The Worst Change Since Pregnancy: Strong Gag Reflex

  • By: Sandra
  • Date: March 18, 2022
  • Time to read: 3 min.

It’s been 9 months since the birth of my first beautiful baby and…

I still have stretch marks.
I still lactate. (I sadly stopped breastfeeding almost five months ago.)
I am permanently sleep deprived.
My brain no longer cooperates like it used to. (Read here for a failed attempt at explaining myself.)
I cannot keep my house clean for the life of me due to my 9 month old’s undeveloped cleaning abilities and extreme toy overload.
Mommy & Love | The Worst Change Since Pregnancy: Strong Gag Reflex

I have the WORST gag reflex ever now!

This is the real reason for my post. *sigh* It’s an important coping mechanism to write out this complaint because I just don’t understand why my gag reflex is so bad! I constantly feel like I’m unknowingly pregnant and back in the first nauseating trimester again. The thought of being pregnant so soon with a second baby is NOT a pretty one like envisioning two happy-naked-babies floating-on-a-cloud-cuddling-bunnies-and-laughing. It is downright terrifying.
My baby shoved a mysterious piece of food in her mouth earlier today, gagged and proceeded to vomit all over the floor in front of me. I instantly gagged and ran all teary eyed to get a cloth for her and the carpet. I ended up taking a pit stop to the bathroom in fear of making an even bigger mess. Once I regained composure, I returned to my baby and realized she hacked up an old piece of salami that I missed in my quick clean up earlier. GROSS.
What’s worse is that my symptoms do not only consist of gagging at the sight or smell of unpleasant surroundings, like curdled milk or vomited spaghetti noodles. My gag reflex is also trigged by the mere thought of them. Not cool.
Lately, I feel nauseous or gaggy (—can I say that?) for no reason at all. I literally gagged without anything unpleasant in mind or sight today. I ate my healthy dinner and about three hours later, it felt like my body was making me gag for fun. I took a time out and laid in bed but it still took a lot of effort to ensure I wouldn’t throw up all over. What is my problem?

Biggest triggers

  • Nasal dripping in back of throat (pleasant huh?)
  • Excess phlegm
  • Spoiled milk
  • Scent of bananas and other strong scents
  • Changing dirty diapers
  • Watching my daughter eat cat food
  • Watching anyone eat something gross
  • Seeing meat, nasty ground beed, raw meat, red meat, any meat
  • Eating too much or too little food
  • Brushing my tongue

Just writing this post makes my stomach queasy.

No exaggeration either. Now, I didn’t have a perfectly strong stomach before becoming pregnant but I’ve never had these issues until the first trimester hit full force. Thankfully, I wasn’t the pregnant woman who threw up every morning. Just the one who was constantly gagging over nothing. It just sucks that my annoyingly powerful gag reflex has decided to stick with me on my already persistent battle through life. Lucky me!
Hey, life is still good. I have a cute little sweetheart that I get to snuggle and love on… and hope I don’t accidentally gag or vomit on. 😛
Anyone else have these problems?? 

Update 1/27/15: Three years later, my gag reflex is back to normal. I even had a second baby who is now 13 months old. This should provide great relief to anyone experiencing this evil symptom of motherhood!

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