I am on the tail-end of Week 9. Very anxious to see Dr. June Tan this coming Tuesday, but a bit uncertain how long I might have to wait for my appointment and whether I’d have an ultrasound at all! The nurse who arranged my appointment warned me about long waiting times. If KKH Private Suite was supposed to be exactly like private hospitals, it sure does not sound like it to me. (In case you are wondering yes, KKH has a private hospital). I hope the nurse was exaggerating. The reason being, I am still doing quite poorly in the morning sickness department. And being outside for more than an hour is a recipe for disaster. Worst of all, I am bringing Livia with me (though my very lovely SAHM friend agreed to accompany me so she can help me look after Livia).
When I was pregnant with Livia, I also had terrible morning sickness that went on all day and all night. But I threw up a total of maybe less than 10 times the entire pregnancy. With the triplets, its a whole new level. I am throwing up everyday, sometimes twice or thrice a day. Usually something would trigger it – a bad smell, looking at something dirty, or eating too much. This time round I don’t even need a trigger. I just throw up spontaneously. It’s been extremely exhausting and unpleasant. Its bad enough I am finding it difficult to maintain and increase my caloric intake. When I do finally get something in my body, it comes all out. Its really been a battle of me vs. me. When I sense the feeling that I want to throw up, I take deep breaths, close my eyes and play a Luther Vandross song in my head. It works sometimes, but not all the time if I don’t calm down quickly enough. Yes, Luther Vandross has been a saviour. He soothes me. I feel a lot better after going through a Luther Vandross playlist.
I read in many forums that it is not uncommon for mothers who are carrying multiples to end up dehydrated and hospitalised from severe morning sickness. I have not reached that point yet. I do worry about how much higher the potential for me to be hospitalised for all sorts of complications. Who is going to take care of Livia in the day? This is why I am putting myself on bedrest very early on, eating as much as I can, drinking as much as I can, and controlling my morning sickness as much as I can. I figured if I take things easy and remain calm, so will be my babies.
I hope the morning sickness alleviates at some point, and sooner than later. I am quite tired of being bestfriends with the toilet.
P.S: My belly is growing at an alarming rate. It looks like Week 16 in a singleton pregnancy but I am only on Week 9.