Not A Real Post, Just An Update On How Pathetic I Am.

Hello Blogstalkers.

UPDATE 5/30: I was hospitalized part of this past weekend for extreme morning sickness and dehydration.  I'm feeling a teensy bit better but have been given a diagnosis of hyperemesis gravidarum, which is not any fun at all.  In the midst of all THAT yuck though, we did get to see our babe's heartbeat so I'm floating on a cloud right now.  A cloud covered in cracker crumbs and used tissues and five seasons of Gossip Girl (ugh I know, don't judge) but a cloud nonetheless.

I am SICK.  Like lose six pounds in the last four days and try to feed my dogs Saltines so that when Ryan counts my Saltines to make sure I am at least eating Saltines he is tricked SICK.  Like I accidentally thought about a potato today and got sick SICK.  Like my doctor is all blah blah blah hospital, stick you with needles SICK.  And also like cough cough SICK on top of that.

But I'm attempting to stay positive! Morning sickness is a good thing! You know what is gross? Sausage! So I was going to go ahead and post anyway.  But then I took the dogs outside and it's raining here and so it smelled like worms and wet dogs and now I need to be sick again for a while.

Be patient with lily-livered, melodramatic, WOE IS ME, me?

Also, never Febreze a wet dog.  It does not help.  In the words of my grandma, "It's as useless as putting a bonnet on a pig."

And now I have to go. I have to email Ryan at work and ask him to stop at the store and get me more lemonade and no more god damn potatoes.



P.S. If you have like... a full time job and two kids with soccer practice AND morning sickness and are still getting through it with a nod and a smile then you are a superhero and I stand in awe of your strength.

P.P.S.  If all of this means I'm growing a healthy little thing then I will take it ten times over.  And then I would have ten babies! Yay!

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  1. Not At One Time Though!!

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    1. Oh no, not at one time. Yikes.

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  2. Is it morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum? Just be careful beautiful lady....

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    1. So far it's just looking like extreme morning sickness. I'm keeping hydrated and resting and have a DR appt in one week to further explore the situation.

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  3. Mint. Mint is suppose to help with morning sickness. I drank mint tea. But anything peppermint.

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    1. Someone else told me that just today so I have added it to poor Ryan's grocery shopping list.

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    2. Jessica5/23/2013

      I sucked on peppermint altoids and other peppermint candies constantly during the first few months of my pregnancy. It really does help.

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  4. The only non medicine thing that helped me keep anything down in my last pregnancy was Reed's Ginger Candy.
    They are spicy and burn some but I was able to keep down water and small meals.

    If you try this and it does not work for you feel free to curse me.

    Good luck and if needles are what it takes for a healthy baby go get poked, it'll make you mouth taste yucky (random) but you'll feel better overall

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    1. I ordered ginger candy from Amazon and should have it tomorrow so fingers crossed!

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  5. Robin McLeod5/22/2013

    "Morning" sickness and your crazy sense of smell and the food aversions are just some of the things about being pregnant that you have to experience to believe. Another is how incredibly tiring baking a baby is...even having tons of people tell me that did nothing to alleviate my shock at waking up dead tired every day for two months!
    I'll be crossing my fingers that the ms is a sign of healthy things going on in there for you...and I'll be hoping you get that fabled reprieve in trimester two! ;o)

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    1. Right!? The fatigue is ridiculous and I'm at home all day.

      And yes, fingers crossed.

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    2. Renee D.5/22/2013

      I so agree! I was exhausted my entire pregnancy! Hang in there! I have also heard mint and ginger. I lived on apple juice (not sure why but this helped), ginger ale and oyster crackers my first trimester. It got somewhat better the 2nd trimester but the fatigue is killer! Take care of yourself and listen to your body. Just know you are so NOT alone!

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  6. Ginger anything is a good tummy settler, otherwise get the big guns out and ask the Dr if you can try zofran! Hope it gets better soon

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    1. I would LOVE to avoid Zofran if I can because of the side effects but I'll take it if I have to. And I ordered ginger candy from Amazon, should be here soon!

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  7. When I was in labor, a girlfriend brought a stuffed pig into my hospital room as a reminder that I only had to do this once... piggys have a litter... certainly kept things in perspective when I wanted to scream and punch the wall.

