Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Nausea, BLEH!

So...I don't get this whole nausea thing. At first I thought, ohhh, this is fun! I'm sick, I'm really pregnant.

But after 6 weeks of consistently being grossed out by the mere thought of food...it wears on you.

It's a very foreign experience for me. I've always been a FOOD LOVER. LOVE LOVE LOVE my food. To quote (roughly because I couldn't find the *exact* quote online) the ever-lovable singing Goofy in Jack in the Beanstalk... "Turkey, starches, sweet potato pie...." Well that's me. I have had a long standing love affair with food.

But suddenly, I don't. It's the first time in my life that ever, EVER, I haven't wanted to eat. Oh...I try, but if it's very heavy or involves meat, I can almost guarantee you that I'm either going straight past nausea right to worshipping the porcelain goddess or I'm going to be praying that I could worship the porcelain goddess because my tummy hurts so badly.

So...I eat a lot of bananas. A lot of them. Can't get ENOUGH of them. I keep telling people, I'm not having a boy or a girl, I'm having a monkey! I eat a lot of yogurt. A lot of fruit. Applesauce is good. Plain rice and corn aren't too bad either. Oatmeal bars and saltine crackers. That's my staple diet all day long. I crave mashed potatoes (sort of...they're kind of heavy - so if I ate some - just a little tiny bit), but I haven't had the energy or wherewithal to actually boil and mash them. Ohhh, if I *had* to, I could...but since I can get everything else out of a can - I haven't.

The strangest thing is my new-found love of ramen noodles. I haven't eaten ramen noodles on a regular basis since I was in Korea. That was 10 years ago (omg - I just did the math and realized how old I'm getting....10 years?!?!?!) But, for whatever reason, they're one of the few hot foods that don't upset my stomach and I can keep down. Go figure.

But here's the thing I don't get. We all know how challenging parenthood is - or at least, we think we know. I'm being told by my parent friends that I only know the tip of the iceberg. So..if it's so tough, why can't this pregnancy time be blissful and without this stupid nausea, really? If labor and delivery is that tough and parenthood even tougher than that...why do you have to make us sick now?!?! Can't we just go blissfully unaware into the realm of parenthood?

Everyone (that isn't currently nauseated, I might add), keeps telling me this is a blessing...and don't get me wrong, I feel SO lucky that my baby was sticky this time and things are going well. I'm thrilled I'm going to get to be a mom. I'm also terrified of the not knowing what I don't know, if that makes sense, and realizing I'm in for a rude awakening about the things I think I do know. But this nausea? It ain't so fun...and really, I'm kinda ready to hit that 2nd trimester "glow" everyone keeps talking about....

In the meantime, if you hear any retching sounds from over in the corner...that'd be me... If I'm over there for too long, send in the cavalry.


Anonymous said...

Cottage cheese and massive amounts of strawberries were my salvation - and carbs were always good. It does get better... but I agree that it'd be nice to have some kind of break

Tami & Vilnis said...

That must be how the ramen business stays around- college students and preggy ladies.. heh, heh..

Mean trick mother nature plays- the one time you CAN eat.. you don't want to....shoot.

DeborahSW said...

Hang in there kiddo! And the one good thing is you're mostly craving the healthy stuff right now - you're already a great mom!

Who Needs Patience? said...

Oh, I so feel your pain!! This nausea is really hard to deal with!! It is so hard to eat when you feel the urge to yack....ugh!!!! hang in there!!