Thursday, 29 November 2012

First Time Mom Advice

There's no doubt about it, I am struggling a lot more with morning (read: all day) sickness with this twin pregnancy than I did with my singletons. I really do feel like almost a different person. I wrote here about the dangers of googling, but there are some valid searches and good information to be found if you look in the right place. I had to laugh though, at one article I found on "dealing with morning sickness" and how so many tips just don't apply if you already have kids. (especially small ones)

1. Allow yourself plenty of time to get out of bed. Get out of bed slowly as you start your day. 
Ha! I don't think I've been able to get out of bed "slowly" since my son was born almost four years ago. In an ideal world I would wake up with a soft beam of sunlight hitting my bed, hearing the birds chirp, getting a small glimpse of blue sky and green leaves through the billowing white curtains, and smelling a fresh pot of coffee. Reality - I am usually awakened by either my son standing by my bedside telling me "it's time to get up", or "I'm wet/poopy" or hearing my daughter yelling, "mommy, mommy, I wanna get out!" through the monitor. So yeah, getting up slowly is just not an option with two toddlers. 

2. Avoid foods or smells that make your nausea worse, and avoid being in warm places, which can increase your nausea. Um, so I guess it's not a good time to do potty training then? We are in serious training here with both kids and I can't count the number of wet/poopy pants/underpants I've had to rinse and wash in the past few weeks. Oh, and we're heading into summer here, a likely-to-be very hot summer. Woohoo. (insert sarcasm)

3. For dinner avoid spicy, greasy foods. Prepare things that are bland and do not have a strong odor. You may have to avoid cooking for the first trimester. So I guess I'll just let my kids (and hubby) starve for a while, then? I guess we could survive on cereal for dinner for a few weeks, right? Here's my other problem. I totally crave spicy foods. In fact my mom sent me a nice jar of mango pickle (hot, spicy, greasy, and tasty!) and just the smell of it helped my nausea. As for actually eating it though, probably not. Still, I just can't let my family go hungry and so I've been cooking as normal as much as I can. 
Now this would be a good way to wake up!
So while these are great tips for a first time mom - they just aren't cutting it for this mom of two expecting two.

When I hit 12 weeks on Sunday I am officially declaring myself to be over the first trimester (since I'm pretty unlikely to go past 36 weeks) and banning morning sickness from my body. Do you think it will work?


  1. yes...positive thinking.=) I hope you do feel better soon!

  2. You are so right! time to write a book about the reality of being pregnant while raising a toddler? I hope you'll feel much better from Sunday!!! Greetings plony

  3. Taara, you really do have such a way with words! I hope that "yucky" feeling will soon give way to lots more energy and enthusiasm for everything in your hectic world of pregnancy combined with preschoolers (including such mundane things as toilet training)!
    Love you,
    Aunt Barb

  4. You poor thing. Haven't done twins but have done morning sickness a lot of times and every time was a shocker. You just keep going don't you? It's the story of a mum's life! Keeping going even when you really, really don't feel you can. Exhausting. Will be praying for you that it gets easier super soon!


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