Couvade Syndrome and Expecting Fathers

 

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Expecting fathers often experience sympathetic pregnancy pains, including a wide range of psychological and physical distresses, including anxiety, difficulty sleeping, weight gain, and changes in family and professional relationships throughout a pregnancy. This sympathetic pregnancy is typically referred to as Couvade Syndrome, or “pregnant dad” syndrome. The results indicate that expectant fathers experience couvade symptoms related to weight (weight gain, changes in appetite and flatulence). The only empathic component that positively correlates with Couvade Syndrome is personal distress, i.e. the tendency to take on the negative emotions of others. Studies of different cultures have reported that expectant fathers experience physiological and psychological changes during their partner’s pregnancy.

These symptoms are classed as Couvade Syndrome (sympathetic pregnancy) symptoms. Couvade Syndrome: When Expectant Dads Get Pregnancy Symptoms. January 16, 2019 • By Zawn Villines. Couvade syndrome is a condition in which men with pregnant partners begin to. RESULTS: The results indicate that expectant fathers experience couvade symptoms related to weight (weight gain, changes in appetite and flatulence).

The only empathic component that positively correlates with Couvade Syndrome is personal distress, i.e. the tendency to take on the negative emotions of others. Couvade syndrome, also called sympathetic pregnancy, is a proposed condition in which an expectant father experiences some of the same symptoms and behavior as his pregnant partner. These most often include major weight gain, altered hormone levels, morning nausea, and disturbed sleep patterns.

In more extreme cases, symptoms can include labor pains, fatigue, postpartum depression, and nosebleeds. The labor pain symptom is commonly known as sympathy pain. Having experienced or noted minimum of three symptoms in them during their partner’s pregnancy was used as the criterion to define the presence of the Couvade syndrome. Exclusion criteria included 1 st time expectant fathers with polygamilal relationship, age above 35 years, unplanned and unwanted pregnancy.

Researchers believe this rise is due to expanding and more active roles fathers are playing in both childbirth and childcare. Still more studies are even showing a greater incidence of Couvade Syndrome in men when they are part of a couple experiencing infertility issues or if the father was adopted as a child. They’re suffering from couvade syndrome.

In this condition, sometimes called sympathetic pregnancy, the expectant mother’s partner (or, in some cases, a very close friend or relative) has symptoms that uncannily mimic pregnancy. Couvade Syndrome (sympathetic pregnancy) is an involuntary disorder whereby an expectant father experiences physiological and/or psychological symptoms for which there is no explanation during the period of the transition to parenthood (Piechowski-Jozwiak &.

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Some expectant fathers experience couvade syndrome and have pregnancy-like symptoms such as nausea, other gastrointestinal issues, and fatigue (couvade is a custom in some non-Western cultures in which a husband goes through mock pregnancy and labor).

“Foundations of Nursing E-Book” by Kim Cooper, Kelly Gosnell
from Foundations of Nursing E-Book
by Kim Cooper, Kelly Gosnell
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

Medical journals today describe a condition known as “couvade syndrome” affecting, at a minimum, some 10 to 20 percent of all expectant fathers.”

“The Culture of Pain” by David B. Morris
from The Culture of Pain
by David B. Morris
University of California Press, 1991

Couvade syndrome is defined as the phenomenon in which husbands, boyfriends, or other exceptionally related persons of pregnant women develop symptoms of pregnancy too.

“New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry” by John R. Geddes, Nancy C. Andreasen, Guy M. Goodwin
from New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry
by John R. Geddes, Nancy C. Andreasen, Guy M. Goodwin
Oxford University Press, 2020

In fact, from 10 to 30 percent of expectant fathers experience the “couvade syndrome” in which they have morning sickness and dizzy spells during the day, unusual food preferences, and even labor pains.

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from Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them
by Stanley Krippner, Fariba Bogzaran, Andre Percia de Carvalho
State University of New York Press, 2012

Because the likelihood of having a child with this syndrome increases with maternal age, researchers believe that the defect is in the egg, rather than the father’s sperm.

