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#1 nikelodeon79

 
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 09:26 AM

I've been pretty much sick 24/7 since getting pregnant. Normally, I don't feel too terrible until around 2:30 pm, and then just go downhill from there.

I have almost constant nausea. I have something going on in my throat/chest (heartburn?) where it feels like I have to burp but can't. Like a lump in my throat. It's almost like anxiety... I don't know.

The doctor gave me a prescription of Odansetron for the nausea... now I feel like I've gotten worse, if anything. I've felt horribly sick all day today, rather than being okay in the morning and getting sicker in the afternoon.

Last night I didn't sleep at all. My heart was racing so fast I thought I was going to have to go to the emergency room.

Does anyone know any coping strategies. I'm so upset... worried that I'm going to be one of those people who are sick the entire pregnancy. I'm just over 9 weeks pregnant right now.
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 09:40 AM

Talk to your ob right away. The med might not agree with you.

Seems like you feel worse when you have been up & going for awhile. I always got worse when I was tired or if I didn't keep a little food in me all the time ( blood sugar thing). Even if it's hard to eat, see if every hour or so you can slide in a spoonful of yogurt, Chex, cracker, fruit, pudding something.

For some people, flat ginger ale helps (room temp can, pour into cup takes out bubbles). I found sucking on lemon drops helped. Saw a study that the smell of lemon helps nausea.

Hang in there! The reward is great !
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 09:53 AM

You poor thing--I agree with Karen's advice. It sounds as though the medicine is not agreeing with you.

I found that a little something in my stomach helped with nausea when I was pregnant. Hopefully the queasiness will ease off soon :)
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 10:30 AM

While perusing the site, I saw the "I'm Miserable" post under pregnancy and I had a feeling it was regarding morning sickness. I have one child, and she's 7, but I still remember the awful pregnancy I had. I now realize that it's very common for undiagnosed celiac's to be very ill throughout the pregnancy. I was hoping for the other women on this board that following a gluten free diet would ease up the symptoms. I pray that you are like most women and in a couple of weeks the symptoms will go away.

The hardest thing for me about my pregnancy is that I was hanging on the promise of feeling better by the second trimester. Truth is I was nauseated the entire time. It took me awhile but I learned to manage it. I ate CONSTANTLY. I started out underweight so the doctor wasn't concerned with my weight gain, until the end. I think I was still underweight at 20 weeks, and then I went on to gain 40 pounds in the last 20 weeks. But eating eased my symptoms. There was a Thai restaurant by my work that made a great ginger soup. I went there every day for lunch. Finally when my belly started popping out that realized why I was eating the soup every day. They didn't even take my order...just brought me my soup.

I don't know if this is still recommended but I took Unisom and B6 in combination and it really helped with the nausea and helped me sleep. (This was okayed by my gyno). Also for the very worst months when I couldn't keep anything down I took Zofran.

Toward the end of the pregnancy I let myself drink a tea every day (with caffeine) For some reason that always settled my symptoms.

I don't know if you're working or if you have other kids, but my plan was to stay home after we had a baby. I don't know why I continued to work so hard fighting the nausea every day, when I wasn't even going back. I just felt too loyal I guess. Anyhow, finally about 2 months before my daughter was born I quit working and I just felt so much better. I think the stress was really adding to the nausea. If you can at all set up a world where all you have to do is grow that little baby, which is a HUGE job, then do it. Don't feel guilty.

If you need to send my a private message you are welcome. I will try and encourage you in any way I can. My best friend had a baby 9 months before I got pregnant and she was sick the whole time too. I called her every day (didn't even think that she must be exhausted with a new baby) but she talked me through so much. Sometimes just having someone say, "I understand...you can do this" makes a huge difference.

Hang in there. IF you already have kids you know it's so worth it. YOU CAN DO IT! Rest, eat, ask for help, give yourself a break!
Good luck!!!
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 11:13 AM

Thanks everyone! I did call the OB and the nurse told me to stop the Zofran and start Unisom and B6. ;) I think I'm just so upset about it all because I was so relieved/excited to think there was something to help (the Zofran) and then come to find out.. it doesn't help!

This is my first child, so all of this is new to me. I think another thing that is hard is that I was feeling so bad for so long with undiagnosed Celiac, and then I started the diet and started feeling great... and then I immediately got pregnant and it was back to feeling crappy again (worse then before!).

Eating actually makes me feel better WHILE I'm eating, but as soon as I'm done I feel 10x worse than before.

