I didn't have it this bad ALL DAY AND NIGHT or this early in my pregnancy with DD. Crap! This is AWFUL!!!
Anyone in the same boat? Anything you've tried that is helping you so far? How far along are you? I am 5 weeks 5 days.
Hi Mittens- I am not doing to bad yet but I had hypermesis with my twin pregnancy. Here are the tips I gathered:
Ginger tea- made with sliced ginger boiled in 6 cups water for 30 min- add sweetener
eat small meals and snacks every hour or two
eat protein before bed
drink sparkling water
suck on ice
get fresh air every hour
suck on candy
eat before you get out of bed
set an alarm- wake up - have dp get you food- eat it- then go back to sleep and wake up again
avoid smell triggers if possible
Get lots of rest
cut out sweets and spicy food eat plain rice etc.
All that said- none of it worked for me and I ended up in the hospital several times with dehydration and had to get an IV. I ended up having to take meds- I really did not want to but if I wanted to carry the pregnancy and live- I had to. So here are the med choices:
a drug mix of the sleeping pill unisom- the active ingredients does WONDERS for nausea- and obviously- puts you to sleep. You can get a mix of this B6 and ginger powder from specialty pharmacies or you insurances specialty pharmacy. This ends up building up in your system and helps. Obviously talk to your doctor or midwife about this option.
Zophran- or a generic version- this is a little drug that melts on your tongue- it works very well to make you feel normal. It is used as a anti-nausea for travel and all kinds of stuff.
Lastly a promethazine suppository - this is the one that I would use the least- only if I had a several day episode the would not stop this will get it under control.
Don't use dramamine-
You are clearly natural minded and Breastfeeding so the meds will be the last stop and only if you cannot shake it- though if you are vomiting more that 5-10 or 30 times a day like I was you will need to seek help- I let it go way to long trying all of the tricks- I hope it let's up or something natural will work- usually none of the tricks really take it away- but some can really take the edge off enough to survive the day.
sorry for the novel -
I'm just over 7 weeks and this last week has been AWFUL in that regard.
I've noticed that for me mornings are going to be bad no matter what, but if I force down some almonds or salty cunchy breadsticks, or sips of raw milk, during the night it makes a big difference in the morning. My husband has been teasing me about the six little cups and bowls on my nightstand, but sometimes in the night I will really want milk, or tea, or almonds, etc and the other stuff feels like it will make me sick. It's easiest if I stack it all on the nightstand for easy access, haha.
Water has been making it worse, so I've been having iced herbal tea (raspberry leaf, nettle, lemon, mint, lindenbluten, whatever) with plenty of lemon juice added and some honey. I've even made some popsicles out of it for when I don't think I can stomach the iced tea.
Whole fat fruit yogurt (of a good brand, like Brown Cow or something) seems to be helping me a lot too. I put it in the freezer for 15 minutes before I eat it, freezing cold food is more appealing to me for some reason. Both times I have had windows of relief have been in the afternoon/ early evening after having a small whole fat yogurt.
I have also seen suggestions for B6 supplements (25-50mg/day) or vitamin K (5mg/day) taken with vitamin C (50+mg/day) and apparently that works but so far I have been too tired/lazy to go to the pharmacy.
My mom is mailing me some sea bands because they don't sell them here. Hope they work!!
Good luck to you!
You're not alone! A few of us were commiserating in that "Well, well, well" thread yesterday.
I saw my midwife today and one interesting thing she recommended was that I work the almonds steadily- but to not just eat normally. She said to really chew them until they were liquid, as this would take some of the work out of it for my stomach. (She did recognize that this is less a fix for nausea that's already rolling than a way of trying to stave off the symptoms.)
I've noticed that if I get up v.e.r.y. s.l.o.w.l.y. from bed or chairs, and didn't move quickly in general, I don't feel quite as bad. (Obviously not an option for those chasing kids!)
2sweetsparrows has a great list going. The other thing I've heard is lemon slices, and someone yesterday suggested smoothies. I tried one for breakfast this morning and was able to handle it.. something to try?
Oh crud shoot crud- after all the advise and list today is first 'real' day of nausea. Forgot about how incredibly crappy it is to have to tote this around all day. well at least I know my hcg is rising. I feel like turd I can have a little bit of smoothy- last time I had a smoothy- well it didn't stay where I put it. Think I may just jump right to meds because I really want to prevent a repeat on my last debacle. I will start with one zophran a day to see if I can keep food and water down then assess how I feel each day and night. I hope hope this will pass- my mom was nauseous her entire pregnancy- not to the same degree as me but if that it what I am looking at - this is going to be a long 34 weeks.
