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Can you have evening sickness?



I am working on believing in this pregnancy without the assistance of pee sticks. I did not use one yesterday. I did not use one today. I actually put the boxes of fresh sticks and the Ziploc baggies of used sticks (I know, it is disgusting) in my craft closet.  I will not be crafting this week due to bullet point No. 2.

Right now I’m pregnant. I know this for several reasons:

  • My digestive track has become bipolar. Yesterday I pooed fiercely in a way that was not pleasant. Today I am backed up like I had just consumed a brick of cheddar cheese (new readers: I’m allergic to dairy. Unlike lactose intolerance, my allergy causes intestinal swelling and I won’t poop for DAYS)
  • I feel AWESOME in the morning but by 3 p.m. I’m done. My head pounds, my neck aches and my eyes have a hard time focusing. I rode the bus home from work as I am physically unable to make the three-mile walk. I’m too tired to cook dinner, play with the cats or clean the house. The only thing I want to do is read and sleep. Is it possible to have evening sickness?
  • I can smell the McDonald’s on my walk to work and it smells good. Gross. I worked at Mickey D’s for two years in high school and have not eaten there since (I’m 31 now. You can do the math). The smell of McDonald’s fries generally makes me ill – until Pip took up residence. Now the aroma makes my mouth water and I can actually visualize a small fry in my hand. It’s alarming, actually.
  • If I’m on my feet too much or carry a heavy shopping basket all over Target, my uterus starts to cramp telling me it is time to sit down and rest.
  • My “Nearly A” boobies are nearly a B and it is exciting.
  • The highway of veins on my boobies are not exciting.
  • Sometimes my boobies are sensitive, like when I accidentally whack one while wrestling a paper towel from the temperamental dispenser at work. I’m not used to having something real on my chest. Normally it is all Victoria’s Secret and you can flick, bump or pinch them all day long without me knowing the difference.
  • I am terribly thirsty. Always.
  • I’m more bitchy and aggressive than normal. I flicked a guy off while walking to work today because his car was in the cross walk. It was not one of my finer moments.
  • I am experiencing shortness of breath, meaning my 3-mile walk to work takes 50 full minutes. It’s strange. This was actually the first thing that happened before my positive pee stick. Being the OCD woman I am, I assumed it was me losing all my athletic ability after several weeks of resting pre and post-transfer.
  • My eyes are dry and my vision is a little wonky which, shockingly, is a normal first trimester symptom. I don’t know if lots of women notice it, though. My history with uveitis makes me hypersensitive to any ocular abnormalities.

These things make me believe I’m pregnant. I am trying not to focus on the fact that my boobies are not angry 24-7 like some women. I’m trying to ignore that I’m not nauseous like some women (the GREAT INTERNET tells me that only 50% of women get barf/gag inducing morning sickness). Otherwise, I feel I’m having a lot of text-book symptoms and these should give me comfort while being thankful that I’m not feeling like crap 24-7. I’ll take afternoon/evening crap for good productive mornings and a beautiful take-home Pip in 2013.

So this is where I stand today. There are a flurry of BFPs in the community right now. Tell me, newly pregnant ladies, how are you feeling? How are you handling your abundance or lack of symptoms? Ladies who are past the first trimester, what were your first few weeks like? Anyone also experience vision changes or am I just a hypersensitive freak? 🙂 Ladies still in the trenches, what pregnancy symptom are you dreading most?



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  1. May 8, 2012

    I am 6w today and don’t feel any distinct symptoms – only ones that are negligable or explained by other things.
    1. My nipples are at attention 24/7 – only sight tenderness but sensitive. Could be from progesterone though.
    2. Very tired, but have been this entire IVF cycle.
    3. Very slight passing queasiness.

    It’s actually freaking me out – the lack of symptoms…

    • May 8, 2012

      I’ll make a deal with you: I won’t worry about my lack of barf if you don’t worry about yours. As soon as one of us starts fretting about it we need to remember that we are causing the other to fret and then will feel guilty for making the other sad. Does that make sense? It makes sense in my head, which does not mean it does in other heads!

      • May 8, 2012

        You guys crack me up! Reminds me of the back and forth between Izzy and I a few weeks ago! Belle, I’m so happy for you my cheeks hurt!

