I have a 5 month old baby and chrismas day we found out that I am pregnant again. :) We are very very excied of course! But there is one problem, MORNING SICKNESS! I am finding it very difficult taking care of a baby and trying not to throw up. Is there any other moms out there who know how I feel? I don't just have "morning" sickness either. It lasts all day every day. I feel it all day long but it seems to hit extremely hard at night right before dinner. (Of course...) Please give me any ideas on how to help my all day sickness so I cancare for my husband and child like a normal person again. So far I have tried tummy tea, ginger tea, lemon water, just regular water, crackers (those don't work the make it worse), and I believe that is it. Please help me I am getting desperate!
by mamabensJanuary 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM
I understand COMPLETELY. I am now 20 wks with my 4th, I have a 10, 8 & almost 4 yr old. The 8 yr old is special needs. The sickness & fatigue lasted until 16 weeks for me & it was SO hard. We took lot's of naps & had a LOT of 'easy' school days.(we homeschool too) Just remember that this part does pass eventually.(for most) I also had trouble getting dehydrated because even drinking water made me throw up. Not sure what else to tell you that you haven't tried but it WILL pass. I understand completely! Make sure hubby knows hwo bad it is, I'm blessed that my husband picked up the slack & understood how hard it was on me.(I'd never had ms before, he was sick the other 3 pregnancies)
by mandapanda82January 22, 2013 at 12:15 PMI'm sorry ! I had to get a Rx for my ms. So idk if you'd wanna do that- it helped tremendously
by AydnsmommyJanuary 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Eat something small every hour. No joke. Even if it is just a granola bar or a couple slices of apple. NEVER let your tummy be empty. Usually the blander foods worked for me.
Try sucking (or in my case, eating) peppermints and/or sour candy
Get out of the kitchen. Avoid places that have a lot of food and food smells like the plague. If your baby is formula fed, set everything she needs up in a different room so you can make all of her bottles without having to look or think about food.
Sleep as much as you can. Even if that means the house does not get done, and laundry sits for a few days. Every time baby is sleeping, you should be too.
Make hubby take over dinner time. You proably will not want to eat any of it any way.
If you feel like you need to throw up, do it. Don't try to avoid it. It will make you feel a little better instead of just feeling yuckie for hours.
This is all I can think of right now. There is a med your dr can give you to help, but it didn't work for me.
by angevil53January 22, 2013 at 12:29 PMI take zofran for mine sometimes. It does give you bad headaches though.
by kirstinaJanuary 22, 2013 at 12:41 PMRemember your almost to the end of the 1st trimester and for most its gets better after that.
by Lhawkins4January 22, 2013 at 12:42 PMI have 2 girls. 8 and 5 months. I was sick for the entire 9 months zofran helped and I was able to function. No side effects and safe for baby. Good luck sweety. It will be over soon.
You'll want to be careful with zofran. Hopefully your dr won't prescribe it unless it was an emergency. It hasn't actually been proven safe during pregnancy and the side effects can be worse then morning sickness. I had to take it (or I would have miscarried due to malnutrition and dehydration) and some of the side effects are severe migraines, constipation (a lot of women have to go to the hospital to get disimpacted, you'd end up needing to take stool softeners and fiber supplements if you are trying ot stay regular. Bruised and bleeding rectums aren't uncommon.) It can also cause weird heart rythms and can increase depression. Obviously smaller doses have less side effects but if you are able to only take a small dosage to take care of your nausea and vomiting, there are much safer and cheaper things to be taking. The truth is, zofran for regular morning sickness is overkill. They prescribed it to my sister for regular morning sickness and she quit after 3 days. She said taking zofran was worse then the morning sickness! The drug was designed for chemotherapy patients and was only intended to be used short term. There are much less severe drugs if natural and OTC therapies don't work, including compazine and phenergan.
For regular morning sickness, try to stay positive. I know it is really difficult! Focus on staying hydrated and try protein and/or a vitmain b6 and unisom routine to help with the nausea and vomiting. Let go of the housework and just focus on connecting with your baby and husband. My third was 7 months old when I got pregnant with my fourth and was already put on bedrest and ivs by 6 weeks into the pregnancy. I spent a lot of time on the laying on the floor with my baby with a puke bucket next to my head. If the tv doesn't make you sick, you can snuggle and watch tv. Have your hubby babyproof your home (lock down cabinets, babygates, outlet plugs, etc) so you don't have to worry about baby hurting themselves. Crock pot meals are a Godsend because you can prepare them cold, freeze them, and then just pop them into the crockpot in the morning and you don't have to deal with it after that. I usually ran an extension cord outside so I didn't smell anything cooking. Do you have friends or family who could also help with either preparing crockpot meals, grocery shopping or childcare?
Hang in there! It won't last forever. ((hugs))
by abraJanuary 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Here is more detailed info on zofran:
What is ondansetron (Zofran)?
Ondansetron blocks the actions of chemicals in the body that can trigger nausea and vomiting.
Ondansetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting that may be caused by surgery or by medicine to treat cancer (chemotherapy or radiation).
Ondansetron may be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Ondansetron 4 mg ODT-MYL
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What are the possible side effects of ondansetron (Zofran)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of thesesigns of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- blurred vision or temporary vision loss (lasting from only a few minutes to several hours);
- severe dizziness, feeling short of breath, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats;
- slow heart rate, trouble breathing;
- anxiety, agitation, shivering;
- feeling like you might pass out; or
- urinating less than usual or not at all.
Less serious side effects may include:
- diarrhea or constipation;
- weakness or tired feeling;
- headache; or
- dizziness, drowsiness.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Zofran (ondansetron hydrochloride) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »
What is the most important information I should know about ondansetron (Zofran)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to ondansetron or to similar medicines such as dolasetron (Anzemet), granisetron (Kytril), or palonosetron (Aloxi). Do not take ondansetron if you are also using apomorphine (Apokyn).
Before taking ondansetron, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, or a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome.
Ondansetron orally disintegrating tablets may contain phenylalanine. Tell your doctor if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
The serious side effects of this medication include blurred vision or temporary vision loss (lasting from only a few minutes to several hours), slow heart rate, trouble breathing, anxiety, agitation, shivering, feeling like you might pass out, and urinating less than usual or not at all. Stop taking ondansetron and call your doctor at once if you have any of these side effects.
Ondansetron may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.