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Which is Worse — Heartburn or Morning Sickness?

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Is morning sickness or heartburn worse in pregnancy?

My pregnancy symptoms start early.

At only 5-weeks-pregnant, I began feeling both waves of nausea and hints of heartburn — pregnancy symptoms that seemed to be in a never-ending duel to ruin my life.

By week 8, I was vomiting daily, and sleeping nearly upright due to heartburn so severe it literally brought tears to my eyes.

So, which pregnancy symptom is worse, morning sickness or heartburn? Keep reading, and cast your vote in the poll below!

I have coped with hyperemesis gravidarum through both of my pregnancies. During my first pregnancy, the severe “morning sickness” stopped at week 17, and this time, it stubbornly lingered until I was about 28 weeks pregnant.

I truly felt as if it would never end.

For some reason, I also have a problem with severe stomach acid and heartburn during pregnancy. This mix of extreme nausea, and pure acid on the stomach leads to vomiting that is horrifically painful.

While taking prescription medication during pregnancy isn’t ideal, I had to take Zofran for my nausea (which, unfortunately, didn’t really help), and Prevacid for my heartburn.

I am beyond thankful to finally be out of the woods with the nausea at this point, but sadly, the medication seems to have stopped preventing my heartburn. I have once again, been up all night suffering with the crushing chest, neck, and back pain that comes with severe heartburn.

It’s very hard not to feel depressed and hopeless when you are so sick, for so long. I even feel some resentment toward women who have not had to suffer with morning sickness or severe heartburn during pregnancy. I know that it is ridiculous to feel this way, but honestly, I am horribly jealous, and sad in knowing that I will never know what it’s like to have an easy pregnancy.

That said, I also know that many women have issues that are far, far worse than mine.

Did you experience morning sickness and heartburn when you were pregnant? Which symptom do you think is worse?

 

 

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