I haven’t. That’s right. I’m 21 weeks and I’m still dealing with the most debilitating morning sickness, fatigue, and headaches ever. This has sadly been going on since week 6! So what about the relief I was supposed to feel in the second trimester? Turns out, that is total bullshit–at least for me. One thing I think everyone seems to forget is that every pregnancy is different. Not every body shape, personality or person is the same, so why would pregnancy be any different?
The media tells us that pregnancy will be amazing. That it will be the most beautiful thing you have ever experienced and you will love every minute of it, which may be true for some, but not all. Additionally, your body starts to change. You go through so many changes as your pregnancy progresses that you’re honestly taken aback by it all. Your hair starts growing so rapidly that last month balyage starts looking like you haven’t had your hair done in 6 months. You start noticing stretch marks in places you hadn’t before. They start growing on your breasts and develop on your thighs. Linea nigra shows up and all you can do is pray that it won’t get darker.
Don’t even get me started on your hormones and the madness that goes on there! My exercise routine these days is getting up and out of bed every 2 minutes to adjust the temperature in our room. I’m hot, I’m cold, I’ll open the door but then its too damn cold, so I’ll shut it again. Holy SHIT, its never ending, but I’ll tell you what, it pales in comparison to the discomfort I’m feeling from having the insane nausea and fatigue that I’m experiencing daily.
Don’t get me wrong, I am OVER THE MOON to be pregnant and all I am praying for is a healthy baby girl, but I am struggling. It’s been really difficult to battle the nausea because once again, I am not the ‘typical’ pregnant lady, as not much seems to help me feel better. The things that have helped, however, have more to do with actually maintaining myself than relieving myself entirely, if that makes sense. So if you’re like me,–a struggling mama, keep reading and hopefully my tips can help you feel better, even if it is just a little bit.
- Listen to your body- This is like, first and foremost for me. There was one day where I literally laid in bed for 18 hours straight. No joke. I was SO uncomfortable. Everyone around me kept telling me, “just get out of bed, go for a walk” or “move around.” Ok, let me just remind you that NO ONE knows what you’re feeling other than you, so please try to block out all the white noise and the people who think they are giving you great advice. They mean well but they really ought to just zip it. Anyway, as much as I wanted to get up and be active, my body kept telling me to lay in be and relax. Having that option to just let my body be, made me feel slightly better.
- Eat what you crave and eat often- This was HUGE for me. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, the little porker in me was so excited! I was like “yesss, I can’t wait to eat everything in sight!” and then pregnancy handed me a big fat “I don’t think so.” Most pregnancy myths will have you believing that you’ll be packing on the pounds because you’ll just be eating everything left and right, but they. are. so. wrong. Again, every pregnancy is so different so its important to let go of what you heard and just present for what you’re experiencing. For me, everything made me want to barf. The smells especially! I could not eat anything greasy for the first 15 weeks, and whenever I tried, I would feel nauseous for hours afterwards. So what would I eat? Fruits and veggies…[insert sad face]. Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for baby) all I would crave was mostly pineapple, strawberries, berries, mango, watermelon, I mean THE WORKS. On some nights, instead of diving in for some delicious Thai (which used to be my favorite,) I was only satisfied with a party size veggie tray. Make sure you eat every couple hours because letting yourself get hungry will only intensify the nausea. I found this out the hard way.
- Prenatal gummy vitamins- As soon as we found out we were pregnant, we ran to the local health food store and stocked up on two months worth of prenatal vitamins. The saleslady told us that they were “the absolute best,” but baby told us otherwise. After about 2 weeks of taking the pill form of my prenatals, I was done. I couldn’t stomach the taste of the minerals and I would gag every time I took it. Since there was no way I was going to get through 7 more months of this, we went back and found the gummy version in the Smarty Pants Prenatal Gummies. I was skeptical because the pill form had been so revolting, but these were actually delicious. I even catch my husband popping some in his mouth from time to time 🙂
- Working out- Speaking of working out, I thought I was going to be a super healthy, super fit, cute pregnant woman. LOL. That’s hilarious. In November of 2017, my hubby and I decided we wanted to get fit forreals. We both bought gym memberships and started going religiously. Then, pregnancy happened and the gym became a thing of the past. I actually had a gym representative reach out to me asking if I was ok because he hadn’t seen me in three months. So now, instead of going to the gym and spinning class (my favorite!) I take the dogs on little walks and go only as far as my body allows me. You don’t have to give up the working out completely, but please be mindful that you are growing a tiny little life inside of you and taking the best care of yourself is not only beneficial to you, but to baby as well.
- Hydrate- This especially goes for you if you’re working out..and I know that I should be taking my own advice here, because my husband is ALWAYS on my case about drinking water, but you have to try and keep some liquids down. Here is the kicker that no one ever told me about: water can make you feel nauseated, like really nauseated. I hated drinking water up until week 15, so I would put slice of lemon in my ice cold water for some relief. Sometimes it would be ok, while other times it felt like I had upset my stomach more than actually making things better. If you can’t drink water, try Gatorade or pedialite…although pedialite tastes like shit, but hey, anything helps!
- Take baths- This has been so vital for me. I am having a hard time wanting to stand in a shower, so soaking in the tub has been a godsend for me. Make sure the water is not too hot, as you don’t want baby to overheat. Go to your local CVS, grab a bubble bath and soak for 30-45 mins. Ahhh, doesn’t that feel amazing?
Are you having trouble with nausea and literally nothing seems to help? Try these tips! They might help! If you have some tips you think I’m missing, please feel free to share as I am still feeling alllll the symptoms. xo