Post # 1
I’ll be 7 weeks tomorrow and I am miserable. I am nauseous 24/7. I have tried every trick in the book… ginger, mint, lemon, eating, acupuncture – nothing helps.
Started unisom + b6 yesterday and it takes the edge off during the early part of the day but afternoon/night is the worse for me and it barely puts a dent during those hours. I can barely function or eat and it’s really taking a toll on my psyche, like I am not in a good head space. I feel like there are still so many weeks ahead of me and I may not even be at the peak of it and I cannot imagine the possibility of feeling even worse.
I know Zofran could be another option but I’m concerned about increased risk of birth defects and I feel like I’m supposed to suck it up and deal happily because “it’ll all be worth it” and I’m blessed to even be pregnant. But it’s hard to keep sight of that when I feel like I’m on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Any words of encouragement are greatly appreciated. I don’t understand how people have more than one kid… right now I’m wishing I could have a do over and get a puppy instead. =/
Post # 2
So sorry you’re feeling so sick! Some encouragement: I’m feeling much better already at 10 weeks. Week 5-8 I was miserable and like you I tried everything! I was still throwing up multiple times a day even on prescription meds. Hang in there, more likely than not you will start feeling better soon!
Post # 3
I’m hearing you! Try some pretzels.. I’m not sure how, but it is literally the only thing I can hold down.
Post # 4
If you can’t eat, you should call a doctor ASAP. Sorry it’s so bad!!
Post # 5
thanks, that’s really reassuring to hear.
haha yes I had a bag of pretzel thins that went over pretty well. I’m actually not throwing up, just feeling on the verge of it all the time.
ya the dr is the one who told me to take the unisom and b6 in an attempt to avoid rx meds. I’ll give it another day or so then revisit other options.
Post # 6
I feel like I could have written your post!! I feel exactly the same way about the Zofran- I’ll also be 7 weeks tomorrow as well and have been feeling the nausea since the beginning of week 5. It’s rough! I do have an Rx which almost gives me a little peace of mind…just knowing that if it ever got reallllly bad I have it. But I also feel like I should just suck it up, women do this all of the time, etc. I think the thing to remember is that pregnancy, while something that so many women go through, is entirely unique to each person. One woman handles it different than another, and ultimately there is no shame in taking meds if it helps you. If you’re concerned about possible birth defects (which I totally understand), talk with your Dr. a little more about what that means and see if they can offer you some more information.
One thing I have done while nauseous is take a walk…I find the fresh air helps a little, and moving around does too. Also, have you tried magnesium? It’s been shown to help as well. Try a magnesium oil or magnesium bath flakes to do a foot soak. Look up Pink Stork on Amazon- they are a line that specializes in morning sickness prevention and have a lot of great products!
Good luck mama! We’ll get through this!
Post # 7
This won’t make you feel any better sorry but just to let you know, I am in the exact same boat and I’m at 15 weeks and been feeling the exact same ever since 6 weeks! I’m not throwing up so much either until this week but the nausea lasts the whole entire day and worse in the afternoon/evening. It’s no fun and I’m right there with you!!!
The only thing that helps me so far is swimming lengths at the pool and forcing myself to go for a walk! And taking sick days just to relax and sleep!! Don’t feel guilty for just taking a day to rest and get other people in the house to cook/clean for you 🙂
Everyone is different and hopefully you will start to feel better soon!!! 🙂 🙂
Post # 8
Awwww, you poor thing. I haven’t been in that situation but I can certainly imagine how tough it must be.
I’m not encouraging you to take prescription drugs if that’s not the right decision for you, but I did want to mention that you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself about it! At the end of the day, a medication that enables you to relax, get the necessary nutrition, and avoid any extra stress is likely to be better for baby than having a breakdown. It’s a very personal decision but I absolutely think that either way you should take the guilt out of the equation. You do what you need to and there are no wrong choices.
Sending you lots of calm and non-nauseas thoughts. Good luck!
Post # 9
I so feel you right now. I’m at 12 weeks and have been extremely sick since week 6. I started taking Zofran “as needed” (basically if I can’t keep food down) and I end up taking 1 about every other day. It has helped so much, I don’t feel 100% or anything, but I feel like a human again. I wouldn’t feel bad about taking medication if you are feeling really sick. Hang in there!
Post # 10
ugh! I hope it helps! I guess I’m lucky – I’ll be 7 weeks tomorrow and haven’t had too much nausea.
Post # 11
All I can really offer you is that you know you’re not alone. I am 30 weeks along now and have not had a period during this pregnancy where I have not been sick. As soon as the morning sickeness eased up (about 28 weeks) the heartburn/indigestion flaired up which is also making me sick. So now, depending on the day I am taking unisom+ B6 during the day to help with the morning sickness (which can happen at any time of the day) and then Pepcid at night for the heartburn/indigestion. I also feel the guilt of just wanting the baby to be here, and this pregnancy to be done since I really haven’t gotten to enjoy any of it. I really hope yours passes quickly, and is gone by the 12-16 week mark like many women. Do not feel guilty if you need the medication, sometimes you are just doing what you can to get through, and the benefits of being able to stomach some food outweigh the risks in both mine and my doctor’s opinion. I just wanted you to know that you’re not alone in the struggle. Hope you feel better soon!
Post # 12
There is a very good hyperemesis gravidarum group on Facebook that is helpful. I started feeling sick at week five and still deal with it at week 31. I have been on six Diclectin a day and can’t go off or I can’t function/go to work. I was admitted to emergency twice in my first trimester and given fluids and zolfran both times. My baby is perfectly healthy and the ultrasounds have been great. Suggestions like ginger and crackers don’t work for people with more severe sickness. I’d suggest you join the group as they have many resources, suggestions and information on the various drugs available and the inaccurate information that exists around them (like Zolfran). You might also want to stop taking a prenatal if you are right now. I stopped and my sickness greatly improved. The high levels of iron in them were making me much more ill. I’ve never taken one since and only took folic acid and extra B6.
Also, be prepared to hear a lot that it stops after the first trimester. Mine never stopped. Even this morning I struggled not to vomit repeatedly. Be prepared that it might last your whole pregnancy and get yourself on a proper treatment plan. And if it does let up, it’s a bonus.
Post # 13
Have you tried almonds? Ik they say it’s supposed to help heart burn (helped me there too) but it also helped with my minor morning sickness.