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      23.04.2011 17:56
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      morning sickness is completely natural.

      Morning sickness is caused by many factors.

      * HCG Levels : HCG hormone is the hormone that Pregnancy tests and blood Pregnancy tests detect to give a positive result. Although, it is not names as the prime reason, it's the prime suspect. This is because around the first 3 months the hormone levels of HCG increases and this is exactly the same time that the sickness begins for the 3/4 of the women who suffer from it.

      *Raised body temperature - whenever I used to look for the causes of morning sickness when I was pregnant, I never came across the temperature side of it. But it's common sense. Your body temp evidently heightens when you're pregnant, when you normally get too hot, you feel sick and fresh air helps. This applies to pregnancy too.

      * Estrogen levels are also a suspect because they too rise around early pregnancy, but it is not thought to cause the sickness by itself.

      * Hightened sense of smell and taste : This is thought to be a factor because some over whelming aromas instantly trigger the gag reflex. And when they are stronger than normal because of your senses, you are actually sick.

      There are many ways to combat morning sickness, but it does depend on the person.

      1. Ginger - it's recommended as a natural remedy as it settles your stomach and eases off nausea. Ginger boiled sweets help as well if you don't like the Ginger tea, or find the Ginger biscuits too heavy on the tummy.

      2. Get A LOT of rest. Ever had that feeling when you are so tired you feel sick to the stomach? Well, if you don't rest the sickness will just become even worse and may make you stay up later through fretting to be sick. If your sickness comes around, say, 8PM, go to bed at 7.30PM. In that half an hour you would have drifted off asleep and may sleep through it. I did it and it worked a treat!

      3. Stay away from things that trigger the sickness. IE: Strong perfume, Hot, stuffy rooms and the smell of fried food.

      4. Keep simple snacks beside your bed table for when you wake. This is where you will need some one to help you. Ask a partner or some one that lives with you to make you a couple of slices of dry or barely buttered toast when you wake. You can also keep some biscuits beside your bed and a bottle of juice or water.

      5. When you get up in the morning, don't jump straight out of bed, As you get up, sit up slowly and stay there for a couple of minutes, your stomach will then settle and you can stand without feeling too queasy. BEFORE you get up, snack on something you may keep on your beside table (as above) and rest for 20-30 minutes or until you feel you can get up.

      6. Drink fluids regularly through the day. Don't drink too much in one go as you will feel full and are less likely to eat - this is one mistake I did. I tricked my belly into thinking I had eaten - which made me feel sick because I was so hungry.

      7. Eat small and regularly. This will keep you topped up through the day. Don't eat full meals, such as a huge dinner, as it will prove to heavy. Eat small meals, such as for dinner, you could have a pasta salad or a meaty pasta dinner, it's light and will fill you up.

      8. Keep rooms well ventilated. Keep your room at night light and airy so you don't wake up in a stuffy room and during the day you will keep cool and your temperature will feel controlled. Eating ICE or ICE POLES and ICE CREAM or COLD WATER always helped me keep from over heating, and it helps keep the nausea away for a while.

      9. My sickness affected me so much, so I ended up having to use anti-sickness pills to help keep it away, as well as doing all of the above.


      ************ ..... Morning Sickness affects 1 in 10 women. Whilst some only get the nausea feeling, many will experience the sickness side of it. I was personally nauseas all day and was sick at night. Whilst it is unpleasant it is completely NORMAL. But if you find you are being sick violently through the day or not keeping ANYTHING down, go to the A&E as they will need to monitor you. They may need to replace the lost fluids for you and determine why it's so bad. It can be harmful to your baby so I wouldn't wait for the Doctors appointment. ...... **************

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        19.01.2011 22:57
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        Actually necessary for good hormones - keep chin up!

        I remember feeling delighted to be pregnant after many months of trying to concieve. I'd heard of morning sickness and thought I could imagine what that would be like - ha! So there I was happily enjoying the thought I was having a baby when suddenly at about week 8 I woke up feeling so sick, how does it come on so suddenly! I threw up and managed to crawl into work feeling rubbish.

        I chatted to a few people who'd had morning sickness that I knew and soon discovered that the story that it lasts for 12 weeks is rubbish and that it is all day and not morning!!

        The feeling is unexplainable unless you've experienced it, it's not like being sick from a bug because in that instance you let everything out and within 24hrs usually you're on the mend. With pregnancy sickness you have no idea when it's going to end. Certain smells and tastes make you feel or actually physically sick. The stomach is just churning and churning and it can make you feel quite weak. I didn't want to face people I just felt so rough.

        I remember going from thinking - 'I'm supposed to be happy I'm pregnant' to 'oh my goodness what have I done'!! the latter more often!

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        Well there are so many tales and so many thoughts, my feeling is that you just have to find what's right for you I also wonder if your body is saying this is what I want to eat and this is what I don't want to eat, a bit like cravings are actually what your body is lacking in.

        I used to just go for what I really thought I could eat no necessarily what I'd fancy before I was pregnant.

        Here are a list of things that I know a few people have found help so it's not just me!
        Dry biscuits - Rich tea, digestives etc arrow root biscuits are supposed to be good too.
        Bread sticks
        Ginger biscuits
        a sweet such as polo mint
        plenty of water
        energy drinks such as lucosade

        I went right off tea, coffee, chocolate and things I loved!!

