Post # 1
I am currently in week six.
Week five I was nauseated every day..which was no fun, but I sucked it up and still ran around my room teaching my heart out.
In week six, I have started vomiting. IIt started in the morning only, which I could handle before work. Today it is an all day thing. (Thank goodness for Saturdays)
I am worried about what to do. I am technically not allowed to leave my kids alone. (They are high school, so I would totally just leave if need be) but the bathroom is on the other side of the building. I would never make it there. If I wanted to make it to the bathroom in time, I would have to be gone for at least 10 minutes. This is wayyyy too long.
I am going to ask my doctor this week for something, but my sister-in-law had the same problem and nothing worked. She was right next to the bathroom and taught small groups of students, so she seriously just excused herself from time to time, usually when she could smell lunch being prepared. (I hate this smell!)
Any insight or advice?
Post # 2
I don’t know what to tell you…I’m commenting to follow because this is my main concern about getting pregnant and working in a school. My mom had horrible morning sickness so I’m pretty much expecting it. I hope you feel better VERY soon!
Post # 3
Ugh same here. Like what would you do? I would hate to throw up infront of my students too. That would be so embarassing.
Post # 4
I don’t know what you have tried so far but ginger (the real stuff) or peppermint (again, gotta be the real stuff) can help with nausea. Get candied ginger or ginger ale to suck/sip on through the day maybe?
Many women take zofran for morning sickness but I have found in general (I am a nurse but not in women’s health) zofran works best for nausea but if you’re already puking it is too late for it. I know phenagren is prescribed sometimes during pregnancy but some people can be pretty loopy on it. I also don’t believe it has been tested as much in pregnant women, but it’s good stuff. If the option are puke you guts out and be dehydrated or tale the meds, fairly certain many providers would advise for the meds.
Also trying to eat small amount fairly constantly can help too. You feel nauseous and don’t eat, then the acid in your stomach irritates it more and makes you sicker. Vicious cycle. No advice on the far from the bathroom other than hopefully try to keep from getting to that miserable sick point. Best of luck!
Post # 5
Thanks for the reply.
I will talk to my doctor about that medication, and for now, I will give the ginger a try! I will have to stock up on ginger ale.
Post # 6
I have no personal experience, as I am not a teach and I’ve never been pregnant. However, I distinctively remember one of my teachers who had morning sickness for most of her pregnancy, would tap the door of the neighboring classroom and the neighboring teacher would listen in on our class for 5-10 minutes while our teacher ran to puke. I assume this is something they worked out between themselves. Are you friendly with any of the teachers with classrooms near you? Would this be okay at your school?
Post # 7
This could work if the other teacher didn’t have a class. But, your response reminded me that we have police officers who walk around the building. Maybe I can just tell them to walk around my room more often so they can help me out.
Post # 8
I am a teacher and have just started TTC. I worry about this. The teacher next door to me is a newbie and I certainly can’t expect her to watch her overfilled class and keep an eye on my middle school students. Plus I don’t want the kids to know I am puking before I am ready to tell people I am pregnant. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. At least this year there is a staff bathroom…last year I always had to use the same bathroom as the kids and that would have been extra bad.
Post # 9
I didn’t even think about this…I will be barfing in the student bathrooms. Woot woot. lol
Post # 10
I’m not pregnant, but I teach, and this thought has crossed my mind. I wonder if you feel like you’ve got a supportive administrator that you can discreetly tell about your pregnancy a little earlier than you might otherwise like. Maybe there can be some kind of short-term deal struck where you get a co-teacher or teaching assistant to hang around in case you have to excuse yourself from class, or if you’re predictably sick at certain times of the day maybe you can swap sections with someone else until you’re out of the woods.
Again, this all depends on what kind of work environment you’re in — I am in a good place so I feel like my higher-ups would be pretty cool about this if I ever asked them, but in the past I have also had supervisors that I would have been very nervous to tell about a pregnancy, especially an early one. So it’s a judgment call you would have to make, but the take-home is that sometimes more help is available than you might think, and you just have to ask.
Post # 11
What an awful situation. If it really is a ten minute walk to the closest bathroom, it sounds like you’ll have to make sure there’s a lined trash barrel nearby (maybe in a stairwell where no one can see you), since with or without students, nobody can hold puke in that long.
Post # 12
Not a ten minute walk to the bathroom. I can do it in a two minute hustle. lol
I just don’t want to leave the room at the last minute since I might not make it…so I would have to leave as soon as I started to feel sick.
Post # 13
I would just get an rx for Zofran and/or Diclegis. One of those has worked for almost everyone I know.
I taught through my MS, and it helped to keep peppermints/sour candy with me. I also drank a huge lemonade slowly throughout the day, since lemonade always helped my nausea.
Post # 14
I hope lemonade works for me…delicious!
Post # 15
and eat often! Even when you don’t think you need to. I should add that I actually never threw up at work, but I thought I would many, many times. I was able to keep my pregnancy a secret from coworkers until 13 weeks, and from students until 18 weeks. Good luck!