If I had to rate my issues with morning sickness on a scale of 0-10, 0 being never ever sick throughout being pregnant, and 10 being ‘Oh God, I’m going to die because I’m starving, but even thinking about food makes me puke my guts out!’ I’m probably at about a 0.5. I’m not even sure it really qualifies as ‘morning sickness’ though I’ve only thrown up in the morning. I can tell you exactly when it’s going to happen. About once every 2-3 weeks while I’m brushing my teeth. At that point, I haven’t even eaten anything so it’s like nothing, more annoying than anything else.
More than anything I’ve just been tired, and it’s taken me this long to admit it. I have a lot of things working against me on this one. For starters, I’m a night person. I can’t stand mornings, all the cool stuff happens at night, and that’s when all my creative juices kick in, so even if I’m tired and every logic bone in my body is telling me to go to bed so I don’t hate myself in the morning, my two-year old temper tantrum self kicks in, crosses her arms, stomps her foot, and yells “NO!” I also hate naps. I stopped taking naps at about 18 months, much to the detriment of my mom since my sister was born about that time. So when the pregnancy fatigue kicked in, it was very difficult to get to bed at a decent hour. I’m a little better at it now, but not a lot. It was even harder to adopt napping. Over the course of my 24 years, I’ve learned that if I sleep at all during the day, I can’t get to sleep at night. I’m having to relearn that now. I have actually been tired enough to nap and still get to sleep at a decent hour. Which is frustrating because it’s totally throwing off my groove. And I hear that most of these symptoms subside after the first trimester, which I’m currently in the last week of. So now I’ll have three months to screw up my schedule again before all the sleepiness comes back with a vengeance.
Smells – I didn’t think I’d been affected by this one, until I tried burning candles. I’m not sure when it happened, but candles are extremely potent smelling now. Things I used to have no trouble with and enjoyed smelling now give me a serious headache. Perfumes too. It’s kind of a bummer because I like smell-good things, I just can’t be around them anymore. I wonder if that subsides after the first trimester too.