6 Weeks: Morning Sickness Begins – Day-By-Day

March 2, 2012

This week is all about food – because morning sickness took over my life and it was all I could think about!

Friday

I’ve definitely noticed an increase in my sense of smell this week: I got whiffs of laundry detergent in Body Pump, colognes and perfumes in the air are super strong, and walking by Christian’s pizza on the downtown mall smells INCREDIBLE! Can’t even think about spices right now – ethic food spices or coriander or curry. Yuck! I can still eat most foods, but the thought of everything but yogurt and ice cream is a little nauseating.

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I’m not sleeping as well these days. I can’t really sleep on my stomach – not because I have a huge belly but because my breasts hurt so badly! I would give anything to be back in our Jamaica king size bed. The queen is closing in on us. But instead of buying a king-size bed, I ordered the snoogle pillow that so many pregnant bloggers have recommended. Hopefully it will help me sleep more comfortably on my side. I found that it’s a bit hard for my head (I like soft down pillows that smush!) so I uncurl the candy cane part and put my pillow in its place. It’s great to have something to lean my back against.

Saturday

The Good: PIZZA, ground beef, cheese, red bell peppers, oranges, tomato sauce, mixed greens (sparingly), all fruit, bread, pancakes, yogurt, milk, smoothies, nut butters, frozen yogurt, ice cream, anything chocolate. CHOCOLATE!

Homemade pizza on bread – that’s how bad I wanted it!

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The Bad: Oatmeal (!), soups, beans, very chewable veggies (broccoli, cauliflower), big salads, plain lettuce, ethnic food, sardines, tuna.

The Ugly: Lentils, oh lentils.

My nausea is a little better today – perhaps because of taking my prenatal before bed again? Getting up and breakfast was fine. I cut my workout a little short, but in general, I felt pretty good all morning. Lunch was difficult to plan, but I’m finding that once I have food on my plate, eating it is OK. It’s just the thought of food that is gag-able. I also feel like my appetite is increased. Lunch was on the small side and left me growling all afternoon. Can’t eat enough chocolate! It feels good to eat chocolate!

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Sunday

This weekend we’re visiting my family in Durham for a belated Christmas celebration. Sadly no alcohol for me in this beer-loving group :(

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I took my prenatal vitamin last night and again woke up feeling ok – and with an appetite! Cereal and milk/yogurt are still high on my list of delicious foods (I think because they ease morning dehydration). Hot oatmeal just sounds too soupy and filling. These Cheerios with banana and milk tasted heavenly!

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After a mug of cheerios for breakfast I looked at the brunch menu and couldn’t imagine eating anything without small waves of nausea. Sickness returned a bit on our walk around Duke’s campus, but it was just a slight churning of the stomach.

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I was fine through my shower, but afterward, while we waited to go to brunch and shortly after I’d put on a few generous squirts of my sister’s perfume, nausea hit me hard and strong for the first time. I really could imagine myself actually throwing up. I think the perfume smell exacerbated it – I couldn’t shake the feeling. My only solution was to try a Preggie Pop (what a name…) candy that Sarah had given to me the night before. These little hard candies are made of cane sugar and citric acid, so I couldn’t imagine it would do anything but create more saliva in my mouth.

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But lo and behold, it worked. I felt fine in less than 5 minutes. Psychological? Maybe. But it still worked! And I was able to eat eggs, pancakes, fruit and bread at brunch.

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I’ve noticed today that it’s harder to suck in my stomach. Obviously I don’t think I’m technically showing, but I wonder if an enlarged uterus is pushing everything out a little? Orrrr it could just be 3 nights of eating too much creeping up on me ; )

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I took a nap on the car ride home from North Carolina, which isn’t like me at all unless I’ve gotten less than 7 hours of sleep. I don’t really think I’ve felt total fatigue yet, but the 2-3 naps I’ve taken in the past 6 weeks and the hundreds of yawns are enough to notice a slight difference in energy.

I felt fine after lunch and for the first 2 hours of the trip and then BAM – nausea rolled over me (probably around the time I was re-living those lentils!) It’s such a miserable feeling and I yearn to be home. I popped another Preggie Pop, and as disgusting as it sounds, I make myself burp and feel a little better. Actually I have a confession: on the car right down to NC, we stopped at a McDonalds to use the bathroom and I ended up getting a Diet Dr. Pepper to try to calm my stomach. Soda is obviously not my first choice of real food to consume, but you know what – it worked and it tasted delicious. I wouldn’t make this a daily habit, but on a car trip it was a great solution.

One more thing: I really shouldn’t be wearing this one bra anymore. It does. Not. Fit.

Monday

Today was awful. I woke up feeling just OK. Ate breakfast fine, although I have lost my taste for hot tea or coffee. All I wanted was orange juice! Cereal and OJ. If that isn’t a red flag for the blog world, I don’t know what is.

