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.
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