Is This Normal First Pregnancy

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BrookeScott3 - May 7

I found out I was pregnant a week ago, I'm 6 weeks. My husband and I thought I just had a bad case of the stomach flu, but after a week of it and not getting any better, I went to the doctor and found out I was pregnant. We weren’t trying for a baby, but we’re so excited now. Anyway I know morning sickness is common in pregnancy, but I need to know if what I am going through is normal because it’s kinda scaring me. I’m nauseous 24/7 but its worse when I get up in the morning and am about to go bed and no matter what I try I can’t get rid of it. I have no appet_te and I can’t stand being around food most of the time, but I’m still eating because I know how important it is, just not as much. I’ve been having dizzy spells and I’m throwing up a lot, at least 3 sessions a day, sometimes it gets so bad I can’t seem to catch my breath. And after I get sick the nausea gets worse not better. I’ve already missed 3 days of work this week and I don’t know much more of this I can take. I never would’ve guessed pregnancy would be this difficult.

 

Been There - May 7

You could call your doctor and let him/her know. It may not be this difficult for the rest of your pregnancy. Then again it could be. No one will be able to tell you if it will get better or not, because it's just so different. I have Carpal Tunnel in one had, DeQuervain's in the other. I wake up every morning with my left hip hurting, thereby limping for a while each day. But as much as it bothers me, I'm thankful I didn't suffer morning sickness or dizziness. However, you may only suffer the sickness for a little while and then, once your hormones balance out, not have anymore problems. You just never know and go through it the best you can. Hang in there, but definitely talk to your doctor. You don't want to dehydrate or worse.

 

Celia - May 7

I'm so sorry to hear your so sick! I know how you feel. I am a little over 14 weeks now and have had morning sickness since the beginning and on phenergan since week 7. It's a 24/7 sickness and I honestly think how can I continue with this much longer! Even when I'm not throwing up, I feel sick all the time. I have those days where it's so bad it feel's like I can't catch my breath and honestly the sickness feel's like I have a bad case of food poisioning. Luckily for most women it get's better by the end of the first trimester. I didn't have it at all with my first pregnancy, so i'm shocked that I've had it this bad with this one. I wish I could tell you what work's to ease mine but I haven't found anything yet that works. Even the phenergan that I'm on doesn't take it away completely. Talk to your Dr about prescribing you something to help with it though. I've lost 14 pounds from being so sick and still losing. Good luck hun and I truly hope it eases for you soon!

 

olivia - May 7

Congratualtions on your pregnancy. Sorry you are so sick. I was as sick as you describe with my first pregnancy. I was also nauseous 24/7, throwing up 4-8 times a day, and loosing weight rapidly. I was down 10 lbs by the time my second trimester hit. I was lucky because practically the first day of my second trimester I was better. I had pretty clear sailing for the rest of the pregnancy, gained weight well, and had a very healthy baby girl. It can be really difficult in the first trimester. My doctor had me drinking gatorade to keep up with hydration. Any sports drink will help add some calories to your diet. I know how you are feeling but just know that it will go away (i know another 6 weeks sound unbearable, but you'll get through it!). I am pregnant again now and not nearly as sick, so don't worry, it does not mean all your pregnancies will be this way. Good luck. Try to stay hydrated!

 

JESS1980 - May 8

I'm so sorry to hear about your morning sickness Brooke! I had horrible morning sickness too! Right now I am 24 weeks, and I still get it from time to time. For the first 4 months of my pregnancy, I was sick ALL THE TIME. And nothing seemed to help. I lost 4 pounds during those 4 months, and missed a lot of work too. Around 18 weeks, the nausea eased up a little. I still get sick, but it's usually just once or twice a week....not every day. So, eventually you should get a little relief. But in the meantime, here are a couple of tips that helped me. If you decide to try them, maybe they will help you too. 1) Try sucking on hard candy. I don't know why, but this really did help my nausea. 2) Try eating dry toast for breakfast. Dry toast absorbs a lot of excess stomach acid. And 3) Rest, rest, rest. Don't push yourself too hard. That makes nausea worse. Sometimes when I started feeling sick at work, I would go outside for a few minutes. The fresh air really helped. And sometimes I would even take naps in my office or car during lunch. This would help too. I found that my nausea got worse when I was overly-stressed at work. I hope this helps!!! Good luck to you!!! (P.S.: My husband and I found out about our baby the same way you found out about yours. I went to the doctor after having had a stomach virus, and found out I was pregnant. We weren't planning it either, but it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to us!)