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But about an hour and half after breakfast, I got hit with another huge wave of nausea. This time I really felt like I was going to throw up. Until now, I had always assumed I would be one of those pregnant woman who gets queasy for a few weeks, but nothing more. But today, that may have all changed. I was dry heaving into the toilet and soaking the couch pillows with my nauseous tears. Sickness today was a pendulum between extreme hunger and extreme nausea. During my moments of hunger, I managed to get down 4 sheets of graham crackers, half a grapefruit, an egg, some cheese and crackers and an Izze.

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In round 6 of nausea this afternoon, I fell asleep on the couch and woke up feeling better. In an effort to prevent it from returning, I took a bite of leftover grapefruit and sat there for 10 minutes before getting up. Then I noticed it was snowing! I felt good enough to go for a walk and ended up strolling in silence for about 30 minutes.

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We had dinner plans tonight to go to a friends’ house and I almost didn’t go. But then a wave of hunger hit and I heard we were having Italian and my appetite agreed. Upon arriving at Karen’s before we walked over to dinner, I burst into tears! I don’t know what came over me, but it was probably the climax of such a down day.

After my cry-fest, photo edited to hide the redness!

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Luckily things turned around for the better at dinner. (And luckily our hosts already knew I was pregnant!) They were kind and the small portions of food I ate tasted good – even a few bits of salad!

But the best part was the ice cream for dessert. Man did that taste good. Must put some in my freezer!

I really, really hope this isn’t just the beginning of a month or more of sickness. I really don’t think I could physically handle a month of nausea this bad. Maybe my body will get used to it.

Tuesday

Get used to it – ha! This morning I was much, much worse!!!! I spent the first few hours of the day alternating between dry heaving, sobbing on the couch and moaning. I haven’t had a stomach flu in so many years I forgot how awful it really is to be that nauseous. My tears were mostly because I just couldn’t imagine myself living like this for a month – or longer. One day, maybe, but this nausea was some of the worst I’d ever felt. The thought of food made me gag and I could barely stand up. I forced myself to make a smoothie – the least worst thing I could imagine – and ate one bite at a time for an hour. This did not help one bit. I’m really not being melodramatic here – I felt truly awful. There were even moments of “I wish I weren’t pregnant” that I now regret thinking (and am embarrassed to say…) but I was really starting to second guess this whole thing.

Mid-morning I called the doctor. I spoke with a nurse who said to go to a pharmacy and get myself some Vitamin B6 tablets (50 mg) and Unisom, a sleep aid known to help with nausea. These two medicines together had helped many women in the past. Somehow, I managed to brush my teeth and find my coat to walk half a mile to the drug store. I found both medicines and purchased them along with the following:

Meds, animal crackers, Tylenol, peppermints, lemon drops, graham crackers, mac and cheese and lotion with no smell.

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Let’s zoom in on one of those – how the heck did this end up in my hands?! I must have had a window of appetite for it. Just about the only thing that sounds appealing right now!

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Back at home I took the meds – 25 mg of Vitamin B6 and half a Unisom tablet. And I waited.

45 minutes later I wasn’t much better. In fact, my stomach suddenly increased in pain and I ran to the bathroom to dry heave again. Something about that heave changed something inside of me and I felt better. In these windows of feeling better, I tried to eat, knowing that will help, so I went upstairs and ate 100 animal crackers.

Karen came by a little while later with a ginger ale and moral support. She was also super sick with Matt and it wasn’t until she finally had a drug in the last few weeks of her first trimester that she was able to function. She offered to write a blog post for me, but I didn’t have anything but the animal crackers and ginger ale to show. So she made herself a peanut butter sandwich, which turned into two sandwiches and suddenly I found myself eating bread again. [Note the lettuce was just for show!]

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Moments later the mail arrived and I unpacked a pair of sea sickness bands I had ordered from Amazon.

Now armed with a trifecta of defense, I hoped for the best.

By dinnertime, I felt like eating ravioli. Mind you it was plain ravioli with sauce and cheese. No veggies in sight.

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It seems that even on my worse days, I do get a little better by dinnertime. I gave myself a 75% normal by the end of the night – up from about 5% that morning.

Wednesday

Woke up and took my meds right away with some graham crackers in bed. After that, I actually felt well enough to make pancakes! A HUGE improvement from the beginning of the week.

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Nausea returned a bit mid-morning, but for the most part, I felt like the meds were working. By afternoon I felt much, much better and by dinnertime I couldn’t wait to eat pizza! Even managed some salad! I had to eat slowly though, because my stomach still feels very sensitive. Hard to tell if I’m really better or this is just a temporary fix.

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Thursday

Felt good enough today when I woke up to eat oatmeal – which is something I haven’t wanted for weeks! A good sign indeed. Note that it’s on the extremely simple side though :)

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I definitely wouldn’t say I bounded out of bed or anything – I still feel sick – but the nausea is minimal and my appetite is mostly back. Lunch was even easier – but I can tell I’m going to need to eat more frequently than I used to because by the time I was ready to eat I could feel the nausea creeping back just a bit. After lunch, though I felt great.

I even managed a quickie elliptical workout – it wasn’t much, but it happened.

