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10/2/10 1:54 P

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Wow! Thank you so much! You have many great ideas and I appreciate you doing research. I was having a difficult time finding anything online.

I am taking zofran, but some days my GP actually is bad enough to over ride the zofran. I tried mentioning the GP to my doctor and he just dismissed it. He was concerned at my weight loss though. I hope he will listen better next appointment or I will have to find a different doctor.

Again, thank you so much! I am going to write down all the foods you suggested and try them each out (and go grocery shopping!).

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10/2/10 8:50 A

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First, congratulations! Your pregnancy is a reason to celebrate.

Second, I'm really sorry that your GP is rearing its ugly head at this time! I Googled gastroparesis and pregnancy and found some sites that might be helpful. There are some support groups that mention Zofran being used for their nausea and vomiting and the Zofran was very helpful. Another one mentioned taking Miralax for being constipated since she couldn't tolerate any vegetables, fruit and meat during her pregnancy. She was eating mainly carbs, It seems like a lot of he women who had GP and were pregnant did lose weight and their GP was the worst it had ever been.

Do you have a GI doctor that could help? They should know what medications you can take that wouldn't harm the baby. And a good OB/GYN should also know about it. Some of the women who had GP said that after they had the baby, the GP seemed to either go away or at least not being so bad. It's going to be important to find a doctor who knows what medications won't hurt the baby but will be helpful for you.

You might ask about Zofran to help with the nausea and vomiting, liquid vitamins that would hopefully be helpful to both you and the baby, and what would be the most helpful for the GP. Having a OB/GYN who has successfully helped patients deliver healthy babies while they had GP is going to be vital to your pregnancy.

Until you can find an OB doc who can help, here are some suggestions on what might help you get some nutrition:
Boost or Ensure - they have a lot of nutrients and vitamins that will be helpful. I used to drink Ensure because it tasted better than Boost, but everyone has their own preferences on what tastes better. Both come in a variety of flavors, but it seems that chocolate is the most popular.

Smoothies - you can make some healthy and tasty smoothies at home that won't cost an arm and a leg. You could try vanilla yogurt (go for the regular stuff, not the non-fat or low-fat. You need the calories. And most store brands tastes just as good as the expensive kind.) with fruit and veggies. Popular ingredients: carrots, frozen fruit like strawberries, peaches, blueberries are good choices, bananas, peanut butter, protein drinks like Syntrax (which comes in a variety of flavors that you can mix with milk, juice or water.), and also blenderizing food into a soup that tastes good and is still nutritious (you can use broth, milk and water to make the soup smooth, and you can use whatever you can tolerate). There are several sites that have smoothie recipes and some even called for green leafy veggies. It will probably be trial and error as to what you can tolerate, but smoothies can provide calcium, vitamins from the fruits and veggies, and protein if you add in a good protein powder.

For a lot of the women, the GP went away or wasn't as bad at some point during their pregnancy. So maybe your GP will lessen at some point in your pregnancy. Let's hope and pray that your GP lessens soon!

Tofu is another food good source. Add it to the smoothies or soup that you use your blender to make smooth and easy to digest. Tofu doesn't have much of any taste, but it does have protein.

Sources of calcium: yogurt - for smoothies or to just eat without adding anything - and whatever flavor you can tolerate. Cottage cheese. Cheese. Milk - get regular milk, now isn't the time to try to limit calories unless your doctor is concerned about excess weight during the pregnancy, which I doubt will be the problem.

Soft "comfort foods"- like mashed potatoes with cheese, puddings, soft canned fruits like applesauce and peaches, pre-made soups (you'll have to read the labels to make sure you're getting something other than salt. Homemade soups are usually the best, and ones made without tomatoes can help you avoid acid reflux which can be a problem during pregnancy. Try sweet potatoes instead of the regular ones - sweet potatoes have a lot more vitamins than the white potatoes (they're delicious in soup!).

Things you might want to avoid: tomatoes, onions, food that is fried or has a lot of spice, food with a lot of fiber (unless you can make a soup with them), a lot of carbs (they can provide calories but not much else to help you and the baby. If you do eat carbs, try to eat the ones that aren't so processed or are nothing more than white flour with salt and/or sugar). And obviously anything that you take a dislike to. What you might have liked and tolerated before you were pregnant might become something you can't keep down, the same as foods you might not have enjoyed before suddenly don't taste so bad.

Since GP can vary so much, person to person, day by day, and depending on certain circumstances like stress, acid reflux, TOM - it can be hard to predict if your GP will lessen or what foods you can digest. I would definitely track everything you can tolerate when you eat it so you will have an idea of what kind of nutrients you're getting. You can set your nutritional tracker for sodium, fat, all kinds of vitamins and minerals, protein, calcium... to help you figure out what you need to try to incorporate into your diet. Don't be surprised if one day you can tolerate a certain food and then suddenly you can't stand it.

I don't know if any of this is helpful or not, but definitely get to a good OB doc who has experience with patients who have GP. And surf the web! There's a lot of information out there, just be careful about what you're reading. The support threads can offer ideas, and credible web sites will give you some great information, but anything that promotes "natural," "alternative," "secret" remedies are ones you'll want to clear with your doc. Some of them would be OK to try if you weren't pregnant, but with the baby, you have to be more careful (I know you already know this, but I'm concerned about you.).

If I can find more information for you, I'll be sure to post it on this thread. I hope we get some of our other members to share their experiences also.

Hugs,
Lucky

Life's an adventure ... take it one step at a time and don't underestimate yourself! You're capable of more than you think you are! How do I know this? You're still here aren't you? That means you haven't given up!


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10/2/10 1:48 A

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I was diagnosed with GP 2 years ago. I finally had it under control, but now I am pregnant and it is way worse. I hadn't even thought about the fact it would be worse when pregnant since pregnancy causes the stomach to digest slower than normal.
If I just eat toast, rolls, white rice, then my nausea is very mild (still the morning sickness as I am only 12 weeks along). But I am really starting to hate bread. I made the mistake of eating salad for dinner last night, it tasted amazing! But I felt miserable when I went to bed and have thrown up so many times today. I feel so sick just from eating salad (which before pregnancy I could handle on occasion). I can't just eat bread and expect me and the baby to be healthy, but I can't handle even vitamins without extreme nausea and intense stomach pain. I have lost 17 lbs. I am losing an average of 2 or 3 lbs a week and I am too weak to exercise or even just doing normal every day stuff.
Please help. I need ideas of what can get me feeling healthier and know my baby will be healthy, but still not irritate my GP.

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