I honestly thought I had escaped the curse of morning sickness. I was 15 weeks pregnant, we had announced our news to everyone. and I was feeling really healthy (and a touch smug). Of course, that's when I was hit with the most awful nausea I have ever experienced. It's also when my I realized that, even when attempting to be helpful, there are some truly infuriating things your partner will do when you have morning sickness.
In so many ways, I was pretty lucky. My morning sickness lived up to its name, in that it seemed to abate by the time I had to leave for work. Still, I spent every morning with my head in the toilet bowl, longing for death because, well, nothing seemed worse than gagging and vomiting and hacking my way through the early morning hours of my daily routine. While I was acutely aware it could have been worse — for many women, morning sickness occurs at all hours of the day, because pregnancy is the worst — I still felt tired, grouchy, emotionally, and physically spent.
There have been some studies that suggest suffering from morning sickness could decrease the risk of miscarriage. While I'm hoping such studies help ease the mind of nauseas pregnant women the world over, I can tell you that it doesn't help much when you're feeling sick to your stomach for months on end. Neither does having a partner who does the following infuriating things: