Post # 1
So I have the 24/7 morning sickness, already for 2 weeks and I am only 7 weeks along! I was doing okay with keeping it down but today, around noon, while I was at work I couldn’t hold it in anymore! Thankfully I was able to make it to a bathroom on a different floor and wait until it was empty to do the deed. I was hoping to at least wait until after my 8 wk ultrasound (in 1.5 weeks) and hearing the heartbeat to let my work/boss/coworkers in on the secret but if I keep throwing up at work that won’t be so easy.
Did you tell your work earlier than planned because of morning sickness? Did you lie if someone brought it up? I could blame food posioning at least once, and I do get sick pretty often so I think I could play it off for a little bit.
We haven’t told anyone yet and probably won’t tell family until Christmas (about 14wks) so it would be a real bummer if work is one of the first people to know!! (Though we are planning on telling some close friends soon).
Any advice or stories appreciated!! Thanks!
Post # 2
swimcat14: One of my friends ended up telling her workplace at 8 weeks because they caught her sleeping at her desk! She had no other explanation for it so she blurted it out because she didn’t want to get in trouble. I think it probably happens more often than you think!
Post # 3
I told my boss around seven weeks because my nausea/vomiting was so bad, I literally couldn’t leave the house until nine or nine thirty most days. I understand not wanting to tell anyone until the first ultrasound, but the reality is that if you have a miscarriage, you will probably want/need some time off of work, so you may end up telling them anyway.
Or you could just decide that you’ll barf wherever it’s convenient for you to barf, and they might guess or they might not. That way, you wouldn’t have to “announce” to them, but you also wouldn’t have to find hidden spots to get sick.
Also – carry barf bags! They’re lifesavers, for real. 🙂
Post # 4
swimcat14: ugh! This is my worst nightmare. I’ve had nausea all week (and I’m 5w5d now). I luckily have not puked yet. But, I’m a teacher, and if I have to puke, I have very few options. I have not told my boss yet, and don’t plan on doing it, however, circumstances may dictate that I have to.
I have told his secretary, but she kind of guessed and caught me off guard. I think it could be helpful having someone in the know.
Post # 5
I told work really early with my first pregnancy because I was so sick. With my second I didn’t because I was having lots of problems with bleeding etc. so I wasn’t comfortable but they all figured it out anyway since I was barfing a lot and looking pregnant.
Post # 6
Pregnancy isn’t the only reason for vomitting, and I don’t feel like I should have to explain when it happens to me (and it has many times), so just go to the bathroom like those of us who do and aren’t pregnant.
Post # 7
I told my boss at around 6 weeks. It wasn’t a big deal, and she actually encouraged me to stay home if I didn’t feel well.
Post # 8
I threw up a lot! I told two coworkers right away and they covered for me. I made it 11 weeks before I announced it to everyon because I was showing.
Post # 9
For me when I had to puke I had to puke and I had it until about 20 weeks — no holding it in or waiting for the coast to be clear so I just made sure I had a trash can handy at all times and that meant throwing up at my desk more than a few times. It also meant two people finding out before I was ready to tell because they heard/saw me throw up and insisted I go home, so I had to explain that they couldn’t catch what I had:)
Post # 10
I’d probably just tell them if it was a big issue. I had MS from 8-16 weeks but I luckily never puked at work, usually I did in the morning or early evening–whenever my stomach got too empty and I tried eating it would come back up. So usually I was okay during working hours.
Post # 11
I puked a lot at work, but always in the bathroom thankfully. I was really surprised the NO ONE guessed-everyone was super surprised when I started sharing the news around 13 weeks. In general I think people pay less attention than you think they do. However, if people do end up noticing you can definitely either tell them if you are comfortable or play it off as food poisoning (they can’t catch it!) or a reaction to something.
I hope you feel better soon, I know it is tough. Also, I found having a toothbrush/paste and gum available really helpful to feel “presentable” after I was sick.
Post # 12
I was in a similar situation and told my boss at 8 weeks. I waited to tell everyone else until 12 weeks.
It got to the point where I was throwing up daily at work (always in the bathroom), but no one really caught on. One girl not on my team caught me mid-act and asked if there was anything she could do to help, but I was in the stall so I don’t think she knew who I was. One time, another girl on my team caught me afterward brushing my teeth and asked if I had a dentist appointment or something. I just told her I had a bad taste in my mouth from lunch.
My personal rule was that if I threw up twice in one day at work, then I would let myself go home.
Post # 13
swimcat14: You could ask your doctor for some Zofran. It works wonders on nausea. Though be warned, constipation is a side effect. You’ll have to take Colace, drink prune juice, up your fiber, etc. But if you are concerned with making it through the day, this could be an option for you. Diclegis is great for the night. That way you don’t take too much Zofran.
Post # 14
I carried these blue emesis bags. I had one on-hand at all times. I kept one in my purse, one in the side door of my car and one in my husband’s car. I also had one in my desk drawer at work. My doctor prescribed Zofran for me as well. As far as work goes, I ended up telling my boss when I was around 8 weeks because I could no longer do the heavy lifting required to perform some aspects of my job.
These are the bags I kept on hand: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Emesis-Vomit-Clean-1000ml/dp/B00BDVIVLU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1414779462&sr=8-2&keywords=emesis+bags
Post # 15
I puked at work frequently until 16 weeks or so. I told work around 18 weeks. They had no idea,