“The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide” by Anthony L. Komaroff, Harvard Medical School
from The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide
by Anthony L. Komaroff, Harvard Medical School
Simon & Schuster, 1999

Couvade syndrome describes the condition in which men develop typical pregnancyrelated symptoms during their partner’s pregnancy (e.g. morning sickness, vague abdominal pains, labour pains).

“Crash Course Psychiatry” by Katie FM Marwick, Steven Birrell, Shreelata T Datta, Philip Xiu
from Crash Course Psychiatry
by Katie FM Marwick, Steven Birrell, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

Womenwho becomepregnant afterinfertility often feel cheated of a normal pregnancy and delivery, an experience that many feel is owed to them after the trials and tribulations of infertility.

“Infertility Counseling: A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians” by Sharon N. Covington, Linda Hammer Burns
from Infertility Counseling: A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians
by Sharon N. Covington, Linda Hammer Burns
Cambridge University Press, 2006

(Ninety percent of expectant fathers have at least one couvade symptom, and as many as 30% have multiple symptoms.65) A theme more confined to expectant fathers is that of being left out.

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from Dream Reader: Contemporary Approaches to the Understanding of Dreams
by Anthony Shafton
State University of New York Press, 1995

Women with a congenital or acquired deficiency of ADAMTS13 are therefore predisposed to pathologically low levels by the end of pregnancy.

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from Oxford Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
by Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, William Ledger, et. al.
Oxford University Press, 2019

As many as half, or even more (depending on the study), of expectant fathers suffer from some degree of couvade syndrome, or “sympathetic pregnancy”, during their partners’ gestation.

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from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

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  • My gf is 4.5 months pregnant and I have felt a much lower “drive” (although she’s still super hot in my opinion), & I feel like I’m way more emotional….im might just be a pansy tho. Idk

  • The deeper you get into family life the lower your testosterone levels will be.
    Knowing that 18 years of your life are going to be different no matter what will crush a man.

  • I would have sympathy mood swings and definitely gained weight and lost testosterone but after my son turned 3 months I felt mostly like my old self. (Albeit far more sleep deprived)

  • I too am experienced it now. My wife is 37 weeks pregnant and I’ve had a ton of changes in this pregnancy (my fifth child) as in comparison to the previous four.
    I’m moody, hungry, sleepy and my ankles are as fat as I’ve ever seen on a dude. Not to mention the 3.5 kg I’ve gained (mostly around my navel). I’m a person who cares about his fitness and I eat very well, there’s no reason I should’ve gained weight. I’m a believer!

  • My husband drasticly changed during my first pregnancy. He got emotional, gained weight, felt a strong sence of responsability… I am now pregnant for the second time and it seems he is going right back in those changes. And no, for all those jokesters… He didn’t start drinking, he actualy stopped alcohol all together.

  • Were we actually 2-parent organisms in tribal society? Sure in most men (especially leaders) take pride in their sons but in most modern tribes the women are the ones doing all of the child rearing while the men hunt and even today we have a tendency to pass our children into institutions like school. I think we were more like a group of parents like the old adage “it takes a village to raise a child”

  • My boyfriend is almost as pregnant as I am�� he has had the morningsickness, he put on some weight and he has been moody.�� he alsow has wierd cravings, as me��

  • I will be honest I didn’t feel any symptoms when my spouse was pregnant with my son however it I did seem to gain some weight but that could be just because she stayed home cooking all kinds of really really good food over the last month of pregnancy lol

  • Of course they think it’s good if your testosterone drops everybody wants men to be wimpy whiny nowadays so no it’s not a good thing men are men that’s why we have testosterone

  • Congrats, Brad!! Three is just a fabulous number!

    I do think some men have enough sympathy symptoms that it is like a male pregnancy…

    Hey… just put Brad in the preggo suit next!!

  • It’s funny because you can spot a dad from a mile away. In his appearance and his behavior. Just like a pregnant woman. I knew who all the dads were at work and they never told me before then.

  • I’m 17 weeks pregnant and my husband has gained weight ever since even eats strange food and eats more then I do, I believe he has the symptoms bc I’m rarely having any so far

  • May be just a coincidence but my dad only started getting chest and back hair and the ability to grow a proper beard soon after i was born.