Pregnancy is a time of uncertainty as expectant mothers try and prepare themselves for every possibility during delivery — never really knowing how hard it’s going to be.
But, for one woman her delivery was the relatively easy part as she had suffered every day during a very trying pregnancy with her son. Her husband had supported her as much as possible but found it hard to watch.
On the day she went into labor he was there to support her. He saw his son for the first time and started crying but then revealed why he was really shedding tears.
The man had helplessly watched his wife vomit profusely for more than 280 days. He’d seen her lose 30 pounds during her pregnancy as she was not being able to nourish herself due to her conditions Hyperemesis Gravidarum — a severe type of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and preeclampsia which causes high blood pressure during pregnancy.
She was hospitalized four times for dehydration throughout her pregnancy and was constantly having to eat her dinner outside their home because any smell made her feel nauseous.
After months of trying to be there for her as much as possible, he then supported her during birth, remaining by her side throughout.
Photographer Kirstie Perez was there to capture the special day and beautifully photographed the moment when the couple saw their son for the first time.
She said, “I told him I captured him crying seeing his son and he said, ‘That’s not why I was crying.’
“Puzzled, I asked what he meant and he teared up again and said, ‘This is the first time I have seen her smile in 10 months.’”
We salute all the mothers who sacrifice so much to bring a precious new life into the world and to all the men who stand by them and support them throughout it all.
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