Monday, September 29, 2008

Ick

That's how I feel. The queasiness started on Friday night. Driving home from work a wave of nausea hit me. I ate some almonds to feel better but it only made it worse. I was stuck in traffic and thought I was going to throw up all over myself. So I started crying. I didn't throw up, and the queasiness settled down to a state of general ick that's lasted through today. I'm not going to be sick, but I also don't feel well. And nothing makes me feel better. I ate some crackers, and that didn't help. I'm hungry, and generally when I'm hungry I feel sick, but when I try to eat, my stomach churns. Everyone says don't worry, the queasiness and fatigue only last a few months. But I'm thinking months! I'm going to feel like this for months?

My huge breasts are super tender these days as well. Last night I got up at 1:30am to go to the bathroom and they hurt so much when I stood up that I had to hold them until I laid down again.

4 comments:

nutella said...

Sigh. I totally hear you. It's miserable. There are a million and 1 different pieces of advice out there, but the fact is, every woman is different. All you can do is try things out and see what works for you. I don't want to bombard you with assvice you didn't ask for, but if you ever do want some, I will be happy to offer what little I have found helps me.

Hang in there, lean on your wife, and remember that you are stronger than the ick. They keep telling me it gets better and I have to cling to that.

Baby Mama said...

Hey, thanks. I would love any advice you have. Yesterday K went to Whole Foods and stocked up on ginger things - candy, ale, beer, crystalized. Hopefully this will help.

nutella said...

Ok, since you've asked....

Carbs are my savior. Fresh bakery white bread, sometimes toasted with a little Smart Balance. Plain buttered noodles. Low sodium saltines. Cereal. Also, eating frequently. Like, every 2-3 hours, even in the middle of the might. Yes, it's a pain in the ass. Milk is also great for me.

Chewing gum, especially in the car, helps to keep the nausea somewhat at bay. I'm wearing seabands, but I don't really know if they are helping.

Meat is iffy (I know you don't eat it. Keep trying to find protiens that work for you). Eggs are a HUGE no for me. Veggies, especially raw, have no appeal. Fruit is a maybe.

One thing that helped me a lot was stopping my pre-natal. I noticed that I felt pretty awful after taking it so I stopped. I'm now taking a regular chewable adult vitamin and extra folic acid.

Ginger does help my nausea, but it makes my underlying problem worse. I seem to have far far too much stomach acid. Pair that with a lazy esophageal reflex (something common in pregnancy) and I've been having horrid reflux and heartburn. Per the advice of an online forum, and confirmed by my OB, I am now taking the perscription strength dose of Zantac (150mg) 2 times a day. It has been a life saver.

Another piece of advice from my OB was to take an additional 25-100mg of B6 daily. And, to offer even more nausea relief you can take a Unison tablet at night (the tablets only). I'm doing the B6, but haven't noticed any difference. I haven't tried the Unisom yet.

I certainly hope something gives you a respite. It's truly truly afwul.

Baby Mama said...

Thank you! I'll certainly give some of these a try.