Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Article: "Relief for Morning Sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum"


I'm so excited to share this post with you!

Zsuzsanna over at Are They All Yours?!?! recently shared her latest update of the work she is doing in hyperemesis gravidarum prevention. Having a pregnancy history of all-HG pregnancies, Zsuzsanna has used an H. pylori protocol very successfully and is now completing her second non-HG pregnancy.

In this new post, Zsuzsanna shares her methods of preventing and dealing with pregnancy nausea, and the ways in which she has reduced her own nausea levels from hyperemetic to normal pregnancy nausea.

Check out the full article: Relief for Morning Sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Enjoy!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tidbits and Snippets for January 31st


How We Create a Learning Atmosphere in Our Home - Excellent tips! (Large Family Mothering)
Also see a later book-end post, Homeschooling: No Freedom Without Order. I'm really enjoying Sherry's latest posts!
Trim Healthy Mama for Newbies and Pregnant Mothers - Good stuff here. (Growing Home)

Three Things I'm Missing When I Lose My Joy in the Home - "There’s a difference between just being a bit tired as a mom and being wearily joyless... When this happens, it’s probably because three crucial things have been pushed to the side and lost their importance in my days or weeks." (A Mama's Story)

Dear Mama: Satan Is Doing Everything He Can to Keep You From Reading This Letter - Excellent! (For Every Mom, hat tip to Contentment Acres)

Love, Infatuation, and the Pre-Teen Crush - "It should come as no surprise when a young man begins to notice that young women are different in ways that seem interesting rather than irritating. There’s nothing wrong in that – God created the differences and celebrates them in Scripture – but like everything in life, there are side paths, crossroads, pit falls, and traps that we need to guide our sons through and around." (Raising Real Men)


From the Bookshelf

The Notorious Benedict Arnold

If you ask the average American about Benedict Arnold, I think most of us could answer that he was a traitor. But further than that? Nope, nada.

This book is an excellent and thorough (and extremely well-researched) treatment of the life of Benedict Arnold, birth through death, with a detailed explanation of his military service during the Revolution and his attempted betrayal of the Patriots to the British. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to high-schoolers or adults who want to fill in their knowledge of this fascinating epoch of American history.

The author, Steve Sheinkin, has numerous other historical works, and I'm planning to dive into them soon.

A note to parents: The book begins and ends with a moving description of an execution scene. Additionally, some of the descriptions of battle are a bit on the gruesome side. Don't hand this one off to students who are too young or immature to handle this. But for older students, this is an excellent resource for studying the Revolution.


The Black Pearl Mystery (Boxcar Children #64)

Only nos. 1-19 in the Boxcar Children series were actually written by Gertrude Chandler Warner, so this one is an "in the style of" continuation by an unknown author.

I'm not often much of a fan of "in the style of" books, because they often come across as awkward and stilted. However, this one was very well done. I'm not sure I would have known the difference on my own.

We used this book as part of our unit study on Hawaii, and the 9yo loved it.






High Tide in Hawaii

I find the Magic Tree House books to be very useful in homeschooling. They're not intensely detailed or difficult, but they're easy reading that appeals to a wide range of ages without too much stress. Plus, there's a Magic Tree House book for practically every history topic under the sun, a big bonus! (I exaggerate, but sometimes it feels like it!)

I also love the Magic Tree House Research Guides - an interesting and fun non-fiction companion volume for each adventure story. Our children love both the fiction works and the non-fiction companion works.









Meet Kirsten

We are using the first of the Kirsten books (by American Girl) as one of our morning read-alouds. It's a hit! I love all of the Kirsten books. And after my disappointment with one of the more modern American Girl series (due to its militant feminist ideology), it was a relief to return to the Kirsten books, which are sweet, gentle, fun, and teach a lot of good history.

We plan to work our way through the entire series over the next few months.









Still More Stories From Grandma's Attic

We are slowly working our way through the Grandma's Attic series. It has been a complete hit with the 9yo!

I received this series as a gift from my own grandmother. She made a fun game of leaving one book around every so often for me to find, and I treasured them. I still read them as an adult! And now I'm sharing the same books with my children.

Really, I can't say enough good about these books. They are fun, interesting, and teach excellent morals without being corny or preachy. If you haven't yet invested in the set, they are definitely worth the time to track down.






