Ahhhh morning sickness. A rite of passage of every mom-to-be. I have a love-hate relationship with it because on one hand, I’m miserable. On the other? It’s a great sign that everything is progressing.
As the weeks slowly pass and the nausea remains every minute of every day, I’ve had a few thoughts on the subject.
1. Food choices are disposable. Something might sound good to me but only once. After I’ve eaten it, it’s dead to me and I never want to see it again. Yes, my poor patient saint of a husband, I know I was able to eat soup yesterday but today? Today, soup is the devil. Options are becoming very few and far between. The best restaurant choice ever during this magical time of pregnancy is a tapas place. Eat half of one dish and once it’s dead to you, have something different. Noche in Atlanta saved the day a couple of weeks ago. (I had the Trailer Park Taco and the Fried Green Tomatoes without the goat cheese – They were delicious.)
2. Cooking and cleaning are torture. If you needed to extract sensitive information from a mom with morning sickness, just have her brown some ground turkey or clean the toilet. I would cave in an embarrassingly short amount of time, tell you whatever you wanted to know, and beg for mercy. Ground turkey is dead to me. I’m so thankful that my husband isn’t having a bad attitude about the current state of our house. Or at least he’s keeping it to himself. Smart man. Not his first rodeo.
3. There are eleventy million different food commercials. And don’t even get me started on all the different shows. Flipping through the channels and accidentally coming across Bizarre Foods is not fun. Oh no. Things you never noticed until each one induces the gag reflex.
4. Go ahead and trade in the purse for a diaper bag. Yes, you still have seven months before you need it but at least half of the stuff is for you. I have my emergency go bag that includes a travel toothbrush with toothpaste, mouthwash, sanitizing wipes, and some gum. I’ve also tried the sea bands on the wrists (didn’t work), preggie pops (didn’t work), ginger (didn’t work), alcohol swabs under the nose (actually worked temporarily but I’m not sure how many of my brain cells I might have sacrificed with that one), Phenergan (didn’t work but I slept okay), and Zofran (ding ding ding – we have a winner – kinda).
5. You want what you can’t have. I think there could be a deeper philosophical discussion on this one but I don’t feel like it. Suddenly, I only want to eat Publix subs, sushi, brie, smoked salmon dip, and goat cheese. I couldn’t have cared less if I had any of that food before but now that I can’t have them? Ohhhh they sound so delicious.
6. Enjoy the two week grace period. There is usually about two weeks from the time you have a positive home pregnancy test and when the morning sickness kicks in. Enjoy that time. It passes quickly. Deep clean all the things that will gross you out later. Toilets, fridge, etc. Cook up a storm. I wish I had thought to make up some freezer meals ahead of time.
7. It forces you to admit weakness and ask for help. I am so bad about asking for help. So. Bad. Which makes it really hard once baby arrives and little lives might actually depend on you admitting you need some help. When you have those days when the Zofran has betrayed you and you can’t get up off the bathroom floor and the kids are running amuck and will be needing to eat dinner and you can barely type a text without passing out, you are forced to cry uncle and ask for help. It’s good practice for later. Or life in general.
Do you have any thoughts on morning sickness or any tried and true remedies that gave you some relief? I’d love to hear them!! Share them in the comments so we can all add to our go bags.