Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hormones are bad news

Now, I don't want it to sound like my part of this pregnancy is even comparable to my wife's, so remember that as I complain a bit.

Hormones and constant morning sickness do not make a pleasant person. It also is a recipe for drastic changes in mood. It's not too pleasant, mostly for her, but I get some collateral damage as well.

So we're at about the 7th week now. Our fist OB appointment is for this Wednesday where we should know more details. My wife is getting constant nausea, but hasn't thrown up yet. I don't know if that's good or bad, as I'm thinking that vomiting may alleviate some of the nausea. Or it could just be a peak of discomfort and go right back to the nausea she's been having.

So far we've found quite a few useful tools for dealing with the nausea.
  • Ginger of all types. She's been eating lots of Ginger Chews and that has helped in a quick response, short term. Also ginger root pills.
  • Tea has helped quite a bit. She's been drinking Peppermint tea, Ginger Tea, and the Yogi tea for would be mothers
  • Lemon sniffing. Sniffing a fresh lemon helps quite a bit. It's another quick fix for sudden nausea.
  • Lots of bread types of products. Whole grain toast, whole grain bagels, saltines are all very helpful.
  • Taking Unisom and B6 vitamins. Unisom is a class A drug, as is B6 so no worries there. Taking a half pill twice a day has helped quite a bit with nausea as well as sleep.
  • Massage has helped quite a bit. Anything from hands and feet, to legs, back, and shoulders. Stay away from the front, chances are she's tender/sore and won't like that.
  • Sour candy works pretty well. She's mostly been using green apple Jolly Ranchers. They last a while and work fairly well.
  • Eating 6-8 times a day in small doses. It's important to keep up nutrition, but not all at once. Having something in the stomach keeps it under control.
  • Lemon flavored seltzer water has done pretty good. Some other bubbly drinks include real ginger ale and root beer.
We still have plenty of things to try out, and as we find some I'll post them here.

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