        The thing about lucosade is that it replenishes the sugars lost during being sick and the liquids it's important to keep trying even if it comes up.

        DRIVE! - drive yourself everywhere! I found that when I was a passenger it was much worse than when I was driving myself. I think it's the feeling of being in control and motion, I guess you know where you're going and when you're going to brake etc.

        FRESH AIR! - fresh air helped me, just going for a short walk or getting out of the house, although I felt like staying in actually when I got out I felt just slightly better and a little more normal!

        How long?!
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        How long is a piece of string!! it really varies from person to person that's not what you want to hear! I had it for 16 weeks-ish it started going off around about then and then I felt absolutely great, but a friend of mine had hers go the whole time it wasn't sickness by then just feeling sick. So there really is no answer.

        Causes
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        I was told by a midwife friend that the reason women get sickness is because of the massive surge of hormones getting ready for the baby and when people say 'Oh it's a good thing your sick' and you want to throttle them it's actually true. The sickness is a good sign that your hormones are working correctly.

        What not to worry
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        If it's severe sickness where it's constant all day everyday I mean literally constant and you're not able to keep anything down then it's worth calling a doctor as it may be more serious as one of the other reviews suggests. But if it's just sick once or maybe twice for a day or two and then a day off and then sick again on odd day and your managing to keep food down in between you don't need to worry that it's going to affect the baby because it won't, your body makes sure that the baby comes first and that is why the tiredness is so bad because your body is giving the baby everything it has you will get it second.

        Summary
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        Both my pregnancies I was sick and felt sick, I've had two beautiful girls. I've given one star because actually it's something which in the back of your mind you can know is a good thing because the hormones are getting ready for a new baby.

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          22.04.2010 18:18
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          Severe vomitting - the very under research and under-funded medical condition known as hyperemersis gravidarum. i went through this dreadful disease in september 2008 and had to make some very difficult and heart-breaking decisions. I don't htink people are very aware of this condition (I know I wasn't before I had it) and I think women feel very alone and isolated when they are in this situation. I think we need to bring this issue to the attention of the public to create a better understanding and awareness which will hopefully bring it to the forefront of medical research so a cure can benn found for this debilitating illness. My baby girl would have been coming up on 1 year old in May but due to the severity of the condition we were unable to continue with the pregnancy as both mine and the baby's life were in grave danger.

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            28.02.2010 09:16
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            WHY MY CHILDREN ARE SO PRECIOUS. BUT I WOULD NEVER HAVE ANOTHER!!

            When you are first pregnant, it is perfectly normal to feel nauseous. Even normal to be sick first thing in the morning or in the evening time. However there is a difference between morning sickness and hyper emesis. I have had this condition through the both of my pregnancies. Believe me it is totally horrific and made me really ill.

            Before I had even taken a pregnancy test to confirm my pregnancy with my first child (a girl) I was vomitting. It was just a total overwhelming all consuming nausea. I thought that this was normal for the first few weeks of pregnancy. I was working as a district nurse at the time. My morning calls were virtually impossible to perform. I remember I would see to the patient, then drive down the road pull the car over and be sick. I tried boiled sweets, ginger even sickness bands from the chemist. Each time hoping that this would be the answer to my severe sickness but to no avail.

            When I was approx 10 weeks pregnant with my little girl, I began to feel very week. I went through a couple of days where I could not even manage to keep sips of water down. I was sick constantly, every ten minutes or so. It was horrendous. My throat and stomach was sore from the reaching. I was unable to get to the doctors so the doctor carried out a home visit. As soon as he saw me, he phoned the hospital. I had to be admitted as I had severe Hyperemesis which had lead to dehydration.

            The nurses in the hospital were amazing. They made me feel at ease and explained to me that I was not alone in experiencing this condition. it is quite uncommon but does effect quite a lot of women. One of the midwives had actually had this condition and therefore they could all empathise with the way I was feeling.

            Not only was I hooked up to a drip, in order to rehydrate me. I was also given an anti emetic injection. This is an anti sickness drug. I was assured that this particular drug would not have any ill effects on my baby. I had so many of these injections that my poor bottom looked like a pin cushion.

            This hyperemesis not only made me feel very poorly it also upset me and made me feel depressed. I had always wanted to be a mum and used to dream of when I would be pregnant. I am really fashion concious and imagined myself in really funky maternity clothes, with a bow in my hair painting the nursery. However here I was hardly able to wash let alone get out of my nightle.

            After the drip in the hospital. I would have a spell of a few days where I would be less sick. Only sick a couple of times in the morning. It was one of these free from sickness moments that I madly agreed to get married. I consequently arranged most of my wedding from my hospital bed. Three weeks later I walked into the registry office looking lovely but feeling like poo. I actually had anti sickness medication on the morning of my wedding!!

            I went to Cornwall for a few days on honeymoon and ended up having to come home early because I was so sick. I even managed to be sick all over my new husband as he was driving the car. Hardly romantic. He still reminds me of this now!! He was so caring and helped clean us both up before driving home to Wales.

            Basically i was admitted 10 times during my pregancy with my little girl. She was finally born six weeks early. She was a really good weight 4lb 12oz which for a six week old baby is really good. The midwives used to explain to me that a foetus is like a parasite. They will take all the goodness from you and so bless her she was getting plenty of nutrients. (mainly from the numerous drips.)

