I’m toying around with the idea of starting a new series titled “What No One Told Me” about pregnancy and the early days of motherhood. Either this post is the first in a series, or I’ll realize I have no ideas, and it is just an oddly titled one time post. Either way…
If you’ve ever been pregnant I think you’d agree that “morning sickness” is the worst misnomer on the planet. Morning sickness sounds like “oh, you’ll be a little queasy when you first wake up in the morning, but you’ll be fine once you pop a couple cheerios and have some coffee.”
That’s not really how it worked for me.
Well, the first time it did, I guess,
My first bout of what turned out to be morning sickness was before I even knew I was pregnant. It was the final day of a week-long cruise we had been on with Luke’s family and I was not feeling well. In the midst of getting ready and packing up our things, I threw up. No big deal, right? It was just seasickness from the ship… we had been on for a week… hmm…
No one told me that morning sickness bore a striking resemblance to seasickness.
My next big morning sickness was during that same vacation. After spending a couple days with my family, Luke and I headed up the California coast to see my best friend and her husband. We were barely 30 minutes out of town before I was scrambling for a plastic bag to hurl in. Maybe it was just food poisoning? We had just eaten breakfast at a local restaurant before hitting the road and I had eaten an omelet. Maybe the eggs had been undercooked or something.
No one told me morning sickness would also seem like food poisoning.
And, finally, my favorite morning sickness story. If you know me personally, you’ve probably heard this story because, despite its gross factor, it still makes me laugh.
When I was pregnant with Lillian, I had an awesome craving for instant mashed potatoes. I’m thankful it was for the instant variety because I don’t think I could’ve kept up with it had it been for real mashed potatoes. Those take work.
So one afternoon–note: not morning–I was about 26 weeks pregnant and was eating my instant mashed potatoes while watching an Office rerun. Watching The Office was another craving I had while pregnant with Lillian. I’m scarfing down my taters when I feel that all too familiar stomach turn. “I’m going to throw up,” I thought.
I calmly put down my bowl of potatoes and paused the episode I was watching. With no drama, excitement, or concern, I went into the bathroom and threw up the contents of my stomach I had consumed thus far. Mashed potatoes don’t taste as good coming back up.
I threw up, brushed my teeth and…
Headed right back to the couch to finish my episode and potatoes.
No one told me that morning sickness would completely unfaze me to the point that I would simply go back to the meal I had just expelled from my body.
And I still love my instant mashed potatoes. A lot. I may need to make some now.