Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Morning sickness

Okay, so why do they call it morning sickness? Mrs T has been feeling pretty nauseous for a good few days now, and it certainly ain't limited to the mornings! Still, we're told it's a good sign: an indication that the necessary hormones are being produced in earnest. (Although one book we've read suggests it's an inbalance of minerals that can can be sorted with good nutrition or supplements.) A couple of days ago she had no sickness - and of course worried that it was a sign of things falling apart again. Thankfully (?) the sickness returned the next day.

When we saw he GP the other day he did mention (after checking Mrs T's age, 36) that we'd be 'offered' some additional tests to check for any genetic abnormalities. We've spoken about this, and think it's unlikely we'd agree to any extra tests. Neither of us would consider a termination, so what would be the point?

6 comments:

Catherine said...

I don't mean to tell you your business, but for us, the point was in knowing if we had any extra things to prepare for after birth (of course, that was a great use of money, now wasn't it? lol).

Treggles said...

Oh, yes; I can see that. I'll bring it up next time we discuss it.

kate said...

We didn't do any extra tests with Chloe. I was not going to risk an amnio and i didn't want to stress myself further with the quad screen, which has notoriously lousy results. We figured if there was a serious genetic defect it would probably show up on ultrasound.

delphi said...

I had good luck with the motion sickness wristbands to help alleviate the all-day sickness. It was probably just psychosomatic, but I don't care. I thought I felt better when I wore them, so I wore them.

We won't do genetic testing, for the same reasons you and Kate outlined, though Catherine makes a good point!

SaraS-P said...

morning sickness is a good thing - it is correlated with less risk of miscarriage. A friend of mine swears by 1) taking the prenatal vitamin at night, 2)eating low fat and small meals, and 3)keeping crackers nearby at all times. Good luck with it all!

lauralu said...

i had nasty all-day sickness in all three of my pregnancies, until almost the bitter end, and the only thing that really worked for me was a drug that made me fecally incontinent, which was worse than any nausea, and therefore put the nausea in perspective, so that by this last pregnancy i just didn't care if i was nauseated. i don't wish you fecal incontinence but i hope mrs t finds a way to lessen the awfulness of it.

as to the tests, i did (most of) them because i wanted to be prepared for whatever may come, which is more likely to come for us older moms. i have a bad need to be prepared for the worst case scenario, so the tests made sense to me, but we each have to do whatever it takes to get through it.