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Hi, I just got a very faint positive on the test this morning (but I knew I was pregnant this time - #4), and I am excited but scared because in a couple of weeks "morning sickness" will kick in and I'm not sure how I'm going to do this! I have been reading up on hyperemesis (I was diagnosed in my last pregnancy with #3, though my first two pregnancies weren't exactly picnics either), so I've been trying to be better prepared this time. Just wondering if there is anyone else in this DDC who deals with this? BTW it looks like my due date will be 10-16-10 (if they go by my chart as that is when I ovulated - it was extremely late in my cycle, so if they go by the date of my last period then it's almost three weeks earlier!). I'm still nursing my youngest, who turns 2 years old today, and I'm just not sure how I'm going to continue to care for my children, homeschool, care for our dogs and do all of the other millions of things that seem to come up daily in our little circus. Any support is welcomed!

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I haven't had any significant nausea yet (knock on wood), I'm 5w5d, so this is not from my own experience.

My acupuncturist swears that acupuncture is the way to go, and I believe him. Even my insurance, which doesn't cover acupuncture in most cases, does if it's for nausea of pregnancy.

Every pregnancy is different, but if you've had a hard time with all your others, it's likely that this one will be difficult too.

I hear you on getting things done! I'm already exhausted.
 

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i've gotten pretty sick with all of my pregnancies. All day nausea and vomiting 1-6 times a day up to around week 12. I started feeling it coming on with this one this past wednesday and now at 5W6D i am in the throughs of it all ready


I also homeschool and know this is going to affect that. we'll mostly be doing worksheets and computer work until i start feeling better as that's the best i can do. DH will try and do some fun projects with the girls on the weekends and in the evening but at the same time he has to pick up my slack as far as cleaning and cooking go....
 

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BTW it looks like my due date will be 10-16-10 (if they go by my chart as that is when I ovulated - it was extremely late in my cycle, so if they go by the date of my last period then it's almost three weeks earlier!).
Me too exactly!


I had wretched hyperemesis with DS. I was almost unable to function until about week 20. It threw me into a terrible depression, I even wished for a miscarriage a few times. The guilt from thinking that made the depression worse and I swore I would NEVER EVER get pregnant again. I've always wanted lots of kids so that feeling made me feel even worse. It was one of the most difficult times of my life. Of course I forgot all about that as soon as I felt better and the rest of my pregnancy was a dream. I loved being pregnant from then on and I couldn't wait to be pregnant again from the moment DS was born.

Well...today I felt the first waves of nausea and I'm really scared. I only have one child (14 mos) and I can hide in my cubicle at work all day so I really sympathize with all that you have on your plate, I'm not sure how I would cope with all that. I am already very worried about what a terrible mother I'm going to be for the next 3-4 months, just when DS is at such a magical stage. I am crossing all fingers and toes and hoping with all my might that this time around it won't be as bad. I'm grateful that this time I have my amazing DS to remind me that it's all worth it a million times over!

You can vent to me about how miserable early pregnancy can be when ever you want.
 

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Thank you all for responding. It helps to have someplace to talk about this - my family is not thrilled with the fact that I choose to have more children knowing that I will be sick for most of the first part of my pregnancy, so I can't really vent to them. I have to keep up a positive front in order to prevent any of the "I told you so" stuff. I know that they worry about me and the kids, so I am not angry with them, but I need only support right now to help me through the difficult part. Anyway, FtMPapa, I will look into acupunture. I will try anything that can bring relief from HG. We are in an urban area now, so we should be able to find someone who can help. Blue Butterfly, I am also planning to rely heavily on worksheets printed out from Enchanted Learning. I am so grateful to that site! Last time around I got pregnant at the end of May, so I spent the summer sick and out of commission, but we take summers off anyway, so it wasn't really an issue with school work. And Jessie Bird, I feel for you having to go to work! I worked only in my first pregnancy, and it was so hard sometimes to keep up a professional, "normal" appearance while speaking with a customer when I really needed to go and vomit. Not fun! In any case, I am very happy to be pregnant, and very happy to have another child joining our family. My oldest daughter is such a HUGE help to me, and I know that we will all get through this. DH travels frequently, and he is also going to school on-line, so even when he's home he is not really home, IYKWIM. Okay. I am going to try to stay positive...

