Saturday, April 17, 2010

13

I think the first trimester is horrible in so many ways. You're so sick, but you can't tell anyone why. You have no belly to show for it, and you're scared to death every day about miscarrying. You don't even know if your baby is still alive b/c you can't hear a heartbeat until 10 weeks, and you have no idea if this is going to last the entire 9 months or not. I was feeling bad for not enjoying this more because I've wanted this all my life. But they really weren't lying when they said you'll probably feel better and get your energy back at 13 weeks! Its incredible! I'm actually interested in cooking again, I don't need a 3-hour nap from noon to 3pm everyday, and my diet isn't limited to strictly saltine crackers anymore!
Still, the wrong scent of chapstick makes me queasy, brushing my teeth makes me gag, and if I don't eat every hour, I'm in trouble. I've only had to take one 'sick day' from teaching, and I've only thrown up 4 times--my stomach will reject acetaminophen every time--so this baby is still practically medication free! I keep getting these incredible headaches that wake me up in the middle of the night, but there's nothing I can take, and it becomes a miserably long day. Any other headache remedies besides an ice pack on the back of my head?

2 comments:

Elise said...

I'm sorry to hear about your headaches. I've read that women get worse headaches than men (not that it is a contest) because they are often hormonally-induced. That being said, my doctors have recommended drinking lots and lots of water and eating lots of protein (like turkey). I wasn't very good about it but it did seem to make a difference for me.

I'm glad you're out of the first trimester. I'm looking forward to some baby bump pictures!

Natalie said...

The doctors that I've talked to about headaches have said that you can take IBUprofen until week 20, then it starts affecting the blood flow to the baby. Unfortunately, my headaches always got worse in the second and third trimesters. Boo.
For PREVENTING headaches, I've heard that Magnesium pills (found in just about any pharmacy) do good work. It doesn't work once you have the headache though.

Keep plugging through! Its SOOOO worth it, but I know that you already know that!
Love you!