A Case of Extreme Morning Sickness
Like most pregnant women, I had the unfortunate experience of morning sickness. Unlike most pregnant women, it had taken an extreme course all its own. I started by just being nauseated constantly, which kept me from eating a lot of the time, but when I attempted ANY type of food, (even the suggested BRATT diet, where you eat basically nothing but plain foods like applesauce and toast), I could not keep it down. At the time, I worked at an assisted living facility, and my lack of food caused my energy to plummet. It was now effecting my work. This continued until I was about 20 weeks pregnant, during that time I ended up in the hospital twice where they pumped me full of IV fluids and anti-nausea medicine. During my pregnancy, I lost I total of 45 pounds, and have only gained 10 of them back due to the extreme morning sickness.
There were several mom-to-be’s that feel like they may be overreacting, thinking that every woman goes through this. Most women go through it to a certain extent, but in extreme cases like mine, they should not feel ashamed to ask their doctor about some relief. Not only does morning sickness zap all your energy and nutrients, it is doing the same thing to the baby as well, making it hard for your little bundle to grow properly. The first thing that it always suggested when it comes to morning sickness is to eat plain foods, like crackers. The second suggestion is to eat five or six small meals throughout the day instead of three bigger ones. Also, as a side note, don’t feel like you have to eat more because you’re ‘eating for two’. Your diet should only increase by about 300 calories a day. I have actually seen some women who believed they needed to eat twice as much at each of their three biggest meals, which ended up making them sick. If some of these smaller suggestions don’t help, your doctor may end up putting you on anti-nausea medication, like they did me. It was the only way I managed to keep anything down.
I am happy to report that after about week 22, I was able to eat normally again. A fair warning though, I am currently 37 weeks along, and the morning sickness seems to have returned, but not near as bad as the first trimester. I have been told this is normal by my doctor simply because the baby’s running out of room in there. This, I believe wholeheartedly. I hope that this helps all those moms-to-be battle their morning sickness a little easier!