(Closed) Advice/support with morning sickness

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Busy bee

I hear you, “morning” sickness suuuuuuuuucks. I was given a prescription for drugs (basically the b6) and didn’t find any relief until I was taking the maximum daily dose. I took to sleeping earlier at night just to escape the sickness. Sometimes I closed my office door and lay on the floor with the lights off, hoping no one would need me.

The best thing that helped me was just time, unfortunately. By week 13 I started feeling better, then at 15 I was able to stop the drugs. I know that doesn’t help much now, but remember there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and I promise you won’t feel like this forever. Think of it as having a really shitty flu. You know you’ll come out the other side eventually.

I’m thinking ahead to #2 at this point and I’m already dreading the morning sickness. But it’s worth the crap so I’ll do it one more time!

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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KatesTheWord:  Peppermint oil helped me, a little on the inner lip every few hours.  Also I’d mix a little gatorade with water so when I’d throw up I wouldn’t deplete my electrolytes and feel sicker.  I took tums too so when I’d throw up it didn’t burn quite so much.  Seabands didn’t work for me, nor did saltines, which somehow made me sicker.  But graham crackers helped a bit, it’s all about finding the foods that help you and eating tiny bits throughout the day.

But for me the diclegis stopped my vomiting.  I had to take the two at night every night and I’d usually take the two optional doses during the day.  And I won’t lie, I still felt malaise, but at least I wasn’t pulling off the freeway to throw up on the offramp.  I worked as a field social worker so a lot of driving, I kept a trashcan in my car and would throw up before visits.  It was a dark time, all I can say is hang in there hon, when that baby arrives it’ll all be worth it.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Your story is my story from week five to nine (I am 9w 2d now). I am on meds but ended up twice in emergency needing IV fluids and each time they gave me a dose of Zolfran. I missed two weeks of work, was throwing up 20 times a day and getting really depressed. I felt I likely had HG but tried one last thing which was to stop my prenatal vitamins. The next day I woke up a new person. I still get queasy but haven’t thrown up since I stopped and I can keep all food down. I still take folic acid. I had no idea the iron in the vitamin could make me so sick I ended up in emerg but it did. My Doctor also added 75mg a day of B6 to my Dilectin and that seems to help. I know the fear in taking Zolfran but if I had continued down the path of being so sick, I didn’t know what other options I had.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

My morning sickness is not nearly that bad but I can relate to some of the emotional stuff you’re going through.  I am 7w and so far I find pregnancy to be horribly isolating.  I don’t want to tell my friends I’m pregnant yet and I feel really weird in social situations, as if it is the elephant in the room.  It’s all I can think about yet I can only talk about it with my DH. I am so scared of something goign wrong and it’s all I can think about.  I basically just want to curl up in a ball and hide, then I feel guilty for feeling that way.  And the days when I feel nauseous or exhausted obviously make it worse!  Anyway, as other people have mentioned, my MS was not that terrible but I did notice a huge improvement with unisom and B6.  You can go to the store and get it now, worth a shot.  Good luck!

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Are you still taking prenatals? I found that the prenatal I was taking was making my nausea even worse. Too much iron may also be making it worse. I would discuss that with your doctor too. I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. I had nausea all day for almost 3 weeks and had to take medication to help with it. 

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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KatesTheWord:  Have you tried Benadryl? Diclegis didn’t keep me from throwing up, and Zofran worked but (TMI) causes constipation and, if your insurance is like mine, they only give you like 12 pills at a time which can be used up well before the prescription is up for refill. I took Benadryl when my flu shot made me break out in hives and was magically feeling better than I had in weeks. 

In the meantime, I suggest also lying with a hot water bottle on your stomach. That helped keep me from cramping and feeling even worse.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I feel your pain. Nothing helped my nausea and vomiting but it wasn’t as severe as yours. It thankfully went away around 16 weeks but I’m pregnant with twins and started getting contractions then which has since landed me in bed like you, feeling helpless and guilty because I wanted so badly to be pregnant and I am grateful but depressed at the same time. just wanted to say that I totally understand those feelings and it’s very difficult and isolating. It sucks feeling like you can’t do anything for yourself and you feel guilty complaining after having difficulty getting pregnant. I’m struggling to cope with it too so just know you aren’t alone. Morning sickness was miserable and depressing and I just held on to the hope that it would eventually get better. 

