One of the ladies that I work with has extremely severe "morning" sickness all day long. Is there anything that she can do alleviate that? I am concerned because she has already lost about 5 pounds in the last week from getting sick. Thank you.
Sorry to hear she is so sick. Severe morning sickness resulting in dehydration will require a more aggressive treatment, but typical morning sickness (nausea and/or occasional vomiting) often is helped by some simple techniques. The things I suggest for m/s include:
If none of those work, there are medications. If she is *really* sick and is not an "uptight" person, you might ask her if there are any twins in her family or her husband's!
-- Cynthia, CNM
Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.