Tuesday, March 24, 2015

how i barely made it through my first trimester

dear women who are pregnant and don't have morning sickness, or women who have given birth and not experienced morning sickness:

you make me sick.
i hate your stinking guts.

megan and all other sick mommas

(if you've never seen little rascals this joke is totally lost, and now you think i'm just a mean lady.)

here's the truth about the first trimester of pregnancy.
it's hard.
really, really hard.

morning sickness is no joke, and you feel like no matter how many hours of sleep you've had, it's never enough.

there's also no real end date to these wonderful feelings.
so beware.
just because you're in your second trimester does not mean you'll automatically feel better once that magic week 13 gets here.

you can do this.
if i did it, anyone can do it.

here are some tips on how i (seriously) barely made it through my first trimester.

#1. zofran
tell your doctor you're sick and they (should) give you this magical pill, or one like it. it seriously saved me. i honestly have no idea what women did back in the olden days without this stuff. there were a couple side effects (constipation and headaches) but it was the most even trade off. this didn't make me feel 100% better, but it did help the constant nausea and i was able to eat very small meals.

#2. frozen breakfast foods/ all the bad cereal
eggo waffles, toaster studels, fruit loops, frosted flakes, and lucky charms. i'm not sure what it was about them but it got me through most days. there were also a lot of days where all i could get down was one eggo waffle, or a bowl of cereal. maybe it's because they were bland? i hear that helps, bland food.

#3. netflix
honestly, i watched more netflix in those weeks than what i thought was humanly possible. i won't tell you how quickly i made it through friends, and then the office. but. i will tell you that being able to put something on the tv that made me laugh helped.

#4. eating what i wanted, when i wanted it
on the days that i actually felt like eating a meal, i didn't hold back on what it was. mcdonalds burger and some fries? you betcha. grits for dinner? i'm telling you. when you do have a craving for something, give into it. because when you're sick, there's no telling when you might eat a whole meal again. this isn't to say that everything will be welcomed by your new roomie, because although you were salivating for those scallops, someone else was ready to kick them out as quickly as you put them in your belly.

#5. ginger ale and club crackers (on occasion)
to be honest, i don't think the ginger ale helped at all, but the bubbles did. and i suggest club crackers because saltines are terrible. no one should ever have to eat those. ever.
and one thing i did hear over and over again that helped a bit was keeping crackers on your night stand, because you will wake up in the middle of the night starving. it also seemed to help to eat right when i woke up in the morning (it still does. i waste no time getting some food into my stomach). some mornings i would eat a cracker before i even got out of bed.
and defiantly eat something before you drink anything, no matter how thirsty you might be.

and so that's about it.


i tried to tell you that it sucks. and i honestly don't think there's really anything that makes morning sickness go away. there are just somethings you can do to curb the terribleness. now. these are things that helped for me, and no pregnancy is the same. so some of this might work for you and it might not. you'll figure out quickly what works and what doesn't.
but keep that chin up (when it isn't in the toilet)! because better times are on the horizon my dear!

it might take you to week 15 or 16 to get there, but it's worth the wait!

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