            Amazingly as soon as I had had her, I felt elated and the sickness had gone like the click of the finger. The following morning I dragged my two and a half stone lighter body down to the hospital canteen were I devoured a hearty full cooked breakfast.

            I thought that I may not be so unlucky as to suffer from this condition again, and so four years later I got pregnant again. For the first 8 weeks I felt great and felt so relieved. Yes I felt slightly nauseous but I was so grateful not to be sick at all. Then around about 9-10 weeks hey ho I began to get sick again.

            I was admitted 12 times during this prgnancy. To be hooked up onto a drip and given injections. I felt such a failure. Pregnancy is suppose to be the most natural thing in the world but to me it was horrendous. I even had to beg to be discharged for my daughters 4th birthday party and was told I could go for an hour but only after I had had an injection!!

            My son was born three weeks early. He again was gorgeous and healthy. Little tinkers had been fine. Just living off my nutrients.

            I can honestly say that I am so grateful that I have two beautiful children. And it was 100% worth the severe sickness morning, noon and night. My baby girl will be 10 this year and my little boy is 5. They are totally healthy, gorgeous children and in a way when I had them it was even more special and made them all the more precious.

            I would just like to add that I had hypnotherapy, reflexology and even accupuncture to try and relieve my hyper emesis. But this condition is so strong. Basically it is a almost allergic reaction to being pregnant. It is your bodies reaction to the increase in baby hormones. Some peoples bodies can cope with this some people like moi cant.

            I was lucky during my pregnancy that everyone including my boss were totally understanding of the condition. I am sure though that many people who suffer from this will be seen as being over reacting as the saying goes 'Pregnancy is not an illness' But unfortunatelyfor me Pregnancy was very much an illness. Yes morning sickness is a pain in the backside but a normal reaction to being pregnant. But it should not be confused with Hyper emesis. This is a totally different thing all together and I feel more information should be provided to mums regarding this totally disabilitating condition.

            I hope with all my heart that this review does not scare you, particularly if you are in the first throws of morning sickness. This condition is quite rare. However it is vital that people grow to understand and respect this condition for what it is.

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              An awful pregnancy "ailment" but is worth it in the end.

              ***What is it & why does it happen***

              "Morning sickness" is a bit of a myth... in pregnancy morning sickness can strike at any time of day! Sickness in pregnancy usually occurs in early pregnancy and the severity varies depending on the woman. Some people just feel slightly queasy, whereas others spend the day throwing up. And those lucky few do not suffer it at all.

              There is no "proven" reason to why sickness in pregnancy occurs but it is thought that it is linked to high pregnancy hormone levels. So is said to be a "good" thing as it shows hormone levels are high so the baby inside you is developing! By 14 weeks morning sickness is said to disappear.

              ***My experience***
              I spent most of my pregnancy sat on the bathroom floor with my head down the toilet. In total I had 5 days where I wasn't sick! My sickness lasted from week 7- week 36. Although from 20 weeks my sickness did improve and I found I was only feeling and being sick on an evening as opposed to all day.

              The early weeks were awful. I found out I was pregnant at week 8 ( I put down the first week of vomiting to a tummy bug). On a morning I would wake up and feel sick. By 9am when I was at work I had either been sick or was stopping myself from being sick. I can only liken the feeling to a hangover when I felt dizzy, sick and had a headache. I didn't announce I was pregnant until 12 weeks at work so spent the first few weeks blaming being under the weather on "too many late nights and glasses of wine!"

              I was told by my midwife the sickness would disappear... it didn't. So I had to try all of the old tricks of sipping water, eating little and often and eating ginger biscuits. I did find that tomatoes and ice lollies were my comfort food and settled my stomach.

              The smell of fried breakfast was the one thing that turned my stomach. In the early days I couldn't even think about the smell without retching.

              ***Tips***

              Keep hydrated- try and take sips of water. I also found ice lollys a great help as they had flavour but did not have too strong of a taste.

              Eat little and often. Even if you are not hungry try and nibble on rich tea biscuits, crackers, toast etc. Basically plain tasting foods.

              Try ginger- ginger biscuits and ginger herbal teas.

              When you are hungry- EAT. No matter what it is you fancy eat it as long as it isn't on the list of "banned" pregnancy foods. It's better to eat something rather than nothing at all.

              If you are going to be sick don't try and stop yourself and keep it down. I often found once I had been sick I felt a lot better (for a short time anyway).

              Rest- I often used to feel worse if I was tired. Go for a little nap and recharge your batteries.


              ***Overall***

              Morning sickness should really get a name change to "pregnancy sickness" as it can occur morning, noon or night (or all three) in most cases.

              If you are being sick constantly contact your midwife as it can become dangerous to your baby if you become dehydrated.

              For most people the good news is... morning sickness gets better as you hit the 12-16 week mark and will disappear completely. For those unfortunate women like myself the bad news is it might not disappear but you do learn to live with it. It is one of the more unpleasant ailments of being pregnant but even though you feel poorly at the time (and think you are dying)... it is definitely worth all of the discomfort!

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                I hope all my advice helps all you pregnant ladies out there!!!! I feel for you all!!!

