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#1 of 7 Old 10-07-2004, 01:50 AM - Thread Starter
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..Okay, so I'm sure its not that bad, but it feels that way! I am 6 weeks pregnant and I never remember it being remotely this bad with my DD. I am bone dead tired all day long, I have to drag myself out of bed in the morning to flop on the couch and its all I can do to keep my DD fed and in clean diapers - and I take a 2 hour nap with her in the afternoon. I am often freezing, unless its 80 degrees in the room. I have m/s all day long, even in the middle of the night. I just don't feel well - all over, if that makes sense, I'm worried something is wrong.

I have my first appointment at 8 weeks on the 18th, but I went in today and had my bloodwork done early so that if something was wrong we could discuss it then instead of discussing it by phone tag a week later. I'm wondering if I could be anemic - I am usually right on the line and I have a lot of the symptoms.

Bah - I don't know how I'm going to make it through the next 6-8 weeks!
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#2 of 7 Old 10-07-2004, 12:54 PM
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Hang in there, mama!

That sounds a lot like how I was when I was pg with Griffin. Sick and tired all day, every day, for weeks on end. It did stop, though! I hope yours does too, and soon.

I saw a list of anti-m/s ideas recently and some of them were new to me. I'll have to go looking for it for you.

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Some of these are big "no duh" items, but a few were new ideas for me. I hope something here helps. (love the list at the end...silly me, I had kielbasa last night for dinner, had to stop eating it halfway through a bite, ugh)


1. Avoid nausea triggers. The most common offenders include body odors, stale or leftover food in the fridge, coffee, gasoline, solvent fumes, garbage, scented cosmetics and toiletries, and pungent aromas of cooking foods.

2. Make "designer" days. Compare your good and bad days. As much as humanly possible, design your day to avoid the known triggers. If wet dog smells or litter box stench gets to you, let someone else get them out of your way. Warning! During pregnancy, avoid cat feces because they may contain toxoplasmosis bacteria, which can cause serious damage to the baby.

3. Eat before your feet hit the floor. If you start the morning off sick, you are likely to stay sick all day. Set a tray of easy-to-digest favorites at your bedside. When you awaken to trek to the bathroom in the middle of the night, treat your stomach to a nibble or two. Continue to munch all morning, carrying your nibble tray around with you, if necessary—yes, even in the car and by your desk at work.

4. Ease into your day. If you don't have to awaken at a set time, don't. Ask your mate to get up quietly without disturbing you, and slowly awaken in your own time.

5. Graze to your stomach's content. Low blood sugar can trigger nausea, and it may occur upon awakening or anytime you go hours without food. Grazing on nutritious mini-meals throughout the day keeps your stomach satisfied and your blood sugar steady.

6. Nibble, nibble and nibble on stomach-friendly foods. Because high- fat, spicy, and some high-fiber foods are harder to digest, consume easily digestible foods, such as liquids, smoothies, yogurts, and low-fat, high-carb foods. Avoid hard-to-digest fatty foods and fried foods, such as premium ice cream, french fries, and fried chicken.

7. Eat nutrient-dense foods. Include avocados, kidney beans, cheese, fish, nut butter, whole-grain pasta, brown rice, tofu, and turkey. If peanut butter is too strong, try almond or cashew butter, and spread it thinly on crackers, bread, apple slices or celery sticks; a large glob of it may bounce back due to its high fat content.

8. Avoid dehydration by eating foods that stimulate thirst. Remember the three Ps: pickles, potato chips, and pretzels. Avoid letting your saliva hit an empty stomach. An empty stomach is hypersensitive to saliva, and nausea will soon follow. Line your stomach with milk, yogurt or ice cream before eating a saliva-stimulating food (such as salty foods, or dry foods such as crackers). Try peppermint candies or gum to help nausea but not on an empty stomach, and chew gum, containing sugar to avoid chemical sweeteners. Eat foods with a high water content to ease dehydration that aggravates nausea. Include melons, grapes, frozen fruit bars, lettuce, apples, pears, celery, and rhubarb.

9. Take prenatal vitamins with your biggest meal to prevent nausea. Vitamins can be a big trigger of nausea—unless they are taken with a large meal.

10. Eat high-energy foods. Complex carbohydrates (grandmothers called them starches) act as time-release energy capsules, slowly releasing energy into your bloodstream and helping to keep your appetite satisfied. The main food group represented here is grains (rice, corn, wheat, oats, millet, barley), found in breads, cereals, pastas, and crackers.

11. Stick to feel-better favorites. Make a list of foods that help you feel better or less nauseated. While this list may change, it can help you avoid food triggers that make you ill.

12. Make yourself eat. No matter whether you feel like it or not—eat something. If you don't eat, you will get an acid-filled stomach and low blood sugar.

