Post # 1
Just looking for a bit of advice here. Starting a new job tomorrow morning… problem is my morning sickness has gone through the roof these past few days & I don’t know how I’m going to cope. Come back from a weekend in Sweden with my husband where I spent most of Sunday unable to get out of bed so sat in the hotel room all day miserable. Doctor has so far refused to give me any medication so that’s a dead end. I just don’t know what to do. Have to be there for 8:30 tomorrow… not sure whether to try and battle through and feel utterly and completely miserable or whether to turn down the job and spend the next 5 weeks at home going through the nausea here. Husband makes enough that we would be able to get by, not comfortably, but ok if we were frugal…
Post # 2
Can you see a different doctor? That’s horrible, you should be able to get a prescription for Zofran easily. If you can’t get a different dotor for whatever reason, I’d go back to your doctor and be really clear that if you don’t get any help with your severe nausea you’ll be forced to leave your job.
Post # 3
skaftafell : I put that to her last week – said I had Sweden & new job next week & didn’t know how I’d cope through them & she just said unless I’m vomitting excessively / severe quality of life issues then it’s best to go med free…. gahhhh 🙁
Post # 4
You could try unisom and vitamin b6. It’s actually a common remedy for morning sickness. Some doctors even recommend it instead of other drugs but absolutely donyour research before you try it. Here’s a link to some info
Pregnancy, Nausea, & Vomiting
Post # 5
mrschris17 : thank you for that link – really appreciated. I found Unisom googling but I’m in the UK and they don’t sell it here unfortunately 🙁 think I need to move countries!
Post # 6
I’ve heard of the unisom & B6 combo too- highly recommended by doctors, never tried it though, I was prescribed Zofran and it literally saved my life! They say unless you’re vomitting excessively, but honestly, the nausea was the worst part! It can be absolutely debilitating! Mine was. One thing that I did discover right before I got meds is minty gum!! It genuinely helps control the nausea, it won’t be eliminated, but it WILL help. I must have bought 40 packages, I still use it if I’m needing to wait for my medication to kick in (Zofran takes about 20-30 mins to really work) and I’m feeling sick, I also found that eating bland foods, and sipping coke soda helped a little too (also pre-meds) you really should get some medicine though if your nausea is bad- mine was to the point where I was missing work, so sorry you’re suffering!
Post # 7
you can order it online, if nothing else.. wont help you tomorrow, but maybe you can just take a few sick days till it arrives.
Here is an off-brand version (Make sure whatever off-brand version you get its doxylamine succinate 25mg, like this one)
ETA: Oh, and anything that is so bad you feel like your only option is to quit your job.. that’s a quality of life issue.
Post # 8
For all those recommending Zofran, it has largely fallen out of favor for nausea/vomiting of pregnancy because there is an association with an increase in cleft lip/cleft palette. So, physicians are trying not to give it until about the 11th week or so.
Doxylamine/B6 is a good first try. Ginger candies, saltines, etc.
Post # 9
Feeling the way you do I think it will be really hard to work. You can take gravol, and that should be OTC. It will make you sleepy though. I would suggest just being honest with them, and asking for a week later start date, so that you can find a new doctor that can help you get some meds that will help you.
Post # 10
amanda1988 : you’re a life saver!! Just ordered some so see what it does. Thank you!
Thanks for all the tips guys, much appreciated <3 on the way now so see what happens.
Post # 11
iamali : I would certainly think that potentially having to leave your job would count as “severe quality of life issues” !!
Post # 12
Also recommend Unisom and B6 (glad you were able to order it). The only other thing that helped me were Jolly Ranchers. I had them with me at all times during my first trimester and would pop one in my mouth if I felt queasy.
Post # 13
Your doctor is an unfeeling jerk! What exactly counts as a quality of life issue if not feeling as though you have to quit a new job!? Oh my goodness, I’d get a new doctor 🙁 (I’m in my first trimester too, so I know that’s easier said than done. Hugs!)
That’s all, just wanted to express empathy outrage :p PPs have covered great suggestions. Just one caution though: my doctor told me very explicitly NOT to take gravol, that in can be harmful… something to look into more.
Post # 14
I had really bad morning sickness for a few months and there were days where I was throwing up at work, but I got through it. I say still take this job and just take it one day at a time and see how it goes. The Unisom/B6 combo was the only thing that somewhat helped me. I would actually only take half a dose (full dose made me feel too sleepy/loopy) at night. Just make sure it’s the Doxylamine Succinate, as some of the Unisoms have a different active ingredient which isn’t safe to take.