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Coping with morning sickness

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 20-09-2006

During her pregnancy, your spouse may suffer from morning sickness. This is quite normal. Half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness symptoms to at least some degree. The most commonly observed symptoms are vomiting and nausea. Usually harmless, morning sickness is rarely severe enough to warrant medical attention.

Here are some things you can do to help your partner cope better with morning sickness:

  • Remind her to drink plenty of fluids.
  • Encourage her to choose foods containing high carbohydrate and rich protein content.
  • Keep a box of pretzels or crackers near her bedside. Eating these before getting out of bed in the morning will make her feel better.
  • Motivate her to change her eating patterns. Eating smaller meals at regular intervals will reduce symptoms of nausea. Help her identify foods that trigger nausea in her, such as fatty or spicy items. Encourage her to eliminate these from her diet.
  • Buy her loose-fitting clothes to wear, which will keep her comfortable and allow her to relax.
  • Recognize her need for rest. Make sure she gets an adequate amount of it. This may involve you pitching in with some of the housework, like doing the dishes or the laundry, or maybe even fixing breakfast.
  • Above all, offer your moral support and make her feel cheerful.

Also read Is Morning Sickness a good thing?

Disclaimer: The above information is commonsense reflection drawn from general experience. If you are looking for expert medical advice, please consult your doctor.