It's a question every green-around-the-gills pregnant woman has asked for decades: Why do they call it morning sickness when it lasts all day?? (Usually this question is asked while hunched over a toilet bowl.)
Of course, morning sickness actually is confined to the a.m. hours for some women, but for others, it's all queasy, all the time.
Even worse, in some women, this seasick feeling lasts for months. Like, a lot of months.
Such was the case for actress Bryce Dallas Howard (Eclipse, The Help, 50/50).
The poor girl says she just recently got over her "morning" sickness -- and she's six months pregnant! Ohhhh my lord. That's no fun, no fun at all.
I was one of those sick-all-day types, but with both pregnancies, my symptoms magically lifted at the end of the first trimester. Before then, yikes! I was white-knuckling it all the way. My son is almost 6, and to this day I can't listen to theme songs from TV shows my daughter liked to watch while her brother was a bun in the oven without feeling like I'm going to be violently ill.
So my heart goes out to Dallas Howard and other women who endure two or three trimesters of that torment. Too bad some of her fellow new-mom celebs didn't reach out with their advice on surviving morning sickness ... like Natalie Portman, who reportedly beat the bellyaches by indulging her craving for vinegar. Or Mariah Carey, who attempted to stop herself from throwing up by staying calm.
Or if I'd known Howard was suffering so, I could have told her about the "remedies" that worked for me (kind of): Sprite, fried calamari with lots of lemon juice, and hours spent on the couch watching marathons of America's Next Top Model.
Did you have "morning" sickness? How long did it last?
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