Then There Were Five

This is the third book in the Melendy Quartet series, an older set of books set around the time of World War II.

I've always been a huge fan of the Melendy books, but I'd never read this one. Now, twenty years later, I'm finally finishing the series.

And I loved it!

This is the story of how the four Melendy siblings acquired a fifth adopted sibling, Mark, along with all of their usual adventures.

If you haven't yet enjoyed the Melendy Quartet series, give it a try!



And from the world of adult books...



The Adrenal Reset Diet: Strategically Cycle Carbs and Proteins to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, and Move from Stressed to Thriving

This book was recommended by the authors of "Trim Healthy Mama," and it was a great read! Though the THM ladies eventually disagreed with Christianson's approach of cycling protein and carbs, there is a wealth of awesome information in this book. Recommended!











Trim Healthy Mama Plan: The Easy-Does-It Approach to Vibrant Health and a Slim Waistline

This is a rewrite of the original "Trim Healthy Mama" book, and it's a keeper. The formatting has been beautifully redone, with pictures added, and the bulkiness has been slimmed down into a beautiful and streamlined book that is pure pleasure to read. The authors' style is witty, funny, and wise. I devoured this boo and can't wait to read it again. Even if you don't want to use the THM eating style, this book is sheer enjoyment in the reading. I learned quite a bit!









Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

And finally, if I'm not around much, it's because I'm with my new love... this cookbook. A sweet friend gave me my own copy (instead of the borrowed one which the library, oddly enough, wanted back), and I'm in love. Every recipe I've tried has been great, the format is terrific, the pictures are lovely, and I love the authors' casual and amusing tone.

Another positive about the book is that the "family size" meals really are decent-sized! It's often frustrating to me that most health books include recipes sized to feed two people (and usually use a large amount of meat and pricey vegetables to do so). But with the THM cookbook, even mamas with truly large-ish families (say, seven-plus children) would only have to, say, double these recipes. A huge plus in my book!

Two recipes I've found to love are the Wise Shepherd's Pie and the Chicken Jalapeno Popper Soup.


Recipe Corner

Luscious Lemon Yogurt (Trim Healthy Mama FP) - This was amazing. Too bad Greek yogurt is so expensive! I'm going to try this with regular homemade yogurt too. (Gwen's Nest, quoting recipe from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook)

E-Z Drop Biscuits - I have avoided making biscuits for years, dreading the this-takes-ALL-NIGHT butter cut-in process. This time, I thought to search for biscuits that used melted butter instead. And... (drumroll, please)... they take 30 seconds to prepare and are as good or better than the cold-butter version. YES!! Biscuits are back on the menu. I made mine gluten-free using my favorite gluten-free flour mix. (allrecipes.com)

Absolutely Best Brownies - I've finally found my go-to brownie recipe! And even better, this one is easier to tell "yes, it's done!" than most brownie recipes. I've already made these for a new-baby family, a church potluck, dinner guests, and our family. (allrecipes.com)


Dear readers, have a lovely week! 



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hyperemesis Prevention Plan (Annual Updated Version!)


(Latest Update: February  2016)


Introductory Comments


It's that time of year, folks! The time when I go through my supplement and diet plan and revise for the coming year. And... here it is! Version 2016, at your service.

Last year I pared down the information to eliminate all of the things I wasn't really serious about doing. I also updated the formatting and included a new sourcing section.

This year my goal was to incorporate all of the awesome things I have learned from other bloggers and authors over the past year into my official protocol.

Please remember that although I do my best, even I cannot keep up with my best intentions. I do not do everything on this plan perfectly (or at all). I'd say a really-really good day is achieving 25% of the below. It's just too much to keep up with on a daily basis with perfect consistency. I simply do my best.

My two main conclusions from last year remain unchanged:

(1) Diet and supplements can have a hugely positive effect on morning sickness and other pregnancy issues, and...

(2) It is extremely important for women to pay careful attention to their health during their childbearing years. (It's always important, of course, but during the childbearing years the negative consequences of neglecting one's health can be particularly dire.)

Thus, I do take my diet and supplement regimen extremely seriously, and I put lots of energy, effort, and time into both developing my regimen and putting it into place. It's a work in progress, but I hope to make consistent progress. The end goal is worth it. 

I'd love to hear any input - and also to see your supplement and diet plans, so do let me know what you're doing!



