Friday, June 19, 2009

Morning Sickness

This month (at 15th week now), I continue to have morning sickness. This has started since week 7th, and it's been going on every day from morning till night, ocasionally I could throw up at midnight too. At worse time I had to throw up around 3-4 times a day, and in good time, I don't throw up but the feeling of nausea remained through out the day.

Initially, I visited a different gynae at the local town as it's really near to my house, she gave me duphaston due to a little spotting at the beginning of the pregnancy, and insists that I should continue even though I told her about my condition at my second visit, but I stopped taking it as I can no longer tolerate the torture, even then, the vomiting continues and got worse as the pregnancy progresses.

I have tried many different types of food and found that sweet food and big portion are the triggers, I had to exclude food that is sweet, sour, spicy or greasy. I never leave my stomach empty as the feeling of nausea will take over immediately if I feel hungry, but I can't just eat any food that I crave as it can be the trigger of the nausea/vomiting.

I also tried remedies such as drinking lemon juice, or put a few drops of peppermint essential oil in a bowl of water placed in my room, but they only help to ease the nausea a little bit, I was still suffering most of the time.

Then things turned better when I went back to my previous gynae that's around an hour's drive from here, he gave me the medicine which reduces gastric acid and the anti-nausea medication.

At first I just took the medicine that reduces gastric acid, but I was still throwing up once or twice a day and feeling nausea most the time, after a week, I started taking the anti-nausea medication as well and I feel much better, where I only throw up once in a few days.

On the other hand, I discovered more food that helps to relief the nausea such as rice, bananas, eggs, ginger, and dry cracker. I also found some food that I won't feel bad after eating them such as McChicken (weird huh, I had to take off the mayonnaise though), Johor Laksa, Wan-Tan Noodle etc. And when I throw up too much and not able to drink water, I would take ice cube to keep myself hydrated.

I was looking for ginger tea but one that I found was awful, I had to stay home almost all the time and when I had to go out once in a while, I tried to remember bringing a plastic bag with me, my mother-in-law even suggested me to take a few more, just in case ;o)