Monday, March 19, 2012

Postpartum Nausea

I don't talk a lot about my nausea during pregnancy. In general, I'm a private person, so most of you probably don't know that I was sick the entire pregnancy with August. I mean like I threw up the day before he was born. As tough as it was, I always kept in my mind the thought, "It has to end sometime. This baby will eventually be born."

And he was and he's beautiful and wonderful. 

But I'm still sick. 

I had no idea that the nausea could keep going. It hasn't been nearly intense as during pregnancy. For months it's been coming and going, fifteen minutes here, an hour there. I would only throw up once or twice a week.

Until about two weeks ago. Then it started getting much, much worse. Some days it's debilitating, and I often can't function, or I'm barely functioning. I have no patience, I snap at the kids, I'm tired and just plain crabby.

Before you say, "WOMEN, get thee to a drugstore and buy a pregnancy test," don't worry. Been there, done that. Too many times.

It was getting really expensive, so I bought a pack of twenty-five on amazon.


Along with being very private, I'm also a bit neurotic.

So here I am. Feeling sick at this very moment. Discouraged. A little bit scared, wondering has anyone else ever experienced this? When will it end? Will this be my life? 

Thursday I'll have blood work done in hopes of gaining answers, and some relief.

I'm ready for this to be done.


  1. Happens to me pretty frequently still...and I had bad nausea during my pregnancies, too. I'm waiting on test results. It could possibly be hormonal fluctuations. I'm sorry you're not feeling well. :( If I find out anything concrete that may help, I'll let you know!
    -Angie W

  2. HI Brianna!

    I would encourage you to look into NaPro Technology- A natural way to look at hormones and treat the underlying cause of a woman's symptoms. Another dietary resource that many woman find effective is to eat "the bean diet". Look at the website under "morning sickness" for an explanation. It definitely sounds like a hormone issue and I will pray you find relief! I enjoy reading your blog!


  3. Hi Brianna - One of my friends has this... your doctor will do a full workup, but most importantly, don't panic! Common cause are gall bladder issues, esophagitis, and sensitivities to any vitamins or supplements you might be taking. This is very, very, very likely something that can be fixed, and it won't be your life.

    Until then, toasting you with ginger ale and saltines.
    -- Amy (follower of your blog since the little ones!)

  4. I puked every day I was pregnant with all 3 of my little ones...usually multiple times daily. Absolutely awful, but worth every single minute. However, miraculously every time after I delivered, food immediately tasted amazing and I was lifted from the cloud of nauseau instantly. I feel so horrible for you that delivery did not offer you the same "fix". Sending you warm, comforting thoughts....hoping that you find relief and quickly!!!

  5. It is SUPER common to have a gall bladder attack within 6 months of giving birth. In fact, it's the most common time to have gall bladder issues. Have your Dr. check it out

  6. Oh, I hope you are feeling better soon!


  7. Are still taking prenatals for nursing? If so I would stop and see if that made any difference. Also, pregnancy can change some things like allergies so you could possibly be allergic to something or have an intolerance. I am allergic to peanuts and with my first pregnancy it worsened that allergy but cured my asthma. My last pregnancy seemed to bring my peanut allgy back to where it was originally ( ironically that little one has food allergies too). Hang in there and try to take care of yourself as best you can.

  8. oh dear, I hope you are able to find some answers. Wayne was cleaning our kitchen today and I literally ran outside gagging from the bleach cleaner. That is just no fun. Hoping it clears up soon for you.

  9. How awful! Prayers being sent your way! I surly hope you feel better soon!!!

  10. So sorry you're not feeling well! I was just talking to my mom the other day about this seemingly new surgence of gall bladder issues soon after delivering a baby. My sister had hers out after her 3rd child and her friend had hers out after her first...
    Hope you gets some answers and relief soon!

  11. I never knew that nausea could continue as well (I feel like I am constantly feeling nauseous! I too have taken test after testing wondering "am I?!" I hope you can figure out what is wrong! (Then you should come here and tell us what we need to do! :p )

    That being said, after having Oliver, I am lactose intolerant and it sucks.....

  12. Hope you are feeling better soon and get some answers. I, too, was going to suggest gallbladder. I had never had any trouble with mine, and then, five weeks after my oldest was born, I had to have mine taken out. I remember feeling like I was pregnant again.

  13. Hope your doctor has answers for you. I know what relentless nausea feels like and it takes away your life. There is nothing worse then trying to pretend you feel well and take care of your kids when all you want is to lay down. Lots of prayers coming your way!

  14. I hope you feel better soon and get some answers soon! that is really not fun. :( praying!

  15. Hope you are feeling better by now - don't give up!

  16. I realize this comment is very very late after your original post, but I came across it while googling persistent post-partum nausea. My daughter is now 10 months old and I've been dealing with on and off nausea since her birth. I'm going to the doctor next in the hope of getting some answers. Did you ever find out what was wrong?? Just wondering what it might be.

  17. Here I am, one month post and I am sick to my stomach all of the time. My body took a complete nose dive after my 2nd son was born two & a half years ago. I started getting VERY Nauseous all of the time...mostly a few days during ovulation and a few days before my period. I couldn't eat anything, and I saw every Dr. under the sun for some answers. Not a single one of them could find anything wrong with me. I couldn't eat and I lost so much weight....I looked scary.
    I just gave birth to my 3rd son Leo a month ago, and here we go again with the on and off nausea. I had my fingers crossed that after he was born, my body might return to normal. No luck. I have such anxiety that I may never feel well again. My quality of life has diminished and I'm certain everyone is sick of hearing me complain.
    I have yet to find answers, besides "hormones"...I hope you get some relief and start feeling better.

  18. I had nausea after my son was born. It was REALLY bad for thw first few months. The drs had no answers. I had blood work done and was told my hormones were normal. I started seeing a naturopath after this. He had me take a saliva test. Much, much more accurate at finding hormonal imbalances when compared to a blood test. Test came back and showed that I DID have hormone issues. My adrenal glands were fatigued, my estrogen/progesterone ratios were VERY unbalanced, and I still had too much testosterone that my body hadn't been able to get rid of naturally after having my son. He put me on several supplements that would begin to regulate all of my hormones as well as natural progesterone and I slowly began to feel better! I thank God that He led me to this naturopath!

  19. What sort of supplements did the naturopath put you on?? I'm been trying to figure out what was wrong with me for a long time and from reading your post I have exactly the same as you and doctors never found out what was wrong.

  20. I had my second son about 5 months ago. I've been feeling constantly nauseous for the last 2 months. I first thought I ate something wrong as it arrived from one moment to the other. I've been to 2 different obs/gyno, to an ENT and to an endocrinologist and had some blood work done. My thyroids levels turned out to be a bit high but apparently that's normal after giving birth and shouldn't cause nausea. I also removed the IUD I had but it's not making any difference. I really don't know what to do anymore or which doctor to see. Has anyone an idea what I should do next? Could it be just because of exhaustion?

  21. Did you ever find out what it was? My doctor blew me off but this nonstop nausea is killing me at 3.5 months post partum.


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