This afternoon Matt and I had our first appointment with the nurse at our practice. She went through everything from morning sickness to the two ultrasounds I will get to food rules (got it!) to genetic risks. We are so fortunate not to have any genetic disorders run in our family, although I did have to answer YES to the “Do you have twins in your family” question. Yikes!!! I came home with a prescription for Zofran “just in case I need it” with our big trip to NYC this weekend. I’m glad to have that in my back pocket, but the B6 + Unisom seem to be working well for now.

I asked Matt what he thought of the appointment and he said it made him a bit more nervous about labor and delivery. I think he’ll make a great coach once he learns more about how it all works, especially since he’s been so supportive and great while I’ve been sick.

Felt pretty good this afternoon and evening! About 85% normal. Not ideal, but definitely something I can live with for months.

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1 Regina March 2, 2012 at 8:15 am

I’m a week ahead of you, 15 weeks preggo today and I have to say it’s strange and reassuring to read other people’s experiences with pregnancy and to know you’re not alone. This is also our first baby and at 5 weeks through about 10 weeks I was constantly sick. It started with 24/7 nausea that left me nearly crippled in bed and only able to eat saltines and toast. By week 7 I was actually throwing up which actually made me feel better, at least for a little bit until the nausea returned. Week 10 was the end. No nausea but occasionally I’d get extremely hot, start sweating and then puke and feel completely fine again. It was incredibly strange but preferred over the constant nausea. And just like that, after weeks of wondering how anyone does it and swearing up and down that my husband would have to carry our next child (I couldn’t imagine going through that pain again), it went away and with the absence of sickness came a hunger like never before. I much prefer the every 2 hour hunger though to the constant uneasiness. It’s good to know, though I never wish that feeling upon anyone, that I’m not the only one who felt rotten in the beginning. And I’ll admit, after years of not eating mac n’ cheese it became a staple in our house along with pizza and outings to Olive Garden (which was incredibly strange but Italian food has seemed to be the only constant OK food this entire 15 weeks).

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2 Sarah @ Williamsburg Baby March 2, 2012 at 8:20 am

In the earliest weeks pf pregnancy, I really found myself craving bland, sort of nostalgic foods. Anything green sounded horrible, and I kept thinking about those plastic-y Kraft cheese slices that come pre-wrapped, mac & cheese, Dominos pizza (as opposed to our lovely, local, artisanal types), plus sorbet and anything sour and synthetic — sour patch kids, skittles etc. I didn’t indulge in most of these, but I kept thinking, how peculiar it is that when our body needs the most nutrition, all we want is junk. Luckily I was also craving lots of citrus as well. This has sort of subsided as I’ve gotten further along, but bagels and toast still sound pretty amazing.

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3 Lisa @bitesforbabies March 2, 2012 at 8:24 am

It’s amazing what you crave!! I love sweets but only salty food when I was prego! The one thing I craved for a few months (which I would NEVER eat) were pork n’beans in a can!!! Seriously?! And how ironic is it that when I was craving them I actually found them in a tiny supermarket in Italy??!! For $3.99!!!

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4 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 2, 2012 at 8:27 am

Aww you poor thing! I was hoping this week was going to be better for you and sometimes we just need a good cry…preggers or not! I hope this nausea stuff hits the road sooner than later. 85% is pretty decent in the grand scheme of things.

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5 Anon for Now March 2, 2012 at 8:28 am

I’m in week 6 right now! I haven’t had the crying-on-the-couch bad nausea, but I am definitely often queasy. My husband made beef stew for dinner earlier this week, and I almost threw up when I tried to eat it. I’m really liking fruit and cracker/breadish things (I had applesauce and oyster crackers for breakfast this morning), and ginger ale feels like my best friend right now. I’ve got a bra I need to stop wearing now too. The nausea and the tiredness and the breast soreness have all gotten much worse this week. I don’t work from home – I have to go into the office! My boss knows I’m pregalo, but no one else does yet – I really hope I don’t start dry-heaving in the middle of the day. That would SUCK at work!!

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6 Linda March 2, 2012 at 8:29 am

The honesty in this post is so comforting. I can relate 100% has I have spent many times on the couch in tears wondering how I am going to survive this. The constant all day nausea can really take its toll on you. The hardest part for me is not knowing when it will end. It’s not like when you get the flu and know for a fact that you will feel better in a few days. The length of the first trimester can be really daunting. I know in the end it is all worth is as I have a 15 month old daughter and am in my first trimester with baby #2 now. I was hoping it would be easier this time, but am finding it even harder. It’s extra hard taking care of a little one when you feel so terrible. By the end of the day, I find my tears are not only from how poorly I am feeling, but how terrible I feel for not being 100% for my daughter. The story of your conception and pregnancy is beautiful so far as I know if will continue. This would make an amazing book one day. Best of luck for a continued healthy pregnancy!

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7 AllisonK March 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

I didn’t buy the snoogle…and am now (when sleep is truly uncomfortable…I wake up every morning at 3 am with aching hips) I am wondering if I should have, and if the next 6 to 10 weeks is long enough to make the purchase worth it. My 10 dollar body pillow just isn’t cutting it.