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Me too exactly!


I had wretched hyperemesis with DS. I was almost unable to function until about week 20. It threw me into a terrible depression, I even wished for a miscarriage a few times. The guilt from thinking that made the depression worse and I swore I would NEVER EVER get pregnant again. I've always wanted lots of kids so that feeling made me feel even worse. It was one of the most difficult times of my life. Of course I forgot all about that as soon as I felt better and the rest of my pregnancy was a dream. I loved being pregnant from then on and I couldn't wait to be pregnant again from the moment DS was born.

Well...today I felt the first waves of nausea and I'm really scared.
o man, this was/is me too. last time i was nothing but a huge lifeless, non-functioning pile of unmotivated depression--reduced to living life in bed while the house (and my family) fell apart around me. i do UP and UC but you bet i've already scheduled an apt w/ an OB so that i can take advantage of whatever anti-nausea drugs are available, JIC. no way can i do that again. this was during the fall of '07, and honestly, i think i must suffer PTSD because i've experienced terrible flashbacks of that horrible time w/ every fall since. :-/

(so far, @ 5 weeks 6 days, i'm just experiencing small, totally-doable waves of nausea... fingers crossed.)
 

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Zofran is often a good choice for pregnancy nausea, if you want medication, but be warned that it is WICKEDLY expensive, so the generic is definitely worth it. There's a company called RX Outreach www.rxoutreach.com that offers the generic Ondansetron for much, much cheaper than pharmacy rates if you meet their income guidelines.

(I blew all my prescription coverage on IVF drugs, if I need meds, I'm going for the cheap stuff!)
 

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I used Zofran last time until I was 22 weeks along. It helped me to be a functional mother - not wonderful, but able to get up out of bed in the morning - but the side effects were awful. I had horrible headaches and constipation, and I was on the smallest dose possible. So, even though my doctor is prepared to call in an Rx if necessary, I am trying everything in my power to avoid that option. Fortunately, my insurance covered the Zofran, so it wasn't that expensive, but as I said before the side effects made me miserable. This time I'm taking B6 (150 mg daily) and milk thistle (280mg daily) and I have Unisom ready to try if it gets bad enough. Anyway, I know that it could be different this time, and I'm trying to wait and see instead of living in fear of week 6...

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I'm also really glad to not be alone in this!

I tried a drug called Diclectin last time. I think it is only available in Canada but I believe that it is the same as the Unisom/B6 combo people often talk about. I've heard that it works wonders for lots of women. For me however, it just made me feel worse. I can't stand that groggy/stoned feeling that drugs like that cause. And still feeling like I wanted to throw up but not being able to was terrible. So I very rarely took it. I'll get a prescription again this time just in case. I'll also ask my family doctor about Zophran.

I was already taking B6 for a short LP so I'll keep that up. I can't remember if I took it with DS.

My midwife, who I didn't meet until halfway through my last pregnancy, swears by acupuncture and I think I will also try that this time.
 

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Zofran for sure saved my life or at least made me able to get through it. Dp was worried for me because in the first few weeks I couldnt keep anything down...I vomited at least 4 times a day and lost around 15lbs and my pee was dark orange/brown. I was certain this couldnt be good for me or the babies and at the time I did regret getting pregnant, Then around week 18 I was feeling better and good actually eat. I just really had to look deep in myself for the strengh and tell myself I am not going to die this will be over soon. I kept telling my Dp that I could relate to chemo patients in this way because this much throwing up is awful.
 

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The only thing that helped me last time was accupuncture. I was totally skeptical but I was desperate and it worked. It wasn't an instant cure though. I have thrown up three times since last Wednesday and am 7w tomorrow so am hoping this is the worst it gets for me. But I am still nervous about being as bad as last time when I threw up constantly. I plan on doing accupuncture again.
 
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