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    1. Hmmm. I shall use this. I will tell myself, Lauren, this is not GREAT fun at the moment but imagine if you had to give birth to like...a zebra. Sure it would be adorable and stripy and full of nickers but ouch.

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  8. I'm pregnant with my third and was 'all day sick' from 9-16 weeks this time around. The only thing that helped me was to find something that didn't make me sick and eat it constantly. Good luck...I hope that you can find something that makes you feel better. Just think about the end result...eye on the prize!

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    1. Haven't found a food yet but lemonade is like a godsend. I pretty much drink it all day long. I'm thinking about getting one of those Camel Bak things that serious athletes use so I don't even have to use my arms to drink. I'm really very pathetic.

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  9. Anonymous5/22/2013

    I feel your pain!! I am 7 weeks and 4 days and feel like absolute crap. Like 24 hours a day crap. I was driving to work last week and had to turn onto a side street and barf into someone's front yard. I asked my husband if I should leave a note saying how sorry I was. He laughed at me. You know what else is gross? When your coworker burns a bag of popcorn and you can smell it clear on the other side of the building. I wanted to scream "watch the damn microwave!" and then punch them in the face. But then HR gets involved and I need to have a job for maternity leave and health care and blah blah blah.

    I hope you are feeling better soon!! Bubble water has been helping me!

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    1. Burned popcorn at work is terrible! That was the first thing that made me throw up lol

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    2. I had a small incident with the mailman and the smell of wet mail today (who knew that was a smell?) so I SORT of get the barfing in a stranger's yard thing. I SO SO hope you feel better soon, I can't even imagine going in to an office feeling like this. I'm so very impressed by you.

      And yeah, burnt popcorn sounds dreadful.

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    3. I had to tell my boss why I was always in the bathroom and coming in later than usual. Also excuses my angry behavior, I think.

      I read a story where a woman was accused of doing coke because she was in the bathroom so muchm but she was just barfing. I couldn't imagine any one thinking I was on coke right now. I look and feel like a hungover sloth.

      I can totally imagine the smell of wet mail. Have you driven by any lawns that have been recently cut and smell of wet grass?? ERMERGERD. No. Awful. Feel better and don't barf on the mailman. (Not sure why this came up as Anonymous before...)

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    4. Have never been pregnant, so this doesn't completely count, but they say that birth control mimics the effects of pregnancy and while on birth control AND on our honeymoon I threw up in someone's front yard. I also threw up a few minutes later into a Pringles can that my husband proceeded to unceremoniously dump in some other poor chap's cute little bushes. You possibly have not lived until you have experienced the fear that someone might see your puke being disposed of next to their driveway, but I guess that's just what true love looks like.

      Hope you're feeling better very soon!

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  10. Morning sickness blows, like literally! Sorry you're feeling so icky. Oatmeal was my go-to morning sickness cure. I consumed it in great quantities, raw, by the fistful and straight from the box. Put your feet up and relax. It won't be long until you'll have the insatiable urge to scour your baseboards with a toothbrush.

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    1. Oh! Nesting! I simply can not wait for that!

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  11. I would really like to see a piglet in a bonnet now. I'll forgive you for not including an image based on your illness. Poor thing. I hope my Fairy God-Fetus isn't this hard on you for long!

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    1. I may have named myself your child's Fairy Godmother so I'd have an excuse to buy wings... And glitter.

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    2. http://www.ifc.com/fix/2011/02/breaking-news-cute-piglet-taki

      That is a piglet in rainboots. It makes me feel happy sometimes.

      And you have more than earned yourself the title of Fairy Godmother!

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  12. Oh I feel your pain Lauren! I'm 8 weeks today and have been SO SICK, but it will all be worth it in January! I talked to a pharmacist today who recommended B-6 vitamin to help with the nausea. So you will find me popping those while drinking ginger ale. I hope you feel better soon! Ps. Thabks for the birthday wishes on fb!

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    1. I'm adding the B-6 tonight with the rest of my prenatals so I'm really hoping it helps a little! And darling Ryan got me real ginger ale, I just haven't felt like drinking it yet.

