Friday, October 07, 2011
Achy, Breaky Head
Sure, I’m not as desperately nauseous this time as last—in part because I no longer question the approach of eating constantly (who cares that most women don’t gain much weight during their first trimester—it will come off eventually…maybe), and I have a well-honed sense of exactly when to pop an anti-barfing drug so that I seldom barf anymore. (Only a pregnant person—or a bulimic one, I suppose—would consider barfing 3-4 times a week not that often.) The problem I’m having today (BEING PREGNANT SUCKS) is the migraine sucking away at the inside of my sinuses and my well-being.
Last time I was pregnant, I don’t think I had a migraine once. I definitely didn’t have any after the first few weeks. I convinced myself that I don’t get migraines when I’m pregnant—essentially taunting the headache gods (not to mention the pregnancy gods, who are not as nice as you’d think) into making sure I suffered the next go-round.
I used to have migraines all the time, so not having them while pregnant was a rare perk of being knocked up (besides the cute, snuggly perk at the end of the line). I had a few here and there after giving birth, and Excedrin almost always did the trick of making them vanish.
But I’ve been having more and more headaches since getting pregnant, and when you’re pregnant, you CAN’T TAKE EXCEDRIN. Nor, if you’re me, can you down a bunch of coffee because coffee is one of the MOST DISGUSTING SMELLS in the world. Nor can you DRINK SO MUCH WHISKEY that you no longer care that your head hurts. Apparently it's, like, bad for the baby or something.
“Take some Tylenol,” my doctor husband suggests, even though I PUNCH HIM EVERY TIME he says this because Tylenol is IMAGINARY MEDICINE and doesn’t ever do one single thing to help any pain I’ve ever had in my adult life EVER EVER EVER.
“It can’t hurt to try it,” he says, ignoring my fists against his shoulder.
I tell him that it can hurt—that it does. “It hurts my psyche—bad.” Though not as bad as my fucking head hurts in the first place.