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8 Bridget March 2, 2012 at 8:47 am

Just want to say Thank You for all the detailed info your giving us :) As somone who might start trying this summer, I find any info I can get (the good and the bad) SO interesting and useful.
I’m so sorry your getting so nauseous! I am so nervous about that as I do NOT do well with nausea. I hope everything’s working out for you now. I know friends have told me that they HAD to eat something every 2 hours (like on the dot) to avoid nausea.

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9 Michelle M March 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

Ooh, twins run in your family! They run in my family and my husband’s family. So, when we got pregnant, none of our family was surprised to hear there was two girls on the way! Best thing in the world. :-) I’m really enjoying your baby blog, although it’s kinda’ giving me preggo fever. I’ll have to live vacariously through you though. Three kids keeps us pretty busy right now.

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10 Erin March 2, 2012 at 8:55 am

Yikes, I am so lucky to not have had much morning sickness in my first trimester. I am almost 23 weeks along now, and my appetite is almost back to normal (veggies still aren’t super appealing).
I also love my Snoogle. I was having a hard time sleeping on my side, and it is so nice to lean my back against something!

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11 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 2, 2012 at 8:59 am

Oh man, this sounds so rough :( You sure are a trooper. That was so sweet of Karen to offer to write a post for you, and then make herself a PB&J!

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12 Sarah March 2, 2012 at 9:03 am

Oh…the memories! I took B6 and Unisom for 12 weeks when I was pregnant with my daughter. I thought I was going to die. (exaggeration) My son was 18 months and I swore after the 2nd I would be done. I was wondering if that was why you were sick yesterday? Did you stop the B6/Unisom? I remember being so afraid to stop taking it:) Isn’t it amazing what our bodies do to slow us down and to grow a baby?

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13 KERF March 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

I have slowed down to once a day, but I took it yesterday. I think I have a cold :(

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14 Kelley March 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Colds are the Worst! Baby takes all of our immune system. =( Hope you can fight it off!

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15 Stephanie March 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

Great post, Kath. I am really loving your honesty in this blog. I just turned 31 and have no children yet; however, we are closer to reaching the “let’s try” stage of our lives. It is so incredibly helpful for those of us who are not yet pregnant to read your story and get an idea of what can happen during pregnancy (emotions, physical feelings, etc). Thank you for inviting us on your journey. Best to you and Matt! You guys will make wonderful parents!

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16 Emily @LivingLongfellow March 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

My sister had bad ms and zofran was the only drug that worked. I have a coworker at my school who has had it so bad she’s constantly been throwing up into garbage cans with her students present. The thing that worked for her was the zofran pump. Good to know theres more optioms out there if need be.

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17 Jayce March 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

The way you felt Tuesday was me, 90% of the time, weeks 5-18. Then 50% of the time weeks 18-21. With almost daily puking. And I commute an hour each way to a M-F job. Zofran was my lifesaver (though the side effects of that, namely constipation, had me regretting it some days). This baby got maybe two veggies the first half of pregnancy. But the sickness was also reassuring after a previous miscarriage and infertility struggles. At almost 27 weeks now, I can finally consider the thought of enduring it all again someday. It will all be worth it when we hold our babies!!

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18 Jordan March 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

Your descriptions of nausea are bringing back memories of what I had in December/January. I’m almost 18 weeks and was fortunate to start feeling much better around week 10 or 11. I still get a twinge of nausea every now and then if I eat too fast or with certain foods. My big thing now is acid reflux. Ugh it can get pretty bad. I was also drinking the oj like crazy for awhile and in addition to exacerbating the acid reflux, I ended up with a canker sore from all of the acid!

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19 Carlee March 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

It’s funny my OK foods were very similar to yours but my nauseous time was always worse at night. I was lucky because when I was most nauseous, I could pretty much just go to bed. Mine didn’t last that long and was the worst around week 9 (Thanksgiving). Now at 20 weeks I’m feeling good with almost all foods, (haven’t had any cravings) except for one restaurant we went to at the height of my nauseousness that just makes my stomach turn…even at the site of it. It’s too bad too because my husband loves it there!

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20 Anon March 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

Sorry you were so sick! Hope things are much better now. With both of my boys (11 and 5 now!) I was sick for 16 weeks. Threw up every day. At work – not fun. My doc gave me a med that gave me major restlessness that was worse than the nausea! Promptly threw that out. Only positive was that I didn’t need maternity jeans till 4 months along. Jordan was right – the acid reflux gets bad, but Tums always helped me. It was all worth it in the end. Prayers for you and your little one. :)

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21 Laura March 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

Oh gosh, I remember wondering if I was going to survive or ever feel normal again! You will though. After two weeks of puking every day, I started the b6 and unisom at night and zofran in the a.m. Kept me from throwing up, but still felt the constant nausea. We now have a healthy baby girl and the first trimester horrors are a distant memory.

