Friday, May 9, 2014

Follow-Up Post: Let's Talk Morning Sickness!

For those of you who missed yesterday's news, yes, we're expecting!

We're very excited!

The family has let us know in no certain terms that they think we're insane. That's okay. Maybe next time around they'll have accepted the fact!

We saw our midwife for our first visit yesterday and heard baby's heartbeat - always such a lovely sound!

I apologize, dear readers, for not letting you all know sooner. My reasoning was very simple - I wanted to find out the big YES or NO on whether the diet I've been doing worked to prevent hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness) before I reported in.

The answer to that question, at this point, seems to be a resounding YES.

Let me give you the basics.

For the past two or so months, I have felt like dirt. I have spent the majority of time lying around while my house got dusty and the kids ate packaged snack foods. I've felt crummy and it hasn't been a ton o' fun.


I have not thrown up once. 


I have not taken one Zofran. 

Do I really need to say more?

Normally I would have been in uncontrollable hyperemesis from week four onward, unable to keep anything down, or at best maintaining a shaky balance only through massive doses of Unisom and Zofran.

Needless to say, I am thrilled - if it's possible to be thrilled, nauseated, and dead tired at the same time.

I'm not going to do a big write-up right now, because we're only 13-ish weeks in. There are still many questions unanswered, many things I still need to do, many confounding variables to work through (the diet wasn't the only thing I was doing - far from it!). I will try to do a complete write-up later in this pregnancy or after the birth.

But in the meantime, we're thrilled!

We are planning our fourth homebirth, and hopefully our third waterbirth, and we're so excited to be adding to our family. Even if we are insane.

Feel free to ask any questions! Love to everyone!


  1. Congratulations! That's really amazing! I can't wait for the follow-up. I hope you get some relief from the tiredness soon too. (You know, like how all those regular pregnant people say they do.) :-)

  2. Swimming with Frogs - Thank you!! Yes, I'm definitely excited - especially now that the nausea has started to fade a bit! And I think the fatigue is fading a bit too! I think that the milder it is, the sooner it fades - which is a nice change! We'll have to see how the 2nd and 3rd trimesters fare - I'm usually on Zofran through the early to mid-30's, so I'm hoping that milder NVP will also mean a sooner exit for the stuff. :)

  3. I don't think you're insane. Four is not so many. I wish you joy! I've never been as ill as you get when pregnant, but I discovered with my most recent successful pregnancy that sugar is my morning sickness trigger. When I pulled every single scrap (and I mean every scrap!) of refined sugar out of my diet, I stopped being sick.

    PS--I hopped over here based on a comment you left at Our Busy Homeschool. :)

  4. Aflyonmyhomeschoolwall - Thank you for stopping by! Welcome! :)

    My family has chosen childless and only-child arrangements (I'm an only child and have no cousins), so at four children, we passed the insanity mark (in my family, at least) several children ago, LOL!! But that's okay. I'm hoping that my children will love having siblings and choose that lifestyle for their families!!

    I have heard the zero-sugar cure for morning sickness from several women - that is awesome!! It's too bad that the "morning sickness diet" that's usually handed out is straight carbs! I know they're "easier on the stomach," but the payback comes later when blood sugar crashes. I'm so glad you found your answer.

    Thanks again for visiting!! Love your blog and your family - how wonderful! :)


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