Mariah Carey’s Approach to Morning Sickness: ‘Keep Calm’

11/07/2010 at 02:00 PM ET
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Nausea is familiar territory for nearly all expectant moms, but for Mariah Carey it’s more than just a nuisance.

“Throwing up is bad for your voice,” the Grammy Award-winning songstress, 41, notes in an interview with USA Today. “The reflux is terrible, so I’ve been trying to just keep calm, get through it.”

With husband Nick Cannon by her side, Carey got through her very public pregnancy announcement —  but she says delivering the news was harder than it looked.

“I can’t remember the last time I was that nervous before an interview,” she confesses. “I never get that way.”

With a burgeoning bump and a new album to promote, however, the couple knew that the time had come to share their joy with the world. “It was like, ‘How do we keep not saying anything?'” she recalls. “You can only keep a secret for so long.”

A miscarriage suffered two years beforehand was still fresh in their minds, and Carey admits she and Cannon “were careful to not just go off and call everybody the first time we took a pregnancy test.”

Their union survived despite the heartbreak, however, and Carey says she would not have pursued motherhood a second time — or at all — were it not for her husband.

“I would have never done this if I wasn’t in a strong, grounded relationship. I know you can do it by yourself. I’ve seen that, and it’s fine if it works for you,” she explains. “But I want my child to experience having a mother and father who live together and love each other, to feel secure in that.”

For now, Carey is looking forward to promoting her second holiday album — the aptly titled Merry Christmas II You — and a joyful holiday season.

“This year will be exceptionally meaningful,” she reveals. “I’m just so grateful for everything.”

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Crystal on

I wish her and Nick all the best!!! 🙂

Anonymous on

“I would have never done this if I wasn’t in a strong, grounded relationship. I know you can do it by yourself. I’ve seen that, and it’s fine if it works for you,” she explains. “But I want my child to experience having a mother and father who live together and love each other, to feel secure in that.”

Awww how sweet. Can’t wait to see the baby!

D on

Deal with it!

Allison on

Best Wishes to Nick and Mariah! Blessings for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.

michelle on

I love these two together and I am so happy for them. Mariah, you could not have picked a better guy to be the father of your child!

Julie on

D – she’s obviously dealing with it, the title of this article deals with her trying to keep calm and deal with the morning sickness in the best way possible. What an ignorant comment.

Kristy on

What a lucky baby, they will make great parents!

Maddie on

I am just so happy for them! Everytime I see a post about this pregnancy, I break out in a huge smile. I’ve been a Mariah fan since I was a little girl, and its so exciting to see her go through this stage of life and become someone’s mom. She sounds so secure and happy in her relationship with Nick – there is no doubt that child will be loved.

Janna on

“I would have never done this if I wasn’t in a strong, grounded relationship.”

Uh, yeah, that’s great except she had a miscarriage a month after she married a man she had known for something like six weeks. Maybe they’re strong and grounded *now*, but girl, pleeeze with the sanctimonious attitude.

hayley w on

d – thats not very nice is it.

janna- um yeah its not your place to judge,

i think for some on who has been reported as such a diva she has a normal and very good take on the harder pars of being pregnant and of course the tragic loss they sufferd.

i wish nothing but good things for them and their little growing bun x

LP on

Uh Janna–she said pursue motherhood a second time! Maybe the first was unplanned?!

MiB on

@Janna – I understood it as that she wouldn’t have tried again after the hearbreak of a miscarriages if she hadn’t felt that she was “in a strong, grounded relationship”. I don’t think it’s that difficult to understand, if you have suffered a miscarriage you’re bound to feel extra nervous the next time around, and feel the need of a strong support system.

Tina on

She is such a DIVA and I can’t stand her. Just wait the next few months are going to be all about her and how she is the only woman in the world to ever go through a pregnancy. She needs to go away!!!

hayley w on

tina- than why bother posting about her? surely you have better things to do in your day than read and write about someone you dislike so much………………or maybe not .

Rachael on

I wish them well, does she realize pregnancy lasts more than a couple months? I’m sure this baby will have everything it’ll ever need and then some.

Tina, I agree with some of your comments ~ time will tell!

CelebBabyLover on

Rachael- Where does she say or imply that pregnancy only lasts a few months, or that she’s worried the baby won’t have everything s/he will ever need?

hayley w- I agree! She may have a reputation for being a diva, but I think pregnancy is already beginning to change her. She sounds pretty down to Earth in this interview to me. 🙂 Also, after the heart break she had to go through the miscarriage, I won’t blame her a bit if she talks about this pregnancy quite a bit. Mariah, you can gush about your pregnancy all you want! You’ve more than earned that right! 🙂

Tina on

@ Hayley Obviously you have nothing better to do than Bash me for having an opinion. I can read about whoever I want whenever I want and say whatever I feel like saying!! It’s called freedom of speech, look it up!!!!

Cynthia on

I love Mariah & Nick and think they will be great parents. Blessing to you all…..

hayley w on

wow tina chill out, what you said was not an opinion my sweet, just an unfair judgement on someone you have never met, and i was simply pointing out surely you have better things to do than read and comment on some you ‘can’t stand’ and then take the time to tell every one about it.

I am however amused by ‘your stomp my feet if i wanna’ answer though, very funny. we have freedom of speech in england too, we also have manners . look them up , okey dokie sweetness.

Austin on

To Janna.

She did not have a miscarriage a month after they married, she suffered it 7 months later so quit being a hater, besides, she did not have sex with him until they got married.

Simi on

D very rude cause she is dealing with it. the title is Mariah Carey’s Approach to Morning Sickness: ‘Keep Calm’

Jenna very rude and uncalled, she could have gotten pregnant right after the wedding I have a few friends that didn’t have sex till after marriage and have gotten pregnant their first time. as for her marriage and the short dating time, it happens all the time, and some of the couples that meet and marry fast stay together for a really long time. Heck I married my husband after only a week, he told his best friend he is marrying me after the first time we met. Some times you just know that the person in front of you is the missing piece of your heart and soul. it will be 11 years in December since we found each other and we are just as in love as we were the first time we met. You never know how they fell in love and how strongly they feel about each other so do not judge them. it’s just rude.

Tina why are you so angry at Hayley and Mariah? Nowhere did Mariah say that she is the only pregnant women in the world. She is a celebrity she gets asked her opinion and approach to things all the time, therefor you may want to get used to reading about her, or better yet if you dislike her that much skip the piece that is about her and go and read the next one.

Hayley please do not take this the wrong way but I love the Brits and their way with words, I miss living there so much. As for your postings I could not have put it better myself.

As for the happy couple that is expecting their first bundle of joy I wish the all the best, and a health and happy baby and pregnancy. And if they wish for more kids I hope that they have easier time next time round. Sending best wishes to the happy couple.

Tina on

WOW you want to say those things to me and then have the nerve to talk to me about manners??? Yes honey sweety sugar it is my opinion so deal with it!!!

Simi on

Tina yes I do want to talk to you in a polite and respectful manner since I did in my first posting. See I asked you a question and it was a question not a statement so please do feel free to answer it. I truly do want to know why you are so angry about Mariah Carey having a baby and with Hayley over the fact that she pointed out that you are being rude for no reason.

Mariah is someone that will stay in the news for a long time, she has a great voice and I do not care how much you do not like you have to admit that she can sing. So rather then bashing her and tell her to go away, which by the way she did try for a while and still got hunted by the media wanting to talk to her about her personal life, be angry and bash the media for always putting up stories, pictures and videos about her. See you can have your opinion on everything in this world, and you are allowed to express it as much as you wish, but there are ways of expressing your opinion without sounding rude and putting someone you have never met down.

As for my opinions on what D said all I said is that she is being rude, and not reading the what this piece is about, it is about how she deals with her morning sickness. So telling her to deal with it when she is telling the news how she is dealing with it is not only redundant but just rude. I didn’t call D a name or tell her to get over herself and to shut her mouth. Just pointed out she should read the articles before commenting on it.

As for Jenna in my opinion it’s just wrong to judge people and their relationships when you do not even know them, and judge them about something tragic like loss of a child is beyond wrong and not even cause of her and who she is but this is a baby that ever got a chance to live. As far as I am concerned no one not has the right to do that. In my opinion children of this world born or unborn should be protected, love and taken care of not abused, neglected, or put down by word, ever.

Tina say what ever you want about me or anyone else in this world but please try to do it in a respectful manner and without name calling. We are grown up and should be able to talk and work out our opinions and issues with each other in a polite manner rather then name calling.

Tina on

@Simi I am pretty sure that I never called you or Hayley a name as you said. I am glad however that you are so perfect and can tell ALL of us how wrong we are about everything. I do not care if you like what I had to say or not, but I will fight for my right to say it. I was perfectly content to say my peace and move on. Some people seem to believe that just b/c I have a different opinion that I am wrong. You can find me rude all you want. That is the way that I feel about her and that opinion will never change. She might have a pretty voice but all her songs sound the same. As soon as people stop telling me not to have an opinion, I will stop posting about this.

Simi on

WOW out of what I said where did you get the idea that I am perfect, lord only know I am far from it. LOL I just simply expressed my opinion of you and others. And I still love how you never answered my question, as for the name calling “Yes honey sweety sugar it is my opinion so deal with it!!!” is what you said in response to Hayley.

I believe English has a saying that goes something along the lines of sarcasm is the lowest form of wit just saying and that’s what your last sentence that is quoted above sounds like.

Plus I clearly stated that you are allowed your opinion and you may stated any where and as many time as you wish. It is your life and your choice, just as it is my opinion and belief that there are better less rude whys to say it.

MiMiMom1110 on

I think that it’s great that she’s pregnant and I’m sorry that she had to go through a miscarriage, but apparently her stardon has made her quite ignorant.

You tell me who in the heck wants to raise a child on their own, she says “I know you can do it by yourself. I’ve seen that, and it’s fine if it works for you” Is she for real, I will blame that on the huge amounts of progesterone that is flowing throug her body right now, not allowing her to think clearly….I am still however, very happy for her and Mr. Cannon and I pray that they have a happy and healthy baby..

CelebBabyLover on

MiMiMom1110- I’m confused by your comment. Lots of people choose to have/adopt babies on their own!

CelebBabyLover on

Also, I’m pretty sure Mariah was referring to people who are single parents by choice with that particular comment, not people that are single parents due to divorce/seperation!

CelebBabyLover on

Simi- Couldn’t have said it better myself!

hayley w on

oh tina, my little darling you have missed the point havn’t you xx awww well maybe if i add a few of these !!!! you might since they are all over your posts xxx

no where in my little post did i insult you, in fact i said you found you rather funny, i think you will find my posts full of manners and yours well not much but you can’t help what you can’t help dear.

big all angry and shouty if you want, no one’s realllly listening are they becuase unless you act like a grown up you don’t get treated like one, so stomp stomp as much as you like my lovely, no one really give a toowho any way xxxxx float your boat as much as you like x

gdfg on

Posts that are sarcastic and full of condescending “pet” names are NOT “full of manners.”

Are there a bunch of children posting on this particular article?

Erica V on

Ladies. The article is about Mariah and the baby. Quit making comments about each others comments. LOL. This is fun.

Lynnie on

Now, I know I’m late commenting on Mariah’s and Nick’s baby news, but Mariah found out she was pregnant in November 2008; they married in April 2008. Before some people comment, they need to know the facts. Also, they may have only known each other for six weeks, but they are still going strong. Look at some of the other celebrities who dated 1 to 3 years before marriage; they are divorced or separated. As for Mariah’s comment about people wanting to raise children on their own; there are a lot of people adopting children without being married so I don’t find her comment as being ignorant.