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HighHopes16 Wed 09-Nov-16 10:36:37

I found out I was pregnant two weeks ago and since then I have felt non stop nausea, I've only been physically sick twice but I'm really struggling with the commute, sitting at a desk looking at spread sheets all day, can't cook dinner for DH and even the smell of his aftershave makes me gag.

I've tried plain & ginger biscuits, lots of water, salty crisps, dry toast etc. but everything makes me feel sick and hunger makes it worse. It's too early to tell anyone so I'm just trying to act as normal as possible but it's really getting me down.

I really am so happy about this pregnancy after a miscarriage earlier this year but the nausea is zapping all my excitement and DH is finding it difficult as he can't do anything.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Sparlklesilverglitter Wed 09-Nov-16 10:42:00

Put a couple of rich tea near your bed before you get up

Always have snacks in your bag. I found eating a plain biscuits or such like a regular times helped a bit

Suck on polo/humbug/lemon sorbet

One thing that really helped me was Coca Cola (not sugar free) oh my god is relieved my sickness feeling

With dinner just eat what you can. Just have some toast for example so at least you've eaten something.

I'd say don't bother with ginger, it made me feel more sick TBH

In my case by 15 weeks the sickness stopped and I felt great

thenewaveragebear1983 Wed 09-Nov-16 10:44:01

Honestly? Get signed off work and go to bed. I had 3 months of wretchedness with ds1 and 9 months of it with ds2. Someone at work described me as a 'poisoned animal' and that's what I was like. I couldn't even stand the smell of water.
No offence but you're no use to anyone in a work environment when you're like that!
I firmly believe that Morning sickness/HG is an evolutionary survival method to keep 'cave woman' safe, away from danger, in the nest where she belongs. Follow your instincts. The world has moved on, but nature has not.

Fwiw I also found toast and cheese with ketchup was the only thing I could eat for about 6 months with ds2. I found natural foods, fruit, veg (healthy foods!) absolutely repulsive and could only drink sticky pink lemonade. Think about what you could actually stomach and eat that, small amounts often as hunger and tiredness make it so much worse.

Be kind to yourself, it can be a truly horrible time but it will end eventually flowers

FeedMeAndTellMeImPretty Wed 09-Nov-16 10:45:46

I found that the only thing I could palate when pregnant was Slimfast! It meant I got all the nutrients without having to stomach any actual food. Strange because I had to stop having milk in my tea as it made me feel ill (I used to have ginger in black tea) but as a shake it was ok.

I still remember the bliss of being able to eat a bit of pizza after 4 months of feeling so ill. Hopefully it will settle down soon for you flowers Congratulations on your pregnancy!

p.s. Tell your DH to stop wearing aftershave if it makes you gag - and he can cook his own dinner smile

wigglesrock Wed 09-Nov-16 10:47:09

Water made me much much sicker - as did bread, salad, anything milk based, fruit, biscuits, cakes, anything with a sauce.
Fanta, nuts and noodles and Chinese food saved me - I'm including Snickers, hot nuts etc in the saving advice, not so much "good nuts".

MrsJayy Wed 09-Nov-16 10:50:08

Lemonade full fat helped me you just need to eat what you fancy let your dh fend for himself snack little and often i ate oatcakes and wotsits blush seemed to soak up the acid. Congrats on your pregnancy but the nausea drains you its horrible

Lules Wed 09-Nov-16 10:50:26

Nothing works apart from drugs, and even they don't work fantastically. So do as little as you can. Certainly no cooking (I couldn't even open the fridge door without being sick). Change to unscented shower gel etc. Unless you're really unlucky it should pass in a few weeks.

CaptainWarbeck Wed 09-Nov-16 10:50:49

In a similar position. You need to have a frank conversation with your DH and get him to take on some of the things you're struggling to do. It won't be for ever and nausea is the worst. If he's healthy and capable he should take up some of the slack and make your life a bit easier smile

MrsJayy Wed 09-Nov-16 10:51:39

Water made me worse too felt sicker and used to be sick with water

willowtree62 Wed 09-Nov-16 10:55:22

Ice pops and sucking ice cubes and ice cold fizzy drinks were the only fluid I could keep down for 8 months.Jacket potatoes, mash potato and gravy for food. I don't envy you. I don't think I could go through it again. I had anti-sickness jabs every couple of weeks in hospital which helped slightly.

Lules Wed 09-Nov-16 10:56:51

Yes water made me sick unless it was Evian weirdly. Lucozade was good as were fizzy haribo, which I hadn't eaten for years as I'm vegetarian. Healthy eating doesn't matter if you're feeling like this. It's just a question of eating anything you can.

NickyEds Wed 09-Nov-16 10:58:49

Water made me worse too. Full sugar coke and plain pasta (with butter and cheese if it wasn't too bad) were the best things for me and I had lots of them as hunger made it so much worse. I was like you op, nauseous but only occasionally sick (maybe every other day)from very early on and it just disappeared overnight (on Christmas Eve thankfully)at around 11 weeks. Ds was only 9-12 months during this period and I used to have to feed him with a sick bucket at my feet- it's awful and you have my sympathies.

martinisandcake Wed 09-Nov-16 11:03:57

Don't worry, it will pass as suddenly as it has arrived, I was the same then I hit ten weeks woke up one morning and felt so amazing I walked to work!

