Morning sickness generally means having nausea during pregnancy and this nausea, although referred to as ‘morning sickness’, can come at any time during the day. It is usually at its peak in the mornings and evenings.
Sometimes it can be experienced by men, especially dads, and this is called couvade syndrome. Morning sickness in men is also like that experienced by pregnant women. These pregnancy-like symptoms for men sometimes happen when their spouse is pregnant and they can feel the symptoms that their partner feels like nausea, back pain and even in extreme cases labor pain.
There is no medical explanation for these occurrences in men but there are psychological as well as physiological reasons why this would occur. It is often referred to in many terms such as “phantom symptoms”, “an involuntary manifestation of pregnancy in males” and “sympathetic pregnancy”. It is generally believed to be a result of hormonal changes and response to his partner’s chemical signals and also as a result of the bond between the baby and the expecting dad.
Causes of morning sickness for men
- Diet – Morning sickness for men can come as a result of the food they ate that morning as one can have an allergy for a particular food or is intolerant to it, this morning sickness can lead to nausea.
- Excessive food intake – Morning sickness can also come as a result of overeating and the body system is reacting to too much food consumption.
- Hunger or low blood sugar – when a person hasn’t taken in food for a long period of time, the body begins to give signals that the person needs food. When hunger comes especially after a long time of not eating, you will experience a dizzy feeling because of the low level of glucose in your blood, leaving you feeling weak and nauseous.
- Acid reflux – sometimes the escape of acid from the stomach can cause one to experience nausea, these can cause one to get symptoms such as burping or coughing and these symptoms can leave one feeling nauseated.
Signs and symptoms of morning sickness
Some signs of morning sickness in men are vomiting, fatigue and acid reflux, in some cases mood swings.
Statistics of prevalence in men
All over the world, men do actually do experience some form of nausea and studies have shown that 35% of men with a pregnant partner will experience morning sickness.
Natural cures for morning sickness
There are various natural ways to cure morning sickness in men, some of which are
- the use of ginger to soothe the stomach
- avoiding the intake of foods that trigger nausea, usually spicy and oily foods
- avoid strong smells
Medical cures for morning sickness in men
There are several remedies and cures for nausea in men, most healthcare providers will recommend vitamin B6 supplements, such as Pyridoxine and Doxylamine.
Morning sickness in women
The major cause of morning sickness in women is pregnancy. Morning sickness in pregnancy is very common and many women actually experience morning sickness when pregnant. During the first trimester, a lot of women usually get nauseated and vomit at least once a day. Sometimes its causes are not tied to factors such as eating certain trigger foods or surrounding smell but just a natural feeling that comes and goes by itself.
Signs and symptoms of morning sickness in women
When a pregnant woman begins to experience morning sickness, some of the signs include nausea leading to vomiting and these women might admit that it was triggered by the smell of certain foods that are spicy and even heat can trigger morning sickness as well as excess salivation.
Sometimes it comes along on its own at certain periods in the morning just before the pregnant woman has her first meal. Some other morning sickness symptoms include dizziness and one having an enhanced sense of smell, and one can also have an episode of fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. Other symptoms are sensitivity to smell, dehydration and thirst as a result of vomiting.
Prevalence in pregnant women
Research has proven that about 70 – 80% of women all over the world experience morning sickness during pregnancy, 60% of women actually vomit during pregnancy while about 1.6% of pregnant women are diagnosed for hyperemesis gravidarum. Hyperemesis gravidarum is a condition for excessive nausea and vomiting that leads to extreme weakness and weight loss, it requires intravenous treatment and supplement.
Some common natural cures a woman can use for morning sickness are
- the use of acupuncture or acupressure
- the use of ginger
- the use of peppermint aromatherapy
- avoiding spicy foods
- avoiding strong-smelling scents
- avoiding to get very hungry before a meal
Medical cures for morning sickness in pregnancy can be recommended by an experienced healthcare provider, there are some severe forms of morning sickness that can be treated using intravenous (IV) fluids and anti-nausea medications.
There are other medications that are generally safe to handle morning sickness, some of the morning sickness medications are:
Diclegis which combines vitamin b6 and antihistamine doxylamine, are medications that can relieve the symptoms of morning sickness. Other forms of medications that can relive morning sickness symptoms are promethazine and this is safe to take when pregnant. When one is having a bout of morning sickness, there are various remedies that can help bring relief, some morning sickness remedies include:
Eating smaller frequent meals to prevent one from having an empty stomach, some people actually do get remedies through both natural remedies and traditional medications and there are some foods that help morning sickness are ginger where the roots can be used and added to your soda or tea, other foods that can be used are simple starchy food like crackers that can help with an unsettled stomach.
During pregnancy the issue of morning sickness starts at some points and will definitely subside at some period of time as the pregnancy progresses, during the first few months of pregnancy especially when one is having morning sickness at thirteen weeks, the symptoms at this point is beginning to subside as the feeling of nausea and tiredness starts to leave you.
In all, one should remember that during pregnancy, having morning sickness is an indicator that you’re having a healthy pregnancy.