I did make an appointment with my doctor tomorrow, so hopefully she'll have some ideas. :) Thanks again for being so supportive, helpful!
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 01:13 PM

I was fortunate with my morning sickness. I did find that the prenatals or even just multivitamins upset my stomach terribly. The OB recommended chewable or Gummy children's vitamins Double the dose. I did some reading and found that some of the chewables are OGF, but the many gummies are not. I ended up buying BelliBar or BellyBary Chewable multivitamins at Walgreens and at Babie's R Us. Instant relief from that version of nausea. Then keeping somekind of carbs in me at all times with steady doses of protien throughout the day helped. Mom asked me if I ever stop eating. No. I felt the worst when I didn't get a LOT of sleep and 1-2 naps during the day. Nausea would start in pretty quick.

This all sounds good, but the reality is that I was lucky. Oh, I stopped eating tomato sauces which were giving me killer heartburn. No decaf either. I hope that the nausea is short lived and by week 12-13, you have your life back. I still throw up every once in a while, but it isn't too bad. Best wishes on an easy pregnancy and congrats on your little one.
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 02:16 PM

Try some crystalized Ginger. Just a tiny bite. It's a natural way to help nausea. I use it for motion sickness even and it's safe for pregnant women. Also, peppermint. Either peppermint tea or peppermint candies, both help with nausea.
Good luck. Sending happy thoughts your way.
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 07:21 AM

I have Hypermesis Graviduram - which is severe and excessive nausea and vomiting in pregnancy - to the point where you lose a significant amount of weight and are unable to carry on w/ your daily life - so I know a lot about the different meds used.

Most importantly, Zofran - in pill form or ODT - is NOT gluten free! I took Zofran ODT my entire first pg w/o knowing this - and spent the whole 9 months in a vomiting, dehydrated fog. This pregnancy I have been taking the liquid form of Ondansetron (Zofran), and it has not caused the fogginess of the ODT. (For a month or so I took the IV form through my PICC line.)

I also take Unisom, and it has been amazing this pregnancy!

Let me know if you are still having problems.

www.helpher.org is a fantastic resource.
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 07:23 AM

Oh, also - if you are dehydrated the Zofran will not work. Make sure to get IV fluids if you're dehydrated and then you can try the liquid form of Zofran.
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 08:32 AM

There are lots of things you can try to help with "morning" sickness, and I would encourage you to do so, but time may be the only cure. I found that my blood sugar was FAR more sensitive during the early weeks of pregnancy, and there were lots of foods I couldn't stand. My first trimester was primarily fueled by avocados, really. And eggs.

It gets better for most people sometime in their second trimester (no magic 13 week lightswitch, though). The good news is that a strong response like this means that your body is switching very quickly into "support the pregnancy" mode, even if your stomach isn't quite ready for the effect of all the hormones.

Hang in there, and I hope you find something that works for you.
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 10:17 AM

nickelodeon, you posted over a month ago. Do you still have morning sickness? I'm not pregnant, but when I get nausea I have found the only thing that helps me is ginger ale and ginger cookies. Pamelas makes an awesome ginger cookie with almonds. Best thing for an upset stomach. I hope the rest of your pregnancy is less difficult.
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 08:16 PM

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I also take Unisom, and it has been amazing this pregnancy!

Let me know if you are still having problems.

www.helpher.org is a fantastic resource.


Be careful of the Unisom. I have heard it can interfere with blood sugar levels. Not something to take very day IMHO. Melatonin might be safer. I just got off Unisom after taking it for over a month, and it is a big difference. I was starting to have cramps in my lower legs from it, and they have gone away now. Plus I actually feel awake during the day. Just be careful.
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Posted 07 November 2010 - 05:55 AM

Be careful of the Unisom. I have heard it can interfere with blood sugar levels. Not something to take very day IMHO. Melatonin might be safer. I just got off Unisom after taking it for over a month, and it is a big difference. I was starting to have cramps in my lower legs from it, and they have gone away now. Plus I actually feel awake during the day. Just be careful.



I've been on the Unisom for 30 weeks, and I haven't had a problem. I take 25 mg in the evening. I have a two page treatment protocol for my Hyperemesis that was discussed w/ my OB prior to treatment. My blood sugars have been fine, which is good considering I only manage to eat about 1000 calories a day. I had some Charlie horses in my lower legs, but they were due to a potassium deficiency. Once I was able to hold down a quality vitamin, they went away.
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Posted 07 November 2010 - 08:58 AM

Ok, I was taking twice that amount, 50 mg daily! 25 MG sounds much better. Some changes after I stopped it are: digestion is stronger, no charlie horses, more alert wakeful during the day. I can understand half the doseage being a safer option. Sounds ok! :)
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Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."
Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
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Posted 07 November 2010 - 12:38 PM

It is a sleeping pill, so I can see what it would make you sleepy. :) I only take it at night, and by this point it doesn't even make me tired anymore! I haven't noticed any digestion changes from it - although I've been on 16-24 mg of liquid Zofran a day, which makes me so constipated I wouldn't even be able to tell if something else was off.
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