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22 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga March 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

What a post…I remember these days, Kath. It’s soooo hard feeling so sick and nauseous. For me, it was a long, hard, road…there’s not much of anything that worked for me, other than just time and knowing the baby inside of me would sooner or later, be out into the world and in my arms :)

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23 Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife March 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

Oh my gosh! I can’t believe how completely fascinating these posts are to me!!! Getting insight into what it’s like to be pregnant on such a day-to-day level is actually amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this before! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

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24 Caitlin in MD March 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I, too, couldn’t STAND oatmeal when I was pregnant. And before that, ate it several times a week. My son is 18 months old and I jsut recently was able to stomach it again for breakfast on a regular basis.

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25 Jessica March 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I had the exact same “I wish I wasn’t pregnant” thoughts, which I now feel guilty about when I look at my gorgeous 9 month old daughter, but at the time, I couldn’t imagine feeling that way for one more minute! I’m actually scared to get pregnant again for fear of the nausea!

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26 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I can only imagine..
And even though I KNOW I am NOT pregnant, the fact that I can’t get enough orange juice lately either scares me a little!

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27 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm

That is absolutely horrendous. I am so sorry that you have had such horrible sickness! My mom said she didn’t feel sick with ANY of us – not even a tad bit nauseous. I wonder why some people get nauseous and others dont!

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28 IRISMES March 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I find it so great you’re keeping this journal with the “play by play” it really interesting to read other peoples experience. I for one didn’t have any morning sickness during my pregnancy, but reading how your weeks have been makes me more sympathetic towards all my friends and co-workers who are pregnant and suffering from morning sickness at the moment.

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29 Kelley March 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Awe, I am so sorry that the nausea hit you so hard. That sounds terrible. I remember sitting on my bathroom floor sobbing because I felt like I had no control over what my body was doing. Luckily I didn’t have morning sickness (just two days of it), I cant imagine what it would be like to wake up with it day after day. You’re a trooper! =)

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30 Kate March 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Ugh! So glad to know that you’ve gotten past this – not a fun phase! I’m nearing 22 weeks now and had my share of nausea in the first trimester. Luckily for me, it was generally the queasiness you were hoping for with just a handful of really bad episodes. I also lived for pizza, boxed mac and cheese (Auntie Anne’s creamy shells were my go-to) and bagels and cream cheese!! It’s so funny how things like that that I assumed had to be an odd quirk of mine seem to be these universal pregnancy foods you don’t hear about until you’re there yourself! haha

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31 Nicole March 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Thankfully I only had the dry heaves once, but the almost constant low grade nausea somehow seems worse. Def was eating stuff I would normally never eat: mac n cheese, pizza, cereal, and fast food. Lots of saltines. I had to give up toast/bread because I’d eaten so much of it, it was making me nauseous! Couldn’t win. It’s thankfully better- I can eat salad and beans again…although I’m addicted to blue cheese dressing, which I didn’t use before.

Had my NT screening today and got to see the baby again, plus hear the heartbeat. It’s still so surreal!

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32 Krista March 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Kath,

I’m not usually one to wave the “I’ve had a miscarriage” flag around and in general I don’t get easily offended by insensitive things that pregnant women say. I’ve actually really enjoyed reading your baby blog – until I read this… “There were even moments of “I wish I weren’t pregnant” that I now regret thinking (and am embarrassed to say…) but I was really starting to second guess this whole thing.”

Now, I want you to know that I really do feel bad for you. Morning sickness absolutely sucks and it sounds like you’re having a horrible time with it. I remember crying to my husband one evening because I felt so bad but let me tell you, the tears I cried a few weeks later when I lost the baby were much, much worse. Like I said, I don’t usually get offended but the fact that you admitted to wishing you weren’t pregnant and second guessing having a child really stung. I know you are just being honest and that this is your blog so you can say whatever you want, but I hope in the future you will be a bit more sensitive. I, and I know many other woman who would agree with me, would gladly hurl every single day for nine months if it meant that I could have a successful pregnancy.

Like I said, it’s your blog so you can say whatever you want. I would just hope that knowing there are women out there who would gladly switch places with you, morning sickness and all, will give you a little bit more perspective as to what you can and what you cannot handle.

Krista

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33 KERF March 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Krista,
I’m very sorry if that sentence was too much. I’ve tried really hard when writing my posts to be very sensitive to those who have had trouble conceiving or miscarriages. I know there will inevitably be parts of my blog that are so honest they are inappropriate to some, and I tried to soften this comment by admitting I felt uncomfortable and guilty with my own thoughts after they passed.

I do feel the need to be somewhat honest with my emotions though, and that’s where this sentence came in. I added that I did feel guilty about it, but I wanted to share my emotions so that if others have the same reaction they know they are not alone. There are so many unspoken things surrounding pregnancy, and I wish all topics were able to be discussed more freely without worrying about what others will think. I’m not saying your reaction wasn’t valid, just that the more we talk about issues relating to pregnancy, the more it might help us all bond together as women.

