We visited my parents in Idaho this week. Surprisingly, the nausea didn’t kick in until about 6 weeks, 4 days. I know that for many women this is when it starts, but last time I was sick a full week earlier so it was unexpected. However, it kicked in with vengeance this time. Maybe the nausea is making up for the extra week free from it that I got. It started out less of a nausea thing and more of just a very low appetite which is unusual for me. Then next day I still had no appetite but also nothing sounded good, every food sounded unappealing.
At 6 weeks, 6 days we flew back to Massachusetts from Idaho. I normally get motion sick on planes, but almost never actually throw up, I just get a pounding headache, shaky and super nauseous. I felt bad on the plane this flight but I wasn’t sure which cause to contribute it to, I was unable to make myself eat or drink anything more than a few bites and sips over the course of the entire day.
The next morning I woke up so sick. Possibly sicker than I felt the entire first trimester of my last pregnancy. I could barely handle it. I felt light headed and I felt as if I couldn’t stand up straight because my stomach was so nauseous. Making my 1 year old his food for breakfast was one heck of a task. His pumpkin and applesauce mixture I always feed him smelled so strong and absolutely repulsive. I almost heaved when I gave him some leftover sweet potato from the night before. Every smell hit me like a punch in the gut.
I started keeping a little Ziploc baggie of gluten free graham crackers on my nightstand with a glass of water. A wise old woman I use to work with use to swear up and down that “morning sickness is primarally a blood sugar disorder.” I definably think she is on to something. My last pregnancy I found that if I ate a few bites here and there throughout the day I could manage the sickness. If I got too hungry, the sickness would come on strong and also if I ate too much, even just a normal sized meal was too much; that the food would sit in my stomach and just make me feel sick for hours and hours after eating.
I’ve been mentally beating myself up the past few days about what I’ve been eating. I want to be eating my vegetables but I just can’t. I have eaten two boxes of crackers in the past 3 days. Crackers, berries and fruit are all I can stomach. Protein, fats and vegetables are repulsive. I know that at this point in pregnancy I just have to eat what I can and be ok with that, but the nutritionist in me hates it.
The one supplement that helps with the nausea is by this great company called Wishgarden Herbs. I absolutely adore them, they are primarily a women’s company, founded and formulated by midwives and herbalists. They are located in Colorado and they have brilliant herbal combinations. The big thing about them that really stands out to me is that they have a whole pregnancy line. It is so difficult to find anything suitable for use in pregnancy because it’s a vulnerable population that cannot be ethically tested. However, this company used herbs that have traditionally been used safely over thousands of years which is the best kind of study you’re going to be able to find on preggies. I am currently using their Calm-A-Tum tincture for morning sickness. All the herbs are really gentle and it really helps take the edge off of the nausea. If you have little ones, they also offer a fabulous baby and kid line of herbal products as well.
Update: I just realized that I missed taking week six tummy photos! I accidentally posted week seven's here. Sorry about the confusion and the lack of photos this week but hey, there were no big changes yet.