After the birth of my third child, I began drinking coffee. I enjoyed a cup of tea here and there before that, but having more kids than hands and rarely sleeping, I fell in love with the beauty of coffee and the magical properties of keeping me awake. I used a cup of coffee as an excuse to take a break from all that I had to do and sit and relax.
About 5 weeks ago, I was struck down with both nausea and vomiting and it didn’t seem to matter what I ate, or didn’t eat — everything would come back up. I am still struggling with this common symptom of pregnancy and even with medication, my stomach is never quite happy. To top that all off, I get heartburn from even just looking at certain foods or drinks.
One of those happens to be my oh-so-loved coffee. I haven’t had a cup in 5 weeks and it’s so bad that I can’t even deal with the smell. To be honest, that picture to the left is kinda making me heave.
While I was happy to figure out one of the many smells and drinks that don’t agree with my very sensitive pregnant stomach, I was sad to realize I’ll have to be without coffee. I was never a big drinker of coffee and know that it’s recommended by the American Pregnancy Association to keep the caffeine to a minimum when you’re pregnant, but still. I miss that excuse to relax. I miss the warmth of the cup around my hands, I miss the boost of energy it gave me (and how cruel it is now that I need that boost more than ever), but mostly I’m sad that I can’t seem to go anywhere without that smell invading my pregnant nose and causing the nausea to flare up. I mean, it would have been much easier had the trigger for nausea and vomiting be something more obscure, like the smell of mangoes or something.
:: Did you have an aversion to coffee during your pregnancy? ::
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