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10th-Jan-2009 01:00 pm [morning sickness]
I thought I would be luck to miss morning sickness since my mom never got it, but not true. I turned 6 weeks on Thursday and I can't keep anything down. It's so annoying because I know I need to eat something, but nothing sounds good. I couldn't even work on Friday because I kept throwing up. I've read some posts on what I can eat, but nothing sounds appetizing. I'm just curious if anyone has had morning sickness is this severe. Were you constantly nauseated for weeks or does it last for a short period of time? I would feel better if I know there was an ending.

EDIT: I just bought some Preggie Pops and lemons with water and I feel so much better! We'll see how long this lasts!
10th-Jan-2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
my morning sickness started at 6 weeks, too, and did eventually come to an end...shortly after 20 weeks. ack. it was all day, everyday. BUT, i have heard and read that this is uncommon.

my stomach still feels icky, but it's MUCH improved!

are you able to keep fluids down, at least? if you aren't able to keep any fluids down, or are vomiting a lot, you risk becoming dehydrated. when this happened to me, i called in to my practice and they were able to get me a prescription for medicine (suppositories - may sound unpleasant, but if you can't keep pills down...) by phone and my husband picked it up at the market for me.
10th-Jan-2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
I can keep some stuff down. Today I have been nauseated, but haven't thrown up but once. I've been drinking Gatorade to help dehydration.
10th-Jan-2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
I have morning sickness all day, every day, and just yesterday I had to get a perscription to keep anything down. I don't think it's the most common thing, but I do seem to see alot of questions about this.

I was at risk of being hospitalized, and had passed out thursday night though. I would call the doctor. At the very least they'll tell you some ideas on how to keep things down.
10th-Jan-2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
I started at about 6 weeks, too. I was totally bed-ridden and throwing up at least 5 times a day...sometimes 6 or 7 times. I couldn't even hold down water and I lost 5 lbs in less than a week. At 15 weeks I'm still on a prescription (Zofran) for it.
10th-Jan-2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Wow I'm sorry! Does the prescription make you feel any better?
10th-Jan-2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness yes! The only time I've thrown up since I've been off of it was when I ran out of pills and I was *so* sick for two days. They are a miracle pill for me. I honestly would've had to like quit my job and just lay around without them.
10th-Jan-2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Zofran is a pretty hardcore nausea medication. Did you know it was intended for chemotherapy and radiation patients? It's also very very expensive. Unless you have hyperemesis I'd never recommend something like that.. Even Phenergan really shouldn't be used unless it's medically necessary.. Nausea/vomiting is very common at your stage of pregnancy and many doctors will tell you to try something natural first - ginger, peppermint, etc - before giving you an rx.
10th-Jan-2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Since the 22nd I have been so ill 24 hours a day that I've only been able to eat plain oatmeal and regular cheerios. The oatmeal was very helpful at settling my stomach for about an hour at a time. I eat about a cup every two hours and it is really great. Plus if it does come up again it doesn't hurt!
10th-Jan-2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I felt nausea in waves all day, and the only thing that made it go away was to eat. I only threw up about four times, but I also only suffered for three weeks (miserablye!) before asking a doctor for diclectin. I gave that up around 15.5 weeks, had two days where I felt bad again & threw up, and then it went away, and I'm not nauseated or sick at all anymore.

I'm almost 18 weeks now, so if you're not wanting to suffer for another 8 weeks, you might want to consider asking your doctor for diclectin.
10th-Jan-2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
I have an appointment on Tuesday, so I'll ask then. I'm assuming it's completely safe?
10th-Jan-2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
It's a drug that was designed specifically for pregnant women, the pill actually has an outline of a pregnant woman on it. It's a combination of B6 & an antihistamine. I was trying to use just a regular high dose of B6 with the advice of my midwife, but it wasn't enough to kick the nausea, it probably helped me not vomit all the time, though. I felt great immediately after taking it, and if I missed one I knew about it, because my stomach started to churn again.

