My morning (all day) sickness kicked in at around 6 weeks with nausea and vomiting. During this time my very nutritious diet consisted of crackers, toast and biscuits. Exercise was off the cards as the nausea and vomiting would strike at random times during the day and night. I took Elevit morning sickness tablets, consisting of ginger and vitamin B6, as soon as the nausea started and it did take a bit of the edge off. They were effective for me after the first couple of months, once the nausea started to settle. I do recommend trying them.
I continued taking 4 x progynova tablets a day and 4 x pessaries each day until 13 weeks. Pessaries were costly to be on for an extended period of time. One pack of pessaries lasted me 3.5 days and cost $60 compared to a pack of progynova which lasted 13.5 days and cost $20. A lot of people don’t realise how costly the process really is. In addition to one IVF cycle setting you back over $10,000 up front, medication is an added cost.
I knew that the medication and morning sickness would soon be a distant memory just as the whole IVF process has become. When TTC I would always hear pregnant women complaining that they were ‘over it’, drained, wishing it would all just come to an end, and I try to sympathise with those who have had a really tough pregnancy but then I think of the many people I have connected with over my journey who would love to be in their position – experiencing all morning sickness, all the aches and pains, and being the ones to embrace every minute of it.
I came across this meme some time ago and thought it was fitting to post it on my blog. It’s a bit of humour that is just so true – what some friends think, what DH thinks, what it feels like, what society thinks and what it really looks like. I still get lots of questions about our IVF experience and I’m more than happy to share it with people. I know we are one of the very, very lucky couples and we continue to count our blessings every day.