• Michelle
  • ENG, GB
  • a year ago


I wasn’t sure whether to post this image publicly butttt in the interests of being fair to all women, thought it was an important one. My husband took it last month part laughing, part begging me to put the phone down and return to bed on a brutal Monday evening. + Thank you so so much to all of you for your kind messages, we’re super excited to have another little Peanut on the way, and we feel so blessed. BUT, it wouldn’t be fair of me to post the glowing beach picture without being completely honest about the realities of the first trimester (and it would be a massive disservice to all of those women who are still in the throes, and those who messaged me in the last few days asking how i “did it” and confessing they’re “really struggling”). + The truth is, this has been a very rough three plus months. I’ve been more sick than I ever thought possible and it’s impacted every area of my life, from the Bub to Work. Spending time lying on the tiles of your office bathroom trying to engage your brain in building a company, trying to excite your team about the quarter ahead whilst trying to swallow down some dry crackers, then at home trying to build Lego and interrupting it to run and kneel at the porcelain bowl has been, well, overwhelming, and exhausting and humbling .... and I say that as someone who is building a company for mothers...I can’t imagine what that is like for women in other sectors. You’re at your most vulnerable unable to share your news, desperate to keep this little life safe, and yet determined to keep everything going, home, work, life. + I’ve made loads of mistakes, I’ve been grumpy AF, and on more than one occasion I’ve been late to meetings getting out of the cab to vomit at the side of the road...And I have support, an incredible team, a strong family, and the little bub keeping me going. + For all the women still going through it, or still on their journey to get there, I see you. We see you. You might not be at par, but you’re doing great. If there is help, take it. If you can, ask for it. If you need to sleep, put the laptop down, and sleep. If you don’t think you can perform your best at the meeting, don’t take the meeting (and if that’s not possible, try to take a colleague with you). I say this, wishing i had followed this, I say this, because I wish somebody had said it to me. + If you have your own stories, please share them with other women, let’s normalise this, so we don’t feel like failures when we can’t just continue full speed ahead. All I kept thinking was “you’re pregnant Michelle, not ill, get on with it”. That wasn’t helpful to myself or anyone around me.✌️🤰🥜
  • S
  • MA, US
  • 3 months ago

I was sick with all 4 of my kids all 9 months every day.

  • L
  • 5 months ago

I'm glad I'm not the only one 😩 I'm 10 weeks and I've been sick daily since I found out. Itll hit me out of nowhere but its really wearing me out! I wasnt nearly this sick with my first. Its been so rough and I'm hoping to get some relief soon!

  • B
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 10 months ago

My first trimester was horrendous, I had to be put on anti sickness tablets taking them 3 times a day. I’m now 15 weeks and still going through the sickness BUT it is better and I’m only down to one pill in the morning. Fingers crossed it goes away completely very soon as I’m running low on the tablets 😂

  • C
  • Seattle, United States
  • 6 months ago

Beth, I used medication and a medicine pump the whole way through to 42 weeks. Don’t give up, and do what you need to do to survive!

  • B
  • Elkhart, United States
  • 10 months ago

My first baby I had morning sickness from weeks 7 to 20. Constant throwing up. I couldn’t keep anything down. It finally ceased and was replaced with awful heartburn, especially at night. My daughter was born with a full head of hair.

  • t
  • Merrick, United States
  • 10 months ago

Just message you

  • E
  • 10 months ago

I had terrible nausea for the first trimester with both pregnancies but never actually threw up. Still, it was brutal and smells were the worst. A co-worker would have instant bacon at her desk every morning and it would make me so queasy. Another time, I was waiting for the subway and I could smell a man’s cologne from several feet away as if he was standing next to me! Hunger also made me nauseous. Hang in there!

  • C
  • Carlsbad, United States
  • 9 months ago

Omigosh same! I couldn’t brush my teeth with toothpaste that smelled, deodorant, shampoo, anything with a smell I got nauseated.

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