Jump to content

Help! Surviving severe morning sickness with a toddler


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 steffijade81

Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:53 PM

Hi everyone,

Im very anxious at the moment and need some advice from any ladies that have suffered with severe all day morning sickness and had a toddler. My pregnancy this time has not been without its dramas... I have had bleeding on and off and have a scan next Thursday to see if everything is ok. In the past 2 weeks I have been very ill... the past week being the worst. With my DD I also had severe morning sickness but was able to get by on Zofran and sleeping through most of the day. I'm taking Zofran again... around 12mg a day at the moment. If I go without the zofran I vomit to the point of hospitalisation every couple of days to be rehyrdrated. It is my life saver. Even with it though I have severe nausea and can only stomach icy lemon cordial and salt and vinegar pringles. My poor little girl is spending her days watching dvds and playing on the loungeroom floor while I lay on the couch. I feel like a terrible mum. I still manage to play puzzles and colouring in when Im having a good moment and obviously pick my time so she gets a bath and somehow manage to feed and change her and attend to the basics. Im not worried about her general care but I am worried about her sleep routine and her getting bored. I have no family support and only 1 close friend who is also pregnant and suffering morning sickness herself. I could handle a bit of nausea or even if I got a break at some point from it but apart from an hour when I first wake up it is just plain awful. If I dont lay down and take the zofran regularly I am just a vomiting dehydrated mess. Does anyone who's been in the same situation have any words of wisdom for me???

#2 pem

Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:49 PM

No words of wisdom but just want to let you know you are not alone. I'm in my 14th week of all day sickness and wouldn't survive at all without my meds. My DS is 2 and at the moment watches far more tv than I would like and also games on the iPad. It's not ideal but its all we can do to get thru the day. I definitely have days where I feel like the worst mum ever (especially  when I combine all this with take way for dinner) but I just have to hope like hell it eases soon and I can once again concentrate on him. Best of luck to you xx


Edited by pem, 09 December 2012 - 04:51 PM.


#3 Starrydawn

Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:56 PM

You poor thing. Check out the Hyperemesis  support group on this site and the helpher.org site and you wont feel so alone.

There is no way I could do it again with a toddler. I hope you feel better soon.



#4 SpunkyMonkey88

Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:57 PM

No words of wisdom here, only that it will pass, My DS was 2 when I was pregnant with DD. he did a lot of things with me laid on a pillow next to him.

As long as you are getting to her basic needs don't stress about the time or attention, she will get it soon again when you are feeling better or when Bub 2 is born.

#5 tick

Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:59 PM

When I was pregnant with my second I reckon my first watched about 6 hours of TV a day.  God it was bad, but that's just how it had to be, I could hardly get off the couch either.  She ate a lot of two-minute noodles (with frozen veg and tuna) for dinner during this time also!  I can't even look at a packet of noodles or the miffy DVD now without feeling nauseous!


I also invited as many friends/relatives as I could over (ones who knew I was pregnant at least) so that there was often some other entertainment for her..... and some emotional support for me too.  There were some really dark days for a few weeks there and I really needed it.

Good luck OP, it's hard.

#6 kidwrangler

Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

I think you just need to accept what is and do what you can to get through it. Your child is not neglected and needs you there even if you are laying down. Better than missing you when you are hospitalised from over-doing it. I had hyperemesis with my first pregnancy, and more moderate but still constant morning sickness with my second.

You could start the day with dragging out a few games or puzzles to put on the floor in front of the couch for your DD to do if she bores of the TV.

When exhasuted during my second pregnancy, I would lay a blanket out in the backyard and just let my DD explore around me. She loved bringing me back leaves or flowers, telling me about bugs and looking at the clouds. That was over 4 years ago and she still loves doing the same thing.

You aren't the only Mum with a child planted in front of the TV, and while it's not what you hoped for, it is what needs to be for this point in time. I think dropping the guilt and stress is the first step towards looking after yourself. You are allowed to look after yourself.

There is a Hyperemesis buddy group in the specialised group section. They might have some more words of wisdom. Hope I helped.

#7 steffijade81

Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

Thank you to all who replied. I am having a very dark day today. PP I appriciate your advice and I have accepted it for what it is but still it is hard and depressing and right now I feel like Im in a hole. Im very depressed and do feel guilty for not being able to spend more quality time with my DD. I do understand that you just have to do what you have to do to get through each day but Im sure Im not the only one that feels like this.

Chedasha thanks for the website I will check it out. Just somewhere to chat to other people going through the same. I am taking zofran 3 times a day and while it does stop most of the vomiting it doesnt do much for the extreme nausea and occasional power chucks. I think Ive tried everything else. Just have to wait it out I guess.


Pem, Im glad Im not alone in feeling like a bad mum. I will not be having anymore children, this is just too much to cope with. Id rather do birth 5 times over than have this. It's so debilitating. I really hope it ends for you soon hun. 14 weeks you must be so over it. I cant remember if I found it easier to cope with as the weeks went by, have you found that? Has it eased for you at all?

Tick, I think I may have to send my husband on his day off tomorrow to get 10 new videos from the video store for my princess. She's so bored of the ones she has. It's good to know others have been there. Ughhh how did you handle the smell of tuna?? I know what you mean, I won't be able to look at another Dora dvd after this.

Spunky Monkey, thanks, I will try not to stress and thanks Kidwrangler for the blanket idea... maybe thats something I can do with her on a good day although it would have to be at the park for us as we have no lawn.


