• http://www.sundaysoff.net Anonymous

    Ah, yes, around the lake turn in the morning on the way to the office, whoops, there come those pre-natal vitamins off that empty stomach.
    Open the Jeep door and lean head down as far as possible to hurl out of the still-moving car. Then close the door and on to work. Good times. Women can do anything.

    I am almost a decade past that, but I’d like to suggest juicing. 35 bucks at walmart for a juicer, apples (especially) and carrots or pears or whatever you can stomach, fix a 1/2 gallon jug of it once a week, and drink it first thing in the morning. Hydrates, delivers water soluable vitamins, and the pectin in fruit helps with nausea. Also, scratch and sniff a fresh lemon.
    Loves ya and good luck kid.I’ve been here 5 years with you, thanks for keeping it real.

  • http://www.motleyqueue.blogspot.com Holly

    You are freaking me out. I’m 3 months pregnant also…and I can’t stop snarfing down salt & vinegar chips. My belly popped out after one month. It is so weird compared to my first pregnancy. My doctor says the uterus has a “muscle memory” from the previous pregnancy and just knows to go to that shape earlier. Delightful. Let’s hope my butt doesn’t have “cellulite memory”

  • janel

    i was showing at 3 months, too- twins! surprise, surprise!

  • http://lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com/ RuthWells

    Have you tried lemon water ice for the nausea? (Do they have water ice on the west coast?) It was the only thing that worked for me…

  • Jennie

    My only advice – stay away from the Spaghettio’s!!! When I was pregnant with my fourth, my other three were old enough for 1st, kindergarten and preschool respectively. When packing lunches, they wanted Spaghettio’s in their thermos for a hot nutritious, non-peanut buttery lunch. Warming and filling the thermos with Spaghettios at 6:30am made me queasy, queasier and then queasiest!!!

    Twenty years later, and the smell of Spaghettio’s STILL makes me hurl… Consider this a cautionary tale.

    Congratulations on both the pregnancy and the embracing of the pregnancy pants panel – I learned to love elastaband pants with all of my children.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! Sorry to hear that the nausea is ruling your world right now. I heard from a friend that almonds are suppose to help. But, this is all second hand since I have never had the pleasure of being pregnant. Hope the nausea comes to quick end.

  • http://zenmommasgarden.blogspot.com/ Zenmomma

    In my experience morning sickness=healthy pregnancy.
    Sounds like you got a keeper in there. :o ) I hope the next months are smooth sailing.

  • http://grrlathr.com Finn

    So glad I’m not the only one who hated being pregnant.

    I’ve heard that after the first baby you start showing the minute the second pink line appears.

    Hope you feel better soon!

  • http://luckythirteenandcounting.com sandi

    As a disgruntled Mormon myself, I almost peed my pants in the second paragraph! Yep, you’ve been there done that too!

    You are Hilarious!

  • Sarah

    Hope you feel better Heather! Thanks for sharing!

  • Erin

    De-lurking to tell you how much I love your site, and best wishes with the pregnancy! I work with a bunch of pregnant or once-were-pregnant women and all the pregnancy stories scare the living shit out of me – but hey! Good luck to you and your family!!

  • Carrie

    I’m 9 weeks into my first pregnancy and not enjoying it one bit. I’m so glad that I’m expecting twins because I’m not so sure I’d want to repeat this experience a second time! Sometimes I swear that mutant alien parasites have invaded my body making me sick and draining all my energy. :)

  • http://www.lifewiththetwo.blogspot.com Sara

    I hate being pregnant too. It makes me absolutely crazy. Did it twice. Will probably never do it again. Unless it’s a huge fluke. And I too think the women who want to be pregnant all the time have lost their damn minds!

  • Sonya

    I’m having not very happy flashbacks here. I still can’t forget and it is now 13 1/2 years since I last had morning sickness!

