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Mourning Sickness

On the first day of hugging the porcelain god in a way that brings unpleasant flashbacks of fraternity hall parties to the surface, the horrifying nature of it all can somehow be downplayed by the exciting fact that you are pregnant (that is, of course, if the pregnancy is something that you wanted). It’s kind of like vomit of joy.
However, by the second or third week of morning sickness, the excitement tends to wear off and is replaced with misery. When will this part end?
For most pregnant women, morning sickness starts at around six weeks of pregnancy, and lasts until the 14th to 18th week. Some women go longer. It depends on a number of factors, like whether you had a similar side effect of nausea and vomiting when you started birth control, or whether you’re having multiples.
So as the morning (and afternoon and evening) sickeness goes on, you are probably desperate for some kind of relief. Babycenter.com has some great suggestions to help you cope, like snacking on crackers, taking B6 supplements, and using ginger to quell queasiness.
You should talk to your caregiver if you feel like you have prolonged or excessive vomiting, which may affect the amount of vitamins and nutrients your baby is receiving. Also, seek medical approval for any medication you are considering taking for the morning sickness.
Do you have any war stories from fighting morning sickness that you’d like to share? What coping mechanisms did you find effective?

Posted: 5/22/08