It's safe for pregnancy, yes. :D
10th-Jan-2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately it's not available in the US.
10th-Jan-2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that your doctor could find an alternative to diclectin that is available in the US.
10th-Jan-2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Obviously they could, I just wanted the OP to know that the actually prescription you were talking about it not available in the US.
10th-Jan-2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
it's not, but you can take a b6 vitamin + half a unisom (Doxylamine succinate), both of which are available over the counter in the US. it's th exact same thing.
10th-Jan-2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
I know, but I wanted the OP to be aware she can't just go to her OB or midwife and just ask for a drug that is not available in the US.
10th-Jan-2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Ugh with my first I threw up for 3 months straight and lost 25lbs! It gets better, eventually it just feels like FOREVER to get to that point when its finally over.
10th-Jan-2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Did you have hyperemesis? that's an awful lot of weight..
10th-Jan-2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
They never diagnosed me with it, and it faded right at 17 weeks, thank god! I'm so thankful that I never threw up during this pregnancy :)
10th-Jan-2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
It'll pass.. Unless you're dehydrated or it's effecting your ability to cope with life (and by cope with life I mean work, go to school, whatever it is you do..) you'll be fine. You may lose a couple pounds, but unless you're losing a major percentage of your body weight (I went from a size ten to a two during my first pregnancy) then you can probably rule out hyperemesis and it's just a normal part of pregnancy that the majority of us have to deal with..

10th-Jan-2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
My mom never had any morning sickness EVER- how unfair! lol
I suffered the entire 9 months with the first pregnancy, about 7 months with the 2nd and this time (#3) it ended around 5.5 months but I get sick MAYBE once a week...lol
10th-Jan-2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Like you, I thought I'd be one of the lucky ones who didn't get morning sickness because my mom didn't have it, but...
Anyway, I think stress was a huge factor in my nausea. I was VERY stressed out and I could barely keep anything down. Maybe in addition to trying to find foods that work for you and all that, you could try some meditation, relaxation, and de-stressing baths. If it doesn't get rid of the nausea completely, hopefully it will make it less severe.
In my case, it got a lot better on its own at 14 weeks - I've only thrown up about six or seven times total since then (I'm 34 weeks), and all those times were caused by stress.
10th-Jan-2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Stress and moving too much or doing too much triggered it for me. There was one time where I had to chase my daughters ball down the street and afterwards I lost it in the yard. Cold air gags me too.
10th-Jan-2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Totally normal. You have to take one day at a time. I've gone from nausea to reflux, yay!
10th-Jan-2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Oh no reflux :( THAT was more painful than morning sickness for my second pregnancy.

Feel better!
10th-Jan-2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
It doesn't happen all the time but it does happen when I'm sleeping. I woke up the other day from a nap sputtering. I still have a while left to go!
10th-Jan-2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
My morning sickness really kicked in about week 6 or 7 and it became all day nausea, about week 10 it cleared up to being back to what it had been before, just a little bit in the evenings for a few hours. Pretty much all gone by week 12, though I still get random bouts of very mild nausea from time to time (16 weeks right now)
11th-Jan-2009 11:58 am (UTC)
My "morning sickness" (later diagnosed as HG) started before I even got a positive pee stick and lasted until about 24 weeks. I got Zofran at about 7 weeks because OTC things weren't helping and I wasn't even keeping water down. The Zofran stopped the puking but the soul-crushing nausea and food aversions stuck around until just a little bit ago--I'm just really starting to feel better in the last couple of weeks. And even now, I'm just not into food like I used to be (or like I was with my first kid!). I lost 15 pounds at the very beginning, and the Zofran did stop the weight loss but didn't allow me to gain anything until recently as well.

I don't want to scare you, but I don't want to sugar coat, either. When I was as miserable as I was and still puking at 12 weeks, then 16, then 20, then 23 and "everyone" kept telling me it would get better "soon", I was about ready to stab the next person who told me it would get better "soon".

If it gets bad, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor. There's no shame in getting medicine.
12th-Jan-2009 02:05 am (UTC)
are the preggie pops working? i just bought a container of them and wasn't sure if they would.
12th-Jan-2009 02:12 am (UTC)
They are alright, but when I am already nauseated they are tough to take. It's best to take them before you feel nausea. So far, the best time is when I get up in the morning. Good luck!
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