The Parasite Diet

We got great news with the first ultrasound!

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There is a viable, 7 week fetus in there.  And thankfully, just one.  We’ll still have another ultrasound or two in the coming weeks to confirm that things are still progressing normally.  But it’s definitely a relief that things are going ok so far.

The downside is that the nausea this time around has been really bad.  It got bad quickly, and it’s the worst I’ve ever had in my 3 pregnancies.  Each time, I’ve had to limit the amount that I can eat, because I’ll feel sick to my stomach if I eat too much.  With WZW, 9 weeks was when I could only eat bites of food at a time and lost 5 lbs in a week.  With the miscarriage, the nausea started earlier and I lost some weight, but I was able to keep snacking and eat small meals.

This time, I’m already at the point of eating only bites at a time.  I think I’ve dropped 7-8 lbs in the past week.  I’ve never vomited, but my caloric intake is well below my usual.  I am eating far less than WZW is.  I stocked up on starchy snacks, but haven’t gone through them as quickly as I thought I would.  Even with the snacks, I can’t eat much at one time.

I seem to do better with soup and cooked food in general, which is contrary to some of my patients who have meat aversions and prefer fruit.  So I got some chicken bone broth and other soups.  At least they contain protein, so that will help with my nutrition to some degree.  And with the colder winter weather, the hot soups are comforting to eat.

In the past, I was all about the sparkling water because I couldn’t drink regular water.  The flavored sparkling water is still preferred over still, but I find that it doesn’t seem to help my stomach as much this time around.  Ginger tea, which I don’t love the taste of, seems to help my stomach the best.  Even then, it doesn’t take away the almost constant state of nausea that I’m in.

I’m trying to be happy that things are going well so far in the pregnancy, and keep telling myself that it could be worse (as is with my poor patients with hyperemesis gravidarum).  But it’s a pretty miserable state.  In addition to the constant nausea, I’m feeling really tired as well.  It definitely makes getting through my work days more challenging.  Today is a Sunday, and I stayed in my pajamas all day.  I only left the house to go check the mail.

I’ve been telling WZW that Mama’s stomach doesn’t feel well because I have a parasite.  Shortly after the embryo transfer, we’d explained a little of it to him.  Well, next thing we know, one of his preschool teachers said that he said something about Mama having a baby, but it’s too small to see.  We tried to play it off, but I’m sure they suspect something.  We decided that in order to prevent him from spreading the news too early, we’ll call the baby a parasite.  Hopefully that is not as clear to others what he’s talking about.

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