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    2. B-6 and Unisom :)

      It didnt work much for me, but several friends swore by it. I literally puked all.day.every.day until I delivered at 40 weeks. Food was so gross. The thought of food was hell. Smells? Ugh!

      I started using Zofran at like 34 weeks (in attempts to stop losing weight), it worked, but it constipates the hell out of ya.

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    3. Oh, and yeah, I had 2 older kiddos. Kids smell. The things kids need to eat smell. Kids + baseball practice REALLY smell. People munching during baseball....

      OMFG!

      I also violently peed my pants each time I vomited (like, I vomited full force exorcist style every time!) We had to leave public places a lot. It wasnt pretty.

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    4. Anonymous5/22/2013

      I voilently pee when I violently throw up when sick.... And I'm not pregnant. And I've never been pregnant. Fun stuff.

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  13. I got sick seven or eight times a day for 3-1/2 months straight. The only thing I could eat was peanut butter and jelly on white bread cut into tiny squares. I woke up one day, I wasn't sick, and everything else went beautifully. My little miracle is almost 8 now, and I'm thankful for everyday I got sick. Good luck to you and I hope it goes by fast. Babies are soooo worth it!

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    1. That's what I keep telling myself, "Lauren, you get a squirmy little baby at the end of this so thank your lucky lucky stars."

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  14. PEPPERMINT TEA. Helped SO much with the nausea. And peanut butter seemed to help too...hang in there!

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    1. I can't quite stomach peanut butter but a bunch of people have rec'd peppermint so it's going on my list of things to try.

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  15. Also try sea bands. They didn't cure me, but they took the edge off enough so I could function like a human! They're just acupressure for nausea. Very safe. Right next to them at the drug store is ginger gum....good combo. And try not to listen to the horror stories that people insiinept telling you about it lasting forever, that's rare! It goes! Completely! 6 weeks ago I wanted to die and now I am 15 wks and feeling great! There's hope! :)

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    1. *insist on, not insiinept. :)

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    2. Thanks Becky! I'm just aching for week 14!

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  16. Megan M.5/22/2013

    Ugh. I felt awful for the first trimester of my second pregnancy. Oddly enough though, I never threw up... until my second trimester. I didn't feel nauseated but a whiff of a bad smell (like changing my older daughter's pull-ups! I was never more motivated to get a child potty trained) was enough to make me have to puke. Unfortunately I never really found anything that worked for me, but I think they have some kind of anti-nausea lollipops?

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    1. Oh yeah the smells are everywhere. Poor Ryan has to eat on the deck if he wants meat this week. I can not handle meat.

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  17. Ginger ale has really helped me. It settles my stomach before I get too sick, but I have to drink it all day.

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    1. I think Lemonade is my ginger ale. Citrus has always made me feel better when I have a stomach bug so I guess it's still working!

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  18. Do you have Babies R Us there? They sell ginger lollipops - they come in different flavors (strawberry is the best). They really do help. Also, Andes mints are helpful. A little chocolate and a little mint.

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    1. I don't think in the city but for sure in the near burbs. I'll bet I can find them online though.

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  19. I had morning sickness so bad, I resorted to eating foods that tasted not so bad coming back up. Peaches = good. Pizza = BAD. Good luck!

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    1. Oh Yikes! Yeah I think pizza is out for a good long while. And thanks!

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    2. Your Doctor's Wife- I did the same thing! Ice cream tasted like a milk shake coming back up (was always REALLY cold on the way out- weird.)
      Any meats or sauces were awful to have to upchuck.

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  20. Just so you know, no matter how bad your pregnancy is, as soon as you hold your baby, your will forget all of it. I'm not kidding. My sister is a great mom but she is horrible at being pregnant. Like she can't eat anything with milk (no cheese! no chocolate!) and basically lived on peanut butter as is eating it by the spoonful straight from the jar. And she was completely unreasonable and bitchy to her already on the outside children and her husband. The last two months of pregnancy were the worst (this happened five times) because she had to basically stay in bed with her feet up drinking water. Which she did while barking orders at her children. And, you know, labor? Not the most fun you'll ever have. Unless you're super lucky like my mom - she had three kids and never felt a contraction. The nurses had to look at the monitors to tell her when she was having a contraction. Sorry. Side note. So my sister insisted that I be in the delivery room when her fourth baby born. It was horrifying to watch. And no one ever talks about the afterbirth. shudder. Anyways, literally ten minutes after all the stuff that happens in the delivery room happened, my sister is holding her baby, cooing with her husband talking about how beautiful it is and that maybe they should have more.

