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"Morning" Sickness Woes

Updated on January 21, 2015

It hit around week 6

Bam. It was the first confirmation that I was actually pregnant. Yes, the 6 very expensive sticks that I peed on had confirmed it. Yes, the doctor had confirmed it. But without any symptoms it is kind of hard to believe it was for real. I remember sitting at my desk at work when suddenly I felt like I was experiencing the worst hang over of my life. Nausea washed over my entire body while my head started to pound. Motion made me want to keel over so I remember putting my head down on my desk and praying that nobody noticed until it passed...which it finally did about 9 weeks later.

I've heard this before, but whoever dubbed this phenomena "morning" sickness was a fool. I felt sick almost always until about week 15. To make it worse, I couldn't throw up so I spent most of my days with that pre-vomit, spit-pooling-in-mouth, cool-sweat sensation without the relief of a good puke.

One would think that this would make eating difficult in which case one would be wrong. For whatever reason I could still put away food like a champ. Unfortunately, the mere thought of my former lean protein, heavy vegetable and fiber diet only added to my desire to barf. I now wanted pizza, burritos. chip, cheese, cake, Oreos...yummm. I wanted them while I was eating them but upon destroying them like a person who hasn't eaten in days, the mere thought of-or smell of, made me want to spew again (but not as much as the thought of broccoli or lentils did).

I beat myself up about this. How could my super healthy pre-pregnancy self be feeding her fetus such crap? Having since given birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, I wish I hadn't been so hard on myself. Pregnancy is hard and "morning" sickness (or all-day-long) sickness sucks and if a burrito dripping with cheese and sour cream makes you feel better, then go for it!

Something else that is really important to remember is that "morning" sickness means that your pregnancy is going well. It is a cruel irony, but look at it as nature's reassurance that you are healthily growing your baby


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