    Two suggestions that made a big difference for me: one: Multi-B vitamin injections (the B6 is especially helpful) and massage/reflexology. I know, how can pushing pressure points on your feet help? No idea how it works, but when I went instead of vomiting 3x per day with constant nausea, I would have no nausea for 1-1.5 days (Heaven!) and no vomiting for two days.

    I also did not realize at the time that I was gluten-sensitive/celiac. You have mentioned trying gluten-free before – if you are sensitive staying completely off will make you feel better in a couple of weeks (takes 4-6 weeks for your gut to heal).

    Hope you feel better soon.

  • http://bkimrey1.wordpress.com beeps

    i hated being pregnant- it was like my body was taken over by aliens for a year. i had morning sickness (which i re-christened alldamndaysickness) for both of my pregnacies for 7 months. i hated losing control and hated even worse wanting so badly to eat only to revisit it moments later- not unlike the feeling of being on the tilt-a-whirl at the county fair ALL THE TIME while you can smell the corndog stand 10 feet away. pregancy ain’t made for everyone but the outcome is oh, so sweet…you’re not alone heather, just hangin a while longer and suck up all the chips you can while you have that fantastic excuse of “i’m eating for two…”

  • Bobbi

    Hang in there! I went through that with both my pregnancies. I felt as though I was possessed with a poltergeist.

  • Brandy

    Heather, I am also in early pregnancy. I am about 4 weeks behind you on my second child. I am positive that I’ll be in maternity clothes by the end of the year and I’m having morning sickness only when i don’t eat… When i get hungry I start gagging and dry heaving. So I am trying to eat small amounts all day long. With my first pregnancy I also lost 15 lbs because I was SO SICK. So I am glad it’s better this time, but I will be just so glad when week 16 hits. That’s when it finally ended with my first.

    Happy for you and your family, but you are right. This part sucks!!

  • http://lovesongforasandwich.blogspot.com Susan

    I read about your pregnancy with Leta as it was happening. I’m happy that my bf already has a son because I’m convinced that one day if I have a kid I will not want to do it twice. I thank your blog for that.

    I love your raw honesty. You’ve made it ok for women to admit that being pregnant is not all cuddly cuteness. Before the baby comes anyway!

  • Dawn

    Thank god I am not the only one. I hated very second of being pregnant. I love my little 3 month old and she was totally worth it, but pregnancy felt so unnatural to me,

  • http://somedaywewillsleep.com Veronica

    I don’t enjoy being pregnant at all. I’m currently about 8 months along with #2 and oh my word am I ready to be done.

    The end result is so worth it (mostly) but the getting there? Ugh.

  • Lindy

    I’m due two days after you (though this is my first). I read the part about feeling disenfranchised and the bells just went off. Yes! I’ve never been very good at being embodied as it is (I’m a philosophy professor, so ideas have always appealed more than bodies and materiality). But now I honestly don’t even know how to deal with all this some days. I’ll hit the 2nd trimester in about 5 days, and I’m really hoping it gets better, even if just for a couple of months before the 3rd trimester turns me into a cow. But thanks for writing this. It doesn’t feel like anything I can tell people. I tried to mention it to my mom, and she was shocked–*shocked*–that I’m not glowing with joy and happiness at every possible second.

  • Canadian Betty

    You know what I can’t eat since being pregnant? Chocolate milk and red licorice Nibs. Ever since I threw them up at a movie theatre in my second trimester I haven’t been able to touch them since. I was sick for 9 months with both my kids, I feel your pain. Kentucky Fried Chicken always goes down nicely though….

  • Heather J

    I agree totally with you about the HATING being pregnant…I got the pizza face too.. I thought I had an AWFUL sinus infection..not pregnancy!! My advice for the nausea? Sour stuff worked for me, like just the jolly ranchers sours or the sour popsicles (I lived on those and vitamin water cuz I couldn’t keep anything down for longer than 4 minutes..ever) I dunno why, but I could keep those down and I didn’t feel like ass afterwards..

    good luck honey!

  • http://www.joybristol.com Joy

    Congratulations again! I really am so happy for you and your family! I hope you are loving the preggo talk!

