Pregnancy Update!

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I know its been awhile. I am not sure if I’m going to have a good day or not. But we had a pretty eventful weekend in Phoenix and it was all thanks to zofran. We had discussed taking our 2-year-old to the Zoo for a few months now and wanted to do it before it got too hot. You all know how bad Phoenix is. Due to just horrible, horrible morning sickness or HG. My OB wrote me a prescription for Zofran which helped us to have a great weekend.
See I spend most of my days with a spit cup close by, while I’m trying to take care of the demands of an infant and two toddlers. The spit cup some days is a towel. Sometimes when I see how much that cup fills up, it nauseates me so much, that all I can do is just bury my head in my pillow til the nausea passes. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please see my previous post.

Smells are so strong this time around. For example, I can smell the ketchup from another room when my husband heated up french fries for our son. And the soap we use to wash dishes, disgusting!!! My husband’s ax shower soap has been replaced with a no smell ivory soap. Just walking into my kitchen knowing that all the food is in there is nauseating. Opening the fridge, leaves me hurling over the sink a few seconds later. I had no idea that nausea could be triggered visually. The thought, or the sight of certain/most foods nauseates me. Walking down the stairs in the morning, seconds later has me heaving in the bathroom. I really don’t understand why its sooo bad this time. I heard a song on the radio that was really popular when I got pregnant with J myster. It’s that Kid Rock song called “All Summer Long”. Hearing that in the car, triggered the nausea I felt so long ago. What are all these triggers about? It seems insane that a song can trigger this horrible feeling!

At any rate after failed attempts at nausea tea, and B6, I made a desperate call to my OB who prescribed Zofran, or our trip would have been canceled. I took it a half hour before heading out-of-town and at a time when I was sure I wouldn’t vomit for at least a half hour, and surprisingly the trip was ok. It wasn’t great, but it was manageable. My nausea wasn’t gone because I was still spitting due to the Ptyalism every couple of seconds the whole way down to Phoenix.

Here is the problem with the Ptyalism. It can cause nausea. Ptyalism is when you produce too much spit while pregnant. The problem with it, if I swallow it, I get nauseated. If I see it in the damn cup, I get nauseated. So sometimes I use a towel to spit in and it goes with me to every room. I’ve tried sucking on hard candy, or drinking more water, it doesn’t help. It just makes me produce more spit. I am praying that I don’t have this condition the entire pregnancy, or I think I will go insane. It’s hard to sit in a waiting room or go to the store with a spit cup! Can you imagine the looks on people’s faces? It’s very embarrassing.

Because I couldn’t keep food or my prenatals down for about a week and a half now, I’ve been sipping Ensure. I can’t drink too much at a time….just a sip here and there, or it comes back up. So it might take me 4 or 5 hours to get a small 8 ounce bottle of Ensure down.

Now last night I had a pretty good night. I was craving a baked potato. We went to Wendy’s and I had a salad and baked potato that tasted amazing before it came back up later that evening. But since it had been an hour and a half since I ate it, I’m sure the nutrients got in me. Not that there is much in a baked potato.

Anyway, back to our trip. The Zofran, was a miracle drug. It took away the vomiting and “most” of the nausea. I made sure I had one every six hours while we were down there. But my insurance only covers 12 pills, so I have to stretch them to make them last, which is why I’m not sure if today is going to be a good day at all. I will be taking the Zofran when I absolutely can’t take the nausea and vomiting anymore.

Wish me luck!!

I will do a separate post about J’s zoo trip later if I can….

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7 thoughts on “Pregnancy Update!

  1. I completely understand your plight.  I took the zofran pills as well, then my OB put me on the pump and I took two shots twice daily (they lasted 12 hours each) and the pump slowly pumped the liquid zofran through my leg.  It was only then I was able to leave the house as I was on total and complete bed rest or either in the hospital for MONTHS.  I know the misery, but I also know the reward is a very healthy baby… usually.  Keep your chin up and stimulation very low.  🙂  Your fellow HG sufferer.

  2.  Nice to meet you Kay! I have found a support group on Cafe Mom and I’m really glad to meet people who have suffered thru this. I am thanking my stars that I have not been hospitalized yet. This is truly the hardest thing to go thru and some days I think I’d rather be in labor than feel this way. But then I get a moment or two where I feel like I can function. Its really hard with kids. If it was just me, and I didn’t need any sort of income, I would feel like a better person. But right now, its really hard to feel good about myself, especially when I know there are people that just don’t understand, or think you are making it worse than it really is. Oh so frustrating.

  3. I know a lot of women who have used Zofran. I sure hope it helps you. As for insurance only giving you 12 pills, I wonder if the person that made that decision was pregnant and as sick as you are what would THEY think about the 12 pill limit! Insurance companies make me mad sometimes.

    YOur baby is a blessed one indeed knowing all that you are doing for him/her.



  4.  Oh sweetie, so sorry to hear about the morning sickness. I had it terrible too. Ginger helped me ( try ginger cookies). Hang in there it’s all worth it.I always enjoy my visits to your lovely blog.I hope you’ll stop by Katherines Corner. The new giveaway is up! xo

  5. I am so sorry zofran works amazing and so does Phernergan (sp?) but it’s pronouned Fen er ghen and it is less expensive so insurance companies are more likely to pay for more of it, they give it to chemo patients to get rid of the nausea so it’s something to look into as they will cover more of it good luck and I hope things improve during my entire 10 month pregnancy with my son I could only eat the equalivent of a happy meal a day or I would be in the bathroom.. It was so bad that I couldn’t even drink anything and had to eat flintstone vitamins as prenatals and they are just as good as prenatals and taste a heck of a lot better. Good luck I was happy to give birth finally on his due date and go back to having food again

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