I hope that you all feel better and can get a handle on this-
hey mittens, I feel your pain. my morning sickness is all day and all night, too. I'm 8 weeks along with twins. I haven't been able to leave the house this week except to go a a dr. apointment. My OB gave me promethazine, but it's not helping. Standing up, moving, just about everything makes it worse (even just drinking water). I just want to stay in bed all day. It was totally NOT this bad with DS.
I raided DH's salsa verde doritos stash today, and for some reason, those stayed down. Go figure. With my pregnancy with DS, small, frequent bits of food helped. I'm going to try having something small like a bit of ice cold milk and fruit every hour and see if that quells the nausea at all.
Hugs to all the Mamas and hope you find things that help!
Does anyone know if a midwife is able to prescribe medication for this morning sickness or do I have to go to my GP? I had one day last week where I thought I was turning a corner for the better but it has progressively got worse. I haven't been to work in nearly two weeks and will likely have to go on short-term disability. I am constantly sick. I eat when I feel like I'm starving and even then can only get in a few bites before the dry heaving begins. I haven't actually thrown up, thank god - but I can't function like a normal human being. All I do is cry. I am just so unbelievably miserable.
Sorry to find so many who commiserate! DH and i are a leetle bit worried there might be two in there. The degree of nausea, how early it started, how high my hcg was, not to mention i'm 40 years old which means I have a 40% chance of having twins at this age.
I feel like hell! I can barely sleep. My legs are all restless, on top of the nausea. And i'm sick. This week has been TOO MUCH.
I'm not sure about the medication MamanFrancaise, but i sure feel your pain!!! I wish there was SOME kind of food i felt okay with. No, I wish there was some kind of food that made me happy and want to have it all the time. Right now i can't seem to find anything that doesn't make me want to barf.
I feel for all of you! I was extremely sick with DS, so I was expecting that sickness again. And sure enough, it started at 5 weeks and I am now 6.5 weeks. I am vomiting about 2 times per day (in the a.m.) but with DS it was up to 6 times per day, so luckily it hasn't got that bad yet. But I just feel nauseous CONSTANTLY. It never gives me a break.
The only advice I have is to eat small amounts throughout the day... never let your stomach get empty, and try your best to drink lots of water (this is very difficult for me). Hugs to you all.
MamanFrancaise and Mittens, I'm so sorry to hear how sick you are. Hope things look up for you.
Update on B6: It's been a miracle for me so far. I took the first supplement on Friday night, and have taken 50mg every 12 hours since. Things have been getting progressively better, apparently it has a cumulative effect. Last night I was able to eat a full dinner, this morning I slept late but woke up feeling - normal!! No strong appetite and I'm staying away from strong smells because I have a feeling the nausea is just lurking waiting to come out, but for now I really feel no nausea at all and just after waking is usually my toughest time. Still have other prego symptoms but not nausea. B6 ftw!
MirandaM, thanks for coming back to let us know how the B6 is working for you, as well as the dose you take and how often. I am going to do the exact same thing. May i ask what brand you are taking, what form? I'm glad it's helping you, too Cryswilkens!! Sorry to hear you are also feeling so horribly Mamaforever!
I keep daydreaming of living in a hospital room with a water iv, so that my 2 year old DD can't night nurse and i can sleep by myself. Isn't that horrible?!!
And then the night nursing is a whole other story. Like, how do you night wean a child who absolutely does not want to stop. She actually seems addicted, if that is possible. And it breaks my heart. Where have i gone wrong?
I am glad to see those who have found a bit of relief. This weekend I was thrown over the edge- I am full blown pregnant!!! Because I have dealt with this before I just started the unisom/B6/Ginger combo at night and zophran during the day- made at a specialty pharmacy- but you can just get unisom and B6. That does allow me not to throw up- to eat and to drink HOWEVER.. like many of you I am still neusaeous and I flipping hate it. I cannot work either. Mittens- how far along are you? I am 6w tomorrow. Seems too early to be this bad.
Hope this eases up soon- have a feeling it wont and I am a bump on a log. I have to keep my eye on the prize and remember the gift that will make it all worth it.
I started 50mg b6 this afternoon, and dare i say (knock on wood) it's put a little dent in my nausea which is making me hopeful that once the cumulative effect kicks in I might actually be normal again. I am taking another 50mg tonight around 11pm. I'll come back and post about progress. Don't get me wrong, the nausea is still here and i'm scared as all get out it's not going to leave.
2sweetsparrows, I was 5 weeks 5 days when it started getting really bad. Now i am 6 weeks 1 day. We are very close!
Pure, I'm glad the diclectin is helping you. I was too afraid of the sleeping aid part of it, though maybe at night that would be welcome. And i know what you mean about the kids, or the kid in my case. Poor thing has such a boring mommy right now.