I do realize that I’m very lucky and would never intentionally write anything that would appear like I didn’t care about other women’s situations. I personally don’t know what miscarriage is like, but I’ve helped friends through them, and I’m very sorry to hear of your loss.

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34 Ellen March 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm

It’s that honesty – “the good, the bad, and the ugly” – that is making this pregnancy blog a standout; a necessary one, it seems.

Admitting where you went mentally, while in the throes of such sickness, is a part of the journey. Even if those reading this post might not admit to a similar feeling, the fact that you “voiced” it lets them know they’re not alone; they’re not bad/horrible people for having had similar, passing thoughts.

Blessings to you, Kath and Krista.

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35 Amelia March 7, 2012 at 1:16 am

Suffering is all relative. We can’t empathize with those going through experiences different than our own, we can only be honest and authentic and of course try to be sensitive, which you are doing well, Kath.

While I am heartbroken for anyone who has had a miscarriage or lost a child — as that’s a pain I can’t even fathom — I don’t think Kath pretending that she is grateful for her nausea would help ease your grief.

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36 Katie March 1, 2013 at 10:44 am

I have had those very same thoughts. Of course, now when I hold my 13 month old girl, I feel guilty. I am 6 weeks with my second and it is worse than before. If someone has never had debilitating morning sickness, they cannot judge you for making that statement.

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37 Irritated November 20, 2013 at 11:51 am

Until you have experienced debilitating nausea or morning sickness or, worse, hyperemisis, you can’t judge. And, frankly, it is exactly this attitude of ‘just be grateful ‘ that prevents women who are suffering from being supported.

I am 7 week right now and have suffered a loss before. For two and a half weeks I have had relentless nausea 24/7 that has me at the brink of vomiting in addition to dry heaving up to 15 times a day and vomiting 2-4 times a day…for days on end with maybe the hope that it will end in another five weeks. This is after medication, without medication I got to the point that I just vomited anything up. When you are dehydrated, exhausted and desperate, these thoughts are hardly surprising and I have thought them despite how desperate I was and am for this pregnancy to go to term.

It’s hideous, and I would not wish it on my worst enemy. Women suffering through this deserve to be understood, not judged for their thoughts in their darkest moments.

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38 Angel7 March 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

One thing I cannot tolerate is nausea!!! It can be somewhat debilitating, and especially when you are pregnant; do not have the desire to eat because of the nausea; and know that you and the baby need the nourishment! Hopefully… This, too, shall pass!

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39 Krista March 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Kath, like I said, it’s your blog and you can post whatever you want to post. I personally don’t understand why you would ever admit to something like that (it doesn’t make me “bond” with you, I promise you that) but to each her own. I’m sure there is someone out there who can relate to you.

I appreciate your sympathy and wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy.

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40 Kelly March 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I think she means, specifically in this instance, it would help to bond women who may have felt that extreme kind of nasuea and wondered if they would be able to handle all that comes along with pregnancy! In the state of mind that she was, it must have felt “daunting”. I too am very sorry to hear of your loss, but I must admit that I do appreciate the honesty Kath is displaying here.

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41 Krista March 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I understand what she means but she did specifically say that she hopes it will “help us all bond together as women.” All women, not just nauseous, pregnant women. It does not, in any way, help me bond with her. Saying that a pregnancy is “daunting” or wondering if you can handle it is much different than saying “I wish I wasn’t pregnant”.

Again, it’s Kath’s blog and she can post whatever she wants.

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42 Whitney March 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Krista-I know your loss personally, just experienced it. I do have to defend Kath though… her honesty is what keeps us all coming back. It tugged on my heart a little when I read that sentence but it probably wouldn’t have made me think twice if I was still pregnant. Honestly, I might have even felt the same way at some point if my pregnancy didn’t turn out the way it did. Most people do because its such a new and crazy experience. The comments just hit home more now that you’ve experienced something like that. I wish you the best!

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43 Krista March 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Whitney, I don’t think Kath needs anyone to defend her – first of all she’s a grown woman and second, I’m not attacking her, I’m just sharing my response to the statement that she made. Given the emotion that the subjects arouses, I think I did it in a pretty respectful manner. You’ll notice I never said “you shouldn’t have said this…” I simply asked for her to be a little more sensitive. And, again, it’s her blog. Whether or not she chooses to pay any mind to what I said is her decision.

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44 Kaitlyn March 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Looking back on your KERF posts I can’t believe you were even able to post anything on those days! This sounds so incredibly awful!

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45 Kim March 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I so hear ya! I’m 16 weeks, and weeks 6 -12 were just a haze of nausea and exhaustion. I remember going to the OB and being really happy that I hadn’t felt sick at all at 5 weeks, and her warning me that that may change! I got by on lots of cereal (for every meal) and pasta also. When I got to 12 weeks everything got so much better. Pancakes and oatmeal would have made me puke – I was impressed!

