How Your Partner Can Support You through Morning Sickness
When you find out you're pregnant, not only do you spend time wondering how much your life is about to change, but you're probably wondering how hard pregnancy will be.
Yes, you're going to get bigger, and you'll be more tired as your body works hard to grow your baby. But if you find yourself included in the estimated 50% of women who experience morning sickness, your first trimester may be more challenging. It can be hard to understand just how much the constant nausea can affect your every day, so leaning on those around you to get you through it can be a real positive.
If you're suffering from morning sickness and your partner has asked how they can help you, here are 5 practical ways they can get you through this challenging side effect of pregnancy:
Stock up the nightstand
When my morning sickness hit, having an empty stomach always triggered the worst of it. To combat that, I made sure I always had a snack available to eat before I got hungry. Yes, even right in the morning. Before I get out of bed, I'd eat a few crackers that I had stashed on my nightstand.
Your partner can help you by making sure you don't run out of water or crackers (pretzels were a favorite of mine, too), and they can remind you to eat when it's been a few hours.
Listen to frustrations
No one can really understand the whole morning sickness thing unless they've been there. It doesn't matter if this pregnancy was a surprise or if you tried to conceive for a long time; it's frustrating when your stomach is all gross and you can't seem to keep food down.
Your partner can help you by listening to those frustrations. Giving you space to vent — judgment free — because it will do you good to let it out.
Remind that it will pass
Thankfully, pregnancy doesn't last forever, and for some women, the morning sickness will pass after the first trimester. Even if it lingers longer for you, it won't last after your baby is born.
Your partner can help you by gently reminding you that this is just a blip in time — that soon it will pass and that you'll be able to eat anything you want again.
Be aware of triggers
Chicken was my mortal enemy when I was pregnant because the sight, smell, and even thought of it would make my stomach revolt in unhappy ways. More and more foods did the same thing throughout my pregnancies, and it just made the whole sickness thing harder.
Your partner can help by being aware of your morning sickness triggers and by respecting them. If you can't deal with the sight of apples, beer, broccoli, or whatever, they should keep it away from you at all costs.
Not all morning sickness is the same, and there are times when it can be very dangerous. Your partner can help in a huge way by always taking your sickness seriously and by advocating for you when you need it.
If you have a doctor who isn't doing all they can to make your uneasy stomach easier to manage, your partner can speak for you as well. Also, your partner's being aware of any signs of issues (like dehydration) is good for you and for your baby.
What advice do you have for someone looking to help through morning sickness? Share in the comments!