I haven’t been feeling so hot lately. I missed a few days from work last week. I took Zofran a few times.
No, the hyperemesis gravidarum isn’t back, but something sure is making me feel crummy.
I met with my midwife on Thursday evening. She had some ideas that seem to be helping a bit.
First of all, she told me, I’m not eating enough food. I need to eat more. This makes sense since the times I feel the sickest are when I get hungry. I thought I was eating a lot. I mean, I feel like I’m eating my family out of house and home. It seems like every other day I have to go to the store to replenish my snacks. And trust me, buying in bulk won’t work. My snack preferences seem to fluctuate day-to-day. A snack that appeals to me one day, won’t work at all the next. It’s frustrating.
But, as she said, I need to eat more. So I am trying to. And it’s pretty impressive what I’m able to put away. I feel like I’m eating like a lumberjack! Right now, my favorite foods are Japanese: seaweed salad and cooked sushi rolls.
A second suggestion she had was for me to try taking a digestive enzyme supplement. I swung by my local health food store on the way home and picked up some. The idea is that I’m not digesting things well, as evidenced by my ability to throw up part of my 11:30 AM lunch at 8:30 PM. My body isn’t moving food through efficiently. The enzymes are supposed to help me get all of my food digested more quickly so it can pass through my system more easily.
Another thing to help food move through my system is to alternate hot and cold fluids. She said this would stimulate the muscles in my stomach and intestines to contract and push food through.
So right now, it’s all about moving food through the body.
A bit of good news: While I have taken Zofran a couple of times since this all got started, some of the more traditional morning sickness remedies seem to be helping.
So maybe this is what morning sickness feels like. I guess I wouldn’t know. I don’t really have any frame of reference for what normal looks like.
At any rate, I’m surviving, and that’s good. Even if I don’t feel cheerful and wonderful each and every day, I’m surviving. I’m past the halfway point. I’m headed downhill. If you’re a hiker or a runner you’ll know that while uphill really sucks, downhill sucks a little too. But you just have to keep going to get to the flat. And that’s what I’m looking forward to. The nice flat part after the baby is born where I can just feel healthy again.