Nausea Still Plagues Me!

I don’t understand this….I’m almost 18 weeks pregnant and I’m still throwing up!  That makes twice this week!  I thought it was supposed to go away, that when I hit that magical 14 week mark, it would just disappear!  But no, 4 weeks into my second trimester and I’m still plagued with nausea and vomiting!  Apparently the pregnancy gods feel I must be tested….. repeatedly.  I was just overcome by an intense wave of nausea.  I didn’t have time to run to the bathroom, and as my mouth was flooding with saliva, I realized that I barely had time to reach for my trash can.  I made it….but it was close.  I really don’t get it.  When will it go away?

for the record: prenatal vitamins taste like ass coming back up (not that they tasted that great going down….)

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Energy?

Today I’ve been more productive at work than I have been in over the past month.  Without trying to jinx it, it seems that I’m finally able to focus and get things done again.  So, I’m hoping that this is the beginning of me getting my energy back.  I’ve been able to clear two whole piles of paperwork and I’m starting on my third, and as boring as that sounds it actually has me really happy that I can do my job again.  There’s nothing worse than having to show up for work, and then not having the energy to do anything once you’re actually there.  So, again without jinxing it, I’m hoping that I’m getting my energy back!

(this used to be me at work, minus the coffee)

Also, I got a reminder today that I can’t wait too long to eat when I’m hungry.  I got busy and forgot to eat, and even started feeling queasy, but I brushed it off so I could get work done.  I ended up throwing up in my trash can at my desk.  Lesson learned. Just because your energy may be coming back doesn’t mean that you can prolong time between meals.

Plum

Dear Poppy Seed –

You’re now the size of a large plum!  And guess what?  We’ve made it to 3 months a long!!!  Right now you’re just busy growing!  Your digestive system is gearing up to function, practicing all the moves it will take to digest food.  Your bone marrow is busy making white blood cells, which will come in handy in about another 28 weeks.  You’re already weighing in at about half an ounce, which is incredible considering that just a few short weeks ago you were a teeny tiny speck and hardly tipped the scale at all.  From crown to rump you’re measuring at about 2 1/2 inches!  So, keep growing!!

I’m still feeling some intense nausea and morning sickness.  Mornings are usually the hardest for me.  I wake up feeling nauseous, as well as bone weary.  Last night I went to bed at 10:00, and woke up at midnight, 3:00, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:45, 7:00 and 7:30.  I can’t say how much I would love to be able to sleep through the night!  Maybe, I’m just getting ready for when you actually arrive, cause I’m pretty sure that my sleep patters will follow a similar timeline.  My pants are starting to get really tight as well.  I’m constantly pulling them up, but they only go up so far now, and usually fall right back down to my hips again.  I feel like I have a perpetual muffin top.  I’m going to look into getting one of those belly bands that allow you to wear your jeans unbuttoned without them falling down.  If they actually work, I can probably get away with wearing my pants for another couple of weeks.  I still burp all the time and have some of the worst gas ever (I’m really embarrassed to include that part, but I’m trying to be honest).  According to “What to Expect,” I can look forward to feeling dizzy soon as well.  I know it probably sounds like I’m complaining, I don’t mean for it to come across that way.  I’m excited to be pregnant, but I’m still coming to terms with exactly what that means.

Right now things are getting busy for your dad and I.  His band concert is coming up next week, and then Christmas and Hanukkah, and our babymoon is right around the corner!  I’m still really busy at work, but things are finally starting to slow down a bit.  Right now I’m really just looking forward to our winter vacation.  It’ll be a time for your dad and I to relax and enjoy the fact that you’re growing away in my tummy.  These first three months seemed to just fly by.  It feels like it was only a few days ago that we found out we were having you.  Now, I’m three months in with only six more to go!  Your due date feels like an eternity away, but I’m sure that like these past three months it will fly by and I’ll be wondering where all my time went.  Keep growing and remember that your dad and I love you!

– Mom

Sick

You’d really think I’d know better than to send another message to the universe stating that I don’t throw up all that much anymore.  Maybe I will learn one day not to provoke it with my statements…..

Blueberry

Dear Poppy Seed –

You are now the size of a blueberry at 7 weeks along!  Your brain is growing and dividing into hemispheres, so that you can be as smart as your father and as creative as your mother.  Your arms and legs, mouth and tongue are also starting to form this week!!  As well as your final set of kidneys (this will be your third and final pair).  You’re measuring at about a half an inch long, which means that you’ve doubled in size since last week, so as always – Keep Growing!!

My morning sickness is in full swing.  I throw up just about everything that I eat, so I try to eat things in terms of what it will taste like when (not if) it comes back up.  Frosted Mini Wheats are really gross the second time around, Gatorade though, not too bad.  My boobs are sore and tender, but I can’t honestly tell if they’re getting any bigger, they’re pretty big to begin with.  I can still smell everything, and those smells are sending my stomach churning now more than ever – popcorn smells awful.  I’m tired, more so from the effort of throwing up than anything else I believe.  It’s surprising how much it takes out of you.  When you’re sick and throwing up, I always assumed it was being sick that made you tired and not the hurling, but I now know it’s 60% throwing up and 40% being sick that drains you.  I also burp a lot.  I think that’s from the queasy stomach and the things in it wanting to  come back up again.  I do have to say that I’m looking forward to the second trimester when my tummy will even out again.

Keep growing, and try to not send me running for the bathroom so often if you could.

– Love Mom

Tales from the Toilet

Morning sickness is awful.  I stayed home from work on Thursday and Friday just trying to figure out how to deal with it, and everything the books say to do have failed.  I’ve tried eating little bits at a time, noshing on crackers constantly, filling up on fluids…..they all came back up.  Thursday I was only able to keep dinner down.  Everything else that day I saw again.  On Friday, everything past lunch stayed down, and today has been the same.  I think that I’m just going to have to get used to throwing up in the morning….a couple times, and then being queasy the rest of the day.

So far, the things that are not tummy friendly: gatorade, mint tea, saltine crackers, multigrain cheerios, anything with milk, juice and fruit smoothies.   Oddly enough, the things that are tummy friendly: whatever I’m craving.  Usually the thought of food is so disgusting that it either has me gagging or sends me running for the toilet, but about once a day, I’ll get a craving for something, and I’ll be able to keep that down.  I’m kinda ashamed to say that the things I can keep down are all fast food related.  Whoppers from Burger King, Bean Burritos from Taco Bell, and Spicy Chicken Sandwiches from Wendy’s.  I’m also a fan of ginger snaps at the moment – those seem to help as well.

After I’ve eaten what I’m craving, I can usually eat anything else and it’ll stay down.  I’m really not sure why that is, but it’s working for me.  That’s not to say that I still don’t get queasy, or hang out by the toilet for a while just in case, but so far nothing after the fast food has come back up.  So, I’ll eat badly around lunch – I’ve already thrown up breakfast by this point, and then I can try and eat healthy for the rest of the day.  What to Expect says not to worry about eating unhealthy in the first trimester, and to eat whatever you can when you can, so I’ll take that advice.

I’m also wearing Sea Bands.  They’re pressure point bands that are supposed to help with sea sickness and/or morning sickness that you wear on each wrist.  I can’t tell if they’re working, but I’ll keep wearing them just in case they are helping.  They do start to hurt once you’ve been wearing them for a while though.

I’m really hoping that morning sickness passes by quickly, I doubt that it will, but I’m hoping that the next 5 to 6 weeks will just fly by and then I can go back to normal.