I am 9.5 weeks pregnant right now, and I have been joking that if the strength of my nausea is any indication, the baby is doing just fine!
My mom and my sister always warned me that they felt terrible, like they had the flu, the entire time they were pregnant. None of this "you'll feel better after 12 weeks". Nope, apparently women in my family suffer all the way until they stop breast feeding. Sigh.
The first two times I was pregnant, which you all know resulted in miscarriages, I waited patiently for the terribly nausea I'd heard about to start. I noticed food aversions, but I never really felt terrible. It worried me because I heard once that nausea is actually a good sign; it means that your hormones are doing what they should be doing. So when 7 weeks hit with my second pregnancy and I felt no nausea, I began to worry that all wasn't right. And it wasn't. I miscarried a week and a half later. (I understand some woman NEVER get "morning" sickness while pregnant, but for the 80% who do get it, it is usually a good sign).
This time around I began to feel nauseous at about 5 weeks. It started with a little "why do I feel bad?" to "Oh I never want to eat food ever again!" (I am quite dramatic sometimes). I don't usually find myself actually throwing up, but I feel like I am going to all day. I have maintained, though, that I am happy to feel terrible. It is reassuring to feel that nausea and know that my baby is growing and most likely healthy.
I went to my midwife last week and discussed with her my nausea issue. I find eating a big chore and most of the time can only choke down a few bites of something. She told me that the key is to keep my blood sugar up. She said I should wake up in the morning and immediately drink some juice. Then eat a small meal with protein immediately after. Then every two hours, eat some protein. This allows me to keep my blood sugar up and keeps the cravings for carbs down.
So I followed her advice and the next day I felt my nausea go away around noon. GREAT! I was so happy to finally feel productive. Then the entire next day I felt great all day too. I knew I was on to something! Then the next day I felt great.....until I was laying in bed at night and realized it had been nearly 3 days since I felt nauseous.... and I realized I needed that reassurance that my baby was ok! Am I crazy or what?
So the next day I messed up my meal schedule on purpose so my nausea would come back, and it did! It came ROARING back! And I was so happy! I knew my sweet baby was ok and growing still.
Now I am back to managing my nausea with protein and doing a pretty good job of it, but I know that until I can feel that little one moving, I'll probably purposefully mess up my diet just to feel that reassuring nausea again. I know the scientific reasoning behind morning sickness in pregnancy, but I like to think it is God's way of letting us mommy's know our babies are ok, especially when we can't see, hear, or feel them.