                Well I found out I was pregnant two weeks ago now, thinking I had food poisoning because I had felt nausea all week, my husband told me I should take a test as we have been trying for 8 months. But after 10-20 negative tests in the past 8 months, I was starting to get disheartened, everytime I felt pregnant, it just turned out to be premenstrual symptoms. But, after a week of feeling like rubbish everyday, I thought I'd give it a go. The worst it could say is Not Pregnant.

                But that wasn't to be, and after 3 tests, I was certainly pregnant. Me and my husband were (and still are ecstatic), but since finding out on Monday 18th January, my morning sickness (which really shouldn't be called morning sickness at all considering it seems to last 24/7!) has just got worse and worse.

                Morning sickness is something which happens to most pregnant women, and is a result of the mix of hormones going around your body. It affects every woman in a different way, and what is a "trigger" for one woman, won't be for another.

                Morning sickness is very much to do with your sense of smell which is hightened when you're pregnant, and it seems to be smells which cause the nausea which pregnant women feel. For most women it is things like cooking meat and cleaning products which send them running to the bathroom. But, what many people don't know, is that having an empty stomach is a huge factor in feeling sick when pregnant, unlike with a tummy bug for example which works in the opposite way.

                As I said it affects every woman in a different way, some just feel a little sick during the mornings and find that it can be easily worn off by having a little fresh air, a glass of water and a piece of toast, while other women get it all day, and are sent running to the bathroom at every smell.

                I am somewhere in between the two! I feel very sick all day, and tend to actually be sick once a day, bringing only water up. My "triggers" are meat and cleaning products, and I can't even go into my kitchen without feeling very very sick! (I find myself hiding out in the living room and not wanting to go downstairs in the morning as I have to walk through the kitchen when I come downstairs or when I want to use the bathroom so I can't escape it!!!)

                TREATING MORNING SICKNESS:
                Some women get very ill during pregnancy and cannot keep any food or water down, this is the extreme and does not happen to the most part. But, if this is you, and you cannot eat or drink anything without throwing it back up, you need to visit your doctor, as you will need medical intervention as it's essential for you to keep at least hydrated.

                For women who get the kind of morning sickness which is common for a lot of pregnant women, there are some recommendations. Now it is important to point out, that for me, none of these things have worked for me, but, it is very worth trying it all and seeing if any of it works for you!

                1) Eat little and often:
                You may not feel like eating when you feel sick constantly, but as I said earlier having an empty stomach does not help, and will give you a headache as well as the sickness! So try finding foods which you can eat and have small portions whenever you feel you can stomach it. Ignore all meal times, and if it's 9am but you feel like a bowl of pasta, then have a bowl of pasta, if it's 11pm and you feel like a breakfast cereal then eat it. Don't go mad (remember you don't actually have to eat any more than the normal GDA of calories until your third trimester, and even then you only need 200-300 more a day), and don't have full portions, maybe half portions, and if you feel you can stomach it, you can then make another portion!

                2) Eat a couple of crackers or a ginger biscuit before you get out of bed in the morning, keep a packet next to your bed, this puts something in your stomach and stops the morning nausea, I must say this is one thing which has slightly worked for me, and does seem to make the sickness feel a little less severe in the morning!

                3) Sip, don't gulp water. This stops an over powering feeling of nausea when you have a drink. Drinking lots and lots of water keeps you hydrated when your not eating properly, and can stop you from feeling so sick!

                4) Avoid triggers as much as you can. Once you know what causes your nausea, try and keep away from the triggers, whether it's immense heat, motion, smells or a certain drink/food, try as much as you can to keep away from it. This can be very hard, especially if it is smells of cleaning products and meat (the most common), as they are daily smells which are in the house, even if it's not you using them! For me, it's almost impossible to keep away from my trigger (the kitchen!!!), and now, even just thinking about the smell in there, makes me feel sick! (By the way, my husband painted and varnished in there before he knew I was pregnant, and I think it is the smell of that, plus the smell of cleaning products and food which makes me feel sick when I am in there!!! Not just the kitchen!).

                5) Get fresh air. Taking a short walk in the fresh air can take away the nausea, been couped up inside can sometimes make the sickness much worse, so a short walk, just to the corner shop and back, will help clear you out a little, and may give you some relief!

                I am afraid morning sickness isn't something you can get away from, most women will get it to some degree, but a lot of those women will be feeling much better by 14-20 weeks, and those smells which made you feel sick before, rarely stick with you. (Though my mum went off tea with my oldest sister, and has never been able to touch it since, after 38 years!!), but for the most part, you'll be back drinking coffee and eating meat in no time.

                Morning sickness is a sign that the pregnancy is going well, that might not sound like much help now, but just think of that sickness as a comfort that your growing baby is doing just fine in there. And it will all be worth it in the end!!

                If nothing works for you and you can't seem to shift your nausea, then the best thing for you is rest, if you work, it can be difficult. Luckily for me, I don't currently have a job, so I can try and relax a little! If cleaning products make you feel sick, then try not using them, get unscented cleaning products and unscented soaps and shower gels. If you cannot stand the smell of meat or cooking vegetables, then don't eat them. Try eating pulses and nuts to substitute, don't worry and don't force yourself to eat something which makes you sick!

