First Trimester War Stories

posted 5 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Helper bee

I spent the first 5 months of my pregnancy on Zofran to stop the 24/7 barfing and still ended up needing IV fluids twice.  Oh, and right in the middle of it I had lovely 4-6 weeks when I still had HG and my ankles started swelling.  Miracle of life, my arse…

The only thing that kept me from passing out when I couldn’t eat anything was forcing down bland proteins and sugary slushies.  The kid was made of BBQ chicken and Dear Daughter vanilla coolattas.

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m only 4 weeks and haven’t experienced much nausea yet first hand, but I bought the book The Whole Nine Months and she says that the smell of citrus can help some people. You could try orange essential oil under your nose, or drinking lemon water or tea.

She also has a recipe for a ginger lemongrass broth that you can sip or use as a soup base. It’s 5 cups of veggie stock, 1 2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, 2 lemongrass stalks, 1 tsp salt, and 1 bunch fresh cilantro. You boil simmer it all together for 20 minutes and then strain it once its cooled. You can freeze it too!

Speaking of freezing, I saw on Pinterest people freeze Gatorade in ice cube trays and then suck on them if they feel too nauseated to drink.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

skibeeire : When I was in the 1st trimester my nausea wasnt awful but carbs and gingerale helped.  That and not letting myself get to hungry or the nausea would set in. I do remember  being so tired and feeling like my brain was fried. I also remember looking at calendar and thinking I had so long before I could tell anyone! Hang in there….trust me it goes faster then you think!  I kept a pregnancy journal to document each week. That helped me pass the time and I would just go to bed super early and that helped some. Good luck and hope it does go quickly for you and that you feel better soon! As other suggested there are some pregnancy safe meds that can help with the nausea. Good luck! 

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Ugh. Morning sickness sucks. I had it mostly in the afternoon and evening. Small meals, and drugs from my doc helped the most (it’s mostly a cocktail of Benadryl and B6) but honestly, time won out overall and I was usually feeling better by week 13. Eat what you can when you can and stay hydrated. Congratulations! 

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Make sure it’s the correct type of unisom. I bought some not realizing there were different types. Or get diclegis. Way easier. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am SO sorry! First trimester sucks horribly and I really feel for you!! I am 16w with my second and with both pregnancies weeks 5-14 were just miserable. I hear you on the brain being fried… I was barely making it through work for the last two months. It was awful. 

My suggestions would be:

-seabands (the things you war on your wrists- there are NIH studies demonstrating their efficacy!) 

– citrus/sour- lemongrass tea, hard lemon candies, sour patch kids. One friend would wear lemon scent on her and put lemon on her hands and smell them when she got super nauseous. Peppermint works too.

– eating crackers in bed before getting up for the day 

– keeping somethinng your stomach at all times. 

– eating your cravings with no guilt. I ate instant mashed potatoes, sour patch kids, cool ranch Doritos, and other crap the first trimester. Take a prenatal for folic acid- otherwise the vitamins baby needs at this stage are miniscule. You are in survival mode. ♥️

Also, don’t hesitate to tell your news privately and in a low key way to your boss and a few good friends/colleagues. We told no one until well into second trimester for my first, but did tell a few friends and coworkers I’m close to early on this time around- just a “hey, feeling super crappy because I’m pregnant, can’t go to lunch with you today ” It feels so much better not to have to make up excuses, or worse to force yourself to do things that makes you more miserable. A couple of coworkers were awesome and would always ask if they could pick something up for me when out. Having that support system was invaluable, and I don’t think it takes away from a “real” announcement to family/friends later on. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I ate so much cereal in 1st tri. It was all I could stomach. I literally landed in China at 6.5 weeks pregnant and immediately threw up. I spent the next 2 weeks super nauseous, occasional sickness, and dizzy. It was rough. Chinese food is NOT conducive to morning sickness. 

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I agree with PP who said that if you can tell someone at work, do. I was miserable trying to hide my non-stop vomiting in my office and my boss ended up being awesome once I told her. I was sent home more than once. 

In terms of dealing with the morning sickness, get a Diclectan prescription as soon as you can. It took the edge off of the nausea, so even if it didn’t eliminate it entirely I was still semi-functional. Otherwise, I found that staying as cool as possible was helpful (I think I might have been the only person in my city who didn’t mind a month of – 20) and I pre-gamed every single meal with a spoonful of lemon sorbet or some watermelon. My maternity nurse said that prenatal can make it worse and that all you need in the first trimester is folic acid, so I got a bottle of that and just took straight folic acid instead. Keep some pedialyte at home in case you get really dehydrated so that you don’t have to drink it warm – that was a disgusting experience in and of itself. 

Brushing my teeth was really triggering. A baby toothbrush helped, as did not using my electric toothbrush. I still have my first ever cavity, likely from all of the vomiting, but those helped. 

Lastly, the worse I felt, the more time I spent on my makeup in the morning so that at least I looked good until I puke-cried my mascara off (get a second tube for your purse). Also, keep a few plastic bags and a hair clip in your purse so that you’re always prepared for a puke. On the highway? In court? Shopping for Christmas presents? No problem! 

Good luck, mama. This part absolutely sucks but you can get through it! 

Post # 25
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Blushing bee

I didn’t suffer with nausea, but I did with heartburn, that would make me throw up regularly. I also felt really tired. 

So glad to be over with it 😂

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

skibeeire :  wow those kind of comments are definitely grounds for HR involvement (and possibly EEO violations) in the States. I’m sorry that’s your boss’ attitude! Hope you feel better soon ♥️

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I took unisom and B6 for nausea in the beginning, it did work, but my body hates unisom, i literally felt like hungover drunk all day the next day. I just avoided certain foods like the plague, but it was a trial and error kind of process for me. I definitely tested the limits when it came to foods that first trimester, ha, unfortunately.

I drank lots of water which did help a bit. And i made sure not to ever get to the point of being hungry before eating, because that tended to make the nausea worse. I would eat every few hours, even if meant shoving a few chips down my throat to satisfy my stomach. 

But to be honest nothing truly helped cure my nausea completely, it was just a matter of relieving some of the suffering on a daily basis. 

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

skibeeire :  toast with a little bit of peanut butter and almond milk was my go-to meal for a looong time. It always seemed to help and the peanut butter gave me just enough pick me up to keep me going. I agree with the previous comments of trying to keep a little something in your stomach. I hid a sleeve of crackers in my desk at work and shoved one in my mouth in between classes with water to keep from getting hungry/more nauseated. Preggie pops also helped sometimes! 

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

skibeeire :  oh! I also found that it helped to eat a few crackers right before going to sleep and then right when I got up to get ahead of the empty stomach nausea. I also did better with taking my vitamins at night. 

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