Post # 1
I am 5 weeks 6 days preggers. Last week I was getting nauseous in the late afternoon/evening but if I ate I was totally fine.
Last Saturday I felt like I had the full on flu. That gross feeling in the back of your throat (new feeling), headaches were worst, just felt icky. Really didn’t move off the couch at all. My stomach felt like it was in knots. Eating didn’t help. Sunday was better but not much.
And today I really feel like I’m on the verge of vomitting. Still have that gross feeling in the back of my throat. Stomach is all upset.
I know I can’t function at work like this. I’ve been drinking gingerale, eating bread and drinking a pregnancy tea my husband bought at the store. Any other ideas? Thinking about calling off of work sick or maybe working from home. Which would be a lot easier if I had annouced my pregnancy but I really don’t want to do that until I get my work review from 2012- in case there is a promotion opportunity I don’t want my pregnancy to influence it negatively. Ergh, I feel like I have ever part of the flue expect the fever! This sucks! This is the first time I’ve felt sick in the morning. ergh!
Wanted to add I tired calling the doctor and they are closed right now.
Post # 3
@JaneDomani: It really could be some kind of virus, or it could be due to the pregnancy…hard to tell at this point.
If it is nausea due to pregnancy, niacin (b vitamin) is proven to help, as is ginger. While gingerale is the traditional ‘home remedy” it doesn’t have any/enough actual ginger to work, although the sugar often helps us to feel better. If you have ginger root in the house you can use that to make a tea.
Your doctor will also be able to prescribe something once they’re open for business.
I’d call in sick with “the flu” and not disclose your pregnancy until after your work review.
Post # 4
My mom had 9 months of morning sickness with me and 7 with my sister. She found that bbq chips and cinnamon worked the best. At work she kept a bucket nearby, would hurl, then go back to work.
FSIL had morning sickness in all 5 of her pregnancies. She had to stop taking public transportation and would eat something (like pretzels) before getting out of bed. She would announce early because she would be sick at work and it didn’t harm her career at all. She got a promotion while on maternity leave.
I would try to work from home. If it is worse tomorrow, see if the puke and rally strategy will work for you. If not, I’d talk to you supervisor and explain that it is really early, but because it will be obvious and could impact work, you want to find a strategy now, like working from home or a later start.
Post # 5
I’ve heard from a lot of mamas that THEE only thing that helps is good ol’ regular Coca Cola. Not Diet or Zero or anything. Just plain ol’ red can Coca Cola. I know I personally have been avoiding ALL caffine as have many mamas to be, but a litttle is okay! Other than that, I have heard that if you ask the pharmacist at Walgreens they have ‘Preggo Pops’ or ‘Preggy Pops’ or something. They’re suckers that are supposed to help the nausea! Good luck!
Post # 6
Did you give up caffiene? If you normally drink it, don’t just stop. I found having a soda a day really helped mine, well until closer to the end of the first trimester when my migraines came back with a full out vengence.
If your not throwing up, then I’d try to just manage it by eating small meals, trying vitamin B/Unisom combo, seabands, b-natal pops (or even preggy pops), maybe even sour things (like warheads).
I was hit hard, but I was throwing up all day, every day. I caved just after 6 weeks and called my doctor, as I had already dropped almost 5lbs during that one week. I got put on zofran, which helped, but I was still getting sick a few times a day (better than 6+). If it wasn’t for my weight loss and the fact I could barely keep down fluids, I wouldn’t have gone in early.
I also told my boss around week 7, as I knew I would be missing work. I’m really glad I did, as he was extremely supportive and allowed me to work from home as needed. I do wish I could have waited, but I knew that there was no way I could hide how bad I was.
Post # 7
Oh I’m sorry.I’ve had terrible M/S since about 5.5 weeks and I’m now at 14.5 weeks.
Yes to what @nicannette said about cocacola. Also, if you only feel better when you eat, eat. For me, it was carbs. I got a lot of snark from family about ‘eating healthy’ but would gag if I tried to eat a fruit or veggie, or even yogurt or a glass of milk. I basically ate chips and crackers w/cheese all day every day. I’m only now beginning to replace those snacks with less bad-for-you things like apples and granola bars (but I still have to eat very often). I gained over 10 lbs my first tri (was ‘normal’ weight range before), and as much as I hate that, I had to eat in order to function so it was worth it. Do what you have to do. Gingerale didn’t work for me but Squirt did. Also, red slushies (like from burgerking or dq, or the target snack bar–Icees). For breakfast, waffles with a little butter, or english muffins. Basically a paleo / low-carb dieter’s nightmare diet! If you can, sneak in protein from peanut butter or cheese. I found slices of cheese to be disgusting sounding, yet could eat that ‘spray cheese’ from the can, on crackers.
