also very reassuring.

Advice

Just try to remind yourself that it will all be worth it in the end. Drink lots of ginger tea and keep salteens nearby. Everyone tolerates different things. Cheese was a good option for me as well, the protein seems to help keep food down, most of the time. If all you can eat is greasy food, might as well eat it. It’s better than not eating anything. I’m not a doctor, so don’t take my word for it, but that is what my doctor told me: Eat anything your body will let you eat, you need to help the baby grow, fast food is better than no food.

Good luck, you’ll get through it and soon you’ll have a happy, healthy baby in your arms.

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