    I have been pregnant twice, with the second one ending with a baby. I was so sick with the first pregnancy, I ended up in the hospital. I couldn’t even hold down water. I would faint when I stood up. I took 3 bags of IV fluid, I was so dehydrated. And with the second, I was very nauseous 24 hours a day too. From week 5 to week 20. I would roam the supermarket aisles trying to find the one thing that I might be able to eat. And I still gained weight super fast. Almost fifteen pounds by month 3. But in the last three months I gained not one pound. Weird.

    I hope (and bet) the nausea ends soon, and you can really enjoy showing off your bump. I bet you look so beautiful.

  • http://absolutelynothingnovelorunique.blogspot.com/ Amy

    THANK FUCKING GOD. I wanted to stab you with a dinner fork after your last post about how much you loved the taste of food because let me tell you, at 15 weeks and 3 days, not only is the vomiting STILL HERE but food tastes like RAT POISON and oh my god if you say the word milkshake in front of me I might very well kill you.

    I hate being pregnant. Hate it hate it hate it. There. I said it. It’s been a real psychological mind fuck for me. Without even knowing it I’ve been surrounded my whole life by the myth and unholy paradigm that if you don’t absolutely love (LOVE!!!!) being pregnant then you are going to eat your children with gravy the first opportunity you have. (Faulty point of logic number one in that statement is that I can’t eat ANYTHING, none the less an entire child and fuck you for even saying the word GRAVY)

    So thank you for this. Because I seriously wanted to reach into the screen and gouge your eyeballs out after that last post. But that’s only because I haven’t been able to eat anything that doesn’t taste like battery acid and splenda in four whole months, I haven’t gained one effing pound, my heartburn threatens to rip my entire esophagus straight out of my chest and I wake up most mornings with vomit stuck in my throat from the night before.

    And you are so right about the freaking hand jobs.

  • http://nohipsters.blogspot.com Molly

    Um, oh yeah. I am totally gobsmacked to be pregnant myself again, after two years of trying that yielded nothing but let-downs. I’m now spending an average of 20 hours a day trying not to breathe too hard for fear that it’ll make me throw up, and the other four hours wondering what the crap I was thinking for those two years. It is so as bad as the first time.

  • Heather J

    I almost forgot!!! My OB told me this was good.. since I was sick ALL the time…

    take a half a Dramamine and one Benedryl. since it’s supposed to be that we get sick from our balance being all jacked up and not the alien growing inside us…giving us another 15lbs of craziness…

    good luck

  • Juanita

    I second Tavin’s comment about the ginger. That helped when I had m/s with my first and I took it faithfully twice a day with my 2nd & 3rd pregnancies and never had that symptom. Good luck!

  • http://odivah.blogspot.com Odivah

    Being pregnant is always a blessing. It’s another life, another love.

  • Sarah

    but growing a baby: PRICELESS!

    (I feel for you and totally get what you are saying .. it’s horrible .. maybe you should call ..hmm, what is her name Mrs. Duggar .. you know, the lady with 18 children and counting!! )

  • Jennifer in Templeton

    4 days after I found out I was pregnant, my mother died. We didn’t tell the stepkids right away, ’cause we knew my stepdaughter would freak. I was exhausted the whole of my first trimester…BECAUSE I WAS HAVING TWINS! No morning sickness, tho. But I’m a small woman, so my babies shoved my lungs up into my throat. (My OB said, “Breathing is overrated.” Bastard!) One girl was doing somersaults and standing on my bladder. I got hemoroids, skin tags everywhere, and my feet were so swollen, all I could wear were flip-flops. Then came the gestational diabetes. Then the C-section. It has taken me over three years to fully recover.

    I don’t recommend twins at 40.

    Best of luck to you and your family!

  • http://psycheknot.livejournal.com Jocey

    Thank you for telling it like it is, and here’s hoping you feel better soon. I have heard good things about fruit nectar as a means of staving off nausea caused by pregnancy, but I cannot vouch for its effectiveness myself.

