I am so sick of headaches I could scream…but that would make it worse, now wouldn’t it???

When I was pregnant with Tucker and Emmie, I threw up some and was really tired…but it was manageable.  It started somewhere around week 9 and was over by week 12.  Easy.  Pregnancy #3 was even easier the 12 weeks that it lasted.  But #3A is kicking my ass!  I feel like crap all the time.  I’m not kidding.  Ask Marshall or my mom or-poor little things-my kids.  If I’m not about to throw up, then I probably have a killer headache.  And if neither of those are happening, I’m probably having inexplicable aches and pains like I’ve never experienced before.  Now I know I’m out of shape.  I’m well aware that a little lot of exercise would do me some good.  But while we were on vacation I’d walk a block or two and be dying!  Mild contraction-type pain.  Ouch!

I’m trying to blame it all on the heat.  See, I don’t have very good temperature regulation as it is.  I can remember being at band camp in high school(yes, I was a band nerd and liked it!).  I’d be out on the field marching and tooting my flute, cheeks red, sweat pouring, feeling yucky.  I’d just be marching along, and all of a sudden it would hit me: a terrible wave of nausea.  There was no rhyme or reason to how hot I had to get or how long I’d been out in the heat.  But eventually I’d puke.  Gross, gross, gross.  The grossest part: I still do that today.  Hot Bridget=vomiting Bridget.  It’s just plain gross.

As a fair-skinned redhead, I do my absolute best to remain indoors every moment of every day in the summer.  I don’t like to be hot.  I don’t like to soak up the sun.  I hate the beach.  But sometimes it’s completely unavoidable.  Like today…the family decided to go on a trolley ride.  The kids had been asking, and I thought it’d be fun to hear a little bit of our town’s history.  Don’t get me wrong; the trolley was cool and I did learn some facts I’d never heard before.  BUT…nobody mentioned the fact that you get off the trolley multiple times!  In all our traipsing in and out I, of course, got hot.  I managed to not throw up like I wanted to (complements to my little friend Zofran), but the headache had begun.  Sometimes I can drink up a bunch of water and be fine(I drank 3 LARGE glasses at lunch).  Sometimes eating helps(I tried to eat, but couldn’t stomach much).  Sometimes relaxing in a warm bath or just taking a nap will help.  But today…nothing.  So I pulled out my hidden weapon: Percocet.  But today even that didn’t work. 

Several people I’ve talked to have asked me if I’ve tried acupuncture.  I’m not really an alternative medicine kind of person, but I’m thinking about giving it a shot.  There was a point in my life when I did not deal well with needles, but took that fear by it’s horns when I signed up for a drug trial that required several series’ of shots and frequent blood draws.  Needles are nothin’ now.  So now I’m thinking…bring it on!  What do you guys think????  It’s safe during pregnancy, and really what do I have to lose, right?  If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.  If it does, I’ll be my happy(-ish) old self again! 

If you have any other solutions you think might work before I go the drastic needles-in-my-face route, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know!  I’m willing to try almost anything at this point!!

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  1. Tara
    August 6, 2008 | 8:49 pm

    Sorry to read you’re having such a tough time with this one…I’ve found that drugs meant to make me better actually make me want to die (ie, antibiotics for nasty infections) due to the nasty chemical-y side effects. Something I’ve found that helps ANYthing, from any kinds of aches or pains to moods (mine or Husband’s) to noisy neighbors is green tea with honey and lemon. I prefer the hot kind (as in boiling water), though they make a powder kind that you mix into a bottle of water if you prefer the cold kind. I think Lipton makes it…yellow box, green writing…usually Kroger or Publix has it. I also prefer the kind with honey and lemon already in it, not mixed in fresh. Another thing that helps me with almost any ailment is yoga. Simple, slow, relaxing yoga. I can’t say definitively that any of this will help you with baby-sickness because I haven’t tried it yet (but will one day!), but it can’t possibly hurt to try! Hope you start feeling better soon!

  2. abragg
    August 6, 2008 | 9:29 pm

    honey – I’m so sorry you’re having such a rough time. I have a friend at church who is pretty much the same way right now with pregnancy #2 & she’s a nurse who is pretty much doing the same things you are to make it better to no avail. I’ll let you know if I find any magic potion before you go to “needle world”…that is, of course, if Drew doesn’t get here before I find a cure for ya 🙂

  3. Peapodsquadmom
    August 6, 2008 | 10:15 pm

    Girl…just do the acupuncture thing. I swear, you’ll love it. It’s completely relaxing. I did it to enhance our fertility treatments (don’t think it did much for that, honestly, since I skipped the treatments the last IVF and duh! it worked). I also did it for recurring migraines, insomnia and general stress. WONDERS. It totally did the trick. Half the time, I’d fall asleep while I was stretched out with those needles sticking all over me. They’re sooooo skinny, you don’t even feel them. I promise.

    Hope you feel better.

  4. Brynn
    August 8, 2008 | 7:58 am

    Hey girl! Ihate to hear about all the yuckiness this little one is bringing you. Maybe that means he/she will be a perfect angel when born! 🙂 One of my best friends is all about alternative medicine. She even sees a Christian holistic Dr. I say go the accupuncture route. It’s like you said, what have you got to lose? I’ll be praying for you in the mean time!

  5. citystreams
    August 9, 2008 | 9:35 am

    Go for it! Maybe it will be fabulous. And then you can educate all of your doctor friends on the wonders of Eastern medicine. And they will call you Dr. Manting.