Doing Battle With Morning Sickness
Doing Battle with Morning Sickness
Those Rare, but Serious Cases
If nothing seems to work and morning sickness is getting in the way of your
everyday activities, then doctors might suggest anti-nausea drugs that are safe
for pregnancy, says Dr. Niebyl. "It depends on how sick you are. If you
can't take care of your kids or go to work, most would prefer to take a
In about 1% of all cases, morning sickness can be so severe as to cause
dehydration and imbalances in the body's chemistry. When that happens, a woman
will probably need to be hospitalized so that she can be treated with
intravenous fluids and anti-nausea drugs. "If a woman can't keep anything
down for 24 hours or she's lost weight, she should go to the hospital or
contact her physician," says Niebyl. "It just not good for the
Erick says women often wait too long to seek medical attention. "I think
people get really out of control with being dehydrated because they read a book
that said, 'Oh, this is normal' or somebody said, 'Buck up, it's only
pregnancy. Meanwhile, they can't get out of their pajamas and fail to
differentiate that some morning sickness is one thing, but
outrageous morning sickness is not a good thing."
Kim Clifford of Western Springs, Ill., knows firsthand how bad morning
sickness can get. She was so sick she could barely keep any solid food down,
except sweets. "I kept waiting for it to stop, and the doctor and nurses
said, 'When you get to be 10 or 12 weeks, it'll stop.' " But about 10 weeks
into her pregnancy -- and 15 pounds lighter -- Clifford was hospitalized and
when she was discharged she had to continue wearing a feeding tube to get
nutrition directly into her bloodstream for the next three months.
"I remember being at the doctor's office and just crying," Clifford
says. "Everything I ate or drank made me sick, and I was thinking, 'Oh my
God, what's wrong?' " Still, she delivered a healthy 8-pound, 8-ounce baby
boy, Patrick, now 15 months old, and the morning sickness is a distant memory.
"Nobody wants to be sick like that, but it's a relatively short period in
your life, and once you have that baby it's all worth it."