      • May 8, 2012

        It makes sense 🙂 I am actually avoiding blogging until the u/s for this reason. I don’t want to freak myself or anyone else out! 🙂

  2. Deborah #
    May 8, 2012

    You definitely are pregnant! My sister experienced the same thing as you with her first trimester – no morning sickness, but awful late afternoon and evening sickness. She would get stomach aches and horrible migraines, which can cause vision changes. I think she dreaded the end of each day, but it quickly went away as soon as she hit her second trimester and got her energy back. So something to look forward to!

    • May 8, 2012

      Good to know I’m not the only one dealing with vision changes from headaches. The first time it happened it scared the hell out of me thinking my uveitis was coming back!

  3. May 8, 2012

    I’ve heard a lot about pregnancy constipation. That scares me the most. Barfing. Fine. You puke it up and it’s out. Done. Constipation is the opposite, so you suffer and suffer and continue to suffer. (I hope yours doesn’t stick around!)

    That being said, I’d gladly put up with 9 months of constipation at this point. It’s got to be better than the daily meltdowns i have because I’m not pregnant. :S

    • May 8, 2012

      Oh don’t get me wrong, I’d be happy to deal with all these symptoms and more if it is what it takes for a healthy baby! If I find the secret cure for pregnancy constipation I’ll be sure to let you know so you will be prepared!

  4. Jennifer Brady #
    May 8, 2012

    Sarah, one of my close coworkers experienced a lot of those symptoms, including the vision issues you speak of AND afternoon/evening sickness. She has had zero morning sickness…it’s all been in the afternoon/evening….and she is in her first trimester with a healthy baby and I believe you are, too. 🙂

    • May 8, 2012

      Thanks for sharing Jennifer!

  5. Shannon #
    May 8, 2012

    I so know how you feel! I’m about a week behind you. My boobs have been hurting ever since my FET and the highway of veins?! I feel ok during the day, but find in the evening I’m much more sensitive to odors and food..last night all I wanted was good ol’ fashioned mac and cheese! I definitely have had the weird bowel movements too. I’m usually pretty regular, but the past couple days, I’ve been poo’ing twice a day!

    • May 8, 2012

      OMG, I’m now craving vegan mac and cheese…. 🙂

  6. May 8, 2012

    I had ALL DAY sickness. But before it was all day sickness it was evening sickness – like I would start to get nauseous around 10:30pm. I think morning sickness has a lot to do with blood sugar, which is why a lot of women get it in the morning. So, even though it feels counter-intuitive, eating a snack right away might help combat some of it.

    I was also crazy short of breath. I still get it from time to time, but those first few weeks it was constant. I asked my doctor about it and she said she knows pregnant ladies who can’t walk 10 blocks, even in the first trimester when it has nothing to do with the size of their bellies. I didn’t get vision changes but I know someone else who did, whose doctor told her not to get a new glasses prescription until after the baby was born.

    Colace is prego-safe, so I took that if I didn’t poo for 3 or more days. (I try to limit the medication I take but pooping is important.)

    My first trimester SUUUUUUUCKED and I am so happy to be past it. I am grateful to be here, etc etc, but wow it was rough. Just give yourself some slack, rest when you need it, don’t push yourself, and so on. Your body is doing some huge stuff right now even though it’s not visible yet.

    • May 8, 2012

      Isn’t the shortness of breath wild??? Sometimes I have to pause and pay really close attention to decide if it is an asthma attack or just being pregnant.

  7. Shelley #
    May 8, 2012

    I used to dread morning sickness, but that was before 2+ years of trying. Now I only dread spotting as that will more than likely indicate a loss. Other than that, I welcome it all and have vowed to accept any level of pregnancy-induced discomfort with a smile. The more, the better!

  8. SarahL #
    May 8, 2012

    Woo hoo! So glad to see your list!

    I’m now a little more than halfway through and feeling the little guy poke at me all the time which is very reassuring, but I had almost no symptoms for the 1st tri and it was very hard to keep the faith between appointments. I was more tired than usual – I am usually a no-way no-how no naps kind of person, but I got very attached to my weekend naps and to going to bed extra early on weeknights. Oh, and constipation. Loved that. I had pretty good luck with regular fiber intake, lots of water and prune juice as necessary. Things seem to have evened out a bit more now, which is nice.

    As for cravings, I found that if a desire persisted for 24 hours or more, it was easier to give in to a small taste of whatever it was (yes, even if it’s a McFry) and move on with life. Otherwise I couldn’t stop thinking about it!

    I am so, so happy for you and am rooting for Pip all the way!

