The following article is a great guide for expectant dads. Print or forward this article to your partner so he can better understand how to help you cope with morning sickness.|
About half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness. Despite the name, the nausea, heartburn, and vomiting traditionally associated with morning sickness can strike your partner at any hour of the day. No one's quite sure what causes morning sickness. Some suggest that it's a reaction to the pregnant woman's changing hormone levels. Others, such as researcher Margie Profet, suggest that morning sickness is the body's natural way of protecting the growing fetus from teratogins (toxins that cause birth defects) and abortifacients (toxins that induce miscarriage). Either way, fortunately for most women morning sickness disappears after about the third month. Until then, here are a few things you can do to help your partner cope:
For the vast majority of women, morning sickness isn't a serious condition, and it poses no risk to your baby. It's unpleasant, but it's not life-threatening. Some women, though, experience a combination of complete lack of appetite and excessive vomiting. If this sounds like your partner, make sure her doctor knows about it right away. If she doesn't get treatment she could end up malnourished or dehydrated, neither of which is good for her or the baby.
Helping Your Partner Cope with Morning Sickness
What You Can Do
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