Moms love to talk about their pregnancy with other moms and soon-to-be moms.  There is something bonding about admiring, empathizing or having a similar experience with another mom.  My story was a little different though.  Weeks 4-15 of pregnancy were the worst weeks of my life.  Of. My. Life.  The first trimester is notorious for morning sickness, and yes it is common for most women, but I had an illness called hyperemesis gravidarum; extreme and persistent nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.  Everyday was the same: dizziness, extreme nausea and vomiting, constant fatigue, a non-existent appetite and 98% loss of sexiness (I still have a pretty face so that has to count for something, right?).

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I don’t think my midwives understood how serious my symptoms were because my breakfast managed to say in my stomach during each appointment.  I also didn’t go to their office looking like a complete mess.  Maybe it was my fault that they underestimated my complaints.  It’s possible that I may have went in there looking something like this…

When I really felt more like this…

My midwife prescribed two medications that are popular anti-nausea medications used during pregnancy, but she warned me that they “may not work.”  The fine print said that these medications were not for pregnant women, so I declined.  Thankfully so, because the side effects include birth defects.  There are many home remedies for morning sickness.  However at the time I was too sick to go to the store.

Rarely leaving my couch for 12 weeks, I was balled up in the fetal position, moaning with stomach pain, and intermittently puking while binge watching every season of Will & Grace and How I Met Your Mother.  Great shows by the way, but those theme songs still make me nauseous.  During one bout of dry-heaving, I hear my mother-in-law yell, “thanks for taking one for the team!”  Yeah, I’m the real MVP.