Big announcement: #7!
A friend asked me to write what I did to minimize my morning sickness last time – Here it is.
From the very start I did all these things:
1. drink 100oz of water per day outside of meals
2. lots of rest (ha ha ha!)
3. mega B6 – I am taking a 300mg extended release tablet every morning plus I am taking prenatals as long as I can, those have another 20 mg in them. The prenatals I have are a food based formula too, so they are not supposed to be any harder to digest than regular food. Even when not pregnant, I have trouble taking vitamins, and these I could take even without eating something with them. (Sprouts brand prenatals)
4. as soon as the nausea began (and since my stupid Dr at the time last time wouldn’t let me start out on Zofran right away) I started taking a half tablet of unisom every 2-4 hours, up to three tablets a day. I was super tired the first four days, but then that side effect wore off. This time I am seeing my doc next week (right at 5 weeks) and will beg on hands and knees if necessary to get on the Zofran right away. I am taking in a study I found that supports pre-emptive use of Zofran for severe morning sickness – I mean, I think I have enough history to support it, right? Oh and Zofran recently went generic so I am hoping htat helps my case too.
5. Ginger – it is wimpy for real heavy duty morning sickness, but sometimes it could get me out of bed so I could eat. I got ginger Altoids and kept them by my bed and in my purse. There are also ginger chews and ginger hard candy. I got it at Cost Plus World market but they have a website www.gingerpeople.com
6. I ate when I could, what I could.
7. I avoided all stress. Seriously, even intense TV shows made me more likely to get sick.
8. Because pregnancy means congestion (and gagging on drainage!) for me (I think I get pregnant in my sinuses or something!) I started on Claritin, and I also started on Pepcid every night to begin with, I will probably have to add the morning one soon. Yes, I feel guilty about all these : claritin, pepcid, zofran, unisom, etc. But it really takes all that just to get by (and stay off of IV fluids) for me.
So there you have it, my simple *8* step plan for only staying green-faced on the couch and not becoming a medical marvel yet again. 🙂