So we all know nausea is one of the inevitable symptoms of pregnancy. Those hormones really know how to wreck your body. Well, with my past two pregnancies, I didn’t really have much of a problem with it. If memory serves me correctly, I felt queasy for about 2-3 weeks and things cleared up fine. And I think I only vomited a couple times with the first pregnancy.
Baby #3, however, has thrown me for a loop.
I was fine and dandy for the first few weeks of the pregnancy. Since the Hubbi and I were trying, I knew early on, like around 5-6 weeks, that I was pregnant. Everything was fine, I was just a little more tired than usual, and I thought I would have smooth first trimester. Then week 7/8 hit and that was it for me. I was nauseous all day, every day. Thank goodness I never threw up, although I came close a couple times. All smells would irritate me, the fatigue also hit me really hard so I barely got out of bed when I wasn’t working. And food? I pretty much survived on Cheez-Its and plain cheese sandwiches, if that, back then. My appetite was non-existent, and it it wasn’t for the gas/acid eating at my stomach from my acid reflux, I probably wouldn’t have eaten anything at all.
This went on until pretty much my 13th/14th week of pregnancy. I thought it was never going to end. It was also no surprise that I barely put on any weight during those weeks. And like I said, the fatigue didn’t help either, so I was just feeling so tired, weak, and irritable.
Finally, during that 14th week, I saw the light! My energy was slowly returning and the sight/smell of food didn’t make me want to immediately take a hammer to the kitchen. Lord, I can’t imagine how the women who have to suffer from this for their whole pregnancy, or worse, have to deal with Hyperemesis Gravidarum handle this. Praise them, for sure!
Anyways, my advice for all you nausea-suffers, isn’t anything new from what’s already out there, really. Those crackers (Cheez-Its, Ritz, Saltines) really helped me through the worse of times, because I just couldn’t stomach anything else. You’ll definitely want to have millions of small meals/snacks throughout the day because anything more than a few bites is just asking for trouble. Luckily I was so tired that I took tons of naps too, which helped to get the nausea off my mind, but those times where I simply had to be awake, like for work or whatever, I just made sure I stayed hydrated, took lots of sitting breaks, and had those crackers.
So tell me, any of you had to deal with this? What’s your worst nausea experience? Any personal tips you’d recommend to others?