Post # 1
Hi Ladies. I have a fairly demanding, high stress job. I am in a lot of meetings and on calls. I am about 6 weeks pregnant and the morning sickness and fatigue has hit me really hard. I am puking and gagging constantly and feel so tired and out of it. How did you ladies that work handle these symptoms while still performing at a high level at work? I need advice!
Post # 3
Bumping this for you & marking for future reference! 🙂
Post # 4
@Pinkypez: I can’t speak to sickness becuase I have been very fortunate, but the fatigue has been like the plague. I try to snack often, usually on nuts like a trail mix or veggies. Also, drink tons of water because hydration helps to stay awake.
Other than that just make sure you are getting lots of sleep. I would survive on 7 hours, but now I need at least 9+ to make it through the day without needing a 5 minute snoozer at my desk.
I have no idea what I will do next week at my conference though. Meetings all day and sleep in hotel. I might be dragging major ass with no relief.
Post # 5
I went to class, But I took almonds and saltines with me and munched on them regularly. I brought Water,OJ,and Mint tea. The mint tea really helped me with the sickness.
Post # 6
I hope someone has an answer, because I agree. Nausea and feeling like I stayed up all night takes a toll…
Post # 7
@Pinkypez: Do you have any freedom to work from home?
I didn’t have any puking but was horribly nauseous and on the verge of puking 24/7 from weeks 5-8. Along with that I was eyes closing all the time exhausted. I’m not even sure how I made it through. One week luckily I was on vacation!
To combat the nausea I made sure to eat crackers before I got out of bed. I also kept mints and crackers handy and ate constantly to make sure I never had an empty stomach. I also bought pregnancy-friendly ginger/mint shampoo/conditioner but pretty sure it didn’t really help!
Have you talked with your doctor about getting a Rx for Zofran?
The falling asleep at my desk exhaustion only lasted 2-3 weeks. The nausea stayed throughout but definitely got better after week 9. I’m 16 weeks now and still haven’t told my boss, so I was able to hide it pretty well.
Hang in there, hope you start feeling better soon!
Post # 8
I’m 9 weeks and in your same predicament. I’m just getting through it the best I can. I had an RX for Zofran but had to cut it back severely because of one of the side effects. Beyond that, I’m focusing on trying to get at least 9-10 hours of sleep a night and eating the things that don’t make me sick (gatorade, ginger ale, crackers, pancakes, yogurt, apples). Smells are really bothersome to me, so I invested in an air freshener and have had to shut my office door more often than usual. Good luck!
Post # 9
Thank you all for the suggestions! My reply function isnt working for some reason.
I am just worried I am not getting the nutrients I need, I have only been able to eat a few slices of apple today for example. I am able to work from home, however I live about a mile away so I never do (and my boss doesnt seem to like people working from home). I might take a week off soon, I have tons of vacation time I need to use and a break would be so nice.
Feeling this crappy is really rough, I have a new respect for pregnant ladies!
Post # 10
@Pinkypez: Your baby will be ok 🙂 Worry about getting well. As long as you are taking your prenatals the baby will develop as it should and all of this will subside somewhat soon so you can eat something more than apples.
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Pinkypez: Constant snacking to keep my blood sugar up and the nausea in check. I also brought in a blanket and pillow to take naps during lunch time in a spare empty office.
Post # 12
I worry about the same thing! I already feel miserable even though I’m just under 5 weeks. I barely got through the day at work today, and I have to stand in front of a classroom and teach 24 very busy seven year olds haha. God help me… and to think that it’s only going to get worse. I guess my plan is to talk to my doctor about ways to combat morning sickness, if there’s something he can give me for when it gets bad… and getting as much sleep as I possibly can. Already , I’ve been snacking on crackers throughout the day and eating healthy meals that are easy on the tummy.
Post # 13
I typically get fired.
No lie. It’s happened twice now. In both cases i did not yet tell my employer i was pregnant…and could I have fought it? Maybe…fact is I could no longer do my job…I was constantly falling asleep while sitting up at one…and the other I was a lab tech, dealing with, well, anything and everything that could be tested from a human being. ick. thats not a fun job even if you aren’t running quesy 24/7.
Post # 14
I told my boss before I had planned to go public, and I’m glad I did. I didn’t have morning sickness (I was a little nauseated, but no throwing up) but I was extremely tired. I took naps on my lunch breaks and took a nap as soon as I got home in the afternoon.
Drink lots of water, snack as often as you feel you are able, and that should help keep you at least mostly awake when you really need to be 🙂
Post # 15
I made sure to tell my boss and also worked from home for three weeks. I was puking my guts out pretty much every day and not eating. The good news is that now in my 10th week, it is going away. In hindsight, I should have simply taken time off – by trying to work through it my performance really suffered and even though my boss knows there is a good reason for it, there is still a bad vibe of me being a bit of a slacker. If you have vacation, I’d say take it!
Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I called my doctor and got a presciption for Zofran. It saved me, seriously. I was still a little under the weather, but I was able to work and be present in my office. I didn’t tell my boss until 14 weeks, and Zofran is the only way I was able to make it through. I’ve since continues vomiting (29 weeks and counting), but now everyone knowa.