Five Ways To Cope With Morning Sickness

Five Ways To Cope WIth Morning SicknessIf you’re a follower of the blog, you noticed the sudden decrease in posts last month. ¬†And then hopefully you saw that I didn’t just go AWOL, I was being held captive by a little alien invader ūüôā . ¬†I’m happy to report that thanks to my doctor and lots of supportive family, I’m slowly returning to myself. ¬†Week nine¬†and Diclegis have brought some relief that will hopefully have the blog back up and running full steam ahead.

My morning sickness had me¬†sidelined for about a month. ¬†There were days that I barely moved from the couch and where caring for my two children truly felt like a struggle. ¬†My sewing room has been empty and there hasn’t been too much excitement going on in my house lately. ¬†But ya know what? ¬†It’s okay!!! ¬†I cut myself some slack to rest and feel yucky. ¬†I let my body and my mind cope with all the changes going on and guess what? ¬†Life went on! ¬†Nothing catastrophic happened. ¬†I learned that while life is much more fun when I’m participating fully, once in a while when there are more pressing concerns, you can take a break and things will turn out just fine.

Of course, there were times when I couldn’t just sit by and watch. ¬†I still had two children to cook for, play taxi too, and just generally care for. ¬†I still have a house on the market so there was still much cleaning and laundry to do be done. ¬† I shared a few tricks for handling diaper changes when you’re pregnant over at The Cloth Diaper Whisperer¬†last month and many of those tips apply to just generally surviving morning sickness the first couple of months. ¬†Here are the some ways I’ve coped with morning sickness that will hopefully get you through too.

Five Ways To Handle Morning Sickness

  1. Extra sleep. ¬†I know, I know. I have two kids still under 5. I get that midday naps don’t often happen. ¬†But if you can go to bed a little early or catch some weekend naps, it will help. ¬†Being tired only exacerbates the nausea.
  2. Pleasing scents. ¬†We’re all different, if you can find a scent that calms your queasiness, use it. ¬†Citrus and mint are usually the most effective, but if watermelon or your favorite Bath and Body Works lotion brings you relief, rub, burn it, infuse it…just sniff it! ¬†An essential oil diluted with a carrier like coconut oil or scent free lotion can be a god-send smeared under your nose or dabbed on your wrist. ¬†You all know I loooveee some CJs BUTTer. ¬†The minis are great to grab and sniff.
  3. Juice, soda…whatever stays down. ¬†I gave up soda a year ago…don’t miss it. ¬†But during my first months of pregnancy, plain water doesn’t work. ¬†I gag, I throw up almost every single time. ¬†After finding myself dehydrated and constantly dizzy, I tried having a soda. And it stayed down. ¬†I found small sips of cold juice stayed down too. ¬†So I did what I had to do to stay hydrated. ¬†Getting myself back to functioning was more important than keeping up the anti-soda streak. ¬†Once my morning sickness eases, I’ll be back to drinking boat loads of water, but until then drinking it and vomiting isn’t worth it.
  4. Eating less…more often. ¬†If another person ever tells me to eat a cracker for morning sickness, I might get sick on them. ¬†Even thinking about a cracker turns my stomach. Crackers don’t work for me. ¬†But, I found that having about 6-8 small meals a day does work. ¬†Cereal, sandwiches, jello, fruit cups….whatever eases your stomach, try having something to eat every couple of hours. ¬†The minute my stomach gets empty, bam, nausea sets in and it is HARD to break. ¬†Sadly the first trimester is not a glowing picture of health food for me. ¬†But it’s okay. ¬†When your main concern is keeping anything down, you can cut yourself some slack and do the best you can.
  5. When all else fails…call the doctor. ¬†I spent almost four weeks a sick, shaky mess. ¬†My doctor put me Diclegis at a very small dosage and after just one week, I felt brand new. ¬†My blood pressure came back up, I had more energy, and I was not throwing up twelve times a day anymore. ¬†If medicine isn’t your route, it’s okay. ¬†But if you aren’t functioning, getting help from your doctor is an option. ¬†They see pregnant women every single day, they will likely have some tricks to help you. ¬†You don’t want to wait until you’re dehydrated as that isn’t good for you or baby.

