I've been getting a few calls from people wanting to know how to manage the pukey part of pregnancy. Seems after 3 go rounds, I've become something of an expert at this. We all need something that we can talk intelligently about, I guess mine is throw-up. What exactly does that say about me? Hmmmm... Anyway, I thought I'd go ahead and write it all down so that anyone can reference this if need be in the future. Here are my tips compiled from my experience, the advice of my former Dr. and my very wise midwife, and tidbits I've gathered from those that have walked this road before me.
1. Perspective- You do not have cancer. You will not die. There is an end in sight. It is all worth it. Keep this in mind.
2. Throw up when you need to. I would much rather do this than feel nauseous constantly. Become an expert at it. If you flush while you do it, no one can hear you. Learn from the bulimics. :)
3. If you are sick only first thing in the morning, it is a low blood sugar problem. Your blood sugar plummets during the night because of lack of food. Set an alarm for once or twice a night so you can awaken and eat a snack. This will keep a steadier blood sugar level and you will wake up in the morning feeling much better.
4. Always keep something in your stomach. Eat a snack every 2 hours. An empty tummy is a sick tummy.
5. Dandelion leaf tea. Gingerroot capsules. Liquid vitamin B6. Warm lemon water. Sea-Bands. Try it all. It won't hurt you and you never know what might give you some relief.
6. One day it will end. I am 13 weeks and today is the first day I've felt great in weeks. I think I'm near the end of it. I am even cooking dinner tonight which is quite the feat.