Every time I think of about having another child, I remember the curse that is morning sickness. This "special" form of unbridled nausea is as debilitating as it is annoying, and since it can occur all day long someone really should consider changing its damn name. When you’re working full time, it’s even harder to cope with the consistent, seemingly endless nausea and vomiting. So, if you're a co-worker and a decent human being, it's your job to help someone suffering from morning sickness any way you can. OK fine, it's probably not in your job description, but you know what I mean.
When I was pregnant with my son, my morning sickness was a morning, noon, and night "code red" situation. Any little thing could trigger my nausea, but I would never throw up. It was maddening because I felt like if I could only puke, maybe I would feel better. Instead, it was akin to riding the Ring of Fire at the carnival... but for the rest of your miserable life. Everything smelled terrible to me, too, so my finely tuned senses only made things worse.
I was also attempting to hide my pregnancy, which truly made this common pregnancy symptom all the more burdensome. I knew that some offices frown upon and even discriminate against pregnant persons, so I figured the longer I kept quiet, the better. But pregnant folks shouldn’t have to hide their pregnancies, or put themselves in a position to feel even more miserable just so others can feel comfortable. So with that in mind, here are some ways you can help a pregnant coworker at work who's undoubtably suffering from morning sickness: