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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:14 AM
I am just wondering if anyone can help me.
I am nearly 10 weeks pregnant and have had morning sickness for 5 weeks now.
I have tried having ginger, however it gives me heartburn and then no relief, I've also tried dry crackers/biscuits, toast, cereal, fruit, salad, basically will put anything in my mouth to stop the nausea.
Is there anything you have tried and found worked to stop/reduce the morning sickness/nausea as I am heading to Melbourne in 2 weeks for Christmas and really don't want to be bed bound like I am most days at home :-(
The doctor has given me maxalon and nausea wafers which work sometimes, but they are also expensive so taking them daily isn't an option.
I hope someone might be able to help me..
Thanks all in advance
Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:29 AM
Have you tired eating smaller but more frequent snack? I also find that resting more helped. Its not the best thing to be going through right now but hope you get over the morning sickness/nausea soon.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:37 AM
Sorry to hear you are going through this.
I found sour lollies to be quite helpful for me (zappos are good!) as it would help increase my sugar levels and something about the sourness was appealing to me while pregnant.
Also, PP's suggestion of eating frequently was something else I found helpful (I also took my multi vitamin at the end of the day after dinner rather than at the beginning of the day, as this way I was able to keep it down!).
My morning sickness was gone by 14 weeks so hopefully you don't have too much longer to endure (though I know some people do experience morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancy - fingers crossed this isn't you!)
Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:35 AM
I am eating every couple of hours. I get up early in the morning cause I'm starving and have toast or cereal. Then I'm buggered again and head back to bed with 2 crackers with Vegemite and an apple for when I wake up.
Then ill get up and get dressed and make it back to the couch for the day or sometimes to the shops and home again.
I have been doing plenty of resting hoping I'd wake up feeling awesome and get stuff done - fat chance.
Ill have to try everyone's suggestions and keep soldiering on. Fingers cross it disappears by 12 weeks otherwise its going to be a long Xmas in Melbourne :-(
Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:46 AM
Are the nausea wafers you are referring to Zofran (Ondasentron) wafers? I know they are expensive but they were definitely worth it for me. Nothing else worked.
I was sick this at this time of year and it was absolute hell. Zofran was a lifesaver for me and allowed me to live a relatively normal existence. Maybe consider taking them over the Christmas period only and see how you go?
Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:55 AM
None of the usual 'tips' worked for me. Zofran was the only thing that supplied any relief. It took the edge off so I at least wasn't bed bound as you say. I'm 16 weeks now and still take half a wafer afternoon/nighttime. Yep it is expensive but I would have done anything for a bit of relief from the constant nausea.
My sympathies are with you. It is just such an awful time and I hope it clears before Christmas for you.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:02 PM
Yes, I've been given zofran wafers. I am going to get some to take away at Xmas time as I really don't want to be bed bound.I was hoping others might have some good remedies.I am seeing the doctor the day before I fly out so I will make sure I stock up of zofran
Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:14 PM
Oh love, I feel for you. MS sucks big time.
Not sure if this will help you, but I found having a green apple beside the bed so I could roll over and slowly eat it before even getting vertical helped with being able to move out of bed. Also, first preg DH would cut up an orange and pop it beside the bed for when I woke. Bless him, it made a real difference.
Crackers/biscuits made my MS worse as did vegemite. Munching on raw red capsicum helped thru out the day.
Also, this preg I discovered MS vitamins which are esentially ginger and vit B6 tabs taken every 8 hours. Really helped!!! The ginger did give me slight indigestion so again I munched on a green apple every time I took one. You really do need to take them religiously for them to work, and whilst the MS didn't totally disappear, the vitamins definitely took the edge off.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:21 PM
If you have been prescribed Maxalon and Zofran, then you don't have 'morning sickness', you probably have HG. See the lovely ladies in the HG group!
I thought I had morning sickness for my first two pregnancies, suffering on Maxalon, and losing stacks of weight, etc etc. It wasn't until I realised that ZOFRAN IS THE ONLY THING THAT WORKS for HG, and that even then hospital visits for rehydration/meds are common, that I stopped taking any notice of the 'ginger' brigade.
