How to Deal When You’re Sick as a Dog While Caring for Your Newborn
It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything here, but now that I’m pregnant with our first child, it seems like the right time. So here goes!
I’ll start off by saying that I am not going to go into too much detail because there are already plenty of blogs out there talking about this topic. However, I do want to add that this is just my experience and I don’t claim to be an expert. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to ask me in the comments section below.
First things first: what kind of dog am I?
My dogs are all mixed breeds (and one of them was even a pit bull) so they tend towards being more active than your average house pet. They also love attention and love to play with each other! I would say that they fall under the “dog” category rather than “pregnant woman” category.
So let’s talk about the actual sickness itself. I had a really bad case of strep throat last year and it was pretty nasty. The day before I got sick, my husband and I went to a concert at which point we both started feeling very nauseous. We were both vomiting blood and felt extremely unwell overall.
It was actually pretty scary since we both thought we were going to die.
When I became pregnant, I was obviously concerned about getting sick again. I won’t lie and say that I didn’t worry at all, but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I did catch something like a cold in my first trimester, but it only lasted a couple of days and I barely felt sick at all. I did notice that I had to blow my nose a lot (and still continue to do so) and my sense of smell was heightened.
Other than that I just felt really tired, like a normal pregnant woman would.
As for taking care of my babies while I’m sick, well it’s honestly not too much different! Honestly, I feel like I got sick more often when I wasn’t pregnant. I think it has a lot to do with all of the changes that are going on in your body. I did find that I would get dizzy spells if I stood up too fast and felt really fatigued overall.
I also had a low grade fever for quite some time (maybe a couple of months).
While you may not feel like eating anything, your hormone levels are going to keep your nausea at bay. I still had cravings for things I would have never imagined myself eating (I seriously ate an entire carton of egg salad one day).
During the first trimester, it is most likely best to lay in bed and take it easy. You should be getting plenty of rest at this point because there is a lot of work going on in there!
Sources & references used in this article:
Talking the dog: Framing pets as interactional resources in family discourse by D Tannen – Research on Language and Social Interaction, 2004 – Taylor & Francis
How do we tell the children?: A step-by-step guide for helping children two to teen cope when someone dies by TA Harris – 2012 – Random House
Becoming attached: First relationships and how they shape our capacity to love by D Schaefer – 2011 – books.google.com
Between pets and people: The importance of animal companionship by R Karen – 1998 – books.google.com
Why we love dogs, eat pigs, and wear cows: An introduction to carnism by AM Beck, AH Katcher – 1996 – books.google.com