After writing my Deciding On Motherhood article I realized I made a statement that I want to clarify. The article was primarily based on my feelings and what it meant for me to be a mom, but I wanted to make sure I took the time very quickly to clarify one point.
Emet moms are women that should be praised and admired because they took the extra step to decide that regardless of their phobia, they would go through the morning sickness, they would handle all the spit up and puke regardless of the panic it caused them.
That being said, while the emetophobia population is comprised primarily of women, there are some very strong men out there with this phobia that are probably husbands, fiances, and boyfriends who suffer from this too. And there’s a good chance that some of those men have families, which means they have struggled and suffered just as much as a woman who would deal with this.
Sure, if they have a significant other that deals primarily with the child when their sick it might not be as severe but they still have to worry that their wife will fall sick with whatever the child has. Or, they may also worry that they’ll pass the phobia on to their child. And what if that man is a single father who has children? At that point, the strength they have to deal with is just as strong as a woman making a decision to start a family.
So, what I’m trying to say is: if you have emetophobia and you have taken the brave and courageous step to start a family I salute you. It shouldn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, single parent or have a wonderful significant other who is helping you through it, you are deserving of the highest praise.
Until next time, Internet.
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