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Miscarriage Stole My Innocence

Miscarriage Stole My InnocenceEarly pregnancy is terrifying for me. ¬†I always try to relax as my doctors, family, and friends suggest – but I am wracked with terror and terrified of what may happen. ¬†My doctor’s office won’t do an ultrasound before the eight-week mark unless you are experiencing complications. ¬†I am pretty in-tune with my body and normally find out about my pregnancies a few days before my missed period so I have at least a month of waiting for that ultrasound to tell me if there is – or isn’t – a heartbeat.

Multiple miscarriages before I had my two healthy boys has taught me that a positive pregnancy test doesn’t always lead to a baby. ¬†There have been early losses, a loss at thirteen weeks, and a blighted ovum. ¬†The first week or so of pregnancy, I generally sail by, not thinking about the bad. ¬†I freak out about finances, insist we think about names, then reality sets in and I start remembering the times that pregnancy wasn’t smooth for me. ¬†I dig through old fertility charts to see when bleeding started, if there were any other clues. ¬†I go through my old Facebook posts to see how I was feeling in my healthy, and not healthy, pregnancies at the same mark. ¬†I analyze it all until I am a total sobbing mess. ¬†With no cause to be concerned other than my past experiences.

I’ll be six weeks on Thursday and haven’t had any indicators that something is wrong. ¬†I have mild pregnancy symptoms, it’s all been pretty normal stuff thus far. ¬†Despite no spotting and no cramps,¬†I still check for spotting every single time I go to the restroom. ¬†I think, “I’m not nauseous enough, something might be wrong. ¬†Wasn’t I more nauseous yesterday? ¬†Are my boobs still sore, surely they were more sore before.” ¬†I drive my husband crazy with all my doubts, worries, and constant googling of statistics. ¬†I sink myself into a depressed state and wish I hadn’t already shared our pregnancy with so many in case I have to ‘unshare’ the news. ¬†I seriously just want to sleep until the day of my ultrasound because I am terrified. ¬†I am¬†praying¬†for more nausea – who does that?!? ¬†I just want reassurance of something even my doctors cannot give. ¬†I have to be patient and trust that my body is doing what it is meant to do and my baby is growing as it should.

If you had told me that I would still feel this way, even after delivering two healthy babies, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. ¬†I don’t know if I felt this panicked in the beginning with them, I’m sure I did. ¬†I’m just angry that those past losses still continue to hurt me and affect me so much so many years later. ¬†I want to be a normal pregnant woman who is just normally scared. ¬†Who isn’t freaking out about another missed miscarriage or what if, God forbid, everything is fine for now, but I lose another one at thirteen weeks. ¬†I don’t want all this panic and fear to affect me so profoundly…and yet it likely always will.

For now, I’m doing my best to distract myself. ¬†I’m allowing myself to believe that my baby is truly healthy and that it is all going to go just fine. ¬†I’m reassured by symptoms of early pregnancy and honestly welcome any morning sickness that comes my way. ¬†I’m counting down the days until that magic ultrasound and begging God for it to bring us happiness and hope.

I will never know what it is like to face early pregnancy with all the excitement a first time mom or any mom without losses does. ¬†But, I know what it’s like to have hope and prayers answered – more than once. ¬†I know what it’s like to cry tears of sheer joy when a heartbeat flickers across the screen and then a few weeks later to be rewarded with early flutters. ¬†I know what it’s like to give birth to a baby I prayed so hard for – one I was told may never come. ¬†I know what it’s like to successfully conceive, carry, and deliver his brother without a hitch less than two years later. God willing, I pray that I learn what it is like to experience all this again – for a third time.

With prayers, and hope, I yearn to see my baby’s heart beat across the screen and to relive that happiness that breaks away¬†from a dark place I thought might consume me. ¬†I am scared, yet blessed. ¬†I am hesitant, yet hopeful. ¬†And I’m counting on a healthy baby to complete our little family.