Dealing with MS while driving

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I know there are certain medications for nausea that are safe to take during pregnancy- I would talk with your doctor to see what your options are.

I never threw up, but I had some nausea from about 9ish weeks til about 11 or 12ish, so I don’t have any advice for you other than to try ginger ale and snack often (I ate bland things: toast, saltines, lean pockets, pasta with no sauce, applesauce, etc) and it seemed to help.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am so sorry you are having to deal with this.  I had some morning sickness while driving but luckily I only gagged while driving, I was lucky and was always home if I had to throw up.  At work when I felt the sick feeling starting I would suck on a jolly rancher.  That really helped prevent me from having to gag or throw up.  Candy apple flavor was best.  I also know it helped me to eat something before going to work so I would keep some cheerios in my car and eat them dry on the way.  I don’t think my sickness was quite as severe as you are describing though so this may not help you.  If not, I would recommend getting the prescription for medication to help ease the sickness.  Good luck! 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@cora_123:  Aww, I threw up water some mornings too.  I did find though I would rather throw up water than bile.  If you are having that much trouble I’m surprised your doctor won’t prescribe anything! At least the good news is your baby doesn’t need extra calories at this point and they should be able to get everything they need from your reserves.  Hope your doc helps you soon.

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

You sound like me… I had (have) terrible morning sickness. I second talking to your doctor and explaining how bad it is… maybe she’ll see you earlier. At 7 weeks, I was throwing up 3-4 time a day, and I started taking Zofran. It was incredible. I’m 25 weeks, and I still take it sometimes when I’m feeling terrible and have thrown up a lot.  

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would call your provider again,  or your primary doc if you have one and try to get zofran. It is on of the ones generally considered safe for pregnancy and I know has helped a lot of people with the morning sickness. And even if you don’t have an appointment until next week,  I would call and ask again anyway,  if you can barely drive to work or keep anything down it isn’t good for you or the baby. Plus,  no one likes being miserable nauseated all the time. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@cora_123:  I def agree with other other posters. Zofran has been a god-send. I had to go a long weekend without a prescription because my MD was out of the office and b6+unisom combo was very helpful with curbing nausea. I’ve also found that if I wake up at least an hour before I plan to actually get up and eat a couple bites of applesauce or yogurt or something with my prenatal and anti-nauseas then lay back down for an hour I feel a little better when actually getting up. Good luck, nausea/vomitting is terrible. I don’t have any other suggestions for puking in the car other than keeping a bucket (which you’re already doing). Just make sure you are keeping hydrated as possible and call if you see any symptoms of dehydration. I was having a super rough time last week and ended up needing some IV fluids and I feel soooooooo much better this week–barely any nausea and no vomiting.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@cora_123:  Is there any way your SO can drive you? Luckily, my work is only 15 minutes away from home and DH works at home, so when I was feeling really sick, he’d drive me to work and pick me up.

Or, do you have any flexibility to work from home?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@cora_123:  I am terrified of having to puke in the car or while out in public (like when grocery shopping). I keep an airline vomit bag with me everywhere I go. I also bought preggie pops off of amazon, they are hard candies you can suck on to help with the nausea, I’ve really liked those. I also keep snacks in the car, I keep a small mason jar of almonds in the cup holder to munch on. When I saw my doc for my first prenatal apt she said if my prenatals are making me throw up then to skip them for now. (Both times i’ve thrown up can be linked to taking my prenatals on too empty of a stomache.) Now I split up my vitamins and take them throughout the day, only if I’ve eaten a large meal, I take the vitamins half way through my meal that way it gets digested in the middle of my food and isn’t on top of my stomache just wreaking havoc on me. I hope you feel better soon & find something that works for you. I second/third the other bees who have said push the issue with your doc even though you don’t have an apt until next week.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Oh I am so sorry to hear this and I know how you feel. I had very bad MS and also threw up many times while driving (and also couldn’t even drink water!) For one thing I asked the Dr. for a prescription for sickness (full disclosure I do not think it worked very well for me at all but it helps some people A LOT so it’s worth a try) but second of all I started bringing plastic bags with me. Had a bunch in the car and a few in my purse – all very easily accessible. I would have to throw up into a plastic bag on my lap while driving quite a few times before I could find a safe spot to pull over.

It is VERY upsetting to get sick while driving and I don’t blame you for being scared. I kept whatever I thought I could sip on – gatorade or soda or lemonade – literally whatever I thought I could manage in the car when I drove to and from work, and would sometimes roll down the windows when I felt like I was about to get sick to act as a distraction and try to get some fresh air to see if that would delay me long enough to pull over. The good thing about plastic bags as opposed to a bucket is that as soon as you get sick you can tie it up tight and get another one ready and not have to see/smell anything in an open container llike a bucket in your car – that would have put me over the absolute edge. Plus – you can throw the bags away and you don’t have to clean them up. Good luck!!!!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

sucking on sour lemon candies helped me when driving.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had severe nausea and vomiting throughout my entire pregnancy that even zofran didn’t totally get rid of. I kept a ziplock in the car that I threw up into, while driving. With a bit of practice, I was a champion at it. It was obviously very unpleasant, but I think with sickness in pregnancy you just have to do the best you can to function! Best of luck!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@cora_123:  I had it bad too, but somehow I always manged to get home before throwing up. But I had to drive a bunch of times with a bag on my lap.

I also threw up a lot of just water or stomach bile, sometimes with such extreme force I couldn’t believe it was normal. It was…

Don’t worry about the weight loss though, I had the flu during my first trimester and spent 3 days throwing up and having non stop diarrea, I had to go to the hospital for an IV of fluids and I had lost all the weight I had put on, I was fine and baby is fine.

My MS went away for good at about 4 months. I never took the medication for it, but you could if it’s really upsetting you.

Eating helped, if I got hungry I got nauseous. I had crackers in my desk and purse just in case.

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