Don’t let that smiling face fool you, it has been a ROUGH week! Pregnancy nausea is full blown and I don’t even want to talk about my constipation…Well, actually yes I do. I ended up needing IV fluids and anti-nausea medications one day last week because I got so dehydrated.
Coming off the medications I take for my neurological/auto-immune disorder has been a challenge as well. I had to say Bye-Bye to Baclofen, which meant saying Hello to painful muscle spasms. I also had to cut down on most of my other meds so I’ve struggled with numbness in my feet, nerve pain, and painful tremors. Have I officially scared you yet? Well, I didn’t mean to.
Truth be told, I’ve been pretty uncomfortable but it’s also been manageable. Here are a few things I’ve started doing to help me get by this week…and probably for the rest of my pregnancy.
- Water, Water, Water, Water…I cannot express enough how important drinking water is. Hate the taste of water? Add a flavor packet but DRINK! Dehydration definitely exacerbates ALL of my neuro/AI symptoms.
- Carry a snack tote with you everywhere. Pack it with fresh fruits/veggies, probiotic prune yogurt (sounds gross but it’s actually pretty yummy and helps with that pooping problem), and whatever else you can tolerate eating right now. Avoid fast food like the plague.
- Eat small, frequent meals. Don’t wait until you’re starving, binge on a giant meal, and feel like crap the rest of the day. I eat about every three hours. Small Breakfast, Snack, Small Lunch, Snack, Small Dinner, Snack. I still want to puke almost all day but at least it helps me not to be as miserable.
- Keep your neuro/AI symptoms in check. As you remove some of your non-pregnancy-safe medications from your daily regimen (under your doctors care and instruction), keep close track of how that is affecting your body. Keep a journal and talk to your doctor often ❤