28 Harsh Truths No One Ever Tells You About Morning Sickness


1. Morning sickness can strike at any time, not just in the morning.

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2. And can last all day.

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3. Almost anything can set it off – like the sensation of brushing your teeth.

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Does it still count as good dental hygiene if you’re taking breaks to spit into the toilet?

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4. Or being too warm.

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5. Or not having had enough sleep.

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6. Or it being a Tuesday.

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7. Now you’re pregnant, you have developed SMELLING SUPERPOWERS. And everything you smell makes you nauseated.

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8. Like the smell of a half-full kitchen bin.

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9. A kitchen bin three houses away.

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10. Or the smell of the fridge when you open the door.

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11. Or even the smell of your partner.

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12. You have resigned yourself to the fact that, while travelling, anything about your person – your handbag, your cardigan, some shopping you just bought – will eventually serve as a sick-bag.

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13. Morning sickness can be so bad that you have to take time off work.

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14. And the worst part is, it normally starts before you’re ready to share your news of your pregnancy with your employer.

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15. Some pregnant women don’t even get morning sickness, which can make them worry that there’s something “wrong” with their pregnancy.

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16. But you don’t always throw up. Sometimes you just walk around retching attractively.

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17. Other times you’re bowled over by dizzying and debilitating waves of nausea, wishing you could throw up, because at least you’d get some relief.

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18. Often, this nausea can feel quite a lot like hunger pangs, so you don’t know whether to stick your head in the toilet, or eat all of the bread.

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19. Suddenly, just thinking about food that you used to love makes you want to vomit the rainbow.

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20. Even water, which makes staying hydrated a really difficult proposition.

NB: If you can’t keep any water down for several days, see your doctor to get treatment for dehydration and severe morning sickness.

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21. Because so many things make you sick, you have to find what food works for you, and stick with it.

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22. So if that means one month of cheese and onion pasties and watermelon, so be it. At least you’re eating.

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23. In fact, eating – as counterintuitive as it may feel – can help you feel better, because low blood sugar can make morning sickness worse.

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24. So eat as soon as you wake up, then little and often through the day, and it might mitigate your sickness.

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25. And keeping some mints or Preggie Pop Drops (which you can buy on Amazon) on you at all times can be a lifesaver.

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26. The good news is most people’s morning sickness dies down in the second trimester.

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27. And, at the end of it, you get a beautiful little baby!

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28. Who will then promptly vomit on you.

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It’s the circle of life.

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Robyn Wilder is a staff writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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