Wednesday, August 12, 2009

on coping with morning sickness

i'm not great at coping - i tend to hide. i don't return phone calls or emails (sorry friends & family) & i stay in my jammies all day. Lately, i've been saying out loud to Neil (so that my body can hear) "i'm gonna be 16 weeks soon, it should be ending right away...." with a hopeful smile...
i have really mild morning sickness compared to some - i have a friend who was tube fed a special formula through her nose for part of her pregnancy when she couldn't keep anything down - but i sure do have compassion for women who are coping with any level of morning sickness at all.
B vitamins seem to help me. That friend who was hospitalized sent me some B Natal lozenges (sour apple) that seemed to help on the rough days. The old stand by - eating crackers - seems to be a good one for me too. Making sure my stomach never gets empty is a must... but then... when all else fails - i put on my comfiest, frumpiest jammies & crawl into my bed & invite my little ones to just *be with me* there.
i let Gagey crawl all over me, nurse whenever he wants to - & much to Neil's chagrin, i let him eat crackers in our bed. i pay the small fry for cleaning up (a penny an item!) & encourage lots of park play. We simplify our meals & end up having lots of sweet conversations as my world is forced to slow down a little - maybe as preparation for the little one to come?
Really, it's a very small sacrifice for someone like me - a mild discomfort in the grand scheme of things... & when i apologised to my eldest for my inability to do more, she grinned at me & said, "i love it when we get to lay around & visit - i don't mind at all." So, maybe God knows best when He lays me flat on my back - maybe the conversations initiated in discomfort are ordained by Him - maybe this season of nausea has more hidden blessings than i am able to see...

4 comments:

Sanctum's Muse said...

Oh, I have so been there! I'm 18 weeks into my first pregnancy, and I still have to run to the toilet some mornings. A couple of months ago, I couldn't even function. My mother-in-law drove in from out of town just to help me with the cooking and the housework. If it hadn't been for her, my poor husband would have gone naked and hungry! (He works about 14 hours a day in the Navy, so he's not available to do much). Thankfully, I'm feeling much better now.

Sorry you're having to go through this, though. Morning sickness of any kind just bites. Feel better soon!

Prvbs31Mama said...

Aww Paige...know that you're missed, but also that I totally understand and hope you feel better soon. One nice thing about the morning sickness is you know that the hormones are doing it's thing and that baby is alive and well...have you started feeling any little flutters yet????

mamazee said...

Paige, i think for me, God makes me SLOW DOWN when i'm pg (not with nausea, but other stuff) - and it's probably a good thing. I feel so guilty at the time :) but i tend to get going and going and going and add in one more thing and one more, and by the end of the year we're ready for a big break, and the slower pace when i'm pg is probably not a bad thing in the whole grand scheme of things....
Your littles are such gems, too...
I hope you can just enjoy your few months - almost 16 weeks, almost halfway there, and so soon - baby! can't wait :)...

Christine said...

I have been in the horizontal position, quite a bit, since I am having some moderate morning sickness, also. I am starving and nauseated. Praying that you will be feeling better, soon. Blessings!

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