Morning sickness does not only impact pregnant women, but can also make expectant dads more anxious and depressed.

A survey of 300 Australian dads-to-be showed anxiety levels were significantly higher among those whose partners battled moderate morning sickness, or the more severe hyperemesis gravidarum, reports 9 news.

The men worry about work, family responsibilities and the health of their unborn child, researchers from Edith Cowan University in Perth found.

Lead researcher Julie Sartori said the findings suggested many dads may benefit from increased support from health professionals during pregnancy, particularly those expecting their first baby.

“Professionals would normally focus on the wellbeing of pregnant women, however, engaging the father as well may help relieve reported anxiety and improve outcomes in the long term,” she said on Tuesday as the study was published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The men who took part in the study were asked about how aware they were of their partner’s morning sickness and how depressed and anxious the condition made the dads feel.

Many of the anxious dads reported that their work had been disrupted by their partner’s morning sickness, with some being forced to take time off to care for their partner.

Did your partner struggle to watch you suffer with morning sickness?

Share your comments below

  • Probably it’s all between the ears. Now it’s known that concerns and anxiety impact our well being and can cause physical symptoms such as nausea and belly ache, heart palpations, head aches and more, but it’s nothing like the morning sickness pregnant women are going through and is not related to changes in the hormones.


  • Think I agree with ashna9


  • Is this like the famous man flu?? :)


  • i have never heard of this but it is interesting to hear of. i haven’t dealt with this either


  • My hubby was a rock and took such good care of me during very difficult pregnancies.


  • No, my husband didn’t suffer morning sickness, but I do remember that he felt that caring the responsibility for the growing family in all factors was heavy on his shoulders.


  • The only way my morning sickness affected my husband was when he ran out of the room screaming that he didn’t want to hear me throw up.


  • Luckily I never suffered morning sickness.


  • My husband took a kind of scientific interest in it, which was actually VERY annoying!


  • My morning sickness was quite mild, so my partner was oblivious to it.


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