* sourcing information provided below



PRE-CONCEPTION PLAN


Diet

Very Low Carb* (VLC) at 3 months postpartum.

Clean (no additives, or as few as possible!)

Alkaline
Focus on vegetables, lemon water, other alkalinizing foods.
Vegetables*
3 cups colored, 3 cups greens, 3 cups sulphur vegetables (onions and cruciferous vegetables), daily.
Avoid industrial seed oils (cottonseed, soy, etc.) and fake fats (hydrogenated oils, margarine)

Lacto-fermented foods - Preferably with each meal. I try to eat from at least four of these options every day.

          Kefir* (one-quarter to one-half cup daily)
          Kombucha*
          Yogurt* (small amounts daily)
          Raw sauerkraut*
          Raw pickles*

High in good fats

          Saturated animal fats (free-range organic grass-fed preferred)
          Avocado
          Coconut oil* (2-4 Tbsp. per day)
          Olive oil
          Butter* (2+ Tbsp. per day, preferably grass-fed)

Other Super-Foods

          Avocado
          Asparagus
          Chia Seeds*
          Flax Seeds*
          Nutritional Yeast*
          Okra
          Walnuts

Lemon water (for alkalinity and liver cleansing) - Half of my body weight (in pounds) in ounces each day. (This is a really hard goal to reach, but I try.)
Another good option is water with apple cider vinegar. Unfortunately, it's absolutely revolting, but I'm going to be trying Good Girl Moonshine by Trim Healthy Mama, which includes ACV. It also includes ginger, great for NVP!
Detoxing Supplementation

        Epsom Salts baths
        Broccoli sprouts (optimally 1 package per week)
        Rice bran (optimally 1 Tbsp. per day)
        Flax meal
        Dry brushing

Bone broth (optimally 2 cups per day)

Gelatin or Collagen* (as often in possible, dissolved in hot liquids like coffee or soup)

Eggs (3-4 per day, preferably organic and free-range)

Some form of healthy meat at each meal

Coconut based snacks - Coconut cream*, coconut-flour* baked items, Trim Healthy Mama skinny chocolate.

Unrefined sea salt* (pink or grey)

Kelp* for iodine - Since we used non-iodized salt, I attempt to add this to main dish meals for iodine supplementation. (Seaweed has additional awesome benefits, for details see The Wahls Protocol.)

Blackstrap Molasses* (1 Tbsp. per day)


Supplements*

Multi-vitamin (Super Mom* or other) - Since I'm taking cod liver oil and dessicated liver, I believe that the multi is less important. It's optional.

Cod Liver Oil * (Preferred dose = 10 mL per day, to provide 1000 mg DHA daily)

Alpha Lipoic Acid (600 mg/daily)

Vitamin B complex*

Vitamin D

Probiotics

        Pill form*
        Lacto-fermented foods (see above list under diet)

Dessicated Liver Pills* - For iron and micronutrients.
I also take raw liver, cut into small pieces and taken like a pill. You will need to find a trustworthy source of organic, grass-fed liver if you want to take this route. 
Magnesium

        Oral supplement - Natural Calm or Doctor's Best Chelated Magnesium (or other options)
        Epsom Salts baths* - minimum once per week
        Magnesium oil* or Magnesium Lotion*
        Magnesium water*

Zinc
 (A couple of times a week, not every day)

Turmeric* (1 cap per day, plus use in cooking)
I also try to do a yearly anti-microbial protocol, thus: "1 teaspoon colloidal silver plus one turmeric capsule, three times per day, on an empty stomach, for about 10 days"
Milk Thistle (80% silymarin) - This didn't help the last time I tried it, but I might try it - it's standard pre-conception procedure for post-HG mamas.

Cocolaurin* (3 scoops per day)


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Other:

Finances Permitting

        Resveratrol (100 mg twice daily, decreases inflammation)
   
Occasional

       Yearly Liver Cleanse (dates done: May 2011, May 2012)

See my list of pregnancy supplements for other pregnancy-specific supplements (most are third-trimester birth and postpartum prep supplements).


Lifestyle

Exercise - Especially weight bearing exercises, since muscle mass helps with insulin/glucose metabolism.

Sunlight - Minimum 15 minutes per day.

Sleep - Minimum of eight hours per night. Preferably nine.

