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'I Could Not Wait A Moment Longer': Morning Sickness Hits Reporter Live On Air

Morning sickness does not care that you have a full-time job or that you have a huge, live audience.

It's a fact NBC News Correspondent Julia Ainsley had to learn the hard way when during a live spot on national television she found herself unable to keep down her breakfast.

Ainsley shared the clip of the unfortunate event -- which was shot at the end of May -- on social media this week.

"Here's the time Baby Girl Ainsley made herself known to the world by causing a little morning sickness on national television," the reporter said, adding that the baby is due January 2020.

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Ainsley was a part of MSNBC coverage of Robert Mueller's first public statement after investigating Russia's ties to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Unbeknownst to her colleagues or the viewing American public, she was seven weeks pregnant at the time.

While on-screen alongside fellow journalists and experts, Ainsley can be seen taking deep breaths, removing her earpiece and gesturing to the cameraman, before ducking off camera.

Following the announcement of her growing bub, Ainsley shared more details about the incident.

"When I could not wait a moment longer, I motioned (I thought just to the control room!) and whispered “I’m gonna be sick!”," she wrote in an article for NBC.

"Little did I know, I had a national audience. I took off my earpiece, and ran down the sidewalk, losing my terrible breakfast in the bushes just out of shot of the cameras."

"Mortified, but physically relieved, I walked back to the camera and checked my phone. I had texts from editors, friends and family all asking if I was OK."

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Ainsley said the experience taught her to put her health before her pride, noting that she was not fully aware of her limits as a first time expectant mother.

Having barely had anything to eat or drink that morning, the correspondent says she is now aware work cannot come before the health of herself and baby.

"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 said.

"Already this journey has taught me to put aside my pride, place my health first and lean on supportive colleagues."

As for her concerns regarding traveling for work while pregnant -- including common trips to Central America to cover immigration issues -- Ainsley said several female colleagues who have had children have reassured her making decisions with her health in mind is the right thing to do.

Contact the author: vquested@networkten.com.au