KayTee87 Wed 09-Nov-16 11:05:10

It's awful isn't it sad

The only things I could stomach were really cold Diet Coke, baked potato with cheese, plain pasta with cheese, some vegetables, ready salted crisps, plain biscuits and toast. I know you've already tried some of these.
I was so nauseous and sick the first 14 weeks that I lost weight, I was sick several times a day most days and stupidly only took one sick day the whole time.

Take time off and go to bed, the only time I didn't feel sick was when I was sleeping.

ifonly4 Wed 09-Nov-16 11:08:33

I had all day sickness and couldn't stand the smell of food. DH started cooking his own tea. While he did this I literally stayed in the bath over an hour with the window open to avoid the cooking smells.

My doctor actually suggested eating lots of cakes. I couldn't face proper meals or fruit or veg, and she said that even if I couldn't keep cakes down, my body would probably take some of the sugar for energy quite quickly.

In the end I had to stop doing the food shopping as I'd have to leave it at the check out or would just about manage the shop and be sick outside (I got some looks I can tell you!).

Eating little and often was much better for me. I found I could just about eat one egg scambled on toast for tea. Occasionally I'd think I could face a proper meal or fancied something, had it and was violently sick for a couple of hours. One thing I could face was a mexican bean wrap so used to buy one on the way to work.

I did have to go home a few times, and found myself walking out of meetings or away from my boss, so I did tell just him in the end. That helped me as I didn't feel under pressure when actually I wanted to lock myself away in the toilet just in case.

almondpudding Wed 09-Nov-16 11:13:08

Agree with others on fizzy drinks and plain carbs.

I also stood in the coal shed or got somebody to drive me into the coal yard. Coal was the only thing that stopped me throwing up. It was only the only thing that seemed 'clean.'

Tfoot75 Wed 09-Nov-16 11:16:16

Try anything you think you might be able to stomach and eat that, very frequently to avoid getting hungry and feeling sicker. Healthy diet goes out the window in this situation, just get whatever nutrition you can! I found sucking sweets such as sherbet lemons or polos helped a lot. Your DH needs to step up and cook his own dinner and also make whatever you fancy when you fancy it, I've been in this situation twice for several months each time, couldn't open the fridge or go near the sink without gagging!

YorkshireLass2012 Wed 09-Nov-16 11:18:14

Congratulations OP!! Wonderful news 🌺🌺🌺
Re morning sickness, my MW told me that it is an excellent sign that baby is strong. Not much comfort to you as you go through the the worst of it.
I used broth to get me through it. The recipe is in the Ching He-Huang Clean Eating book. I also drank a lot of ginger tea.
Good luck! 🍀

chemenger Wed 09-Nov-16 11:20:19

I had to stop cooking and shopping. DH had to surprise me with food, because if I thought about anything to eat beforehand I couldn't eat it. Eventually you may find something you can eat, mine was cheese and coleslaw sandwiches, chips and Scotch pies, just give in and eat them all the time. Once I told everyone at work they were relieved because apparently they had been worried about the fact that I was a shade of grey-green that they had never seen on a human face before. For me the nausea stopped as suddenly as it started around week 20.

AntiHop Wed 09-Nov-16 11:21:07

Anti sickness tablets prescribed by gp.

Small, regular meals of mainly carbs.

Have a snack before you actually get out of bed.

Strangely, menthol cough sweets also helped me.

SaucyJack Wed 09-Nov-16 11:22:57

I found flat orange lucozade quite helpful.

Sip it tho- don't down it.

Xuli Wed 09-Nov-16 11:24:11


If it's impacting your life, stopping you eating and drinking and maybe going to work, then go and see your GP and ask about anti sickness drugs.

There's loads of good advice above and generally you need to do the eating little and often as well as taking medication.

But there's no medal for soldiering on when you are really suffering.

Maccapacca88 Wed 09-Nov-16 11:30:58

The only thing to help me has been medication. Have you spoken to your doctor about hyperemesis gravidarum? The fact that you are having visual triggers and can't even stomach water sounds worrying. Please don't suffer in silence. Your health is the most important thing right now.

biggles50 Wed 09-Nov-16 11:31:11

I was told that it's the sign of a healthy pregnancy because your hormones are doing all the right things. Tough to remember that when your head is down the loo. I was very sick with my first pregnancy many years ago now, but I recall how it does as you say suck out the joy. Everything I eat would make me sick it seemed. Just do what your body wants as in cravings. I craved mashed garlic and marmite on toast. With another pregnancy I couldn't abide garlic. Don't cook, ask your dh to help. Congratulations and it will pass.

Bearfrills Wed 09-Nov-16 11:34:51

Drugs help but it's hard getting then prescribed, I have HG and have to fight for every repeat prescription to the point of offering to sit in the waiting room with a bucket to prove how sick I get without the meds.

Get as much sleep as you can, even nap in the day if you're able to, tiredness makes it worse and - as an added bonus - you don't feel sick while asleep.

Stay hydrated, small sips all day long.

Eat what you fancy, in my previous pregnancies I found that eating what I was craving made the sickness marginally better and was more likely to start down. If that meant a diet of McDonald's fries and apples for a few weeks, then so be it. If you're unlucky enough that absolutely nothing appeals to you then little and often is key - grazing is easier on your stomach than full sized meals.

Avoid triggers as much as you can. Tell DH to lay off the aftershave, delegate whatever jobs make you feel ill (laundry, bins, etc), get DH to take over the cooking, food shop online so you don't have to deal with the supermarket.

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