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Helping Your Partner Cope With Morning Sickness

Helping Your Partner Cope With Morning Sickness

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Morning sickness is an extremely common complaint. Around half of all pregnant women will experience morning sickness at some point in their pregnancy. It can be difficult to watch your partner go through it, and you may feel helpless. However, there are many things that you can do to show your support, and to alleviate some of the symptoms:

Diet

Make sure your partner is drinking lots of fluids, and provide her with water at all times. Bring her small amounts of juice or ginger ale, as she may not feel well enough to think about staying hydrated. Prepare foods that are high in protein and carbohydrates, as these can curb nausea. Be sensitive to the fact that many smells and tastes will make her feel ill, so cook as much as you can and don't be offended if she takes one bite of what you've prepared and turns away! She may also have sudden cravings for certain foods, so be ready to drive to get a watermelon or jar of peanut butter if she is feeling the urge.

Eat small meals throughout the day with your partner, rather than three large ones. Smaller meals can eliminate indigestion, and be easier to digest for an upset stomach. Avoid spicy or fatty foods, as these can cause morning sickness to worsen. A glass of milk can help with morning sickness, and is an excellent source of calcium for the growing baby, so serve low fat milk with each meal.

There are some foods and drinks that can help combat the symptoms of morning sickness. Read up on what can help your partner, and have these items on hand at all times. Some remedies for morning sickness include peppermint or chamomile tea, lemon or lemon flavored candies, flat soda and saltine crackers.

Prenatal Vitamins

Ensure that your partner is taking her prenatal vitamins, even if she feels nauseated. Sometimes, taking vitamins with a meal can help, rather than on an empty stomach. Liquid vitamins are also an option for women who don't want to swallow capsules or tablets.

Emotional Support

Despite the name, morning sickness can occur at any time of day. It can also come and go throughout the pregnancy, and include heartburn or indigestion. When your partner is sick, she needs your support even more. Even if it just means sitting with her and holding her hand, make sure you listen to her needs and go the extra step to ensure that she is comfortable.

 


 
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