    AND HE AGREED.

    I assumed they both were struck insane because there is no rational explanation for that kind of behavior.
    My very long winded point is that you'll eventually figure out a few things that you can keep down, and everything will work out great and no matter how difficult your pregnancy is, as soon as you hold your baby (OJ works for a boy or a girl, right? Odelia Janet or Oliver Julian) you will forget all about it and want more babies.

    You can do this.

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    1. Eye on the prize, right? I'm OK emotionally so far. Just feeling pretty awfully sick physically. I know I want this and I'd do it ten times over to get to the having a baby in my arms part.

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  21. Oh, Lauren! Hugs. Morning sickness stinks. I'm a flight attendant and will do all I can to avoid having to de-barf a person or seating area so I've found that these wristbands work really well. They use acupressure to control nausea. Sea Bands x 10. And much cuter. Psi Bands.
    http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/psi-bands-drug-free-wrist-bands-nausea-relief/ID=prod6056851-product?ext=gooMedicines_ampersand_Treatments_PLA_Nausea_ampersand_Motion_Sickness_prod6056851_pla&adtype={adtype}&kpid=prod6056851&sst=39bf49ce-8a30-cec8-d3ac-000042a9f2f0

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  22. I found that cold but flat ginger -ale helped. So I would keep it in the fridge, and then pour it into a cup and stir the bejeezus out of it to get the carbonation out then added some ice. Get some rest and know that it won't be forever.

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  23. Oh my goodness, you poor thing!! I hope you start to feel better soon!

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  24. Renee D.5/22/2013

    Found these on amazon...they have the drops and ginger flavored lolly pops too. I know some of my friends had them and they seemed to work http://www.amazon.com/Preggie-Pop-Drops-Morning-Sickness/dp/B001B6EDOG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1369254981&sr=8-4&keywords=ginger+pops+pregnancy

    I agree with the comment that you need to find the food that does not make you sick and keep it well stocked. It certainly is NO fun. Your body is all out of whack with growing a mini you :) it does get better but you may still find certain smells will trigger nausea throughout the pregnancy. Thinking of you!

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  25. Feel for you. I have FIVE daughters and was sick as a dog the first 3 1/2 months with each of them. I couldn't even walk into a grocery store because all the smells would have me running for the nearest bathroom or garbage can.

    I too found lemonade a God-send. Lemon Italian Ice is good too, and lemon Starbursts. It will get better. Suddenly you will get your energy back and will be running around having all sorts of fun. And wait until those hormones kick in... you will want Ryan to come home for "lunch" every day ;-)

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  26. I'm so sorry you aren't feeling well. I was nauseous the first trimester of my pregnancy. I was able to eat occasionally, but the smells... Oh, sweet merciful Lord, the smells! I made my husband (at the time) throw his onion rings out the car window because it was them or me getting out of the car.

    Second trimester was great, though! Gained back all the weight I'd lost and then some. ;)

    Also, I saw my chiropractor while I was pregnant and he is a licensed nutritionist. He recommended B12 with folic acid. I actually had energy with it. I ran out once for a week and was exhausted again. It was the worst week ever.

    Good luck and I hope you're feeling better really soon!

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  27. Don't become the Duggar family. Just get through this pregnancy first. My mother said the same thing about pregnancy though. She claims she would have had more kids if she hadn't gotten so sick with me.

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  28. Kai J.5/22/2013

    So sorry you're feeling so poorly, Lauren. One of my good friend had HE gravidarum, and she swore by Jolly Ranchers- something about the tang and sweet made her feel better. And ginger candies are also excellent. Tell RYAN to pick you up some!

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  29. All those things that everyone claims helps never helped me. 1st time it was Pringles and watermelon and the 2nd time the only thing I could be guaranteed to eat was a taco bell taco. (my husband still doesn't like taco bell anymore and my youngest is almost 11). My mother could only eat fried rice with her 3rd child (i'm the 2nd don't know about any before that) so you may find something odd that works with the lemonade. Good luck.

