So this is what the dreaded nausea feels like. It takes up my whole day, my whole night, my whole life. I can’t eat, drink or sleep. Jerry forces me to eat at least crackers or toast, but that makes it worse. The good news is that I’m barely vomiting. I wonder if I will feel better if everything came up. Either way, not a minute goes by where I am not consumed by nausea. I try to distract myself with something, anything, to take my mind off the nausea. It works, sometimes. Most mornings I get to work 2 hours late. It takes superhuman strength to drag myself out of bed. Some studies have shown that the more nauseous a woman is, the less of a chance of her having a miscarriage. That is my one comforting thought.
I keep reassuring myself that this will pass soon, and in less than a year I will have a beautiful baby to show for it. This week is the week that the baby’s heart starts beating! I have another appointment next week, and I can barely wait. Although it’s too early to hear it through a stethoscope, a sonogram will show the pulsing movement. A fetus heart beats about twice as fast as a healthy adult’s heart. Old wives’ tales claim that if the heart beats faster you’re having a girl, but that is yet to be proven.
The embryo will go through a major growth spurt this week – nearly tripling in size! – to slightly smaller than half an inch. The neural tube is closing now, with one end forming the spinal cord and the other forming the brain. The hands will start their slow forming process this week, too.
Now is the time to start doing kegel exercises to strengthen the vaginal muscles. Talk to your doctor about other exercises that you can do to keep in shape.
To stave off the nausea, stay away from fatty and oily foods. Stick to dry, plain food, such as crackers, toast (without butter!), pretzels, and drink ginger ale. If you can eat meals, try to eat a bunch of smaller meals during the day as opposed to three big meals.
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Wishing you a nausea-less week!