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46 Katie March 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Thank you so much for being honest about what the first tri is really like. I’m 10 weeks and have felt the exact same way that described. You are not being melodramatic and I don’t think your thoughts of ‘second-guessing’ are out of line either. I felt those feelings and thought those thoughts when I was in pain and so sick and tired all the time. When the symptoms hit you like a ton of bricks and your hormones are going crazy, you think and do things that are totally out of character and that is NORMAL! Thanks for your honesty. Luckily, things are starting to get better for me at this point and I can see the light at the end of the first trimester tunnel! Can’t wait to read more of your story – I get excited every time a new post pops up on my google reader :)

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47 Jessica March 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I agree that I really appreciate the honesty, like I said earlier, I had the same thoughts and feelings and I feel like we should be able to talk about these types of things without being ostracized for it.

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48 Jennifer March 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm

You poor thing. That sounds really miserable. I have always heard, though, that the sicker you are the better. :) It’s a good thing.

I always took my prenatal at bedtime. It would upset my stomach if I took it in the morning.

Did the Unisom make you sleepy?

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49 KERF March 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I do take my prenatal at bedtime, although it has never bothered my stomach any time of day. And surprisingly, the Unisom doesn’t make me sleepy at all, but I wonder if it’s helping me sleep more solidly since I had insomnia the day after I didn’t take it once.

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50 Rachel March 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I am a few weeks behind you and I have to admit that I’m grateful I haven’t experienced any of this. I am a school teacher and can’t imagine how I’d feel in this position. I’ve had fellow teachers go through this while teaching 26 9 year olds all day, and it definitely looks awful! You’re so lucky to have a flexible job.

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51 Shannon Bell March 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Congrats on the baby! I’ve loved you’re segue into the baby blog world (one of my favorites!) I’m in medical school and am planning on going into women’s health (probably obgyn) and just thought I’d offer some good books for you to read. Frankly, pregnancy is not a medical problem, it’s natural, you’re capable, and it can be amazing. The only bummer is that unfortunately a lot of doctors don’t have super great resources (outside of the medical aspect) so here goes: the goal is don’t go with just one resource but do what feels right for you and stay informed!!

-The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, By: Henci Goer
-Watch The Business of Being Born & Organic Birth (both great documentaries, take what you want from them to apply to your situation, but the goal here is to be informed about what YOU want out of the delivery and not what the medical personnel want–this is all on your shoulders to spearhead)

I’ve enjoyed reading about all of your fun new experiences (can’t wait for my own baby experiences in the future!) Thanks for sharing :-)

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52 KERF March 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Thanks for the resources!

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53 Jenn March 3, 2012 at 1:04 am

LOVED the business of being born! Will check out your other suggestions.

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54 pam March 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Your cravings and food sensitives sound exactly like mine at 6 weeks, so crazy how our diet can completely change. I found almonds really helped with nausea – not sure if you’ve tried them but I carried them everywhere and anytime I was really hungry or a wave of nausea hit a handful really helped. Almond milk was good too! I tried preggie pops as well but they didn’t seem to help me. You could also try ginger or ginger tea. Hopefully it gets better once you hit second trimester!

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55 Liz March 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Hi! Found you via Pinterest…and then this! Zofran is a gift from the heavens. You do not need to feel yucky!!! I’m on my 3rd and can tell you this is the one time I had that lovely and wonderful prescription and it has made all the difference. Best wishes to you!

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56 Jessica March 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Nausea sucks. I’m sorry that at the same time you were do nauseated you were having lots of crappy comments written on your smoothie post. That was my first thought when you shared you are pregnant-all those insensitive comments :(

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57 Natalie March 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Your cravings are just like mine. I hardly ever drink soda, and there have been 3 times that I have craved a coke to settle my stomach! Kraft mac-n-cheese, ALSO something I want all the time.

And apparently citrus takes away nausea, the smell can cut other smells, and settle yourself! I did some research because myself and another pregnant friend were both eating oranges, clementines and grapefruits!

Thanks for sharing, glad I can read and relate to someone else going through what I have been going through as well :o)

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58 Miranda @ Biting Life March 3, 2012 at 3:35 am

Sorry if this is awkward but… your butt and legs look AMAZING in that first picture! Awesome job :) I bet it’s all that walking and biking you do!

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59 KERF March 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

Haha thanks! Sadly all my tone is now gone… But for a good reason!

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60 Dominique March 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I can totally relate to how you feel about the nausea bit; I’m not even pregnant but have had nausea on and off for months. I eventually went and saw my doctor and she said it would be the birth control I was taking in the morning (she said that most of her patients take it at night so they can sleep it off). I started taking it in the morning but then found the nausea coming back in the past couple of weeks. It really does feel awful and having to work in an environment where we do micro testing on mostly food samples, I’m inundated with various food smells that make me feel even more nauseous. I’ve only actually thrown up at work once though another time in my fiance’s parents’ car. That was not a fun experience.

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61 jaclyn@todayslady March 6, 2012 at 1:28 am

The Snoogle is the best invention ever!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have you received it yet? Let us know how you like it. I’ve been using mine since about 16 weeks, it was a life saver then and still is at 28 weeks! I honestly dont think I could sleep without it now :)

Also, congratulations!!!!!! I’m a long time reader and I dont think I’ve congratulated you yet! Hmmm maybe I have…. Baby brain is REAL!!!