  9. May 8, 2012

    Oh gosh. I haven’t eaten at McD’s since high school either, but yesterday I smelled french fries from someone holding a McD’s bag across the street! (And I really wanted them.) I was telling BG about it this morning, as I was complaining that my newly washed towel smelled funny. He couldn’t smell anything. So weird!

    I’ve also been itching my eyes…but thought it was because I’m not feeling well.

    I hope your digestive track gets back in order soon! I’m glad Pip hasn’t been treating his mom too badly 🙂

  10. May 8, 2012

    Also, I wanted McD’s fries so bad one day during my first trimester I almost cried. Seriously pathetic, but your body is not your own anymore! 🙂

  11. May 8, 2012

    I didn’t have any morning sickness (ok, once or twice I felt nauseous in the AM but no puking and compared to some other ladies I say none) but I too felt much worse in the afternoons than I did in the mornings. I would have to call it quits in the afternoons and just stop. I took a lot of naps and tried to do everything that NEEDED to be done in the morning when I felt best as I never knew when I would be ready for the end of the day. Some days I made it until 3 or 4 other days i could barely make it until 1. One day it was 11am, LOL.

    Good luck those are all great pregnancy symptoms!

    • May 8, 2012

      I cleaned the kitchen top to bottom before work today in the event I’m too pooped to clean it tonight!

  12. May 8, 2012

    I didn’t start feeling nauseous until after the 6 week point. It started as morning & evening nausea before it progressed to all day nausea for about 3 weeks. Starting around week 10 it was back to morning/sometimes late afternoon nausea. Count yourself lucky if you don’t get any nausea at all! You are DEFINITELY pregnant- yay!

  13. May 8, 2012

    “My “Nearly A” boobies are nearly a B and it is exciting” made my day!

  14. May 8, 2012

    Early on I just had the exhaustion and the no bathroom issues as well. Oh and I peed ALOT. I didn’t get nauseous at all until 6+ weeks and I didn’t have any boob changes until probably 10-12 weeks so you are well on your way! You definitely sound pregnant :). I think you should put up a ticker already so I can stop counting from your 5 week post!

    • May 8, 2012

      I’ll add a ticker after I see a heartbeat. Promise 🙂

  15. May 8, 2012

    Tell me about the boobs, I almost had a heart attach this morning when I walked passed the mirrior. They are HUGE no flippen wonder they so sore …

  16. May 8, 2012

    I don’t have anything to add about symptoms… but I definitely say you’re pregnant because you sound like lots of other pregnant ladies! Hope you feel better soon.

  17. Amber #
    May 8, 2012

    I had many of these symptoms and no real morning sickness. I crave potatoes of any form, including French fries, which I never eat. So I’d say your symptoms are right on the money!

  18. May 8, 2012

    Hi! I’m new to your blog so congratulations on your pregnancy! Your symptoms sound like legit pregnancy symptoms! We are pretty close to each other…I am 7 weeks today. I also feel much worse in the afternoons and evenings…it’s like everything is coming together in perfect symphony to make me feel like complete poo. Good luck with everything! Look forward to your updates.

  19. May 9, 2012

    My Bestie had horrible dry eyes and vission changes when she was pregnant. It got to the point where she couldn’t wear contacts and had to use eyedrops all day. All your symptoms I have heard from other pregnant women.

  20. May 9, 2012

    My first craving: I ate two cheeseburgers in five days after maybe 10 years since I set foot in McDonald’s . I never ever got morning sickness… I got superpowered nose. This led to random gagging mid meal, mid freezer aisle, mid perfume department. Often I could cook a meal, or eat it, but not both. The smell of boiled rice was AWFUL. And bowels? Blah!!! Same, three times one day, nothing for days. I took Metamucil a LOT. Anything w psyllium . Thirsty I had, but I also got gest diabetes early so keep am eye on that one. And yep, got the breathless thing big time. Wait for the dizzy’s, they’re awesome fun.

  21. Kat #
    May 15, 2012

    I was just about to write a post about how I’m just starting to worry about my touch and go pregnancy symptoms, especially my complete lack of morning sickness, because at 11 weeks I still have low progesterone (14.1 as of this morning) and I have to keep taking crinone which sucks. I certainly don’t wish I was sick ask the time, but I can handle the occasionally upchuck. Honestly, just a little, tiny bit of morning sickness would be so nice, just for the peace of mind and sign that I am indeed pregnant.

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