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Six Weeks + Suffering

Getting through that nauseous sixth week.

Over the years, we have connected with many women during their pregnancies, and have taken note of what they have said and what has helped them.  Here are some insights and advice from surrogates, as they have reached the six-week mark.

  • Eat a high protein snack before bed, so that you don’t wake starving and eat too quickly.
  • Give yourself a little longer to wake up in the morning, and wait until you’ve had at least a few crackers before you take any of your fertility medications.
  • Eat a high protein snack in the morning and every two to four hours throughout the day.
  • Hold off on prenatal vitamins until you are feeling okay.
  • Try small sips of ginger or chamomile tea throughout the day.
  • Try ginger, peppermint, and lavender in a diffuser.
  • Many surrogates suggested acupuncture or chiropractic care as a lifesaver for pregnancy-related nausea.
  • Stay hydrated! Drinking water throughout the day. Many women suggested it be room temperature rather than ice-cold.
  • It is important to speak to your care provider if your nausea is interfering with your day-to-day life, or if you are concerned that any vomiting is leaving you dehydrated or unwell.  There are several options that your care provider may offer, including medications to help with nausea.
  • During the sixth week of your surrogacy journey, you will likely be going for an ultrasound at your fertility clinic or local monitoring clinic. Your clinic nurse will also be checking in with you to ensure you are staying on your medications, to go over the ultrasound results and to ensure you are feeling well.  This would also be a good time to bring up any symptoms you are experiencing, including morning/all-day sickness.

If you are feeling unwell, we hope that some of the above hints are helpful, and please if you have any hints or tips that we can add to this list, let us know below!