My 1st pg was so mild compared to my second one and DD1 has never had a single feeding issue from birth to the present. I spent the whole pg this time medicated and while I worried about birth defects and other complications, it never occurred to me that Kathleen might end up with stomach problems. Maybe that was naive of me?
I breastfed for the 1st 3 weeks and while she had trouble latching, feedings and dirty diapers were completely normal. I had PPD pretty bad for a while and needed to stop BFing, so I put her on formula. She was constantly spitting up, almost as much as we fed her would come right back out. So the doctor had us switch her to soy formula, and while she spits up more than any other baby I've seen, it was a significant benefit to be on soy. But then she had trouble going to the bathroom, which I figured could be pretty common because I read up on it a little. The doctor told us to start giving her apple or pear juice (one ounce per month of age, per day) and it made her bathroom troubles easier, but not what I would call easy, either.
I feel horribly reminded of HG every time she spits up a lot, like it's my fault and I did this to her. I feel like the medicines I took affected her stomach so that she won't have normal digestion. She practically lives on gas medicines and gripe water. The gripe water has been great for her hiccups, but because it contains ginger, I kinda roll my eyes at it like when people offered me ginger ale and crackers for my HG.... LOL
DH just tells me that there's no way to tell if my HG caused this, because he and I both have other tummy issues in our families that might have been passed down to her anyway. Between ulcers, IBS, spastic colon, and some babies with colic, we pretty much had a good chance of this happening anyway. I still feel responsible for it, though.
Is there anything that worked well for your babies with similar problems? Certain early foods or different brands of formula that were easier on the tummy? We're starting cereal this weekend (so exciting!), so it won't be long before she has more options than just the soy.
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Kathleen Amelia, born by repeat c-section on 9/2/11. HG from 5-39 weeks, Zofran, Phenergan, Marinol.
1st HG baby, undiagnosed - Elizabeth-Anne Rose, born 2-9-99. Proud to have survived a teen pregnancy and made it to the other side, especially with HG.