Stop calling it morning sickness

Finally there is a woman besides my Mom and cousin who has expressed a clear understanding of how I felt during both of my pregnancies!

Nitzia Logothetis, Founder and Executive Chairwoman of the Seleni Institute (a nonprofit organization providing clinical care, research funding and information to transform mental health care and wellness for women) recently wrote a blog post about the infamous phrase and experience known as 'morning sickness." Like me, Ms. Logothetis has extreme nausea and vomiting during her pregnancies, leaving her mentally and physically exhausted.

Both of my pregnancies were extremely difficult, but my last one even more so because I was caring for my daughter who was 13 months at the time I got pregnant. My husband was working evening shifts which left me by myself to care for a super active toddler. This normally very interactive and bubbly Mommy couldn't even turn my head from left to right without feeling incredibly nauseated!

Most people's attitudes toward my "morning sickness" (which happened to me 24/7 so that term is inaccurate to say the least) was "Oh well this is what you asked for" or "you are expecting a child so you shouldn't complain." I NEVER complained, but what I was feeling was very real and had a profound impact on me emotionally, mentally, physically, even spiritually. People who have this kind of attitude towards nausea and vomiting during pregnancy are either women who didn't experience such sickness so they are clueless or they are men and bless their hearts, they don't begin to understand and I wouldn't expect them to. BUT there is this little thing called "empathy," - you know, "the capacity to share or recognize emotions experienced by another person." Yes, I must say empathy is very much lacking in our society so this situation would be no different.

Bottom line is this: please read Ms. Logothetis's blog post and think twice before you show indifference to a woman who is experiencing extreme nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Thank you.