                You're not the only person who feels like this, and there is always someone who feels even worse off than you, it might be hard to believe when you have your head over the toilet, but it is true. And even if it lasts the whole 9 months, it will pass once the baby comes! And then it will be a distant memory when you're holding your new born in your arms.

                Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy, and I hope to god my morning sickness passes soon!! It isn't the most pleasant symptom of been pregnant...I think I would rather have the piles!!!!!!!!!

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                  14.01.2010 21:51
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                  hope you are lucky enough to not feel too bad x

                  I find myself,recently,very recently infact pregnant again.I have had 6 pregnancies before including a miscarriage and a stillborn.
                  I there for am not of the club of keep is hush until twelve weeks.My son died when I was 24 weeks pregnant.Am I meant to not enjoy the experience and live in constant fear?I think not,its just not me.
                  Also how am I ever meant to keep the pregnancy a secret?when if anyone is wearing perfume or aftershave that this little baby does not like?
                  It is just not possible,anything and everything I eat at the moment,apart from the odd small items are making me want to throw up.

                  So what causes so called "morning sickness"?

                  Well lets clear one myth up."Morning sickness" can and does occur at any time frame,morning,noon and night.Sometimes only for a short time,others suffer all day.

                  Most people will be relieved of this dreaded affliction at around the beginning of the second trimester.Some may be a couple of weeks into the second trimester.
                  For a few unlucky but not average cases,the sickness will last throughout the pregnancy,which is most unfortunate.

                  The main reasons for nausea is an increase in Hcg (human chorionic gonadotropin).
                  It has been suggested that it is a protection for the fetus,and it is natures way of putting us off foods that may be toxic to the fetus.
                  However personally ,while that is a rational answer,it does not explain why I have heard of women eating chalk,coal and other such non food items.

                  Whatever the reason ,it is horrid,spoils pregnancy for me,I can never wait to get past the sickness part.
                  I do feel the other saying goes well and has some truth to it,and that is ,if you suffer morning sickness,you have a strong pregnancy.
                  Personally,i think every baby and every pregnancy and mother to be are different.
                  If you are reading this and are suffering,ginger biscuits.Ginger tea and eating small and often ,rather than big meals improve sickness.

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                    Can be resolved but requires hospital drug intervention

                    It has been seven years since I had hyperemersis gravidarum. It was without doubt one of the most remembered periods of my life.

                    I, like most women had suffered with the crushing tiredness that comes in early pregnancy, almost imperceptibly I began to lose interest in food - I was unable to decide what I wanted to eat. One day when I was about 7-8 weeks pregnant I woke feeling completely shattered and decided after I was up and dressed that I couldn't face work and rang in sick, little did I know at that point I would be gone for nine weeks.

                    That first day I was sick four times, after a week I went to the doctors and was signed off for 1 week, and given some tablets that I had to put under my lip until it dissolved - I try to give everything a fair shot but these were useless. One week later and sickness still going strong I was back this time I was given suppositories (one a day - just what you need when you feel awful) however I did my duty but to no avail.

                    The days went by and I was hardly eating and was only drinking minimal amounts as a mouthful of water could make me be sick three times, and I would consider how thirsty I was before drinking. By now I was in bed all the time - and despite the title of morning sickness was predominantly sick through the night - about 7-8 times. Waking up and moving my eyes was enough to start me off.

                    I have to say the doctor said my baby was fine describing her as the perfect parasite that fed off me whilst I just melted away. The doctor was always optimistic that this phase passed too.

                    After five weeks I have lost over 2 stone and my partner rang the doctor and said I was by now very weak and he needed to come out to see me. After a few questions - he described me as "abit dry the last time he saw me" my skin was flaking and hair like straw, and there was nothing more he could do and had me admitted to hospital. When I came out of hospital he told me I was the first morning sickness case he'd ever admitted.

                    At hospital I was immediately put on a drip which was like a good cup of tea and they started running tests. My liver function was sky rocketing and they didn't know why and they thought maybe I had viral hepatitas, I hadn't but until they ran tests to establish this I had to be barrier nursed. In the quest to investigate the liver I also had this scanned.

                    In the mean time I was givem my first emetic injection (leg or bottom) and was told I could now eat! No way I thought - but tried 3 meals later I was sick 4 times. No problem we will try again tomorrow, and so we did with an emetic and a suppository and proceeded with the eating - it worked. The injections had a 4 hour validity and after that it was up to me to say if I started to feel sick again and I would get another one. I had about 7 or 8 altogether.

                    I was in hospital for a week and stayed on a drip the whole time and on two occasions had a potassium drip due to low levels of the same. And I was constantly having bloods taken to test the spectrum of bodily levels and to monitor my liver. As my appetite returned the liver function levels reduced, and it transpired that I was just in a self perpetuating downward spiral with sickness affecting the liver.

                    After hospital i was signed off for a further 4 weeks, and it was only at this point I truly appreciated how weak I had become, when I had some impetus to try and do things again.

                    My appetite was never brilliant for the duration of the pregnancy but after that bout it seemed fantastic . Unlike other women I didn't suffer with the sickness for that long and as I was cured so to speak the experience never put me off doing it again.

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                      An awful experience but worth it in the end.

