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I'm so hungry but the fridge makes me retch!

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Hawkmoth Fri 06-Feb-09 13:41:05

I can't bear to get anything out of the fridge. There's nothing off in there, but the smell makes me retch horribly, and throwing up into the kitchen sink is impolite at best.

I'm 13 weeks, this is NOT fair.

I'm also signed off work with a bad back (SPD) and cba getting dressed. This is a miserable business isn't it? I think I've had about TEN SECONDS where I stop thinking about all the yucky symptoms and am able to quietly imagine my baby.

Poo! And Poo to you as well DP!

BlueBumedFly Fri 06-Feb-09 14:08:03

Poor you.

I was like this, I felt like death-warmed-over until 17 weeks and 4 days - I remember it to the very day! It does pass though and you will feel better.

I was told the sicker you are the stronger the baby is, not sure if there is any truth it that but it made me feel a little better.

My DH had to do all the cooking as just the smell of food made me sick. I lived on cold food for soooo long! Walkers ready salted crisps were a special fave!

It will pass. I also thought I would punch the next person who said 'have you tried ginger?' like I would not have tried ANYTHING that would have made me feel better!

policywonk Fri 06-Feb-09 14:17:14

Sorry you're feeling so awful - I remember not being able to go into the kitchen at all in the first half of pregnancy. I felt like a bloodhound - I swear I could have smelled a cornflake from 20 metres.

Get your DP to make you up a little bento box of palatable snacks in the morning (plain crisps, white bread ham sandwiches, slices of apple, little pots of rice pudding or yoghurt - whatever you think you can stomach) and tell him to leave it on the table next to the sofa together with a flask of sugary tea or flat coke (which some people swear by). This way you won't have to face the fridge.

Try to eat something every 30 mins or so, even if it's only a few crisps or a slice of banana. It can really help to make you feel more human by the evening.

Hawkmoth Fri 06-Feb-09 14:20:11

The thing is, I only started BEING sick about a week ago. I thought I had escaped.

Found some biscuits now and so feeling a touch better.

Newb Fri 06-Feb-09 15:14:43

I lived on toast with cream cheese for a good couple of weeks. Maybe a daring digestive biscuit. It's the most horrible thing......

I guess the upside is not putting on hardly any weight in the first 15 weeks. Suspect this is changing now (18 weeks) as I'm now better able to cope with food and have discovered a lovely chinese mmmmmmm

AnathemaDevice Fri 06-Feb-09 15:30:51

I could hardly open the fridge until I was about 14 weeks, the normal fridge smell, even when it had just been cleaned, made me feel so sick. I wasn't great with food smells/cooking in general, ended up eating more ginsters pasties than I thought humanly possible, as they filled me up and didn't need any preparation! Probably not the healthiest option, but I really couldn't stomach anything else.

MoominMoma Fri 06-Feb-09 16:35:39

Glad I am not the only one feeling like this! I am constantly cleaning and emptying the kitchen bin as I am convinced it smells and the fridge makes me want to heave! (I have cleaned that recently as well)

Hawkmoth Sat 07-Feb-09 09:20:48

Glad I'm not alone in this. DP dashed out this morning, so I couldn't get him to leave me any snacks.

I'm greatly indebted to him as it is. Poor thing had to unclog the kitchen sink last night when I (very) suddenly brought up my tea. Started the morning dry heaving again.

Why is my MS starting now? Bloody parasite! I only wanted another baby!

policywonk Sat 07-Feb-09 14:05:04

Oh dear. It is hard on the DPs - I was violently sick on our doorstep once and left DP to deal with it while I lay on the sofa crying. He also made the mistake of making a bolognese sauce at one point, and the smell was so pervasive that I went to live with my parents for two weeks.

Don't know why yours has started so late!

ilovemydogandMrObama Sat 07-Feb-09 14:12:11

What is about smells in the first trimester? hmm

It was the smell of diesel that made me barf whilst in the queue at Barcelona taxi rank. Had a difficult time getting one after that! smile

The only thinh I could face were milkshakes/smoothies which I lived on for about 2 months!

mrsdisorganised Sat 07-Feb-09 14:14:48

I resorted to couscous with butter or polenta with butter....filling but not exciting! grin

policywonk Sat 07-Feb-09 14:17:13

Yes, plain pasta is a good one, esp. if you can manage wholemeal (slower release of carbs).

The enhanced sense of smell is supposed to be a cavewoman hangover I think - would have stopped you eating off fish or meat, which might contain bacteria that would endanger the foetus. Mother Nature has yet to catch up with improvements in food hygiene.

Hawkmoth Sat 07-Feb-09 14:46:25

Well I managed half a cup of tea and an animal biscuit for breakfast! That rapidly returned, with very little warning.

Just managing to hold onto some cheese on toast and blackcurrant cordial because I'm sitting VERY still.

Maybe it's the placenta warming up the pipes before it starts full on filtration.

I don't think I am ill because I'm thinking about murdering someone for tomatoes on toast!

WelshJellyBelly Sat 07-Feb-09 15:50:28

Im 7wks and already feeling like that last night when my dp cooked dinner i had to hide in the bathroom and have a long bath till the smell went. Im having trouble keeping food down i managed a cup of tea n some rich tea biscuits for breakfast and a cold corned beef pastie for lunch but cant stomach anything warm

It's not just the smell of the food its the taste its a kind of metal taste i get in my mouth when i eat is this normal? i never had it with my 1st 3 pregnancys

policywonk Sat 07-Feb-09 16:54:12

Welsh, the metallic taste is quite common I think. You could try brushing your teeth, or sucking sweets/lollipops? I found slightly acidic sweets (like cherry drops) to be quite helpful. Sympathy on hiding in the bathroom - warm baths were one of the few things that made me feel a little better (and the smell of soap is quite comforting so long as it's not too strong!)

Remember, if you get to the point of not being able to keep water down, you need to ring up the GP and demand some anti-emetics. Lots of people take them during pregnancy (I did).

Haswk, have you tried eating tiny bits of things more frequently? The whole concept of 'meals' can be a bit unhelpful with sickness. I remember trying to eat something every 30 minutes (handful of plain crisps, slices of apple, rice pudding etc etc).

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