For the first 12 or 13 weeks of pregnancy, I had terrible morning sickness. (Edited 3/16: I threw up for the last time on the day that I turned 18 weeks pregnant.) I’m feeling pretty good most of the time these days, and I’m grateful to be able to say that. I don’t have the food aversions that I did, and I actually was able to go on a 30 minute walk on the treadmill today and feel pretty good! I know that my round ligament was tight the whole time, as I could feel it. It was weird to have a random twinge not in my foot or leg or running related area but instead in the side of my stomach. But anywho, today I’m here to tell you about how I got through the first trimester.
When the morning sickness began.
I found out I was pregnant at the beginning of April. We were really excited, and the first few weeks we kept it a secret from everyone. It wasn’t hard to; I felt great! I even started wondering when I was going to start feeling bad. By week 5 of being pregnant, I even started wanting to feel a little badly, because I had read that was a good sign. And then, sometime during week 6 that wish was granted. And it was granted to the extreme! As soon as I started feeling nauseous I felt really nauseous. And this “morning sickness” thing was cute, but I decided it needed to be called “all day sickness”. It didn’t go away at any point. There would be an hour or two on occasion that I would feel a little better, but it wouldn’t last. The only thing that made me feel better was eating. So, I ate. And I ate. And I ate some more.
What I ate with morning sickness.
The foods that I could stomach were not what I would consider healthy foods. I could think about a salad or eggs or vegetables. I ate bagels and chips and crackers. I could handle soups and sandwiches, but it was things that were light and things that had carbs that aided. One morning it was a chicken biscuit and hashbrowns from chick-fil-a that made my life. One car ride when we went to visit Tim’s family on the other side of the state, I just ate through an entire bag of salt and vinegar potato chips, because that was the only thing that kept me from just falling into a ball of tears from feeling so bad. I vomited on occasion, and sometimes I made myself because it made me feel better, but for the most part it was just the overwhelming sense of nausea all the time that was so awful.
I wish I could say I drank a lot of water or ate smart, but I didn’t. I also couldn’t workout. I came home from work for all of April and May and couldn’t do anything but hang out on the couch. Even dinners were often a choice of soup or takeout. I found out in early June that my hypothyroidism had gotten worse and I needed to increase my medicine, so I think that was part of the reason I felt so drained.
When I went to the “8 week appointment” I was almost at 9 weeks, and that’s when they gave me Diclegis to take the edge off. It did take the edge off, and I felt mostly better most of the time. Now that I’m moving well along into my second trimester I can say that I definitely feel a huge difference between then and now. I have more energy and just feel generally better overall. I started eating salads and tracking my food 3 or 4 weeks ago, and I stopped with the bagels and carbs all the time, as the food aversions were gone.
Things that help reduce morning sickness nausea.
Sea Bands: Some people swore by these. They’re these bracelets you put on with pressure points on your wrist that are supposed to help. They helped me absolutely none. I stopped wearing them after three days because they looked ridiculous and did nothing.
Gin-Gins: These ginger candies are very strongly flavored, and they helped me a touch more than the Sea Bands, but the taste was so strong they they turned me off a little more than they helped, so I ate two and didn’t eat them again. Again, this is something else that other people swore by.
Ginger Ale: I won’t link to this. You know what it is. This helped more than Gin-Gins. I drank a lot of this in the first weeks and it soothed me a little. I think it was a combination of the ginger and the bubbles settling my stomach.
Salt & Vinegar Chips: The sourness did more than anything else. Pickles helped also. I ate a lot of pickles.
Diclegis: This is the biggest thing that helped. You take two at night before you go to bed and it’s a time release pill that is basically a mix of B12 and the active ingredient in Unisom. It helped 75% of the time during the first trimester. It’s sometimes hard to get covered by insurances, but my doctor gave me a sample that has lasted me up until this point.
If you’re pretty sick, I’d highly recommend the diclegis. It worked wonders for me and is classified as an “A” drug for pregnancy. I have another good friend who used it for the duration of her pregnancy.
Were you sick during your pregnancy? What worked for you? Did you take anything?