Im struggling with smells. I had to throw out some hand wash and deodorant yesterday and very much struggle when changing DD's poo nappy. Thanks for all your replies. I appriciate the support x

#8 rosiebird

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:27 PM

You poor thing, I feel for you! I had to work with severe MS but I think looking after a toddler would be harder. Just remember that 'this too will pass' and reduce your expectations about DVD- watching etc - it doesn't matter in the long run if your toddler watches too much TV for a few weeks! Also, there are other options as well as zofran so maybe a GP visit is in order. Good luck.

#9 kavya12

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

Can you send her to casual child care fr a couple of hours so that you can get a break?

#10 Unatheowl

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:35 PM

Op, you sound just like i did when pregnant with dd.  I,used to open my eyes in the morning and burst into tears because I was just so tired and sick.  The day would go downhill from then. I got so depressed I ended up on medication and contemplated termination as I felt I could not go on.  I can understand that black place.

Luckily for me I managed to drag myself out of the house and get to my mum's - she would then take ds to the shops and I could sleep for a little while.  My ds would not watch videos He was pretty full on :(Do you have anyone you can rely in regularly to be with you?  Family, others with toddlers?  I couldn't have done it without that support.  I totally understand how awful it can be.  Hang in there.  I also sought counselling as I was having worrying thoughts.  This is also an avenue for support.

#11 winkywonkeydonkey

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:01 PM

QUOTE (tick @ 09/12/2012, 04:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When I was pregnant with my second I reckon my first watched about 6 hours of TV a day.  God it was bad, but that's just how it had to be, I could hardly get off the couch either.  She ate a lot of two-minute noodles (with frozen veg and tuna) for dinner during this time also!  I can't even look at a packet of noodles or the miffy DVD now without feeling nauseous!


This was me with my 2nd pregnancy. I had a 2 year old as well and it was so hard. Lots of me lying on the couch while he watched a movie and  noodles for his lunch. Also i would lie outside on a picnic blanket so he could run around the yard. It was hardwork getting outside though .

There are movies i cannot watch now as i get flashbacks to the nausea.

My Dh would do all housework and all care of ds when he got home from work. He would spend a few hours playing with him every afternoon. Make sure your Dh is doing as much as possible or if he can get home earlier everyday as that would help alot.

Dont worry about sleep routines, thats not important in the grande scheme of things. Take it one day at a time.
I too had very dark days. Once i got to about 20 weeks, i still had morning sickness but I felt more normal.

Eventually things get easier. Hopefully your Ms eases up soon. Keep up that icy lemonade!

Edited by winkywonkeydonkey, 09 December 2012 - 09:08 PM.


#12 monkeys mum

Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:41 PM

Do you have somewhere near you that does occasional care?

My youngest goes to childcare one day per week, i use that day to sleep.

For dinner, poached eggs on toast or baked beans on toast happens here, dd loves making the dinner when im so exhausted i cant stand so i sit at the table and supervise.

One tip is when you are feeling ok in the morning make the days snacks and lunch and pack a lunch box for your toddlet.

Wooden jigsaws are a hit here and so are some fave tv shows that we record on foxtel, so yes way too much tv happens but ds doesnt complain, also stories get read or made up through out the day, or we lie together singing silly songs. Ds will sometimes have a nap with me too

Goodluck

#13 steffijade81

Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:32 PM

Thanks girls for your replies. I have seen my gp today and got the zofran wafers to start on tomorrow so hoping they help more than the tablets. He also has put me on a higher dose. I asked about other medications but he said thats about it considering we have exhausted all the maxalon, stemitil kind. My DH was home today so I had a easier day which was nice. My husband works from 10am till midnight 6 days a week and I have no family support and just one friend that is pregnant and has a toddler as well. I was having a good hour in the morning but that seems to have changed now. 7pm seems to be the good hour now so I am using that time to have a shower, bath my DD and get her food sorted as much as possible for the next day. I don't know of any occasional care in my area and to be honest I dont think we could afford it with the $250 a fortnight with the zofran. This will be my last baby, I hate saying that but it is just so horrible. I got told today I have hyperemesis something or other. Apparently the same thing Kate Middleton has... Luckily my dd is happy to play with puzzles and colouring in/craft most of the day. DH took her out today so she's had a full on day. My house is fairly clean which feels nice. The poor thing works so many hours then helped me so much, Im lucky I have him.

It helps to chat to you guys on here, thankyou for your support. Its nice to know others have been there and made it out the other side. I really appriciate your responses.

Edited by steffijade81, 10 December 2012 - 11:33 PM.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Teaching our son to say no to violence against women

Today, on White Ribbon Day - and every other day - we're teaching our son to say no to violence against women.

Mothers told to breastfeed in 'spacious' toilet

If there is one thing the owners of Tillings Cafe can be certain of, it is that the eatery won't win the award for Britain's best baby-friendly coffee shop any time soon.

Mother gives name to son dumped down drain

A woman who admitted to dumping her newborn baby down a Sydney drain has reportedly been allowed to give him a name.

Taking small steps to reduce stress

Are you feeling used up by life's stress, family problems and a demanding job you can't turn off? Many people are way beyond work-life exhaustion. They are functioning as robots.

Bad news: we're running out of chocolate

The world's biggest chocolate-maker says we're running out of chocolate.

Born at 23 weeks, 'Chopstick Baby' survives first week

A baby who was born at 23 weeks has survived her first week of life outside the womb.

Manic stations: the nesting instinct in pregnancy

It might sound like temporary insanity, but almost obsessive nesting as you near your due date isn’t uncommon – even if you’re not usually a particularly clean person.

How a baby can survive alone for days on end

The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.

Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Those special moments of sibling bonding

Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

Love has nothing to do with mental illness. But love may drive a mother to do something about it.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong'

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

Twin brothers have become dads on the same day ? with their partners giving birth in the same hospital, and even the same birthing pool.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.