Since you can’t take many medicines, here’s what you can do…
Tylenol for headache/fever
Unisom sleep tabs (NOT GELS) for help sleeping and helps nausea too (Bonus!)
Less Drowsy Dramamine (not ‘original’) or Bonine for dizziness/nausea
Vitamin B6 for energy/nausea
Ice pack on your head or back of your neck for fever
Boil a pan of water and breathe the steam to help your throat/sinuses.
Eat popsicles! I found lime and orange to be most agreeable flavors.
Good luck and hope you feel better. pregnancy sucks but women seem to make it through! At 5.5 weeks I didn’t think I’d make it another week. Granted it has sucked, but I’m taking it day by day!
Post # 8
The things that have helped me so far with my morning sickness are:
• not letting myself get hungry. As soon as I get the slightest bit hungry the nausea hits really hard. I try to snack on soda biscuits, fruit, popsicles etc. My midwife even suggested eating icecream haha. I think as long as you’re taking your prenatal vitamin, the nutritional value of your food isn’t too important right now. Just eat whatever food you can tolerate.
• keeping a pack of crackers beside my bed at night. That way I can eat something before I get out of bed in the morning.
• taking my prenatal vitamin at night instead of in the morning.
• oddly enough, eating plain Ruffles chips helps my nausea. I think it might have something to do with the salt but I’m not sure. Maybe you could give that a try.
• taking Gravol (I’ve asked a couple health professionals about this and they both assured me it’s safe)
Post # 9
@JaneDomani: I’m sorry you are suffering! I’ve felt like this, too, since about 6 weeks. I’m now 13.5 weeks and vomiting every day.
The ladies above have given you some good tips. You just have to kind of see what works for you.
I tried eating saltines & applesauce before getting out of bed, ginger candies, ginger ale, 75 mg/day of vitamin B6, and lots of other stuff with only limited success. What helps me the most is just staying very still on the couch, particularly in the morning. This is hard if you work! 🙂 I would really try to see if you can work from home a few days a week. I’ve found that getting myself to work (I take public transportation) is pretty much a guaranteed barf-fest.
Just do what you need to do to be comfortable… I made the mistake of comparing myself to other pregnant co-workers — don’t do that! Not everyone has bad morning sickness.
Post # 10
Tart things and salty things.
I had a lot of fruit smoothies (with tangy/tart fruit bases rather than sweet) and a lot of ruffles potatao chips.
Honestly though, what you’ll notice is that everyone is so different. I would suggest grabbing a little of everything and trying stuff one at a time to see what helps. If you’re throwing up anyway, you can’t make it much worse!
I’m sorry you’re sick! If it’s really bad your doc will definitely prescribe something.
Post # 11
Just stay away from dairy items if your throwing up. You’ll quickly learn to judge what you eat based on how bad it tastes coming back up. It’s been over 20 weeks and I still can’t step foot in a Panera due to a broccoli cheddar soup incident….
Oddly enough, one of my goto food items was McDonalds french fries.
Post # 12
Uggh…NOTHING helped me. I am so sorry. I have two kids and I remember that daggone all day every day morning sickness like it was yesterday. Horrible feeling. What we women have to go through? (heavy sigh). Again, nothing but time helped for me. I just had to suck it up and complain for 3 months.
Post # 13
I second what everyone said above. You really have to try out and see what works. Bagles and cream cheese were my savior for about 2 weeks. Before that it was ceasar salads. And eggs. and carbs. lots and lots of carbs. I worked from home a lot,and even took entire days off because i literally could not function. I’m at 17w6d now, and i’ll still occasionaly throw up at night when the food i eat is too spiced (thai food for e.g.), but for the most part – it has tapered off.
Post # 14
@snoie: I’m the same way with fries. I’m trying not to eat them too often because they’re obviously super unhealthy but I crave them a lot!
Post # 15
I had morning sickness with both of my pregos for a long time. I was always fainted and always vomitting. I was working until my last wk of pregnancies so it was harder for me. I remembered i kept vommiting every hr and had headaches and heartburns all the time. It was the worst feelings ever. I drunk sprite and i just sat down and closed my eyes to rest or do everything slow. HOpe you feel better and you will get through it. I hated the feelings while i was in my last trimester because i could barely got up anymore. I feel like there was a stick inside my tummy and its poking upside down..I felt soo heavy in those times..I weighs 97lbs the whole time, when i got preg with my boys, i gained 50lbs twice with both pregnancies so i wasnt used to being heavy. I felt sooo soo big and heavy and after i sit down, i couldnt come back up anymore..crazy..
Hope i don’t scare you but just take everything slow and don’t stress..drink a lot of fluids and eat right and may be you will feel better. I miss being preg sometimes..It was a wonderful experience that i ever had but i’ll think about getting preg again..:)
Post # 16
@ddsfam: also my husband forced me to drink ensure and i hated it..