5 Ways Your Partner Can Help with Morning Sickness

Do more than just stand there!

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There is nothing funny about morning sickness, whether it occurs in the morning, at night or both. But having some support can go a long way towards easing the pain of nausea and vomiting when you're pregnant. Often times I hear partners talking about how they wish that there was something that they could do that would be helpful when she wasn't feeling well. The good news is that there are several helpful things that you could do.

Here are some tips for you to help ease your partner's load while suffering from morning sickness, nausea, and/or vomiting related to pregnancy:

1. Be prepared.

Nothing says I love you like carrying around a supply of plastic bags in case she's sick. You might also consider a couple of bottled waters, some mints and other mouth fresheners. This is likely to win a woman's heart. YOu never know when she'll need it.

2. Plan ahead.

If you know that she's going to be sick in the morning, plan accordingly. Help her stave off morning sickness with a light breakfast in bed or even a protein snack by her bedside the night before. If it's more likely to strike at night, try to make dinner for yourself and save some for her for later if she's interested.

3. Don't get in her way!

Seriously, if she's trying to contain herself or looking green around the edges do what she asks immediately, even if all she wants is to be left alone.

I've heard horror stories of dads trying to jokingly race her to the bathroom. It's not funny. Do whatever you can to always know where the closest bathroom is located to help her out. You also shouldn't try to talk her out of being sick. One mom told me that her husband kept trying to convince her that she wasn't sick.

4. Learn what sets her off.

If you can get a handle on what sets her off smell wise, then you can avoid it. If it's onions, lay off the onions, even away from home. If it's smoke, quit smoking and avoid smoky places. It might even be that you need to switch the soap that the family uses or to skip the cologne for awhile. The olfactory senses in pregnancy are very sensitive.

5. Suffer in silence.

She probably doesn't want to hear about your headache or how tired you are feeling. It won't take her mind off of the feelings of nausea. And discussing it might land you in the doghouse. If you need a break, by all means, take one. No one wants you to be a martyr, but try not to burden her with things you can take care of yourself, lest she feel badly about not being able to help you. This is true, even if you have couvade syndrome, or sympathetic pregnancy.

Sometimes you're going to get the bad end of the deal and not do something right. You may even get your head bitten off occasionally. Just remember, do what you can, bite your tongue and hold her hair out of the way when she asks you to do so.

See also: Morning Sickness Help

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