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

As someone who dealt with years of IF treatments and even lost a child, I just want to say…there is no room for feeing guilt when having normal feelings. You can be both grateful that in X weeks you will have a baby, but also miserable and hating life that for X weeks you have to be pregnant. For many, pregnancy is not fun. And feeling guilty about hating it isn’t helping anyone. 

Congrats on growing a baby…so sorry you are pregnant 🙂 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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KatesTheWord:  I won’t lie, the B6 and unisom did not completely put an end to my nausea/vomiting, but it helped a lot. I had days where I forgot to take it or I missed a dose and I was miserable. Even when I took it every 8 hours I would still vomit the majority of what I ate, but it was better than not taking the meds at all. I honestly lost 20 pounds in the first three months of my pregnancy from how much I was vomiting, but I’m not kidding when I say that it is starting to get better. I’m finally eating again! During that time when I was so sick though, I would drink carnation instant breakfast milk for added calories and nutrition (lots of great vitamins in it plus protein!). Also, don’t be afriad to try another type of prenatal vitamin. I switched to gummies just because I didn’t throw them up immediately, now I’m back to my regular ones but switching to the gummies helped a little during that peak of nausea. I really hope your symptoms start improving!

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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KatesTheWord:  Also, again do not be afraid to go in for IV fluids if you are vomiting a lot. I went a week without eating or drinking before I finally gave in but I refused to go to the ER despite having symptoms of severe dehydration. I simply called my midwife and asked her to put in out patient orders so I could just check in, get my fluids, and leave. She did it easily for me and I got my fluids while avoiding an outrageous ER bill (as a nurse, I refuse to go to the ER unless I’m literally dying because I know how much everything costs). The outpatient orders were covered 100% by my insurance, so it worked out great for me. Best of luck again, feel free to PM me if you have any questions!

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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KatesTheWord:  My understanding of the zofran studies was that there was no increased risk of major malformations when started after 10 weeks (that’s why earlier studies showed no issue and only the recent one showed a risk, the earlier studies included too many women taking it only after 10 weeks when most of the risk of major malformations has passed.) I would ask your doctor about that because obviously im just an Internet stranger, but my understanding is you should be safe now. Also, I don’t think Reglan has shown any increased risk of malformations so that could be another to try. I, too, turned down zofran earlier in but luckily diclegis worked for me. 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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KatesTheWord:  Oh bee, I am so sorry you are having such terrible sickness. Mine wasn’t nearly as bad as yours and I thought I was dying. The only thing that helped me with the all day sickness was eating lemons, mostly the juice. It was the only thing that settled my stomach and actually made me want to eat. Other than that, small portions of carbs are all I could tolerate.

Post # 28
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Worker bee

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KatesTheWord:  Are you still taking your prenatals?! I’m 10w4d and at 8 weeks I couldn’t keep anything down. My doc had me stop taking my prenatals and I have not thrown up since. I still have nausea but feel 90% better. I take ginger root tablets and B6 which have helped. Also, sucking on Jolly ranchers and chewing juicy fruit gum has helped me out a lot. Good luck bee. Hope you feel better soon 🙂 

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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KatesTheWord:  I’m sorry that you’re going through this 🙁 I can sympathize, those feelings during the first couple months were intense. So grateful and yet so very very sick. It definitely makes it hard to really embrace those happy feelings. 

I wish I had good advice, I was honestly just miserable and dragged myself through it. I started to sort of feel a little less awful all the time around 11w and now that I’m almost 14w it’s down to a dull roar, mostly actual morning sickness. Hopefully there is some relief in the near future for you.

Hang in there bee, we are here when you need to vent!

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

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KatesTheWord:  Oh honey, that sounds awful. Ondansetron is really helpful in reducing nausea and vomiting. I’m now 9 weeks and recently had to take 2 30hr flights within 4 days of each other- the first I vomited every 20 minutes for 8hrs straight. The second I took 2 ondansetron 8hrs apart and only spewed twice. So much better!.Some evidence suggests that a high protein diet can reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnancy but not much help if you can’t hold anything down. If it’s disrupting your life this much then doctor prescribed medication really may be the way to go. Good luck and feel better xx

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