Common MS 'remedies' like rest, ginger etc etc are for those who suffer slight nausea during early pregnancy, not for people who are medicated to the hilt and still suffering.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:28 PM
Lollies helped me too - my favourite was Mentos. Lemonade also worked really well for my tummy because it's sweet and bubbly. Nap when you feel tired - I know this is hard especially if you are busy or at work. Make sure you make up naps on the weekend. Keep your fluids up and drink water. If you can't drink straight water try sparkling mineral water. I was drinking so much of it I actually overhydrated myself and became really light headed and dizzy.
I couldn't stomach healthy food - the only thing I could get myself to eat was toasted Vegemite and Cheese sandwiches for dinner (I always felt worse at night). Breakfast was no worries at all - lunch was iffy and dinner wasn't even going to happen! My husband had to cook for us because I couldn't stomach anything. Mine lasted maybe 2-3 weeks which I'm grateful for.
I went out to dinner with my family and I thought this would be a good chance to get some good food in me for once at dinner and we didn't have to cook... big mistake. I must have eaten too much and got stomach cramps and vomiting as soon as I got home...
It's horrible I know but hopefully yours won't hang around too long..!
Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:34 PM
Hi there, so sorry to hear your suffering with MS.
I also had this and found that Stemetil (suppositories.. ick, but they worked) worked alot better than Maxalon.
In terms of food/ fluids.. on a good day I could only stomach a Salada, most days I stuck to Hydralyte orange flavoured icy poles (available from the chemist), which I could stomach alot better than water.
Hope your feeling alot better soon, hang in there.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:39 PM
Cranberry juice helped a bit for me, as it is a little bit tart but not as sweet as soft drinks, which always made me vomit more.
I lived on potatoes....steamed, roasted, fried..any which way they came, as for about 3 months, that was all I could keep down!
Maxalon never did anything for me except make me feel drowsy, so I skipped it during the day and took it at night instead. My vomiting was all day and night, so at least it gave me some break overnight.
Rehydration with IV fluids was about the only thing that made me feel "normal" for a while, and perked up my energy levels enough to be able to look after my other children. Maybe you need to get your Dr to check you out and make sure you aren't dehydrated?
Good luck, and congratulations
Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:42 PM
eating crackers helped....never letting my tummy get empty, ryvita saved my life!
and cranberry juice, it really helps with the gag.
Edited by Livsh, 07 December 2012 - 01:43 PM.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:44 PM
Sorry to hear you are feeling so unwell OP
I didn't find anything completely 'cured' my nausea, but occasionally got some relief with:
- sour lollies (natural confectionary company 'squirms'
- green apples cut wafer thin
- 'up and go' first thing in the morning (the dry cracker thing never worked for me, but I found I could sip an up and go)
- sipping watered down juice (plain water made me ill and straight juice tasted too strong)
- acupressure anti-nausea wristbands (sold at the chemist for less than $10, often marketed for sea-sickness)
Good luck, I hope you feel better soon
Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:44 PM
I used to eat xxxx mints, minties and mint mentos for me that was the only way i could stop the morning sickness/nausea.. They use to be stashed all around the house, the car and my desk at work..
Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:26 PM
If you have been prescribed zofran I am guessing you have HG.
Zofran on its own no longer works for me and I take a combination of Restavit and vitamin B6 at night and zofran in the morning and whenever else it is needed. Restavit and vitamin B6 can be purchased over the counter but I think it is cheaper if you have a script.
Here is a link to the RWH treatment guidelines for HG to take to your GP of this is what you have. There are other options other than maxalon and zofran
Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:33 PM
Thank you all for your advice.
I am booked in to see my doctor in a couple of days to see if i have HG. Then we will go from there.
I hope very soon i start feeling better as i am starting to feel very lazy and useless around the house. I had to give up working since i starting feeling sick. I am very greatful to have an amazing partner whom goes to work and doesnt care if i lay in bed all day :-)
Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:43 PM
Probably not the best thing, But I found frozen coke from maccas worked a treat for me
Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:46 PM
Alkaline foods help
- suck on lime or squeeze some juice in water. Expensive if you don't have a lime tree but gives relief
- umbooshi plums (semi-dried from Japan) have the highest alkaline level.
