Well, since we announced that we were expecting TWINS, it seems like my body just said, “Ok, Dory! Congrats! The whole world knows. Now here comes the
morning all-day sickness!” Life was a constant circle of feeling ok, feeling AWFUL, feeling ok, feeling AWFUL.
I tried everything. Here’s the run-down of my list, and my reaction to them. Pregnant ladies, I hope that some of these can help you:
- Crackers: I have warned Tim that once I am through this phase, we will never again have Saltines in our home. I can’t stand the dryness, the aftertaste, the saltiness, or the crumbs. Unfortunately, they worked when I was seconds away from being sick. Sorry kids! No Saltines in the Doyle house for you!
- Pressure bands: They work if you don’t wear them 24/7.
- Ginger candy: I had a HUGE aversion after a couple of days of them.
- Ginger gum: Surprisingly, I am fine with this still, despite my distaste for ginger candy.
- Rice cakes: This was a suggestion from my doctor after I talked about my distaste for Saltines. I love them, and they help, although not as fast as the Dreaded Saltine.
- Preggy Pops/Preggy Pop Drops/Sour Candies: These were a staple for the first few weeks of the nausea. I was going back to Babies R Us a couple of times a week! Just like the ginger candies, however, I developed a distaste for them all of a sudden. Pregnancy is weird!
- Peppermint: The gum works great if I’m in a bind and can’t find my crackers. The tea left me feeling awful. The smell was great for a bit, and then the aversion started.
- Keeping food in my stomach: Easier said than done when you want to feel okay, but the mere thought of food (or even seeing it on the TV) leaves you wanting to rush to the bathroom. Eventually, after the first truly dreadful week, I was able to keep some food in my stomach all day (just a little bit), and it helped.
- Celery: This was one I hadn’t heard about, but I tried it after a friend suggested it. It actually was pretty helpful, but then I had some really bitter celery, and I didn’t want to eat it anymore. Maybe I’ll try to get some new ones and try it again!
- Resting: Ah, both a blessing and a curse. After my first truly horrendous week of sickness (losing 4 pounds in 4 days, no food, scary dizzy spells, light-headedness, etc.) I took half-days at school. I would work in the mornings to help prepare my students for their testing, and then I would take the afternoons off to go home, try to get something to eat, and rest up to make it through the next day. I would also sit down whenever possible at work. Once I returned to full days, I would rush home at the end of the day to lie down. Rest helps, but there are some days when it gets to be too much, and Tim and I try to get me out and about. I am just praying I won’t be put on bed rest at the end of my pregnancy.
- Lemons: Early on, I had a lemon that I would keep with me to smell when the other aromas got a little strong. Then, that stopped working so well. Lately, I’ve been able to carry the lemon around again as I’ve been trying to do more running around and errands. Of course, I look a little silly carrying a lemon in a plastic bag, but it works!
- Popsicles: My one true miracle cure. I swear by them! It doesn’t matter what kind, but they are no short of amazing! I found this out on the day that I announced my pregnancy to my co-workers. We had popsicles in our faculty meeting, and I was close to being sick. I started eating the popsicle, and it was like the heavens opened up. Now, when I am “on the verge,” I rush to the freezer, grab a popsicle, and it takes everything away. I must have about 5-8 a day, but it gives me a burst of sugar (and much-needed calories… I’m still not gaining weight at 11 weeks), and it seems to mask my ever-heightened senses. On a good day, I can actually sit around smelly food, sucking on my popsicle, and I am okay. Weird, but worth it! Now, my students know where I keep the popsicles in the teacher’s lounge, and I will sometimes tell a student, “Quick, please go and get me one,” and they do! At least they know about the pregnancy (and the twins), so it helps when I am trying to teach with bright blue or purple teeth and lips.
So, mommas and mommas-to-be: have you tried any other tricks to battle the all-day sickness? I’m sure I’ve left some of the ones I’ve tried off the list. Leave a comment with any that you may have tried out!