One of the myriad reasons I haven’t blogged much lately was that I was wicked sick. With my first pregnancy, morning sickness was nothing a little Sprite and a few Saltines couldn’t fix. With the next two, however, it’s been way beyond carbs and carbonation remedies. It’s been all-day-with-my-head-in-a-bucket sick. Blech.
Then, about a week ago, I started taking the advice of the all-wise Kim F. and Claire, and wow, I feel so much better! Kim and Claire both had hyperemisis gravidarum, which is the kind of morning sickness that puts you in the hospital, so they know of what they speak.
Here is my new regimen:
Every night, I take a prenatal vitamin with Omega 3. I’m not sure if that is part of the solution, but I made the change at the same time so I’m including it, and Omega 3 helps brain development for the baby so it can’t hurt. I’m also taking a Unisom (it’s a kind of sleeping pill, my OB also recommended it for nausea, I don’t understand why, but it works) and a B6 vitamin. Then during the day I take Milk Thistle 3 times. Milk Thistle supports liver health, and your liver and gallbladder help your body deal with the heightened levels of HCG hormone early in pregnancy (the higher HCG is part of what causes morning sickness).
Whether it’s one of these items or a combination of all of them I can’t tell you, and I don’t want to look the gift horse in the mouth. Just thinking about horse mouths starts to re-ignite the queasiness, in fact! I’m still super tired and I feel sick if I get up during the night and first thing in the morning, but it’s much more manageable now. Anyone who has ever dealt with morning sickness while also running after toddlers can attest to what a blessing not being sick really is!