                      Morning sickness has to be one of the worst symptoms of pregnancy! It is a good sign that the baby is healthy as it is caused by an increased hormone level. It usually lasts until you hit the 12 week mark of your pregnancy but continues for longer for many. Calling it morning sickness was a big mistake as whilst it may be worse in the morning many people suffer with it at all times of the day. Woman may suffer with just nausea or nausea and vomiting. These can often me made worse by certain smells or foods. A small portion of woman suffer from something called Hyperemisis Gravidarum, severe sickness. There is no known reason for this although it is common in woman carrying multiples. This is what I suffered from in my third pregnancy.

                      In my first and second pregnancy I did suffer from morning sickness, it was mainly nausea but I did vomit a few times especially at the sight of certain foods. At the time I thought it was awful and couldn't imagine it could get any worse. Then I became pregnant with my third child. It started at around 6 weeks and almost instantly I was vomiting every time I ate anything. This then became every time I ate or drank anything. I literally could not keep anything down. I spent a couple of weeks sat on my bathroom floor constantly vomiting, feeling drained and wishing I wasn't pregnant anymore. I neglected my family and children and was very lucky that I had such an amazing husband and extended family who stood in and took care of the children. After a while I was vomiting even when I had a completely empty stomach and was bringing up my stomach lining and lots of blood. I burst the blood vessels around my eyes from retching and lost 1 stone in weight in just a couple of weeks.

                      My husband took me to the Doctor who prescribed me some tablets but these came up seconds after I swallowed them so didnt even get a chance to work. I can't even begin to describe how I was feeling. I thought this was going to never end and felt a lot of resentment towards my baby for doing this too me. I dragged myself to the Doctor again which was so difficult as I would have to stop to be sick every 10 minutes. By this time i was being sick at least 20 times a day. Standing in reception I actually passed out and was carried to the nurses room where I took a good 10 minutes to come round. I was then taken to hospital.

                      In hospital blood tests showed I was extremely dehydrated. I was put on a drip in the crook of my elbow as my veins in my hands were impossible to get too as I was so dehydrated. I was also given injections of anti-sickness medication. I stayed in hospital for a few days and felt so much better, was able to eat very small amounts there and drink. I was about 10 weeks when i left the hospital and the sickness did improve but I was still vomiting 10 times a day. This carried on til I was 14 weeks at this level but I was still being sick until I reached 20 weeks.

                      I lost 2 stone in weight and at the end of my pregnancy I still weighed less than I did before I was pregnant! It really was an awful time of my life and has seriously put me off having any more children ever again! I really don't think I could do it again!

                      The only good point is that it does not usually affect the baby, they get everything they need from your supplies even if you are not eating. It is important to stay hydrated though as getting severely dehydrated can be dangerous for anyone.

                      One thing I haven't mentioned until now is that my first 2 children were boys and my third pregnancy was actually a girl! I have been told it is more common when carrying girls due to extra hormones but not sure if this is based on fact! I did find it strange that it only happened in one of my pregnancies though.

                      I was going to give some hints to surviving morning sickness but when you have hyperemisis there really is nothing that works, its just a case of getting through it. A great support network is essential though and remembering that it is not going to last forever however much you might feel like it will. When you hold your baby in your arms you will realise it was worth it!

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                        27.02.2009 21:46
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                        You don't have to be physically sick to suffer with morning sickness

                        When I first fell pregnant I was expecting to suffer with severe morning physical sickness as both my mum and grandma were very sick throughout their pregnancies. I expected to get it just in the morning and that it meant throwing up all the time.

                        However, I soon began to understand what it was all about. It was not just something that you got in the morning and would go come the afternoon and it did not mean that you were just physically sick. I have been pregnant twice and within the first 13 -14 weeks I suffered with morning sickness though was never physically sick thankfully. I would wake up with a funny taste in my mouth, not feel like eating and the smell of food and drink would make my stomach churn. I was working one morning and the guys brought bacon butties into the office - I turned green. The sickness feeling was just there and it was only time that would cause it to go away. Sometimes you feel as if you are going to be sick and I guess it's all the hormones causing this. After about 14 weeks the sickness feeling went away and I was able to enjoy the rest of my pregnancies.

                        People say advised me that ginger biscuits would help but I never thought it did. I found mints were great whilst you were eating them but when you finished I felt sick again. I found that I was feeling exceptionally nauseous first thing in the morning and early evening. As such I found myself in bed straight after dinner. Maybe tiredness is another factor in morning sickness.

                        Morning sickness aside bringing a child in to the world is such an amazing thing that feeling sick for 13 weeks is manageable.

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                          23.02.2009 21:40
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                          Its horrible and inconvienent but its all worth it in the end!!!

                          My experience of morning sickness is probably similar to many other mummies out there but unfortunately I have never actually met anyone whom had it quite as bad as me, especially with my first.

                          My morning sickness started around 6 weeks pregnant on both occasions and with my first it lasted on and off through most of the pregnancy whereas on the second occasion with my daughter it went away about the four month into the pregnancy.