 

Am_I_Ready - May 8

What exactly was your stomach feeling like? Because I think I might be pregnant and the other night my stomach was hurting so bad. In my stomach area and the lower part where cramps are usually. I ended up taking some soda water and fell asleep, but it that how it starts?

 

tiffiny090180 - May 8

Eat saltine crackers before you even lift your head in the morning and let them settle a few minutes. If you lift your head it is too late. Eat something dry and a little salty every two hours(crackers, boiled chicken with rice, toast, cereal, ect). Do not let yourself get too hungry or too full. Stay hydrated, as hard as is is to drink when you feel sick. Being dehydrated will make it worse. Try adding lemon juice to your water, sucking on popsicles, or adding lots of crushed ice to everything you drink. When you get up in the morning or from naps, GET UP SLOWLY. Stay away from anything greasy. Also things with ginger help, like sucking on ginger root or eating ginger cookies. Lying completely still in a dark, cool room with your eyes closed sometimes helps. The smell of lavendar helps alot of people. Everyone is different, so try everthing to see what helps you. Then if all else fails, there is medication your doc can prescribe, though there are side effects to worry about.

 

Alexi - May 8

CONGRATULATIONS! i had morning sickness (all day sickness) pretty bad early on. It lasted for the first four months.... and there weren't any foods or drinks that seemed to help, even ginger ale. The one thing that helped me was when i would eat, i'd watch tv, and i wouldn't pay attention to the food. So, as i was sitting there, the eating just kind of happened. i lost weight in the beginning, but TRUST ME, you'll make up for that later on! Make sure you keep your doctor updated, and DON'T be afraid to go get medical attention if you feel you need it. You really have to listen to and trust your body during pregnancy. Hang in there.... also, ask your doctor about Zofran. i never had it, but after reading up on it, i wish i had! Hang in there!

 

BrookeScott3 - May 8

Thanks for all your advice everyone your so great! I hope beyond hope that this morning sickness stops after the first trimester. I've tried the whole eating the cracker before you get out of bed and that doesn't work for me, the nausea gets worse and it just comes back up later on. I've been drinking liquids the best to my ability, but they can't have any sweetness or strong flavors in them same with food. I can't stand the smell. (Strange huh?) I talked to my doctor and she said that there was nothing usual about what I was going through and that she would see us at our next appointment. She kinda upset both me and my husband.

 

momof3 - May 8

I feel for you! I am 6 weeks into my third preg. and this is the worst nausea have had. I don't vomit but sometimes think it would help! I can't stand smells ofANYTHING and almost all food is disgusting to me. I eat a lot of fruit and have to force water down so I don't get dehydrated. I have it all day, worse though afternoon and evening. Yes this is difficult, some days I question what I got myself into! Have faith it will get better!

 

olivia - May 8

i couldn't eat crackers either, and everyone kept buying me anything with ginger and it still makes me sick to think about ginger to this day. Anyway, even if you can't stand sweet drinks, try to drink things with calories if you can. My husband couldn't believe how sick I was. After the first trimester he actually had it clear in his mind a lot longer than I did. This is sort of a funny question but have you ever used the pill? I am only wondering because I wonder if women who have not used the pill for long periods of time have a harder time with the early pregnancy hormones. You don't have to answer, I just had a theory I was thinking about.

 

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