It happened the day I hit 12 weeks. So much for the whole "starting to feel better in the second trimester" thing.
Honestly, I can't really complain too much about my first trimester. My nausea was super mild, and though I was going to bed maybe an hour earlier than normal I wasn't particularly exhausted. Then, somewhere around my 9th or 10th week, I started getting this really uncomfortable feeling of something being stuck in my throat from time to time.
At first I couldn't figure it out, until my brother in law suggested that maybe I was suffering from some kind of acid reflux. I didn't think that could be it, since I wasn't getting any heartburn or anything. But the symptom kept worsening to the point that I was getting it almost every day, sometimes all day, so I kept Googling. My Google-fu didn't fail me, and I'm pretty sure I'm getting what's called silent reflux. It's basically the same type of thing as heartburn, but rather than the stomach acid sitting in my esophagus and causing a burning sensation it's going all the way up to my throat instead.
If you're wondering what the sensation feels like and why it's bothering me so much, here's a handy home demonstration for you. Find the hollow of your throat, and press your finger there. Not so hard you choke, just lightly enough that you can feel your gag reflex sort of engage. Now swallow. That's how I feel ALL THE TIME now. It's horrendous. It's like a constant throat punch.
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I've tried everything I can think of to make it go away. I've eaten smaller, more frequent meals. I've cut out citrus and tomatoes and chocolate. I've chewed gum. I've drunk baking soda mixed with water. I've started eating Gaviscon like it's my job. Some days are better, and I rack my brains trying to figure out what I did that made it go away. Then it comes back for no reason I can think of, and whatever worked the day before doesn't work anymore.
Last Friday night, the day I hit 12 weeks, I was feeling so shitty that I had to force myself to eat a plain bagel for dinner. I was starving but the lump in my throat had been so bad all day I was terrified to put anything in my stomach. A few hours later, while getting ready for bed, I was brushing my teeth and made the mistake of brushing my tongue just a leetle too far back. I gagged. I thought I was gonna blow, then I didn't. I made my way to the bedroom and sat on the bed. M asked if I was ok. Then all of a sudden I knew I wasn't going to be and ran to the bathroom and took part in that grand tradition of pregnant ladies everywhere, the porcelain hug.
And you guys? When it was all over I felt like a million fucking dollars!!! For the first time in days, the lump in my throat was gone. Until the next morning, that is. Apparently a whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter is more than my stomach can handle anymore, and it was back. But man, it was good while it lasted!
So here I am, 13w2d today, and I still haven't figured out how to make it go away. The only thing that seems to work for certain is puking, which I'm not willing to make myself do (no matter how good it would make me feel) because yuck. And I'm sure it's not good for the baby. But I'm really hoping my OB has some kind of suggestion at our appointment this Wednesday (possibly some kind of prescription acid reducer that's safe in pregnancy) because I might go insane if this keeps up for the next 7 months.
If anyone else has dealt with this particularly evil brand of reflux (or knows anyone else who has), and has some suggestions for me, please let me know! At this point I'm not above voodoo or possibly the sacrifice of a small animal.