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62 Amelia March 7, 2012 at 1:04 am

I was sick (like puking and dry heaving all the time, unable to socialize, barely able to get out of bed on some days) from week 4-16….so I have to say, nausea-wise you are doing OK! Of course it’s all relative, and any level of nausea just sucks. The worst for me was at night – I couldn’t sleep b/c of nausea and would just watch TV and cry b/c I was so miserable! Thank goodness this all ends, otherwise we’d never procreate as a species :)

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63 Rachel March 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I’m 11 weeks pregnant now and had to stop reading your blog since I was 5 weeks because I’ve been SO SICK! So sorry but I couldn’t look at the food photos because they sent me dry heaving. But now I’m feeling better and catching up with your posts. I’ve been cracking up reading all of this, it’s like reading my own diary!! Even the part about not wanting salads (I’m a veg and now can not stand to look at a salad, ha!) It’s nice to relate to someone about all this. You did a great job capturing the awfulness of prego sickness and how surprising it is to those of us who are health nuts. I also just got a snoogle. HOLY AMAZING. Keep up the great posts!

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64 Emily June 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Hi Kath,

I’m going back and reading your old posts– 6 weeks today because I’m 6 weeks pregnant and the nausea is k.i.l.l.i.n.g. me. And I haven’t even had it nearly as bad as you yet. So encouraging to see someone else going through the same thing. Almost literally–I just decided last night that cheese ravioli with tomato sauce was all I could stomach! Funny!

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65 KERF June 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm

:) Congrats!

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66 Morgan September 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

At 6ish weeks pregnant, I am finding so much comfort through reading your posts… definitely making me go into “survival mode” and realize that if all I can stomach is pizza and macaroni, that’s what I’ve got to eat (despite the thoughts that I would feed my baby “healthy fruits, veggies, and grains” no matter what before, ha!). Know this was written a while ago, but did want to know if you had any worries about the B6 Unisom combo and the baby. I have been trying to not take anything for the nausea til my ultrasound Monday, but would LOVE to do so if I knew it was safe.

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67 KERF September 19, 2012 at 11:09 am

my doctor said that it was 1 of the most researched anti nausea pregnancy medicines there is, and that it has been tested on something like 1,000,000 babies with no side effects

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68 morgan September 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

Wow! So great to hear. Thank you!

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69 Juliene October 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Also had a question about the unisom b6 combo? What type of unisom did your doctor say to take, apparently there are 2 kinds? And what dosage of each? My doctor prescribed zofran but my insurance only covers 12 pills in a 30 day period, which obviously won’t cut it. I just picked up the script today so I havent called and asked my doctor about the b6 unisom combo, was hoping for your help in the meantime!!

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70 KERF October 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

This was the Unisom I took and I took half a tablet 3x a day with meals: http://www.amazon.com/Unisom-Sleep-Tabs-Tablets-48-Count/dp/B002CVV1JO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1350243947&sr=8-4&keywords=unisom.

And half a B6 that were 50 mg. I’d ask your doctor for her/his recommendation on your dosage!

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71 Heidi December 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

I’m 6.5 weeks pregnant and thought smugly last week that I would be one of the lucky ones who escapes nausea…..not so much! This week has just been awful. I think I’ll give B6 a whirl, but I’m a bit wary of Unisom because I’ve always been sensitive to sleep drugs and don’t want to feel out of it in the middle of they day. I can’t wait till this phase passes…..as you capture perfectly above, it really sucks feeling this way day after day!

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72 KERF December 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Hope you feel better soon :(

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73 Karen January 4, 2013 at 10:01 am

Oh Kath- just reading this post this morning helped me so much. I am about 6- 7 weeks (still waiting for dating ultrasound as I have an irregular cycle) and I loved food last week and this week I am on the couch morning and night crying into pillows and on my husband and into my scarves due to my nausea. I haven’t actually thrown up yet but I do find that I stole one of your tips (POPSICLES!) and if I have one at night before the gross feeling sets in I am ok. I am only craving bagels and cream cheese, waffles with peanut butter and toast. Trying to force myself to drink fruit and veggie smoothies so baby gets nutrients but its hard. I keep looking at pictures of Mazen and thinking it’s worth it- Kath and many other women go through this and I will too. It’s nice to be able to “go through” my pregnancy with you since we aren’t telling people yet. Big hugs to you!

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74 Marie-Sophie February 28, 2014 at 3:17 am

I am in week 6 right now and reading through your posts right now (I knew back then that I would love to read them while pregnant – you describe everything so detailed so I don’t feel as alone- thank you!), I had to laugh so hard!

My first morning sickness episode, like TODAY, started after having eaten a lentil bolognese last night. Oh GOD, I hate lentils right now!!! Getting rid of the leftovers was the worst thing and had to bury the dry lentils somewhere far far away from me .. really hoping that the morning sickness will just be a passer-by!

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