I wish I had a solution for every one of you that suffer from pregnancy nausea but it’s not a “one size fits all” when it comes to “the pukes.”
If you’re anything like me, you suffered from debilitating nausea from week 5/6 to week 15-18. I’m going to share what I tried and what worked/didn’t work for me in hopes that it will help at least one of you. Unfortunately, I had to resort to prescription medication but I am very fortunate for modern medicine and especially thankful to have access to such good health care.
The nausea didn’t hit me hard at the beginning – I would only feel queasy if I smelled something weird or ate something that was “off.” But after a couple weeks, the nausea coupled with the exhaustion hit hard and I felt like I had the flu. When I couldn’t treat myself any longer, I went to see a mid-wife. She told me to sniff lemons and eat all sorts of ginger treats (I can’t sit at a computer all day sniffing lemons and the very mention of ginger makes me puke). That didn’t make a very sick pregnant woman very happy so she prescribed diclegis and sent me on my way, hoping I wouldn’t bother her again. It didn’t work.
“Diclegis® is a combination of an antihistamine (doxylamine succinate) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride) to help control nausea and vomiting of pregnancy when diet and lifestyle changes are not enough.”
Funny how she prescribed that after I told her I was taking B6 and doxylamine succinate already. I called to tell her that it didn’t work and she said to continue taking it and “see what happens” so I continued taking it while I popped the zofran I had from a stomach bug about a year ago. Zofran worked.
As soon as I had an appointment with an actual doctor (OB), she prescribed Phenergan for night time and Zofran during the day. The tiniest dosage of each (12.5mg and 4mg respectively) worked pretty well for me. I would throw up first thing in the morning, take a Zofran, eat, and be on my way to work. Once we got the medication figured out, I formed a proper routine.
My Morning Routine
- Take a Zofran as soon as eyes open (usually around 5-5:30).
- Lie flat for 30 more minutes.
- Peel and eat mandarin orange or 2 (lying down but propped up).
- S L O W L Y get up.
I’ll spare you from the rest of the details but *sometimes* I would still throw up, no matter what I did and I would have to take another Zofran, just in case I threw it up.
Week 14 and 15
Around week 14, my nausea and pukes went away but around week 15, it was back. I began taking half of my prescribed dosage of Zofran (2mg) again and it worked. I still had food aversions but at least I could avoid running to the bathroom for a bit. The nausea was a bit easier to handle without the exhaustion.
It was a really difficult first trimester but even as I was throwing up, I was praising God for it because I knew that meant Baby was developing.
Preggie Pops – worked at the beginning when I just had “light” nausea.
Sea Bands – helped at the very, very beginning for nausea brought on by car sickness.
“Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you!”