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We know about the joys of pregnancy, but let’s chat about the not-so-pleasant moments.

During movies we always see the morning sickness scene with the pregnant actress daintily spitting into the toilet as she comes to the realization that she’s knocked up.

Isn’t that cute? Waking up every morning for three torturous months (if not more) vomiting in your bathroom or at your place of work.

How about this; some women experience a severe morning sickness called Hyperemesis Gravidarum. 1 in 500 women are diagnosed, but it is believed that there are many more unreported cases because they have been treated as outpatients.

What about Restless Leg Syndrome? I used to laugh at the commercials on TV thinking that they were always trying to sell consumers something. The real joke was on me. During the second trimesters of both of my pregnancies I began to feel like my legs were going to jump off of my body. The first time I felt it was on a crowded New York City train. My legs felt as though they were going to get up and get off at the next stop. I thought I was having a nervous breakdown, or a panic attack.

My last ordeal was a quick, yet awkward Preclampsia scare. During one of my bimonthly visits to the doctor’s office – my blood pressure was high. Honestly, I can see why there was concern because there are so many risks associated with elevated pressure during pregnancy. Fast forward ten minutes later, I received two half gallon bottles to collect 24 hours worth of urine for medical testing.

So new moms, there will be cheerful moments during your pregnancy, but there will be some challenging ones as well.

Please inform yourself about all medical issues related to pregnancy. Here is a start:


Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Restless Leg Syndrome

MOMMYNOIRE community…what types of morning sickness experiences did you have?

Words By: Kiara Upshaw Cornelius

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