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"Have a few Saltines and you'll feel better" "You have to eat something for the sake of the baby." "Oh, you can't be that sick." "Maybe you don't really want to be pregnant."
The comments range from well-meaning to condescending to downright cruel. But no matter what the tone, they are all misinformed, even though they are heard time and again by the millions of pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness. It's no wonder. Morning sickness, estimated to afflict at least one out of every two mothers-to-be, is one of the most misunderstood complications of pregnancy, not just among lay people but also among health professionals.
Even the term morning sickness is a misnomer because the nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and other symptoms often persist throughout the day--as well as beyond the first trimester--despite popular belief to the contrary. For as many as 10 to 20 percent of pregnant women, in fact, they persist for the entire nine-month stretch. And their severity can be such that an estimated 55,000 pregnant women land in the hospital each year …