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  30. Hope you feel better soon! Having never been pregnant, I have no advice (or horror stories!), but I do recall going out to lunch with my sister a few times while she was early in her pregnancy. It never went well, because whatever sounded good to her when we were ordering totally grossed her out by the time it arrived at the table. After a few times she was like, don't invite me to lunch until after the baby's born!

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  31. Hugs, it is the WORST but it'll get better and next time you think about getting pregnant you'll swear it wasn't that bad. I couldn't even look at pictures of food in magazines without wanting to puke. Three kids in, here are my recommendations:

    Sea Bands
    Ginger candy
    Lemon drop candy
    Peppermint candy
    nibble crackers throughout the day, if your stomach gets empty it's worse.

    Also this is weird but be careful about what music you listen to over and over. During the nausea phase with my 2nd, we listened to the soundtrack to the 1st's favorite shows on a regular basis. 11 years later I can't listen to Bear in the Big Blue house music without getting a gross tickle in the back of my throat. Shudder.

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  32. It is pretty funny that people keep reminding you about the baby and that it will be worth it. I find that to be rather self-evident. You were lusting after this little one, after all. I never had morning sickness, for some reason, but had some serious food aversions....I won't tell you, you will puke. Lol. I know a bunch of moms that has super-fancy morning sickness and every single one said that they had to eat something dry like a cracker before they sat up in the morning. One of them ate cheese, but she HAS TO BE AN ANOMALY, because that is weird, cheese smells. Anyway...maybe that will be helpful. And be assured...I had other pregnancy issues . They just prepare you for being a mommy and not coming first any longer. For real. I think that is what all the body drama is for. Only logical explanation because otherwise it is just mean.

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  33. Amanda J5/22/2013

    As you can see everyone has advice and everyone is different, take what works for you and laugh (or gag) at the rest. I'll just throw in my two cents as I am at 26 weeks and those barftastic first 15 seems miles behind me:

    - My dr. gave me zofran and b-nexa, a pre-natal that is supposed to help. Neither cured me but they worked me away from the edge where vomiting could happen at any second to where it was just intense nausea (which was a welcome relief in and of itself).
    -Eat anything you can. Baby and I survived on oranges, popsicles and grilled cheese sandwiches. Period. Why those, can't tell ya but that's it. Slowly more things became tolerable and then all of a sudden one day I woke up starving and ready to eat the world.
    - I lost 12 lbs during those weeks but yet still grew out of my pants....don't worry, you'll find it later.
    - I too have a husband who was counting the bites going into my mouth...and unfortunately, the smell in the world that was worse than anything was him when he got home from work. Never smelled him before after work, don't smell him now but when I was first pregnant, I yelled a whole lot "Oh my god you smell, please throw your clothes outside and take a shower and stop counting the oranges OK?" He's a lovely man, he decided to stick around.
    - Sometimes you just throw up on the kitchen floor, hey...it happens.

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  34. I never had morning sickness, so I can't tell you if this works or not. But if you're desperate enough, it might be worth a try. " Gordon Gallup, a psychologist at SUNY-Albany has a theory that pregnant women who are continually exposed to the father’s semen are less like to suffer from AM nausea." Specifically, he says you gotta swallow. His theory is that your body is reacting to the "foreign" material which makes up 1/2 of your baby. So as you are exposed to more baby daddy's spunk, your body will begin to accept it (& subsequent babies -from the same father - will be easier).

    Just sayin' . . .


    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/oral-sex-cure-morning-sickness-psychologist-dad-sperm-nauseated-pregnant-moms-article-1.1133829#ixzz2U3uQ2V1M

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  35. Christy S.5/22/2013

    When you go to a maternity store and drool over fat clothes (it'll happen... AHHHH elastic waistbands from the gods!!!) pick up some preggie pops. I also did lemon heads (I loathe lemonade). I eventually had to give in to the zofran (thankfully I made it past the first trimester, so I felt better about taking it) and then I ate like food was oxygen. WHY do these tiny things that we give life to try to kill us constantly? Get well soon mama!

