Vomiting all the time at the mere mention of something as innocuous as say, ketchup, is bound to make a girl cranky. In fact, the things that make you queasy when you're pregnant can also put a strain on your romantic relationship. As someone who suffered from intense morning sickness for almost the entire duration of both pregnancies, I know a thing or two about the fights every pregnant woman has with her partner that she can absolutely blame on morning sickness. They may seem silly in hindsight, but when you're in the thick of it they are very, very real.
My first experience with morning sickness was a shock to both me and my partner. Neither of us knew how the constant need to puke would take over our lives, as we were one of the first of our friends to be expecting. Plus, in the movies morning sickness was this funny little thing that happened in one scene and, as quickly as it arrived, it was gone. My morning sickness, on the other hand, was fierce. I could barely leave the house without an emergency puke bag. I also had to carry a little spit cup and wash cloth because I had a lot of excess saliva at the time (thanks hormones) and if I didn't spit it made me nauseous. My eyes had broken blood vessels, and my face had purple and red spots from the broken capillaries caused by vomiting so hard. In short, you couldn't take me anywhere. I was a mess, and as a result my social life took a real dip for almost my entire pregnancy. Since my partner and I were really social people prior to expecting, it was pretty hard on our relationship. Not to mention I was no peach to be around when we were home alone together.
My partner tried to help me feel more comfortable. He made me all the plain foods I asked for, brought me iced teas, and covered me in a blanket when I needed to be babied. Five months in, though, and it all got a little less cute. Honestly, it is hard on both partners when one person is going through a real crappy time and, sometimes, the best way to get through it is by engaging in some good old-fashioned fighting. Here are a few of the memorable tiffs my partner and I had during my morning sickness period, that I imagine a lot of constantly-vomiting moms might relate to: