US Newsreader gets morning sickness live on air: 'Baby girl made herself known'

Photo: NBC News / Twitter / Julia E. Ainsley
Photo: NBC News / Twitter / Julia E. Ainsley 

If you've battled morning sickness then you'll know it's the absolute pits - nausea, queasiness, and far too much time spent cradling the toilet bowl or puking into rubbish bins by the side of the room (unless that was just me?!)

Spare a thought then, for NBC News correspondent Julia Ainsley, who experienced a bout of morning sickness while on-air. Appearing on a segment on national television to discuss President Donald Trump, Ms Ainsley, who was seven weeks pregnant at the time, is seen dry-retching and fanning herself before exiting stage right and puking in the bushes of the Justice Department.

Photo: NBC News / Twitter / Julia E. Ainsley
Photo: NBC News / Twitter / Julia E. Ainsley 

"I didn't think I was still on camera! When you're out of the studio, you don't always have a clear view of what they're showing on TV," Ms Ainsley, 32, told TODAY Parents. "I kept waiting, hoping they would clear me, meaning I could walk away. But I got no such signal and the nausea just kept getting worse."

At the time, given only her husband, Newman Carraway Ainsley knew she was expecting, the mother-to-be reassured viewers she was fine - and simply dehydrated. And yet, one of her colleagues guessed straight away, texting: "Are you pregnant?"

"Yes, she wrote back. But don't tell anyone! Even my parents don't know!"

While she was initially "mortified" that the clip existed, Ms Ainsley decided to use it to announce her pregnancy.

"It made for a fun way to let people know I'm pregnant," she said. "I understand why women keep their pregnancy a secret in the first trimester but that also happens to coincide with the worst of the symptoms. It's basically like having the flu for 12 weeks and having to keep it a secret. If anyone has advice on how to handle this, I'm all ears!"

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Now 22 weeks pregnant, the all-day nausea has disappeared. "Now, it's mainly limited to right when I wake up and right before I go to bed," she said.  "But my doctor says I'm expecting a healthy baby, so I really have no complaints."

Writing for Know Your Value, Ms Ainsley said she learnt a number of key lessons from the experience.

"I'm already having to make decisions between what is best for my child and what advances my career, something I know I'll have to do for the years to come," she writes. "Already this journey has taught me to put aside my pride, place my health first and lean on supportive colleagues

"The cliche "it takes a village" really is true and it starts much earlier than I thought! Even at seven weeks!"