16.1.06

gag

i don't know if this is a common condition in pregnant women, but it seems to be the trend for me. when expecting, i have a wildly overactive gag reflex. (don't be dirty, people.) since i like to make things difficult, i don't take the prescription prenatals with the synthetic vitamins and red dye #6 (dosage 1), i take a whole food prenatal (dosage 6). i have to put them on the counter and take them periodically throughout the day, or i'll make myself crazy with the gagging. this isn't even counting the other vitamins i take. just to top things off, i have a toddler now. who puts everything her little hand comes across in her mouth. i have to fish things out of her little toothy trap, or i'll continue to gag from the idea that she has something in her mouth. (its hard to watch her eat too.) i feel completely loony. i don't have a weak stomach at all. pretty much nothing grosses me out. i have no problem with body fluids or slasher films. i worked at a wildlife shelter where i was elbow deep in tubes of BOP (birds of prey diet...lots of tendons), transfered hundreds of rats from cage to cage, and cut mice in half with scissors. nothing phased me. but this gagging thing is doing me in. i can get the pill in my mouth, and then it is trapped by the knowledge the gag is to follow. i try to just throw it in and swallow. but my body won't allow it. so the vitamin starts to disolve and stick to my tongue, making it all the more difficult. i don't even have morning sickness. just the gagging. the gagging is starting to control my life.

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fat little pug said...

Can you swallow other big things? Like big bites of food? Or you can take a big drink of water, put the pill in your mouth with the water then swallow the whole lot. That is weird though...hmmm.

Sophie's Mom said...

I'm right there with ya. It's horrible. It does begin to control you. With my daughter(who is 9) I had the gagging but I was also very sick. Not just morning sickness - all day sickness. Yuck. I just found out I'm pregnant and have just felt a little nauseous. No gagging or throwing up ... yet.

Ayn Marie said...

Oh my gosh, me too. it is horrible!!!! But, is it really necessary to take 6? Cathy (my midwife) told me they just put that recomendation on there to get you to buy more of their product and to regulate how many you take by how yellow your pee is...my prenatals say to take 3 or 4 but I only take 1.

Melliferous Pants said...

Having never been pregnant myself but working within an oversurge of estrogen (three pregnant co-workers), I can safely say this is totally normal.

sweetviolet said...

flp- i take little bites. i'll try the water then pill bit though.

sophie- my two pregnancies have been completely different. (save this gagging thing.) hopefully the sickness will skip you this time.

ayn- well with whole food vitamins, they're much more diluted, but my pee looks like a ate a highlighter. was that too much information?

pants- i feel for you. i can't even stand my crazy self.

PAgirly said...

what prenatal vitamin are you taking? i have a box of opti-nate here that i'm not going to use.

sweetviolet said...

i take rainbow light. sounds totally hippie right? if i need prenatals though, i get them for free in the military. thanks though!

PAgirly said...

oh, that's nice. i got mine free from justin's mom! she's the nurse at my dr's office.

sweetviolet said...

me too! mitzi gave me vitamins with violet.

 

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