  • Meg

    Good luck with the already showing. I started showing at 2 months and for the next 7 had to endure comments like “You look like you’re ready to pop!” or “You must be having twins. No? Oh…” or my personal favorite (and most often heard) “God, You’re HUGE!” Its the price I had to pay for being 5’2″ and having a 9lb baby. So hopefully this means you’re going to a nice big healthy baby. Congrats again and I can’t wait to see pics of the bump!

  • Tehmi

    Women who claim they LOVE being pregnant are LYING. There is no way they love the way the alien growing inside of them is making them feel, cause its not good!

  • http://www.d3voiceworks.com d3 voiceworks

    does it make you puke when people call you sweetie in the comments section? :O

    44 y.o., 28 weeks, 1st pregnancy, natch conception, no morning sickness, but i’m mentally ill in that i think i look cute and want my DH to a.) tell me that. a lot, and 2.) jump my bones. i can completely relate to the disconcerting/intimidating/ hard-to-adjust-to weight gain.

    i told DH i place a lot of stock in my hotness.
    now … i place a lot of hot in my stockiness.

    i hope you’ll move out of that sickness as you come to your 2nd tri. … sweetie ;)

  • Margaret B

    Oh Heather – I’m so sorry. I’m 12 weeks 4 days right now, and though the nausea has subsided for a few weeks now – the incessant gagging is GETTING WORSE. And as I type, I’m working my way through a pound of pretzels.

    PS. There’s a very active message board community in the June 2009 Birth Club on Babycenter if you you’re interested. Can’t wait to get past this! Obviously you don’t have to announce you’re Heather from dooce, haha. Just for support!

  • http://www.JenniferSuarez.com Jennifer Suarez

    I hate being pregnant too. In fact I hate the infant stage as well. It’s not until my children can start to sit up on their own that I feel better about the whole thing.

    Now don’t get me wrong. I love being a Mom and I love my babies TO DEATH. It’s just that, you know, GROWING them sorta sucks.

    The only part of being pregnant that is truely fun – is feeling the baby move and kick. And that’s only when it isn’t kicking directly into your bladder causing you to piss all over yourself.

  • http://faydean.typepad.com faydean

    Oh, yay, the Heather complaining about pregnancy posts have begun!! I’ve so been waiting for these, and I’m not even being sarcastic.

    Ok, second pregnancy…personally was as much unfun as one person can have growing another. My deal was my hip…both my girls were transverse for the majority of my pregnancies, so either a head wedged on my right pelvic girdle or a foot lodged there. I had sciatica so bad for both I literally would scream outloud, uncontrollably, upon taking the slightest step. I remember getting trapped in my backyard in Memphis, during a unsually cold day, while trying to put something in our outside storage building and having to scream for my husband…anyone to come help me.

    Nausea? Nope. I bypassed that morning sickness thing, only, with my second to get two HORRIBLE bouts of either food poisoning or a stomach bug that I had to be hospitalized…there was loss of bowel control, ok. Second time sent me into preterm labor from dehydration. Nothing as much fun as being so pregnant you can’t even bend and trying to hurl for hours on end while having total loss of your bowels! I was so spent before the baby was born all I remember is thinking that just needed to be drugged and woken up when she was three months old.

    Seriously, I got to have phenegran when I was sick like that. I’ve never ever been so glad to have a drug in my life. I was there, suffering misery like no other and they said I could have an IV drip. One second misery and then black…I slept in the hospital, for the first time in weeks and weeks in my third trimester. It was heaven. I seriously did NOT want to leave. I was hoping I’d start puking again just so I could stay.

    But they sent me home. I had the baby and all was unpleasant for about six weeks…there was screaming and cussing at husband, baby and older child and much ranting about how stupid I’d been to even consider going through that hell again.