                          I can remember with my first, I was waking up and running to the toilet, I was having to take a carrier bag with me everywhere with me encase I needed to throw up on the way to work, when I got to work I would spend most of the morning sat on the bathroom floor and then at about 11 am it would just stop, it was so weird, it was just like a switch. But it was just so horrendous in the morning that it would leave me feeling faint and weak and all I would want to do was go to sleep, I was very lucky and the company I worked for at the time were great (maybe because I was one of the only girls and the guys just did not want to hear about it)

                          I can remember by the sixth month mark although I had a belly on me, I had actually lost 1 stone in weight, my midwife thought I had a more severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum which they treat with anti sickness drugs. She gave me some anti sickness tablets, I forget there name but they actually made me feel worse, so I tried other methods such as ginger ale and ginger biscuits and I know it sounds silly and it may have just been physiological but they worked, and although I would still get the odd sickie morning (mainly due to smells especially polish and also coffee) overall it became much better, and I became to handle it better, especially when I stopped panicking every time I was sick.

                          When I got pregnant with my second, again it started and this time I thought I was ready for it unfortunately though it was never ever at any particular time of the day it just happen all the time, one minute id be fine and the next I was looking at the bottom of a toilet bowl, sometimes morning sometimes afternoon sometimes I would wake up in the middle of night, But again I tried some natural ways and again it really did work , instead of having coffee or tea in the morning I had lemon and ginger tea, and I would nibble on ginger biscuits or peppermints and this really did help me, and luckily this time it disappeared around the fourth month into the pregnancy.

                          I would recommend that anyone mum suffering with this try and stay as positive as you can, I can remember getting so upset about being sick with my first and I hate vomiting and id get myself into a right state and it was silly really, the best way is to stay calm as it is natural and I'm told it's a good sign as it mean that the hormones are all developing well, not that this piece of news will make you feel any better.
                          Normally its meant to disappear I think around your third month, so its only a brief point but here are some of my tips for new mummies whom are just beginning to experience this,

                          Stay positive, its natural and it will pass eventually.

                          Eat little but often

                          Try natural remedies for e.g. ginger, peppermint, chewing gum etc

                          Always carry in your handbag a carrier bag and even a change of top just encase (as I won't go into details but accidents can happen)

                          If your symptoms get worse and you are not eating enough, then call your midwife, they will not mind that's what they are there for and also it could be that you may have a more serious form of the morning sickness and they can give you some tablets to help.

                          Also I have heard there are many other things you can try that are more natural, for e.g. Chinese herbalists, acupressure, reflexology and many more. I never tried any of these but if you are finding it hard and need something to help in the symptoms then why not.

                          Just keep thinking that in a few months you are going to have a gorgeous little baby and this will all be a distant memory.

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                            29.01.2009 10:34
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                            one of many symptoms of pregnancy and the body changing

                            Morning sickness is one of many dreaded symptoms shall I call it of pregnancy. Not everybody suffers from it but I suppose the majority of women do. Despite the name morning sickness it is not actually suffered just in the morning, which is what I always believed, how wrong was I when I became pregnant with my twin boys.

                            It's also not just suffered during a particular trimester of pregnancy it can be experienced at the beginning, middle, end or throughout the pregnancy.

                            When I became pregnant I wanted to know the in's and out's of my pregnancy as it was my first and I wanted to know what EVERY feeling was caused by and whether it was 'normal'. Well I was relieved when I found out morning sickness is quite common, but my mind wasn't really put to rest when I discovered there is actually no known cause of morning sickness. But people do believe it is because of chemicals etc in your body changing as so much has to change inside you as well as outside of you to accomodate your baby, or 2 in my case and more in some others (lol)

                            My personal experience of Morning sickness wasn't too bad to be honest, I found strong smells triggered me off though especially when my Dad was cooking tea as he tends to think he's Gordon Ramsey and wants to experiment with allsorts of wild and wonderful foods, unfortunately my nose and stomach didn't think so. I started suffering from Morning Sickness when I was just 7weeks pregnant and thankfully it had stopped by the time I was 12 weeks gone. I wasn't actually being sick though, but felt so close to most of the time. I don't know whether this was in my head or something which actually worked but whenever I did feel a bit queasy I ate a dry cracker, I always do this anyway if feeling sick, really don't know why but always have done and I did find that it eased the sicky feeling quite alot. I wouldn't class this as a remedy though, sorry ladies!

                            Yes my story is quite a good one actually, but I know a few people who have had terrible morning sickness, well actually it was more 'all day' sickness and the slightest thing would trigger off their sicky feelings and actually vomiting. Some women do suffer badly with sickness and it can bring a woman down as it actually leaves your body feeling drained, and you just generally unwell.

                            Even though some women do have a bad time with morning sickness there is 1 good thing about it, your baby is left unharmed and safe so one less worry for us mums to be!

                            I was told by my health visitor to try steer clear of strong and overwhelming smells, and to eat and drink little and often, as this could help regulate parts of my body which were possibly working overdrive to prepare itself for this growing baby inside me, well growing babies actually. Hopefully with my next brood I won't suffer the way many do and my morning sickness will be just as good shall I say as what it was with this pregnancy.

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                              15.01.2009 16:44
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                              Hang in there - it gets better!

                              Morning sickness can really get you down when you are pregnant. I had it terribly during my pregnancy and everyone said that means I'd have a boy. I was convinced my baby was a boy from the moment I saw him at the 12 week scan... and yes the clue is in there, a baby boy popped out! However, I know mothers of girls who equally suffered with morning sickness.

