Thursday, May 10, 2007

Morning Sickness?

I'm really annoyed by the term "Morning Sickness."

I'm the youngest in my family, so I never saw my mother go through pregnancy. I also haven't had any really close friends who I've watched go through pregnancy. What does that leave me to base my expectations of pregnancy on? T.V. and movies, of course!

I've seen the movies with the women throwing up in the morning and then going on their merry way throughout the rest of the day as if nothing is wrong. I just have to say, this is a movie myth. And the term Morning Sickness isn't accurate at all. They should call it All-Day Sickness.

One of my books jokingly called it Progesterone Poisoning. I liked that. What with constant nausea, extreme fatigue, and occasional vomiting, I have felt... poisoned. But I must add in here that everyone has a different experience. Some women (my mother among them) never feel any nausea. (My mom was extremely fatigued however, and remembers sleeping constantly)

Okay, enough ranting...

For me, things are getting a little better. I still have plenty of bad days. But I have some good days too. I've started throwing up a lot more often. But I'm not always nauseous anymore, and I have a lot more energy than I used to. I weighed myself yesterday and found that I've lost 11 pounds since this whole pregnancy thing started. I felt a little worried. But then I thought of all the women I know that have had this same experience, or worse... and their babies have turned out quite normal. That made me feel better. The most worrisome thing is that lately I haven't been able to take my multi-vitamin everyday due to the vomiting. I get it down at least every-other day though.

Anyway, I'd appreciate all your prayers. I'm getting close to the 12 week mark! And I'm supposed to start feeling a lot better after that.

Greg's been great! I know it must be stressful for him having a sick wife... but he's been a wonderful support to me. He's done housework, run to the store to buy whatever sounds appealing to me at the time, listened patiently to all my complaints, and made himself endless meals when I've been too tired or nauseous to cook (which has been pretty much all the time).

Also, through this I'm learning to rest in God's will for me. He's all-powerful and completely loving. And so I can rest, knowing that even this is one of His good gifts. He uses everything (including nausea, vomiting, fatigue etc.) for my good and His glory. I'm so thankful that I have a loving Father's arms to rest in.

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