(Closed) Afraid of MS! Advice for someone with emetophobia who is about to TTC?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’ve never been pregnant but I just wanted to say that I am hugely emetophobic, so I feel your pain โค๏ธ

Post # 4
23 posts

I’ve never been pregnant either but I have had phobias and anxiety. Would you consider getting treatment (therapy) for your fear? It might help in changing your mind set around nausea and vomiting as just something unpleasant rather than terror-inducing.

Post # 5
2141 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

ltj14:  My Mum is hugely emetophobic and cannot stand vomiting.. but when she got pregnant it was exactly like you’re hoping -> the fact of knowing that the nausea was caused by her precious baby meant she was able to just relax and let it be. Once she gave birth, the emetophobia came right back ๐Ÿ™‚ And when she got pregnant with her second child, even though she did feel nauseous during pregnancy, again, she was able to relax and deal with it. I do believe that, as women, our bodies are designed to cope with pregnancy, including the nausea, childbirth and everything else.. because your maternal instinct will kick in and you’ll be more worried about the child than about yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope that’s reassuring.. my advice to you would be to not worry about it in advance, and you will find, when the time comes, that you will be able to deal with it.

Post # 6
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve never been pregnant, but I’ve had a lot of stomach issues that resulted in nausea/vomiting.  I would definitely recommend working on deep, meditative breathing.  Yoga can help tremendously. Stress seems to always make nausea worse. 

I’m the oldest of 4 and watched my Mom suffer from really bad morning sickness (Duchess Kate status).  She’d always carry around a ginger root, bite into into, close her eyes, and do breathing exercises to get the nausea to pass.  It didn’t always work, but it seemed to help often.

I’m totally with you though.  After watching my mom, I’m so worried I’ll get it bad morning sickness.

Post # 7
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t have phobias but I do have HG (like Duchess Kate). It’s very rare to have HG – less than 2 percent of the population has it, and no one that I know has it. I have always had stomach problems, so there may be a relationship there. My mom had no morning sickness at all, so there may not be a relationship there. Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is totally different from having a stomach bug though – it’s a different sensation and different triggers. There are lots of drugs (like Zofran) that you can take while pregnant to manage it. 

Post # 9
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I totally feel for you.

I suffer from emetophobia and have an anxiety disorder.  I get a full on panic attack before I vomit.  I was worried about this too but decided that I wanted a baby more than anything.  I got pregnant and didn’t have morning sickness at all. Until 38w, I got rare 3rd trimester morning sickness. I was prescribed diclectin (very similiar to zofran) and it was AMAZING. It went right away. I actually still have a bunch left over and take one on a rare occasion when I feel nauseous. (Bonus, they also make you drowsy so it helps me sleep if I’m nauseous at night).

The hardest part for me was when I was in labour. I heard stories that women vomit (from things like epidural or pushing) and I was panicking that this would happen to me. I even had a nurse say to me “You will throw up at some point today”.  Well I lost it, I bawled and had a panic attack. Guess what? I didn’t throw up once!  The experience is different for everyone, next pregnancy I’m not going to worry as much ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
351 posts
Helper bee

ltj14:  when i was pregnant with my daughter back in 2009, I never had Morning Sickness, not once. So hope is out there for you. But then again I wouldn’t say that I am easily nauseated either.

Post # 11
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Hot ginger tea, sprite/ginger ale, salty pretzels and pimento stuffed green olives (maybe I am just weird that olives help) all help hormonal nausea whether it’s from PMS, period migraines or morning sickness. Doubling up on the BCP was awful for me in terms of nausea when I did it and from what I’ve heard, worse than the average MS. You have a great attitude despite your fear so I think you will enjoy being pregnant —and if you do still get MS which is physical not emotional, you will cope way more easily than you think and find remedies that help you feel less sick.

Post # 12
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Oh and gummy bears. I’ve not been pregnant but I used to get evil migraines lol and fat free candy along with the remedies I listed above really helped prevent serious nausea and throwing up.

Post # 13
8325 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

ltj14:  Is it just your own vomiting that’s hard to handle, or other people’s too?

Because babies are pretty much little skinbags full of puke, poop, and pee.

And adorableness, but also the first three.

Post # 14
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Not just babies, but children too.

If this is a serious issue for you, you need to think past pregnancy and birth (which, as a PP mentioned, often can also involve vomiting, especially as you go through transition) to parenthood. Pregnancy and birth, as important as they are, are just the warm-up phase. Babies “spit up” constantly – it’s a mild form of vomiting, and I guarantee you will end up covered in half-digested milk or formula multiple times if you have a baby. And kids get sick, and when they do, they need their mommies. You will need to mentally prepare yourself for the fact that you may or may not have to deal with morning sickness, but parenting is pretty much guaranteed to bring you face-to-face with your child(ren)’s nausea and vomiting on a semi-recurring basis for a number of years and more-or-less unpredictably.

Post # 15
2112 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m a nurse but I’m one of those nurses that never takes medication. I sometimes have issues with motion sickness and I can’t stand feeling nauseated so I feel your pain there. For my relief, I use something called “Quease Ease.” It is basically harmless aromatherapy tube (about the size of a tube of lipstick) with spearmint, peppermint, ginger, and lavender oils in it. It worked great for me for post-surgery nausea as well. I highly recommend it! 


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