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  36. I've had two pregnancies. One made me super-sick from the start. I was so sick that I was in the hospital when I found out I was pregnant. I was a few days late and hadn't even thought about it because I was so sick. A few bags of fluids and I was on my way to doing much, much better. Everyone and every pregnancy is different, but don't be too dismissive of your doctor. I still threw up a minimum of three times each day until unrelated things happened, but I could eat and function all afternoon and evening once I got those fluids in me. But it involves needles. :( :(

    The other pregnancy didn't have morning sickness or anything as long as I ate first thing in the morning. Before I showered or anything. It was the final months that I spent throwing up, and even then it was only when I ate anything with the potential for grease.

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  37. TraceyM5/22/2013

    You poor thing! Yep morning sickness sucks. Just keep your eye on the prize and the bathroom close by. And if lemonade is helping, try sucking on lemon drops or any type of lemon candy. It at least gets minimal calories into you. Also, try Sea Bands. The saved me with my second pregnancy. Once I learned where the pressure point was I could ditch the bands and just press on the spot when the urge to barf hit. Saved me a lot when I was stuck in traffic! Hope you start feeling better soon.

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  38. Liz Margiotta5/22/2013

    Lauren feel better and dont worry about posting! Just try not to throw up on your keyboard if you do!! Everyone who has had morning sickness understands!

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  39. I agree on lemon candy, Sea Bands and try Ginger Gum too. It helped a bit during my first trimester (I'm 17 weeks now) even though I still lost over 10 pounds. I freaking HATE crackers now. Try Oyster crackers... they are smaller so gagging isn't as bad. Feel better soon!

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  40. try sour candy or ginger ale with actual ginger in it. If push comes to shove eat cereal because I find throwing up colder foods easier plus cereal is way cheap and you don't feel as bad puking it up min after you eat it. Hang in there. My morning sickness was horrible and then one day at like 15 weeks along it just disappeared.

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  41. I feel your pain...er, barf...um, I'm with you.
    I was the Queen of Morning Sickness.
    If by Queen you mean being able to barf the longest and loudest(yes, that's a thing) in all thou land.
    And if by Morning Sickness you mean every dang minute of the gol darn dayeth then thouest be me.
    I have no idea why I'm throwing me some 'ol' English' in here.

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  42. Hope you feel better- my morning sickness saviors were Premier Nutrition Protein Shakes, Ginger Ale and lots of water. Drinking lots of water later in your pregnancy is good too- I swear it relieves almost all pregnancy symptoms. I'm due in September with #2:)

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  43. Puked long and hard for week six to 14.

    Blue Gatorade was awesome. Water hurt. And puking blue was atleast entertaining.

    Pretzels were better than saltines.

    Five almonds. Just five. Got a bit of protein and didnt stir up the puke juices.

    Little kid lunch packs of applesauce or peaches. Wasn't gross to puke.

    Vanilla milkshake. The cold helped.

    Try to get something in ya. If you feel dizzy stay in bed! I fainted on DH. Who caught me just in time from hitting my head but I did sprain my ankle really really bad. Did it eight weeks ago and still am crippled.

    Go get rehydrated if you need it. It ain't that bad. The awesom nurse even did my blood work and then IV with the same poke!

    And suddenly at week 14 I wanted a bacon sandwich! And it was the best thing I ever ate.

    And now I'm at week 19 and have the cutest little bump and I just love it. DH even gave it a little rub today and he has been weirded out since the whole puking thing!

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  44. Did that last year! On a cruise ship. No lie. You should try the sea-sickness bracelets (on land) - they help!

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  45. Cheesecake and passion fruit - all I could eat with my second daughter! Try something like cheesecake - full of sugar and fat - so let's of energy in a small slice. Not your usual diet advice, but it's all I found that worked when I had severe morning sickness for months.

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  46. Lemonheads helped with my all damn day sickness. I guess the sourness is supposed to help. Also, wipe the dogs with a dryer sheet. Apparently it works better than febreeze.

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  47. Having been through it myself twice and having it totally different both times I will tell you that what works for 1 person with not work for another - so I would add some things to Ryans list. Full sugar Orange Kool-Aid (from the 10 cent packet - not that generic nonsense either) was a miracle, ginger ale (from a 2 liter that was left open at room temperature)had special life giving properties, peppermint tea, beef jerky (I have no explanation for that - it just was), dry toast (I preferred a whole or multi-grain bread but white worked too).
    The oddest part was when magically I could all of a sudden eat again (with some new aversions that disappeared post-partum)without fear of..... reverse eating?!? One day it was all sketchy & I was taking my breakfast of mint tea & dry toast on the bathroom floor and the next day It was peanut butter toast & a Carnation Instant breakfast in the car.

