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What to eat while Pregnant – Why does my spouse get morning sickness?

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 26-11-2006

Why does my spouse get morning sickness and nause and how can I help her deal with it?


Morning sickness and nausea are common in pregnant women. Most nausea occurs during the early part of pregnancy. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this discomfort improves when the mother-to-be enters the second trimester.


For some women, morning sickness and nausea might last longer, even for the entire nine months. The changes in your spouse’s body can cause nausea and vomiting when:

  • she smell certain things
  • she eats some foods
  • she is tired
  • she is stressed
  • or for no apparent reason

You may be able to help reduce her nausea by changing when and what she eats. Try these tips reccomended by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:

  • Encourage her to eat smaller meals, such as six to eight small meals instead of three larger ones each day
  • Make sure she doesn’t go for long periods of time without eating
  • Get her to drink fluids between, but not with, meals
  • Help her avoid foods that are greasy, fried, or highly spiced
  • Help her avoid strong, foul and unpleasant odors
  • Make sure she rests when she is tired.

Severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is rare. But constant vomiting can cause your spouse to lose needed water and become dehydrated. If either of you feel that her nausea or vomiting is keeping her from eating right or gaining enough weight, talk with your doctor.