Pregnancy brings on a number of annoying discomforts, but few are as infuriating as morning sickness. This special hell of hormone-induced nausea isn’t always a morning thing, either. Many pregnant persons experience it all day long; some for weeks, others for months, and a few unlucky souls deal with it for the entirety of their pregnancies. If your partner is currently enduring this seemingly endless form of misery, you better believe there are more than a few romantic things you can do for someone experiencing morning sickness. Now is your time to shine, you non-pregnant partners.
Nausea was one of first tell-tale signs I was pregnant. I didn't necessarily throw up, though, and, honestly, that almost made it worse. Feeling constantly sick, but having no reprieve (even if it's for a few minutes while my head is in the toilet) was excrutiating. My nausea was exacerbated by smells, too. And, lucky me, I developed this superhuman ability to smell every single thing within a 15 foot radius. It was the absolute worst. Things that normally smelled enjoyable — like a light perfume or a block of fancy cheese — suddenly made me want to hurl. And the things I normally didn't enjoy — like the smell of cooked fish or sweaty socks — sent me straight to the bathroom to upchuck what little I was able to hold down.
While it’s been years since I last experienced this terrible byproduct of a fertilized egg burying itself into my uterus, I still recall what it was like and have all the sympathy in the world for those currently dealing with the horror that is morning sickness. So, partners, please take this list into consideration, because you have no idea how bad the mama-to-be in your life has it. Not. A. Clue.