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Regularly scheduled puking
I had started feeling queasy from time to time when I was exactly six weeks pregnant. It seems appropriate, therefore that the actual puking started at exactly eight weeks pregnant.

On Wednesday morning shortly after 11am we had a fire drill at work. As per procedure our rather large building emptied. After a few minutes in the parking lot we were allowed back in. Because of construction we are down a set of elevators, and there are rather a lot of people in the building so I elected to take the stairs back to the 4th floor rather than wait forever. Upon reaching the 4th floor I was rather more winded than I would normally feel after climbing stairs, and then I needed to dash to the bathroom where I promptly threw up. It was just a little, but I was a bit disturbed at the time. You see, after particularly strenuous exercise, I have been know to throw up, but generally only if I have been way overdoing it. When I threw up after having done nothing more than a few flights of stairs I thought it was a sad commentary on my current state of physical fitness. Then yesterday, and again today I felt the need to rush to the bathroom and deposit a mouthful or two of my stomach contents in the toilet after doing nothing more taxing than sitting at my desk. It always happens at about 11:15. Clearly I did not ready the pregnancy book carefully enough.... Eight weeks: The baby is now the size of a large grape and has parchment like skin.... you will puke at 11:15 every morning.

In other news.... in addition to my continued craving for orange juice I have just eaten nearly an entire jar of pickles. Very stereotypical. Luckily I am not yet at the point where I want pickles a la mode, but such a dish seems slightly less crazy than it used to. My "fat" dresses have also arrived. The waistbands on all my skirts were snug to begin with thanks to the weight I put on during treatment. I'm only up on my retrieval weight by two pounds last I checked, but that was enough to throw me over the edge from snug to ouch. I ordered some knit dresses in a style without a defined waist in a size larger than I would normally take. They are huge on me, but they are comfortable. The hope is that they will tide me over until I start looking pregnant as opposed to just chubby around the middle.

After 3.5 years of trying it all seems a little surreal, the full-blown morning sickness and the pickle cravings. It's reassuring to have such normal symptoms at least.
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kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: November 17th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't often say this, but congratulations on your vomiting!
merastra From: merastra Date: November 17th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Seconded! :-)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Good Problems

May you continue to have the good kind of problems, and only the good kind.
enugent From: enugent Date: November 17th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that the pickle cravings are mostly cravings for salt. Perhaps you can find something other than pickles that will work for that if you want a little variety. I've been eating a lot of salt bagels, myself.

The tummy starts to stick out even when you've gained almost no weight. Even though the baby is small, with the amniotic sac and everything you've got at least a tangerine, if not an apple, in there, right under the waistline. It makes sense that everything would expand a bit.

Very exciting to actually be getting symptoms, though! Have you told people at work yet?
twe From: twe Date: November 17th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Well half her group at work as been reading her LJ since before she worked there... :)
harrock From: harrock Date: November 18th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, we're pretty much on top of the situation. We'll be steering clear of 11 o'clock group meetings for a while.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: November 18th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
She puts the pickle cravings into the same category as citrus and orange juice cravings, so we were guessing it might be acidity. Salt's a possibility too, though.
enugent From: enugent Date: November 18th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it's the combination. I remember being an absolute fiend for salt and vinegar potato chips for a while last time.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: November 22nd, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had definite salt cravings. I figured you are now increasing your blood volume so the salt seemed to make sense. But citrus and OJ could be vitamin C since it is sour. I definitely craved that at some point. You are getting lots of folic acid I hope?
From: readsalot Date: November 18th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay for vomiting? I'm glad it's all going well, and hope that that continues. Richard sends his congratulations, too.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: November 22nd, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
11:15am? are you having a midmorning snack? II found the nauseau came on if I was hungry, so if I had a snack prior to that state I could head it off. I only suggest this since 11:15 is before lunch so you might be hungry (or your blood sugar is low) You could try a small snack at 10 or 10:30. whole grain crackers, maybe cheese. High protein snacks helped me.

When you need maternity clothes I have a bunch I no longer need. The ones I had for Sara are size M 8-10 or 12. (never quite got back down to that small for the next two pregs) I don't know if those are small enough for you, and they have been in storage 7 years, but you are welcome to them if you like.
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