    Of course, now, all a faded (somewhat) memory and I’m jealous of your morning sickness (hubby is snipped so we’re done). Considering the fun of a nearly seven year old who is addicted to iCarly and Jake and Josh on Disney and says “whatever” as skillfully as any 17 year old, and a nearly four year old who puts her hands on her hips and yells at me when I don’t get her the right sippy cup…a nice, docile newborn would be just my cup o tea right about now. Believe me, the newborn thing will seem like a walk in a field full of roses and fuzzy bunnies compared with the older sibling attitude you’re gonna be faced with. My oldest is still so horribly jealous of her younger sister she asked me just today, “Does she have to come home right now?” when I told her I was going to get her sister at preschool.

    I hate you feel so awful, but second trimester was always great for me…normalacy and energy return until you start the wonderful heartburn that makes you wanna die, LOL.

    Hang in there Heather!

  • http://www.survivethemayhem.com SAHM: Surviving Assorted Home Mayhem

    I just had to pop in to say hey, I totally remember The Brick Oven! It was “another life” ago, but brings back memories. Oh, and yeah, the pregnancy description brings back plenty of memories, too. I feel for ya!

  • http://chocolateandwhine.blogspot.com Stephanie

    If this was supposed to scare me out of wanting to get pregnant, you succeeded.

  • Kristin

    On my second pregnancy, I popped out pretty quickly too.

    It was disturbing.

    But the end result is pretty amazing.

    My kids are now 7 and 9.

  • Robyn

    Just chiming in on the fly here–sorry if I’m redundant, as I haven’t had time yet to read the other comments tonight…suffice it to say, what you’re experiencing is totally normal for a second pregnancy…it honestly will get better, I promise. It was the same way for me–things seemed earlier and more intense all the way around the second time, from the nausea to the weight gain to showing to feeling exhausted. It all smoothed out by the second trimester.

    I hope you feel much better soon…

  • Allison

    I hated being pregnant too. I have never felt so out of it and miserable in my whole life.

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    Man, I feel sick. Note to self – don’t have anymore sex.

  • laura

    Showing already? Oh you are so having a boy!

    Well, i DO hope all goes well and that maybe soon the sickness will go away and the rest of the pregnancy will be ok…


  • Suzy

    I can’t tell you how relieved I am to hear that you are preggers. You were seriously insane during the election, to the point that I really didn’t even want to read.. and I didn’t for quite a while. Now, I realize, you were just experiencing pregnancy insanity! Thank goodness! I was seriously concerned.

    Hmmm.. Bland/non-greasy food was helpful in helping me avoid the nausea. Try that and also eating several small meals per day, instead of the usual three regular meals.

  • http://auntdahlia.blogspot.com/ CDP

    This is exactly what both of my pregnancies were like: the food that tasted AMAZING going down, but not so good coming up (and it almost always came back up), the crazy hormonal side-effects, the first one not showing until six months or so and the second one showing the minute I took the EPT. The good thing was the hair…my hair looked excellent when I was pregnant.

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    You should work for the church baby cos I don’t want to get pregnant – ever.

    i hope you feel better soon.

  • Laura

    After desperately trying to find advice on how to handle morning sickness during my pregnancy, I came across a book, “Managing Morning Sickness” by Miriam Erick. She’s done research in this area and found that:

    (1) Sniffing lemon helped many women – just slicing a wedge of lemon and smelling or even licking it might be helpful.

    (2) You’re most likely to handle those foods that sound good to you, and they don’t have to be bland (she says for many, crackers aren’t very helpful). She’s seen success with everything from chips to cinnamon candies.

    For me, Chili’s boneless buffalo wings were the only food that miraculously lifted the sickness for me . So I’d indulge every so often. Also, I found that potato chips first thing in the morning helped more than later in the day. I hope that you can find something that works for you!

  • http://theonearmedblogger.blogspot.com Melissa

    I agree with the comment about not drinking any liquids with meals…that sloshy feeling just made my nausea worse. I have a 3 month old now who is so chubby and smiley… I thought he would never get here and I would be pregnant forever. Hang in there!