In my week 5 post, I chuckled to myself as I wrote “…this may be the last update I write without my head in a bucket”. How right I was. As my alarm went off and the BabyCentre app sent me a notification to say I was about to enter my 6th week of pregnancy, my stomach leapt in to my throat and has yet to really leave.
Thankfully, the morning sickness beastie doesn’t seem to be very consistent in their approach, so I’m granted good days, and bad days. Bad days involved going to work with what feels like the worst hangover you’ve ever had, whilst pretending you’re completely fine, or, when I was at my worst, laying in bed all day licking dry biscuits and cursing your husband non-stop. Good days involve less retching, but only if marmite on toast was administered within the first 5 minutes of waking up, and at least 10 minutes before getting out of bed. As a result, my husband’s waking words have now become ‘would you like some breakfast?’, quite adorably, including once at 2am, when I got up for one of my 15 wees of the night.
Speaking of weeing, you know that thing about weeing a lot in the first few weeks of pregnancy? Something to do with your little uterus being all low and putting pressure on your bladder and things? EXCLUSIVELY HAPPENS AT NIGHT for me. Considering how bloody knackered I am most of the time, THIS REALLY DOESN’T BLOODY HELP. A ‘normal’ night is between 3-4 wees. No, it doesn’t matter whether I drink less before bed, yes I have tried. OK, I might be a little bit grumpy.
So, back to the morning sickness thing. A good day definitely involves breakfast in bed being administered before I’m even properly awake. It also involves eating. Pretty much constantly. As long as it comes from the list of “agreeable pregnancy foods”, and happens once every 90 minutes, I can keep the retches at bay.
Agreeable pregnancy foods include the following:
- marmite on toast
- cheese/beans on toast
- jam on toast
- sandwiches of any kind
- crisps, particularly salt and vinegar ones
- biscuits, particularly of the “Go Ahead” or “Belvita” variety
- Nesquick, in any form
- ALL the milk
Unagreeable pregnancy foods include:
- Anything of sound nutritional value
I have also developed the belly of a gastric bypass patient. I can eat approximately 1/4 of any meal put in front of me, then I feel so full, I want to curl up and hibernate. Thirty minutes later? STARVING. Speaking of which, I’m pretty hungry now. Jaffa Cake or Nesquik cereal? Hmm.