Over the past 15.5 weeks (really weeks 6.5 to now) I’ve dealt with my fair share of morning sickness. I like to call it the morning sickness saga. It’s been humbling, difficult, and even sometimes hilarious. I mean really, puking in the car with your husband every morning on the way to work has to have some sort of humor attached to it. I feel blessed that I haven’t had to deal with an extreme case, so I know it could be much worse. However, when it first started, I kind of felt like everything I read just sugar-coated it and no one really told it like it was. I had no idea what I was in for, and I wish there were more HONEST articles out there about what dealing with morning sickness is really like! I had a few friends who had also dealt with morning sickness who I was thankfully able to lean on in the first few weeks, and that helped a lot, just to know that what I was feeling was normal. Well, I feel like I’ve learned a few things of my own along this journey, and I’m betting that at least one fellow-tiny-human-grower can relate! So, here are 15 things I’ve learned about morning sickness.
1. Morning sickness will vary from person to person. And by vary, I mean each woman’s experience will be VASTLY different! I have friends who never once felt sick, friends who only felt nauseous, and friends who puked for 9 months straight.
2. Morning sickness is actually all day sickness. While I had read this and heard it from people, you really don’t believe it until you truly feel like crap all. day. long.
3. Morning sickness puts crazy thoughts into your head, and that’s OKAY! You can fully blame your hormones!
4. It’s possible to throw up every day, for months! MONTHS! You’ll think this has to be some sort of test.
5. You will become a puke predicting ninja. And you will just know, every time. Even your husband will know what that face means.
6. At times, your husband will think you’ve been possessed by the exorcist.
6. You will have a love/hate relationship with food, and it will be like trying to feed a very angry animal.
7. Morning sickness can make you feel like a completely different person for months.
8. When asked, “how have you been feeling?” you will be able to lie out of your teeth.
9. Not feeling well is exhausting, regardless of how sick you actually are. Your friends might think you’ve dropped off the planet.
10. Riding in a car will sometimes feel like you’re riding a rollercoaster backwards with your eyes closed.
11. You will cry not because you’re so excited about the baby, (which you are), but because you are also so tired of being sick and tired.
12. You will mentally plan out where every bathroom is wherever you go.
13. You will leave a permanent indention on the couch.
14. You will be scared to death to go anywhere without knowing whether or not you will be able to eat. Do. Not. Let. Your. Tummy. Get. Empty.
15. It will all be worth it. Don’t give up! You are a strong, powerful woman and you are GROWING A HUMAN!!!
All in all, I’ve learned that “this too shall pass,” (I’m hoping at least, ha!) and that sometimes you just have to put on your big girl panties and deal with it. More women deal with morning sickness than don’t, so welcome to the club girlfriend!
Disclaimer: this is MY experience, and MY experience alone. I am eternally thankful and feel so blessed to have even been given the ability to carry my sweet child. I would go through morning sickness again and again if the Lord were to bless us with more children. Every pregnant woman’s experience is different, and this is not intended to be a pity party, but a humorous account of my own opinions.
Did you have morning sickness? What was one thing you learned from it?