                              I found that mine would often come on first thing in the morning before I had eaten breakfast and I would be gagging as I prepared something for myself. However, it was not just restricted to the morning and late mornings were often awful in the office and I would just go and sit in the loo to hide from everyone. I was only ever physically sick first thing in the morning but the queesiness that lasted into the afternoon was even worse than the sickness. It can really get you down.

                              They say it stops at 12 weeks but mine kicked in worse than ever at 13 weeks. However, it did only last another 2 weeks and then stopped altogether.

                              I tried ginger tea and ginger biscuits and crystalised ginger. the tea worked a little to settle my stomach but the biscuits and crystalised ginger did nothing.

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                                12.01.2009 17:28
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                                a healthy sign but makes for a miserable pergnancy

                                I found out I was pregnant at 6 weeks and felt perfectly fine. I actually remember saying to someone I wanted morning sickness as I had read it was a good sign. You should always be careful what you wish for
                                At seven weeks I got my wish. I didn't have morning sickness I had anytime of the night or day sickness.
                                I would wake up two to three times a night to be sick, I would wake up starving hungry but there was no point eating because it would just make me vomit.
                                I had the usual exhaustion of normal pregnancy but with getting up and down during the night I had no energy at all.
                                I spent hours trawling through books and the internet to find a cure. I tried different type of biscuits, having a drink and biscuit in bed before I got up, ginger and travel sickness bands. None of which helped.
                                When I was twenty weeks pregnant I got a sickness bug and ended up in hospital on a drip to rehydrate me but as I was still vomiting it took days. I was at one. Point having my vomit measured which was gross. I was given anti emetics but I hated them as I still felt sick but just wasn't.
                                Everyone kept telling me that it would end at the end of trimester one and that then I would blossom.
                                I continued through the pregnancy as it progressed my diet got smaller and smaller. I couldn't tolerate any diary (which included chocolate) so was taking calcium tablets and ended up on anti emetics once more during my pregnancy as I was getting dehydrated again and didn't want to end up in hospital again.
                                The last time I was sick was during my labour. As soon as I gave birth I was able to drink a cup of tea with milk something I had craved for months and had a sandwich which I knew I would be able to keep down at 5am. I got my beautiful boy and an end to my sickness in one glorious night.
                                I had a miserable 9 months but looking at my son made all those hours spent staring at the toilet bowl worth it.

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                                11.12.2008 14:13
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                                It ruined my pregnancy!!

                                Before I was pregnant I believed morning sickness to be, as the name suggests being sick in the morning. I thought it was just one of the normal symptons associated with pregnancy. How wrong was I!!!!! I think it should be renamed all day sickness and misery!

                                I'll take you through my experience of the dreaded sickness. I found out I was pregnant very early on I was about 4 weeks gone and was extremely happy. Pretty much as soon as I found out I started to feel queasy. I've always had a pretty weak stomach so thought I could handle a bit of sickness. I would get up in the morning and as soon as I sat up I would have to run to the toilet to vomit, I would then set of to work vomiting in a back alley on the way, once on the bus I would be retching and deep breathing trying not to be sick at least til I got to work, next I would clock in at work then run to be sick again, this went on constantly throughout the day. At this point in time I worked in a call centre, I was forever putting customers on hold to run to the loo haha!! I was also getting up in the night to be sick so wasnt sleeping much either.

                                Anyway after a couple of days of this I decided to ring in sick I was really unwell, couldnt eat anything and wasn't keeping much fluids down either. Everyone kept telling me it was a good sign being sick it meant my pregnancy hormones where strong! I tried eating ginger biscuits as ginger is supposed to help with sickness? but I couldnt physically put anything in my mouth so that didnt work.

                                On day 3 after finding out was pregnant I went to the doctors in tears because I was horrified to think this could go on for another 8 months! he basically said there wasnt much he could do it was a part of pregnancy and gave me some anti sickness tablets, I couldnt keep them down long enough to have any effect, oh and he gave me some gaviscon, yuk!!

                                On day 5 my other half came home from work and I was led on the settee with the same glass of water he had left me with in the morning I had managed about a quarter of it, I hadnt moved all day except to run to the toilet. My hair was lank my skin was dry and greyish in colour, I was terrified this would be hurting my baby. My other half rang the doctors who said to bring me in straight away, she did some urine tests and found I was very dehydrated, she offered me 2 options either go home and try to work through it or she would admit to hospital and I could go on a drip, I decided hospital was the best option.

                                Once in hosptial I was diagnosed with Hypermesis (severe morning sickness) I was put on a drip to rehydrate me I felt much better within a few hours of being there and the sickness stopped, I felt like a fraud!! I was given a scan to confirm I wasnt having a multiple pregnancy because severe sickness can be a sign of this. After 3 days in hospital I was discharged, I would love to say the sickness didnt return, but it did, it was still really bad and I was still pretty miserable, I didnt go back to work for a while I had about 4 months off work in total, when I was at work I was given special duties which meant I could go the toilet whenever I wanted. The sickness eventually stopped at about 33 weeks and at 34 weeks I got pre-eclampsia but thats another story!!!!!

                                The point of this is for anyone out there who knows someone pregnant who is suffering with sickness, dont just think their being soft, it can be really awful. My experience has influenced my choice of whether to have another child, I will have one in the future but it does frighten me to think I could be like that again especially when I have my little boy to look after now.

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