- I 2nd the motion sickness travel wrist bands. They don't take it away but they help.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:53 PM
I have also tried frozen coke but found sugarfree red creaming soda worked alot better, however i try to only have one can a day
Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:02 PM
If you are bed bound and not working I would put up with the cost and just take Zofran.
Cut something else out so it doesn't seem so expensive, I am sure you will be spending a lot less on other things if you are so unwell and looking after yourself is the most important thing at the moment.
I had HG for 20 weeks and zofran was the only thing that kept me going. Good luck, it will eventually get better.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:11 PM
Sounds to me like you have hg also - i feel for you as I also had hg with dd1 and ds1 however bubs #3 is thankfully a bit better - tho that is probably due to the fact that I was on low dose prednisolone for recurrent miscarriage so I was barely naueseous until I came off that a week ago at 11 weeks. See link above for some great treatments.
With dd1 I took restavit - tis over the counter category A drug, tho some chemists hate to sell it to you if they know you are pregnant. I found half a tablet at night kept the vomiting away for the next day til the early evening. My ob recommended it and mothersafe do to. http://www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/mother...09Final2010.pdf Tis cheap also -
with ds1 I was rotating zofran and maxalon every 4 hours and still felt like death warmed up - but the weight loss stopped. This time the prednisolone was awesome and I am sad to be off it as it 1- worked and 2- is cheap - however my nausea is much less than it was with the others, and has always disappeared entirely by week 17 - So as long as I don't start losing weight I will see how I can go. however you might find prednisolone perfect as it is effective for many people and affordable - it is also very commonly used by IVF clinics or those with recurrent miscarriage and those drs are not concerned about any side effects on the low doses required - I also phoned Mothersafe for their thoughts and they said at my dose of 10mg /day I would need at least 10x to 100x that to be worried about effects on the baby. However I still dropped down to 5mg asap Just to be sure.
On that note with ds1 I hated the thought of taking something so strong and so went several weeks without taking it and lost over 5% of my body weight - when I saw my ob who used to head up the maternity dept of a large public hospital in Sydney he let me know in no uncertain terms that the ketones being released into my system from the weight loss was doing my baby more harm than the zofran ever would - his advice - take the damn drugs!!! My daughter is now a very healthy 3 yr old and my son a vey healthy 20mth old. Good luck. N
Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:12 PM
Sorry to hear ur so unwell. I suffered really bad was on maxalon 4 times a day and still being sick
I was taken to hospital on a drip many times from it but the only other thing that slightly helped was sea bands (from a chemist) and some light reflexology on my feet
Hope u find something and can enjoy your Christmas
Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:32 PM
I have had bad HG. These things helped:
Restavit every night after dinner (makes you drowsy)
I did all of that plus ate something every hour, kept fluids up.
I vomited most days but stayed out of hospital. For me it lasts 40 weeks but better after 20. Visit the HG support group thread.
Crackers, ginger, Maxalon, stemetil, soft drink did nothing.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:45 PM
I'm afraid not a lot helped me at all, except sucking on oranges each time I felt nausea coming on. I was put on Stemetil which only served to stop me vomiting but didn't help ease the accompanying nausea. Given that being sick actually eased my nausea at times, it wasn't all that helpful for me.
I'm now coming up to 17 weeks and still physically sick every day. The only thing that stops me being sick each day is a half a tab of Restavit the night before (on Dr's instructions). I only take that pre-emptively, for days when I really need to feel well (like Christmas, for example!). Otherwise I've just learned to deal with it. To be fair, at 10 weeks there was no working around it, I just felt awful all the time and didn't do anything but sleep, but by 13 or 14 weeks I managed to get to the point where I was still vomiting every morning, but could function in the day, so long as I ate regularly. I'm still at that stage now. I just need to have a handbag full of snacks, which for me is mainly fruit.
Edited by whisk_, 08 December 2012 - 02:46 PM.
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