Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Dealing With Morning Sickness (Morning, Noon, and Night)

By Christina VanGinkel

I found out that a good friend of mine is expecting her second baby in about five months. Her first child is just a year old, and this is a very wanted pregnancy. Problem is she has been so nauseous, that any celebrating has been put on permanent hold. She had hoped that when she entered her second trimester, that her morning sickness, which she says lasts morning, noon, evening, and throughout the night, would abate. It has not, and she is struggling with an on the move toddler while she feels as if she has been hit by a truck! I can relate, as my second pregnancy was troubled by the same malady. I ended up losing so much weight during the beginning of my second trimester that I was put on medication to ease the vomiting that occurred constantly, and would not even move out of bed upon waking until I nibbled a saltine, or for some reason, an apple.

When nauseous during a pregnancy, always check with your physician, and then do everything that is in your power, and will not harm your baby, to alleviate it. Know too that each person is different. For me, nibbling on an apple would help calm my stomach to the point that I could often get up and be somewhat productive. When I mentioned this to my friend, she said that even thinking about an apple first thing in the morning would surely make her ill.

I recall asking my physician why some women become nauseous and others do not. His reply was very straightforward. He did not know. He said that different doctors had different answers, but mostly no one had any distinct answer. Some felt that with all the chemical changes taking place in a pregnant body that it is a wonder not every pregnant woman is ill from conception until delivery. It made sense, yet I was very pleased that I had only been mildly ill during my first pregnancy. Later on, with my third child, I do not recall being ill past my first trimester, so each pregnancy was different from the other. I also know many women who claim they never had a minute of sickness throughout any of their pregnancies. Like children, each pregnancy is also as different from the next.

If you are going through a struggle with this malady, as I said before, first check with your doctor, then do anything safe that you think might help. Try eating before moving from bed. Try not eating until you are up a bit if the thought of food at all makes you ill. Sip water or ice, or try different frozen fruits. If you can isolate a smell or food that makes you ill, remove it from your home. If you work, and someone comes in with smelly cologne that absolutely sends you running, approach him or her with as much niceness as you can muster and explain to him or her, the problem. If they have ever been pregnant, or been by someone who has suffered from morning sickness, they may be sympathetic enough to alter what they are wearing. It sure cannot hurt to ask.

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