It seems like it will never end. I remember lying there, looking out the window, very weak and sick, watching the clouds go by in the sky and waiting for it to get dark so that another day would finally be over. Kinda rough. Here is my list of suggestions if you or someone you love is wasting away through a difficult bout of morning sickness, and Zophran is at the top of the list.
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Morning Sickness (continued)
1. For my first three pregnancies, I tried to be brave. I tried natural remedies and didn't want to take any heavy duty medicine for fear of harming the baby. I lost a lot of weight and was very weak. My fourth pregnancy, I prayed about it and talked to my husband, and we decided to take Zophran. It's what they give cancer patients when they are so sick on chemo. It's given to pregnant women now and I took it with my last two babies and they are beautiful, sweet perfect healthy things. I am not a big medicine person especially when it comes to my baby: five natural childbirths with zero pain medication out of love for my baby. But with my last two pregnancies I took Zophran and it really helped me survive. I did not feel any better taking it, I still felt like death and felt very nauseated, but it helped me keep my food down. I needed 16 mg a day, was the dosage I figured out was enough for me. And if you take it, ask your doctor for the swallow ones rather than the dissolvey ones because they have a strong taste that is just awful to endure when you are feeling like that. If they offer you Phenergan to begin with rather than Zophran, insist on Zophran because Phenergan is for lightweights who just feel a little woozy, and it will not help you and it only made me sleepy. I had no side effects with Zophran.
2. Spearmint gum actually helped me feel a little less nauseated (sugar free). It may take a few kinds to find one you like cause I guarantee everything tastes awful to you right now.
3. I used to eat a little something promptly after every time I threw up. It was horrible to do that, was the last thing I wanted to do, very unpleasant but I figured I could possibly outsmart the vomiting that way, and keep a little nutrients coming into me. We are trying to survive here and not waste away so that was one way I kept from losing so much weight. I would usually be able to keep down whatever I ate immediately after getting sick.
4. My husband did all the grocery shopping and food preparation. If I had to look at food or open the refrigerator, I would get very sick and it would mess me up for a long time. However, if someone would bring me a little something to eat in the living room, I would usually
be able to force down a little bit of that rather than if I had made it myself. All food makes you feel horrible: seeing it, thinking about it, smelling it, and by that time you can’t even consider eating it. I did not even think about trying to eat what the family was all eating.
5. Frozen grapes, and very cold foods seem not to be as revolting. I could usually muck down a little frozen grape or two, or maybe some of those frozen ice thingies. I do not recommend ice cream (too rich) but just frozen flavored ice, in a personal ice cream container. We are not picky about nutrition at this point, we are just trying to get some calories. Anything you can tolerate, eat that. Fluids, frozen popsicles, anything. Somehow the taste is not as strong with something ice cold and you can deal with eating it a little better.
6. You have probably heard that taking vitamin B-6 and B-12 can help. I don’t know if it would or not. That’s one of the things they put in the IV when a pregnant mama goes in for dehydration is B-6 and B-12. Those deficiencies apparently are thought of to be a cause of morning sickness but… I’ve never had a lot of success with taking extra vitamins. Can’t hurt. Other than having to swallow something.
Severe morning sickness is one indication that the baby is very healthy, in mothers who are prone to have morning sickness that is. With the one miscarriage I had, I knew that baby was not going to make it because I never felt sick. Not once. So if it is any small comfort, what you are going through if you have really bad morning sickness can reassure you that all is perfectly well with that precious baby.
My babies were huge. I was what seemed to be deathly ill during pregnancy, and my biggest baby was 9 pounds 4 ounces. I was scraping by, and meanwhile those babies were sucking the life out of me. So, even though you are dangling by a thread, your baby is happy as can be.
You'll get through it. I often feel like I really earned my babies. I treasure my children even more, having survived morning sickness.