13. Get out and see the world. Visit friends, go to a movie, rest in a hammock, take a walk at lunchtime, or go to a park with friends. Any change of scenery may provide a stomach-settling distraction.

14. Drive, don't ride. Some women find that by doing the driving instead of riding, they have less of a nausea problem. This explains why the helmsman on a boat is the least likely to get seasick.

15. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Delegate tasks to Mr. Mom or to older kids. Post a list of "these things bother mom...these things make me feel better." Let your spouse mop the floor. Cook easier meals. If the entire family eats cheese and crackers and carrots for a few meals, they will survive.

16. Plan ahead. If you know what makes you miserable, arrange for detours around the things that trigger nausea. Follow this checklist:

* If cooking odors bother you, consider pre-cooking and freezing foods on days you feel well.
* Buy more convenience foods.
* If you are invited to another home for dinner, offer to bring a dish you know you'll be able to eat.
* Carry your reliable edibles with you; when a hunger surge hits, the nausea is sure to follow if you don't have a tried-and-true tidbit handy.

17. Reduce stress. Prenatal researchers feel it's better for a baby in utero to be spared a steady barrage of stress hormones—and stress can increase your nausea cycle. Learning to reduce stress now is good practice for maintaining serenity as a new mother. Remind yourself that what your baby needs most is a happy, rested mother, both before and after birth.

18. Try acupressure. Both Eastern and Western medical practitioners describe a pressure point about two inches above the crease on the inner aspect of the wrist which, if stimulated, may relieve nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy and other conditions (such as seasickness). Sea Bands®, available without prescription at pharmacies and marine stores, are worn around one or both wrists. Each band contains a button that presses on the vomiting-sensitive pressure point. These bands have been shown to work in research studies.

19. Dress comfortably. Wear loose clothing. Many mothers find that anything pressing on their abdomen, waist, or neck is irritating and nausea triggering.

20. Position yourself for comfort. Heartburn is another common part of the nausea-pregnancy package. This burning feeling, which is caused by reflux of stomach acids into the lower esophagus, occurs more frequently during pregnancy (hormones, again, which relax the stomach walls). For heartburn, keep upright or lie on your right side after eating. Lying on your back is more likely to aggravate heartburn.

21. Sleep it off. It's fortunate that the extreme need for sleep coincides with the morning sickness phase. So precious is this rest that you will want to ensure that sleep goes on as long as possible.

22. Have one last meal before retiring, preferably of fruit and long- acting complex carbohydrates (grains and bland pasta). These foods slowly release energy into your bloodstream throughout the night yet are unlikely to keep you awake. Add to these natural antacid foods—milk, ice cream, and yogurt— to neutralize upsetting stomach acids as you drift off to sleep. Take chewable calcium tablets, which act as antacids, before retiring or upon awakening.

23. Eat anyway! While it's not uncommon for women to feel that nothing tastes good, not eating can actually aggravate the cycle of nausea.

24. Be positive. Lastly, choose who you share your misery with. Mothers who have been there and felt morning sickness will understand; others won't. When you're having a day you can't keep anything down, keep your eyes on the prize—the precious baby-to-be!

Chewing gum
Frozen yogurt
Ginger, available as root extract, fresh ground, capsules, tea, sticks, crystals, or snaps
Lemon drops
Lemons, for sucking on or sniffing
Mints, peppermint
Potato chips
Potatoes (baked, boiled, mashed)
Raspberry leaf tea
Rice cakes
Soda crackers
Sorbet, sherbet
Yogurt smoothies

Coffee and cola
Foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Fried eggs
Fried foods
Greasy foods
High-fat foods

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Karen, I hope you're feeling better soon. I feel lots worse with this pg, too Pretty soon we'll hit that 2nd trimester happy time

Jess, thanks for posting all that! I'm going to print it out. Good info!

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What a list! My 1st pg i had m/s all the time and was super tired. This time, I've found that wearing sea bands and making sure i eat lots of protein all day really helps. I still feel a little queesy sometimes but i really think keeping a full stomach is my saviour. If i start to feel hungry, then i feel sick, then i don't want to eat. I eat constantly, nibbling all day long and making sure i snack before bed too. Also, ginger tea or ginger caps can help. Just my two cents. I hope you feel better. The second trimester is much more comfortable - i'm looking forward to it.
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Karen, I know just how you're feeling! This is much worse than my first two prenancies.

For me, it is all about food (of course) and exhaustion. I've started pacing myself - hard with two preschoolers, but necessary! We do one outside activity a day, and then retreat home where I rest as much as possible. The house is a wreck, but I know this will pass eventually.

Thanks for the great list, Jess! I'm printing it out and will post it on the fridge.
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