Self Care - Keeping my house clean so that I'm not a stress-case about it. Doing things I enjoy occasionally. Cooking healthy food, drinking water, and taking my supplements. Staying off of the computer. Going for walks. Keeping up with my devotions and Bible study. All of the things that keep me sane, balanced, and emotionally healthy.


Healthcare

Make sure that I have the following:
  • An excellent midwife
  • A recommendation to a good OB
  • An acupuncturist
  • A source for vitamin B/magnesium shots
  • A good naturopath


Spiritual

Bible verse memorization - I find that having Scripture verses to recite during stressful or panicky times is truly a lifeline, and it's one that I want to develop more fruitfully.

Regular prayer and Bible study


Personal and Practical

Make the most of the time. I find that the thought of future pregnancies helps me to treasure my time, and encourages me to use my time wisely - to take every advantage of time with my children, to train my children as much as possible in character and practical skills, etc.

Work on organizational projects as much as possible.

Read as widely and deeply as possible on the topic of health. (See my ever-growing booklist here.)


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POST-CONCEPTION 

Diet

       Strict VLC (very low carb)
       Constant snacking - every hour once nausea begins
       Lemon water, ACV water, or Good Girl Moonshine - lots of it. Do not drink plain water.
    • Recommendations from a friend for other drinks: Pink Stork peach ginger tea, Whole Foods brand rooibos tea, Trader Joe's mint melange tea.
       Baking soda - Four (size 00) caps daily, one at a time on an empty stomach. Make caps in
       advance. Optional, add 1 tsp. to 1 Tbsp. of colloidal silver at the same time.


Supplements

       Add more Epsom salts baths (daily)
       Add digestive enzymes
       Consider Protandim (this might also be a good pre-conception supplement)
       Add super-powerful probiotic and continue till worst of nausea subsides

Healthcare

       Optional - Start Vitamin B/Magnesium/Folate shots at naturopathic college.
       Optional - Contact acupuncturist to get appointment.


Spiritual

        Pray!


Personal and Practical

        Buy paper supplies (plates, bowls, utensils)
        Easy kid snacks - gold fish, healthy bars, raisins, juice boxes, cheese sticks, dry cereals



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* Sourcing Information:

Very Low Carb Diet
Feel free to email me for the diet sheets I use. To find very low carb recipes, Google "low carb" or "ketogenic" or "Trim Healthy Mama S meals" when you search. I should also note that at the time of this writing (January 2016) I am not following a strict VLC diet. Hopefully I'll update on that soon - stay tuned for details.

Vegetables
For more information on the "3 cups green vegetables, 3 cups colored vegetables, 3 cups sulphur vegetables," please refer to "The Wahls Protocol" by Dr. Terry Wahls.

Kefir
Kefir is easy to make. Just buy grains or get some from a kefir-making friend, and follow easy directions for culturing plain milk. I unfortunately have not had good luck with it, so I buy plain, full-fat Lifeway kefir (or whatever is on sale) from Sprouts.      

Kombucha
Kombucha can be purchased, but it's so easy to make! My directions here. The longer you culture, the lower the sugar content.      

Yogurt
Full-fat plain yogurt is also easy to find, but it's pricey. I make a gallon a time at home.

Raw sauerkraut
The sauerkraut you buy in the supermarket is not real sauerkraut. It is heat-treated for sterility and not useful from a probiotic standpoint. Look for the words "raw" on the label. Raw sauerkraut is available at Whole Foods, Sprouts, and most health food grocery stores. I buy raw Bubbies sauerkraut from Azure Standard.    

Raw pickles
The pickles you buy in the supermarket are not real pickles. They are heat-treated and not useful from a probiotic standpoint, and if you're buying typical brand-name pickles, they are also loaded with toxic dyes, additives, and aluminum compounds. (For non-toxic regular pickles [non-probiotic], buy at Sprouts, Whole Foods, or Trader Joe's.) For probiotic pickles, look for the words "raw" on the label. Raw pickles are available at Whole Foods, Sprouts, and most health food grocery stores. I buy raw Bubbies dill pickles from Azure Standard.    

Coconut Oil
I buy Wilderness Naturals from Azure Standard or the coconut oil now available at Sam's Club. Coconut oil is also available online from Tropical Traditions.

Butter
The butter I hear most often recommended (organic and grass-fed) is Kerrygold, now available at Costco. I buy the slightly cheaper Rumiano's from Azure Standard.

Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Nutritional Yeast
All can be purchased from Azure Standard or from your local Sprouts or Whole Foods.

Gelatin or Collagen
I buy gelatin from Azure Standard. A (probably better) popular product can be purchased from Amazon. You can also buy gelatin or collagen from the Trim Healthy Mama Store (or the same THM products from Azure Standard).

Coconut Cream
I buy Artisana Coconut Cream from Azure Standard. Coconut cream is available online from Tropical Traditions.

Coconut Flour
Purchase from Azure Standard, Tropical Traditions, Sam's Club, or Costco.

Unrefined Sea Salt (Pink or Grey)
Pink sea salt is available very inexpensively in the bulk bins at Sprouts. Other types (purchased in smaller individual packages) at Sprouts or Whole Foods will be much more expensive.

Kelp
Kelp powder can be purchased from Azure Standard.

Blackstrap Molasses
From Azure Standard.

Supplements
Online, I buy supplements from Amazon.com and Azure Standard (available only in areas to which Azure Standard delivers). I buy herbs locally from Desert Sage Herbs. I buy supplements locally at Sprouts Market, Trader Joe's, and the medicinary at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

Supermom Vitamins
The most inexpensive way to purchase that we found was to buy a three-month supply through Amazon. This is not currently available, but we hope it comes back soon! It's much more expensive through the product website.

Fermented Cod Liver Oil
Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil by Green Pasture. I purchase through Azure Standard.

Vitamin B Complex
See Rachel's recommendations (in general and for specific brand).

Probiotics (Pill Form)
See Rachel's recommendations.

Dessicated Liver Pills
My favorite brand is Radiant Life Dessicated Liver. Because of cost, I currently use a cheaper brand, Solgar, purchased at Nature's Health in Chandler, AZ.

Epsom Salts
Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate) are available in any pharmacy store (Walgreen's, CVS, etc.) or in the cosmetic/pharmaceutical area of any Walmart or Target. It can get quite pricey - most two pound bags run around $6 each, and you use two cups per bath. The best price I have found is the 50 lb. bag for around $45 from Azure standard. 

Magnesium Oil
Make your own or purchase ready-made. 

Magnesium Lotion
Make your own

Magnesium Water
Make your own

Turmeric
You can buy ready-made turmeric caps at Sprouts, or (try to) save money by buying bulk turmeric (I buy mine at Sprouts) and making your own with gelatin caps.

Cocolaurin
I buy from Pink Stork Solutions. Check out this great company for other awesome resources for NVP/HG prevention.



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Now it's your turn, dear readers! What supplements and/or dietary changes are you using to prepare for possible pregnancy and to improve or prevent pregnancy health conditions?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Just for Fun!


Okay, everyone!

This is totally irrelevant (to anything) and is just for fun.

(1) Take the seasons - spring, summer, fall, winter - and number them from one to four, with one being your favorite and four being your least favorite.

(2) Now take the four times of the day - morning, midday, evening, night - and do the same.

(*Pause while I wait for you to do this - no fair scrolling down till you do!*)

If you look at seasons and times of day, they mirror each other in a cyclical fashion:

Winter = Night
Spring = Morning
Summer = Midday
Fall = Evening

Okay, now here's my question for you:

Do your preferences line up?

In other words, does your order of preference for the seasons mirror your order of preference for times of the day?

(i.e. If your favorite season is winter, the corresponding favorite time of day would be night - if your preferences correspond. If they don't correspond, your favorite season might be winter while your favorite time of day might be morning.)

My preferences align perfectly, and I wondered if other people's preferences would align as well. Here's how mine go, from favorite to least liked:

(1) Fall - Evening
(2) Winter - Night
(3) Spring - Morning
(4) Summer - Midday

This was just for fun! Feel free to let me know!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Snippets and Tidbits for January 20th


7 Ways to RUIN the RELATIONSHIP With Your Children - "If you want to have or keep a good relationship with your children,  there are things that you should try not to do." (Character Corner)

How to Get Rid of Clutter and Live Abundantly - I'm going to die laughing on this one. This will strike a chord with anyone who has seen the extreme (i.e. New Age) side of the decluttering movement. (The Toast, hat tip to Mark's Daily Apple)

Why Chicken Nuggets Make Me a Good Mom - I really needed to hear this one.  (Raising Arrows)

The Elusive Titus 2 Woman - Thoughts that I have had for years, put down into excellent form.  (Jess Connell)

8 Reasons We Love Homeschooling - And I love the reasons she loves homeschooling! (Graceful Abandon)



From the Bookshelf

Continuing in my pursuit to read massive amounts of awesome children's literature...

Gone-Away Lake

I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Quartet series, and thus decided to work through the rest of her children's titles. This story describes the summer adventures of two children who discover an abandoned lakeside village.

This book was a "like, not love" book for me. It was enjoyable, but not overly so. I found the theme of two children wandering around old mouldering houses a bit on the macabre and depressing side. However, there was nothing wrong with it, it was fun on the whole, and I'd hand it off to my children to read.

Any other Enright fans? What have you thought of this work or others?





A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32

Most first-person historical fiction (and third-person historical fiction, for that matter) has the undeniable flavor of "this is so, so incredibly fake." That is why I usually prefer fiction written by people living in the times about which they wrote (i.e. time periods contemporary to the author's life and experiences).

This book, thus, was a pleasant surprise. It had a very believable feel, and was a very enjoyable read! I loved it. This was a rare find in a sea of mediocre historical fiction.








And from the world of adult literature...

The Best Yes

This book was a great sequel to "Hands-Free Mama," which I read last month. And better yet, this one was a recognizably Christian work filled with lots of biblical backing.

The theme of Hands-Free Mama was "Put down your phone and live your life." The theme of "The Best Yes" was, "Now make the best use of the time you have." They fit very well together.

I loved the points that Terkeurst made in her book, like: (1) chase (i.e. think out) your decisions to see where they will take you not just now, but in the future, (2) say no in order to say yes to God's best plans for you, and many others.

I highly recommend this book.



Dear readers, have a wonderful week!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

In Which I Do Something Unexpected!


This past Thanksgiving, after another blogger and I talked online, we made arrangements to get our families together in real life. And we did! And it was a ton of fun. A new experience for both of us!

The blogger whom I was privileged to meet was Jessica of Truth at Home, a blog that I have much enjoyed reading over the past year. (Head on over to meet their newest addition!) She is a courageous writer who often tackles issues that I don't have the guts to write about, and I always enjoy her perspective.



Our families met at a park and were able to talk while the children played, and then we all ate lunch together before heading for home. Their family was incredible, their children were amazing, and we had a lovely time.

We were so blessed by this sweet family and by sharing fellowship with them. We're hoping to make getting together a regular part of our lives.

Thanks to this wonderful family for coming out to meet us!




Friday, January 15, 2016

Article: "How I'm Getting Rid of Debilitating Morning Sickness"


Today I want to share with you a post from Graceful Abandon:

How I'm Getting Rid of Debilitating Morning Sickness

Sounds good, right?

It is!

She writes:
"[W]hat I’ve been suffering from is beyond morning sickness.  It’s not the normal queasy and puking I’ve experienced three times before.  This time around I’ve been vomiting between ten and fifteen times a day.  I lost 7 lbs in three days when it started and have lost steadily since then.  And that has been with taking Zofran to help.  I’ve also experienced a slew of other “delightful” symptoms that I won’t gross you out by sharing.

"What do I have?  I have morning sickness on steroids.  It’s known as Hypermesis Gravidarum (HG).  It means I’m dehydrated, my internal balances are thrown off, my body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs for the baby, I’m miserable, and I can barely function.  We have six children other than this one we are anticipating, and I haven’t been able to eat a meal with them in over a month because I’m always in the bathroom.  I’ve barely been able to be human, let alone a fun mom who can play with them and snuggle with them.  This has challenged my life in a way I never imagined pregnancy could.  Many have said they understand, but unless you spend more time hugging a toilet than doing anything else in your day — you just don’t.  I was at my wits’ end."

After researching her condition in light of H. pylori infection and developing her own treatment protocol, her symptoms improved greatly:
"Today, day 3, I am excited to announce that I have eaten and kept down 3 full meals, 1 snack, and a small smoothie so far.  I haven’t done any of those things in 2 months.  TWO MONTHS of pain, vomiting, tears, emotional distress, not eating with my family."

Awesome stuff! Check out the whole article here.

Thanks to the author for posting her experience!