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  48. I had horrible, debilitating heartburn my first time around and alot of nausea from new hormones, so I feel ya. I stuck to Preggy Pop Drops and Pops. Also, I began to leave Sprite/Ginger-Ale on tap next to my bed nice and room temp to help me. Also, Ritz crackers and pickles were in my purse at all times.
    Yeah, may have been an excuse to eat ice cream for dinner, lunch, even breakfast but it worked.

    You'll find your comfort food, as stated before every pregnancy is different.
    It will get easier soon for you I'm sure. No worries, just rest while you can because soon you'll be joining the no sleep parental club.

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  49. Ginger chews and small handfuls of plain, air-popped popcorn got me through. I found that if I had a handful of popcorn as soon as I got up and every hour or so after, I was much better. Like, I just felt like I was going to puke instead of actually puking.

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  50. Lisa S5/23/2013

    Poor you. Morning sickness is my number one fear about pregnancy. I am such a wimp about nausea. I've had some lately due to new meds, and I found the easiest thing to eat was apples. Hope you find something that works for you.

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  51. Jessica Stringer5/23/2013

    Ginger Ale and saltines were my best friends for three months. Hang in there! It is SO worth it! My little guy is almost 5 months old already and I don't know how I lived without him!

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  52. Anonymous5/23/2013

    I puked every time I moved for the first four months. The best part of my day was after I woke up but before I ate anything. A half dose of Unisom (the ones that have doxylamine succinate as the main ingredient) before bed really helps the next day's nausea. doesn't do anything for actually puking, but it does help make you feel like you can function. At least a little bit. Much cheaper than zofran and no real side effects.

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  53. I was crazyass sick when I was pregnant. Like, 6 months of hardcore barfing, night and day, at work, at home, in public. I became lactose intolerant, Ethnic food intolerant, and basically life intolerant. I could have soup sometimes. Depending on the soup. I was also wildly nauseated by the smell of my leather interior, which is not a fun fact when you just bought a car for the first time in your life and were really excited about it.

    Two things about this:
    1. Brush your teeth a lot. Or stash some mouthwash near wherever you puke the most. It kind of eats at your enamel, and it's not super fun to have a baby and a toothache. Or anything and a toothache, really.
    2. Now I have a kid. Well, I have a one-year old. And he's friggin' awesome. He like is giggly and funny and the cutest thing in the world. And just like ladies forget about the pain of childbirth, you forget about the sickness, too. And you have SO much to show for it. Well, you've got the one thing, but it's worth an awful lot.

    So basically, you'll make it, kiddo. It sucks now, but it'll be okay.

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  54. I was crazyass sick when I was pregnant. Like, 6 months of hardcore barfing, night and day, at work, at home, in public. I became lactose intolerant, Ethnic food intolerant, and basically life intolerant. I could have soup sometimes. Depending on the soup. I was also wildly nauseated by the smell of my leather interior, which is not a fun fact when you just bought a car for the first time in your life and were really excited about it.

    Two things about this:
    1. Brush your teeth a lot. Or stash some mouthwash near wherever you puke the most. It kind of eats at your enamel, and it's not super fun to have a baby and a toothache. Or anything and a toothache, really.
    2. Now I have a kid. Well, I have a one-year old. And he's friggin' awesome. He like is giggly and funny and the cutest thing in the world. And just like ladies forget about the pain of childbirth, you forget about the sickness, too. And you have SO much to show for it. Well, you've got the one thing, but it's worth an awful lot.

    So basically, you'll make it, kiddo. It sucks now, but it'll be okay.

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  55. I had BAD "morning" (who are they kidding, it's all day) sickness too. The only thing that helped was to carry a ziploc baggie of lemon and orange slices around with me and either sniff or suck on them when I started to feel queezed out... sounds weird, but it worked. Like you, citrus was my go to.

