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Sympathy Morning Sickness

by Amelia on April 16, 2009
category: Husbands and Dads,Pregnancy

front_color-black We recently found out that we are expecting baby #4 in December.  When we found out we were pregnant my husband, Jon, started feeling a little nausea if he didn’t eat every few hours.  Or he would just feel like he needed to eat.  Like his stomach needed something more–even though he just ate.  And he started craving things that have sustenance–like cheeseburgers, not carrots.  He describes it as his stomach gets tight and he feels like he might throw up if he doesn’t eat something.  He feels grumpy and just wants to eat.  And he has been craving more sweets.  He is more of a salt guy than a sweets guy so that is a new symptom too.

When he starts telling me all this I can’t help but laugh!  I have felt that way with the last 3 pregnancies!  Yes, I know what it is like to HAVE to eat every few hours or face the porcelain god.  Yes, I know that protein/cheeseburgers are more filling and help you feel better for longer when you are dealing with morning sickness and that the idea of eating veggies and couscous for dinner may not sound appealing.  Yes, I know what it is like to feel like you don’t care what someone is saying because all you can think about is what you need to be putting in your stomach so you don’t feel like you are going to toss your cookies.

We decided that he is experiencing Sympathy Morning Sickness.  And I say, “I’m so thankful!”  Nausea debilitates me.  I have a hard time NOT throwing up and once I start it is hard to stop.  I don’t feel like I have time to figure to mess with what we call “inconvenience sickness”. I have way too much other stuff to do–shuffle 2 kids back and forth from school, do laundry for 5 people, cook meals, keep the house in a somewhat reasonable living condition, and oh yeah, start packing/selling/decluttering our stuff for a move to England later this summer! I digress. Now, truth be told, I am only 6 weeks along and I usually don’t start getting heavy nausea until week 7.  We will see how this whole scene plays out.  Perhaps it will come full force in the next week.  Or maybe, just maybe, he’ll have it the whole time.

Many people have reported similar things. I mentioned it in my birth class on Sunday night and one of my couples said the same thing happened to them.  I found this website where women shared their stories about sympathy morning sickness/pregnancy pains.  Now it is fun to ask couples with kids if they ever experienced that same thing.

So, what about you?  Did your husband experience sympathy morning sickness?  Weight gain? Pregnancy pains? C’mon! Share your stories!

I found that t-shirt from Cafe Press. I thought it was pretty cute :) .

7 Responses to Sympathy Morning Sickness

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    Comment by Natalie
    April 16, 2009 @ 7:56 am

    My husband had cravings with both of my pregnancies. He loved wings with my first and would eat pizza and ice cream with my 2nd. I wondered if it was just an excuse to eat whatever he wanted, but right after they were born he didn’t want it anymore. Ha!

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    Comment by Trina
    April 16, 2009 @ 9:54 am

    Congratulations on baby #4!! WOW you have a lot on your plate! Plus moving to England if I read the correctly!! We only have one little girl so my husband did not have any symptoms with my pregnancy. We will see what happens when we have another one. I know you have 3 boys already so your life is crazy good luck with everything!

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    Comment by turnitupmom
    April 16, 2009 @ 11:02 am

    I had the worst all-say sickness ever for the first FOUR months! (I think a man developed the term “morning sickness”) I am so scared to do it again. But if I do, that shirt is for me!! Feel good soon :)

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    Comment by kelly
    April 16, 2009 @ 11:08 am

    Congrats!! Omigosh, you and Jon are super brave :p I know you will do just as faBulouSly with 4 as you are with 3.

  • Comment by Amanda
    April 17, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

    Congratulations again!! My husband hasn’t had morning sickness, but when he does get sick I am quick to point out that that is how I felt for four months! I need that shirt next time!

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    Comment by Amy
    May 1, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

    Wish I had found that shirt years ago. Both pregnancies were horrible. I had my ob/gyn baffled.
    As far as hubby, he was always so busy taking care of me and looking so sympathetic, I don’t think he had time to feel bad.

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    Comment by Claire
    August 14, 2009 @ 11:05 am

    Ha! I’m pregnant right now. I have not crossed over and actually thrown up but I feel horrible all day long. (Trying everything – real ginger ale, eating all the time, etc.) My poor husband on the other hand, is right there with me. He has never been one to feel sick and now he’s the one running to the bathroom.

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