For me it felt a little surreal. I had wanted to be pregnant for so long; not that we had been trying, but we wanted to get married and travel the world together before we started a family. So when we realised that the 4th positive pregnancy test couldn’t be wrong it all felt a bit strange, this was actually happening to us?! In fact even now, 7 months on I still find it hard to believe we are having a baby. I think that no matter how long you have been waiting, planning or trying, when you first see that 2nd little blue line you realise life will never be the same again! (And take it from me, even the faintest line is a positive!!)
We had booked to go on holiday and it fell just 4 days after we found out we were pregnant. I spent pretty much 70% of the time we were away sleeping…and the rest eating! I was so exhausted I couldn’t stay awake for more than a couple of hours, my poor hubby! It was great to be able to just relax and let my body do what it needed to do! I had a couple of middle of the night scares where I would rush to the bathroom in agony and just sit praying that everything would be ok whilst in the most awful pain. This was to be the beginning of months of worry, naturally.
When we arrived home the nausea set in.
As I am sure any ladies who have been pregnant (and long suffering partners in some cases!) would agree, the term “morning sickness” was probably coined by somebody who was either very lucky, or whom had never actually experienced it! More accurately, certainly for me anyway, it would be called “The Worst Hangover I’ve Ever Had That Makes Me Want To Crawl Under A Rock For 3 Months, Sickness”
I tried a few remedies to help ease the discomfort. If anyone reading this is in the same boat, I hope they help you in some way!
- Travel Sickness bands – recommended by a friend who used them when pregnant with her twins. They helped sometimes, but I looked more like I self harmed more than anything else!
- Nairn’s Stem Ginger Oatcakes – Sometimes a little too dry for someone with the world’s driest mouth in the first place though.
- Biscuits, and lots of them. I should have bought shared in McVities for the first few months!
- Polos, Extra Strong Mints, Fisherman’s friends, Softmints…You get the idea.
- Water – lots of it. Most of the time it would be the last thing I would want to ingest, but your worse enemy is dehydration. If you can’t bear the thought of plain water go for a squash, but steer clear of fresh orange juice as the acidity will do you no favours – especially on the way back up! (Sorry!)
Unfortunately, for my ever expanding waistline, the most effective (if not short lived) relief, was eating little and often. And in my case it was usually crisps or something equally unhealthy!
I hope you find your own relief…If it helps you get through it, for every race to the work toilet or queezy moment just think it’s that new little life inside of you making you feel so rotten and who could be mad with that darling baby you have created?!