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  56. Mint = puke, ginger = puke, lemon = puke, sour = puke, food and liquids = puke, Unisom = puke, nothing = puke...I had hyperemesis...My Dr stressed cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs, or graham crackers...PUKE! I did not get the magic that is phenergan or Zofran...I got to puke for 36 weeks (from week 4 until I delivered right on queue at 40 weeks). Literally, INSTANT relief from the constant morning-noon-night puke and nausea. HANG in there...I did lose weight my entire first trimester but our daughter was born just fine and dandy and she is amazing still at almost 9 years old. So do please TRY all the natural remedies, one at a time - maybe one will work! If not you may get the special little pills, or the PICC line and a PUMP! But I promise - it is WORTH it!!

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  57. I had to take Zofran eventually, but acupuncture helped me.

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  58. I'm so happy for you!!! That you're pregnant, not sick. :]

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  59. Anonymous5/26/2013

    Feel better soon! Your posts are always worth waiting for. So happy for you and Ryan. Enjoy everything, even the crappy stuff. And write it down - it is too easy to forget...

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  60. Anonymous5/29/2013

    Oh Lauren, I'm so sorry you're so sick. :( I hope that you can get the relief that you need soon. There is nothing like the anticipation of getting pregnant, finding out you are pregnant, then being so sick you can't enjoy your pregnancy. -Kristen

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  61. Children's Benedryl. It's like a miracle. (Same active ingredient as Dramamine and Unisom. Who knew?) You can get the kid's meltaway tabs and then just nibble a third of that. Little bits of Benedryl.
    That and the scent of lemons.
    And courage.

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  62. Anonymous5/30/2013

    I am so sorry you are so sick with this pregnancy! Change your sheets, take a shower and get back in bed - BEST. SLEEP. EVER. Even if you are ill. And remember, it won't last forever!! Much love to you and your new little one-on-the-way!!

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  63. physicsmom5/30/2013

    Good luck with your hyperemesis. That's the same condition Kate Middleton has. So did my sister-in-law. It's a rarely talked about complication of pregnancy. I think more people should know about it so they seek medical care early. Hang in there. Remember a BABY is at the end.

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  64. Yvette5/30/2013

    I am sorry, you are so sick. Thank-you for taking a minute to update us all. I was getting worried. Lol:) take care of yourself and your little one:)

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  65. Am I the only one who thinks it's absolutley gross that after you talk about how you can't SMELL or EAT anything the girl suggests drinking semen? Anyone else find that odd?

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  66. Anonymous5/30/2013

    HG sucks big time. Hope it gets under control ASAP.

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  67. Brooke5/30/2013

    I drank a LOT of ginger tea, and had to switch to cinnamon toothpaste because regular mint toothpaste made me sick.

    On the plus side, now you're just like Kate Middleton. JUST LIKE.

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  68. I'm so sorry you're still feeling crappy, but how great that you got to see the baby's heartbeat!

    By the way, I'm amused (and perplexed) by all the spam comments. They make less sense than usual. They're like a parody of spam comments.

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  69. Hang in there...sorry you are still feeling so terrible. Just keep your eyes on the prize...that baby in your arms will be totally worth it!

    And, I have to agree that the spam comments are so annoying...and make no sense at all!

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  70. SharonLynnM5/31/2013

    I have no suggestions for you as far as the hyperemesis gravidarum goes but just wanted to say, sorry that you're feeling so awful, and I hope you start to feel better soon.

    (The Duchess of Cambridge was also diagnosed with HE last year and was hospitalized, so just think, you have that in common with her!)

    Sharon

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  71. Oh sweetie...hope you feel better soon. I think you are Kate Middleton's twin. She had the same thing.

    BTW, I watched gossip girl the last time that I was sick. It is great medicine

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  72. Sending such love. I had the same thing with Hailey. Thought I was going to die. But worth it in the end.

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  73. ((((((hugs)))))))) sending you positive energy!

    Mom of 2 (major complications with both - my babes and I were fine in the end and here's to you and your's being fine, as well!)

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  74. Ugh, I'm so sorry. The thing that saved my ass was Starlight Mints. They always settled me for some reason. Congratulations, and I'm pulling for you, that you feel better soon! :)

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  75. Hope you feel better soon!

    It will be worth it in about 8 months! :)

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