As many of you know, I’ve been down and out with this pregnancy and my diagnosis of hyperemesis. This whole time has been really difficult to endure and while I’ve attained a level of stability, I’ve had to give up a whole lot in the process. The last few weeks have been rough on my body, the nausea can tend to get worse, food isn’t being processed as quickly as it should, and there are times where my body just won’t cooperate.
I’ve visited the GI — with no real suggestions on his part, been to the OB every two weeks for about my WHOLE pregnancy, and I’ve tried many different medications and supplements. I’ve been lucky to find a way to maintain myself where I can be “ok.” Now “ok” in my situation is probably not what you’re thinking of “ok.” I can’t physically exert myself much or end up with debilitating nausea, hot sweats, weakness, etc. Walking for too long will not only cause contractions and again nausea, hot sweats, bla bla. I’ve basically been told by several doctors since the first time I was treated in January, that I might not be able to do what I want to.
At first, I was hell bent on getting back to work. I needed to be back at my job. I’d run myself down and go to work *work when sick etc*, my whole aim was getting back to work. My doctors were certainly very frustrated with me during this time. The response I kept getting was that I may not be able to go back to work and that I needed to accept this. I had several episodes where I’d break down and cry because I felt I needed to be back to work. It wasn’t long until I realized that the docs were right, I physically couldn’t do it.
I sit here at home in the air conditioning and still require a fan on me. I can only get out of the house for a small amount of time every few days (if I’m lucky). The doctors and I believe that if I stopped the treatment I’m receiving I’d be back in the hospital. So I maintain my level of stability. I’ve gained a ton of weight because I cant exert myself too much and because carbs are the ONLY thing that ease my nauseous stomach. It’s either lose too much weight or gain too much. Gaining is the only healthy option for baby.
These last few weeks have increasingly become more difficult. I can’t take my medication and drive so when I leave the house for an appointment it is a nightmare. I get white faced, sweaty, nauseous, and feel rather terrible. These days getting out of the house is even more difficult as baby is growing larger and is VERY low. This has been atrocious and I’ve decided to look into more natural alternatives. Accupuncture? I’m a bit squeemish. So I decided on Cranial Sacral Therapy. It sounds hokey but you know what, I could hardly walk in to the office today and when I left I definitely felt much better. The exercises and breathing techniques I’ve been taught will hopefully help me even more at home. When it comes to your body’s health, there is so much out there and many ancient remedies/holistic treatments that sound hokey might actually work. At this point, I’m going to do whatever makes me feel better.