(Closed) How do you deal with constant nausea and a full time job?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I chewed a lot of gum and drank warm drinks.  Didn’t fix it but it helped.  I know some people have tried the preggo pops and said they were helpful.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am very interested in answers to this question too!!  I have some flexibility w/ my job, so today I’m working from home b/c I just couldn’t handle going in.  But I do not want to make this a habit.  Also, work next week for me entails two flights across the country and 4 days in a coference room from 8 AM until 7:30 PM.  I do not know how I’m going to be able to suvive that.  I’ve tried having small snacks at least once an hour, which does help, but not enough.  I’ve tried ginger tea too, but I think I’m developing an aversion to the taste.  Sorry this isn’t much of an answer to your question, but at least we can commiserate now. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@JustlikeHeaven: My supervisor doesn’t know.  He just knows that I’m not feeling well and I’m at home reading proposals today.  I’m 6.5 weeks.  My office mate does know b/c we share a confined space all day long, plus we’re pretty close to begin with, so I felt comfortable telling her.  She’s so excited that I’m pregnant, and now she won’t be surprised if I end up puking the in the trash can, so that’s kind of a relief. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I work with 95% Women. As soon as I started to feel sick, I was upfront about what was going on, and how far along I was. I am only 9 weeks now, but it helps that the manager and other supervisors know I am pregnant because sometimes I am cutting it close to work because I can’t stop puking long enough to get ready, or I have to leave the floor so I don’t get sick while making drinks.

Bottom line, you should at least tell the Manager at your business. I’m sure of you are feeling so horrible, they can work something out with you.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I totally sympathize! I am 28 weeks now, and feel pretty good these days, but I had the most miserable first trimester.  I felt so blessed to be pregnant, (I have PCOS,) but I was nauseaus 24/7 and felt absolutely awful.  At about 6 weeks in, I honestly wondered how I was going to keep working.

I live in Canada, so my doctor prescribed Diclectin.  It was / is a miracle drug.  I don’t know how I would have got by without it.  I felt better within 24 hours.  I know you can’t get it in the States, but it’s just a mix of Vitamin B6 and a antihistamine, (Absolutely, completely safe.)  A lot of women make it themselves.  I think that if you google it you can find out how much of each in order to make it yourself.  Of course, check with your doctor, but I can’t recommend this highly enough.

Good luck and hope you feel better!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Mrs Moose:  This is a common prescription, but in the states people typically use a combination of B6 and Unisom.

OP – If your nausea is bad enough you can’t work, you should ask your doctor about medications.  Some doctors will prescribe medications like Zofran or Phenergan, some prefer to try OTC meds (like B6 and Unisom) first.  Definitely ask before self-medicating, though.  It’s important that your doctor prescribe the right dosage for your body.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I actually just called my doctor’s office and should be receiving a call back soon about B6 and correct dosage.  Also, it sounds like she’s willing to write me a presciption too.  I’d rather not use it, but will consider it as a backup for next week if I find that I can’t make it through all of the travel and 12-hour work days.  I haven’t actually met my doctor yet, but her office still seems very willing to help out.  So maybe, give your doctor a call, even if you haven’t had your 1st appt yet. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My doctor prescribed Zofran right off the bat.  It was the only way I was able to travel for work within the first trimester, and even with the drug I was still sick once or twice a day.  Other than that, the only things that worked for me was forcing myself to eat (even if it was just something small) every 2 hours. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Oh – and I told my manager/close co-workers at about 8 weeks.  If I wasn’t able to get on a plane due to the puking I at least wanted them to know why!  Having people know what was going on helped – it meant I didn’t have to pretend to feel better than I really did.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I hear you. It’s awful. I am starting a new job Sept 1 and I’ll be 14 weeks to the day on my first day and I’m PRAYING it is gone by then. I almost puked in a meeting with my boss the other day. It’s awful. Oh wait, I already said that huh? I guess my best advice is to find a few things that help (and by help I don’t mean completely but take the edge off). For me, peppermint lifesavers have literally been a lifesaver. As has ginger ale (though I’m so incredibly sick of it), and lemon flavored things. Good luck!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

@skibobrown: I had to fly last week. It was awful, I’m not going to lie. I had a 6:30 am flight and spent the whole time green, shaking. The flight attendants were so worried about me they moved me to the front of the plane (luckily a seat was available) where there is less bounce and kept an eye on me. I told them I was pregnant (helps differentiate between you coming down with some horrible contagious disease). If you can adjust you flights, don’t fly first thing in the morning (for me that’s when my nausea is the worst), sit closer to the front (less motion), keep ice chips or something in your mouth. Try to get a seat with extra legroom or sit on an aisle so you can get to the bathroom.

I also have a pretty standard 8-5 job and have had to take some sick time. I’ve worked from home for a day or two. I did tell my boss (who is a woman) because there are only 3 of us in my group and there’s no way to hide anything. It’s made everything a lot easier and she’s been very understanding. I still don’t know how I’m going to handle this for the rest of the first trimester (or however long it goes). I have to give a talk in front of some important political officials in a few weeks, and I have this horrible image in my head of vomiting right in front of them. Horrible!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I ate crackers, drank ginger tea, and sniffed lemons. My boss would also let me take naps during the first trimester. I would go in her office and sleep on her couch. One time I slept for 4 hours! Embarassed

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