They say that every pregnancy is different, but until you have two you can't compare them. Since I've spent a lot of time flat on my back the past two months, I've had lots of time to analyze and contrast my 2009 pregnancy with Pigtail and my current baby-growing state.
Things That Are The Same:
* I literally got pregnant almost the same week of the year both times. This seems like this fact might be inconsequential but it's actually been sort of handy in terms of planning how the journey will go.
* Vomiting in the bushes. Two years ago, it was a McDonald's parking lot and an In-N-Out bathroom that got to see my insides. This time (so far) it has been the Taco Bell bushes and an apartment builiding's hedges. My puke-o-meter knows no bounds.
* Dr. Pepper aversion. My beloved favorite drink, one of the things I love most in this world, is just too sweet for me. It's disconcerting when something that usually brings me comfort now brings me a sour face. (Coke Classic has currently replaced DP as my breakfast caffeine of choice.)
Things That Are Different:
I have been a walking pregnancy cliche this time around. Every joke about pregnant women craving weird things to eat and crying at the drop of a hat has been true in my little corner of Los Angeles.
* Medication. After my first-trimester misery, I swore I wasn't going to do it the same way again. As soon as I was able, this time I got a prescription for Zofran and there were several weeks when I couldn't make it through the day without it. The side effects of Zofran are brutal in an entirely different way, though, so it's better to go without it if at all possible.
* Eating. The first time I was pregnant, I could barely eat for months. The only things my sensitive stomach could handle were french fries and sprite. This time, while I've had my share of french fries, Sprite won't stay down more than two minutes. And even when I'm nauseous I want weird things within reach: celery, for example. And lemonade.
* Crying. I never really got the hormonal fragility until the very end of my pregnancy with Pigtail (and then of course during the first month or so of her life). These days even the mildest sappy commercial sends me into a meltdown. This is, in general, inconvenient.
* Emotional Connection to the baby. I didn't realize it at the time, but my entire first pregnancy was tinged with anxiety and fear. Now that I understand my body and the process better, not to mention how wonderful the package is at the end, I'm much more excited and tender towards the baby that's growing inside me.
I thought that I was doing much better, but I'll be honest that last week and parts of this weekend were pretty darn rough. Sometimes you just have to endure it, but there are a few things that help my pregnancy nausea:
* Vitamin B6. I take these before I go to bed and I they help me immensely.
* Small, hard candy. In my pockets and in my purse I constantly carry mini packages of Sweet Tarts, Sprees, Sour Patch Kids, and Red Hots. Don't ask me why this helps, but it does.
* Very cold anything. Ice cream, ice chips, cold apples. These help me get something in my stomach without setting off my gag reflex.
While I moaned and groaned my way through March (poor Gorilla!), I never for one moment take this pregnancy for granted. I wish that it was possible for my body and the developing baby to get along a little better, but at least this time around I understand that this period is finite.
Share your pregnancy stories. Do you have suggestions for the sickness I haven't tried yet? Were your pregnancies different from one another?