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Morning Sickness

I have such terrible morning sickness. How did you cope?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: During my first pregnancy, I had exceedingly horrible morning sickness, 24/7. Thank goodness, I had finished my senior year of medical school, and I had a few months off before I began my internship. I spent it on the couch. I was so sick that I couldn’t eat. I lost 15 to 20, and I was the size of a refugee.

I tried everything you can imagine to feel better: prescription drugs that made me sleepy, pressure bands, you name it. I discovered one thing that was amazingly effective: chopped, fresh ginger. It was a godsend for me; it enabled me to function.

I took a thumbnail-size piece of fresh ginger root, chopped it fine, and then steeped it like you would tea in hot water, for two to three minutes. I’d sip that all day long and chew up the ginger at the bottom of the mug when I was done. It decreased my nausea by about 50 percent. Nothing else, not even prescription drugs, was as effective as that.

Thankfully, the nausea abated just in time for my internship. At that point, it was helpful that I was so busy because it distracted me from thinking about the nausea. I couldn’t think about myself because I was so busy taking care of patients.

Ann Kulze, MD, a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 18, and 14, nationally recognized nutrition expert, motivational speaker, physician, and author of the critically acclaimed books Eat Right for Life and Dr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet: A Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss and Lifelong Vitality www.DrAnnWellness.com



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