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Understand Couvade Syndrome

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Do you ever worry that you have been experiencing symptoms of pregnancy along with your partner?
Have you gained weight, felt queasy at certain times of the day, or experienced appetite changes?
It is possible that you are going through Couvade Syndrome.

 

What is Couvade Syndrome?
Couvade Syndrome refers to sympathetic pregnancy experienced by a man, usually the husband of a pregnant woman. Symptoms mimic those suffered by pregnant women, such as, weight gain, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, cramping in the legs, unusual food cravings and changed sexual appetite.

 

When do Couvade symptoms appear?
Usually, symptoms of Couvade first appear during the partner’s third month of pregnancy. They advance and become severe in the third trimester. Symptoms usually end with the delivery.

 

Can all men suffer from Couvade?
According to experts, Couvade is more commonly found in societies, which culturally accept it. One study reports that its incidence is higher amongst couples with a history of infertility.

 

What can Couvade dads do to alleviate their symptoms?

Dads who are experiencing Couvade can try to:

  • Become more involved in the spouse’s pregnany
  • Cope with financial anxiety regarding the baby
  • Face the fear associated with fatherhood
  • Establish a deeper bond with their spouses
  • Share their feelings with their partners
  • Discuss the problem with the doctor

 

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Comments
By Juan,   From Ontario
I started experiencing couvade syndrome right at the end of my wife's first trimester. I remember this like it was yesterday. I was getting ready for bed one night when suddenly I couldn't feel my feet, my skin was so pale and my veins were popping out, I had shortness of breath and felt really dizzy. Now my wife is 7 and a half months pregnant and the symptoms are still there. Fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, stress, depression, loss of appetite, weight loss, insomnia, mood swings, headaches etc. I just don't know what to do anymore, sometimes I feel like I'm going crazy or that I'm out of place (confused). Doctors prescribed me lorazepam for anxiety which it seems to be working but I know that's not the solution. Am I the only one experiencing all these symptoms?

By Antwain,   From Independence la
Why is my couvade started soo early...i mean me and my wife had sex like a week ago cause we wanted a baby and yesterday on Sunday my stomach start to hurts continuous this morning along with diarrhea what to do how is this possible? I thought it should be within three months of my wife pregnancy ? Please help can somebody my answer my question...and why mines starting so early!!?? Thank you!!!

By Antwain,   From Independence la
Why is my couvade started soo early...i mean me and my wife had sex like a week ago cause we wanted a baby and yesterday on Sunday my stomach start to hurts continuous this morning along with diarrhea what to do how is this possible? I thought it should be within three months of my wife pregnancy ? Please help can somebody my answer my question...and why mines starting so early!!?? Thank you!!!

By Mitch,   From GreenAcres
My wife is 8 months pregnants, Im 23 years old and in good shape, she is 22 and good shape too. She has Scoliosis in her lower back though and at 8 mo. should be hurting bad. Not the case. I can barely put on my socks my l lower back hurts so bad, starting from my spine out to my hips.Started slowly these past two months

By Hayden,   From Aussie
Is it possible for a family member (Cousin) of the pregnant female to experience couvade.?

By darrell,   From nashville
yes it is very very real. i had the whole 9 yards, from nausea(not vomiting), backaches, headaches, weight gain and loss, change in sleep, disturbed sleep patterns, abdominal pains, tiredness, change in appetite, stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, toothache, cravings, anxiety, depression, jealousy,guilt, mood swings, dizziness, itchy skin, and frequent urination i dont know whats wrong with me

By Rick,   From Silver Springs
I have read several books, like 'The Expectant Father,' and am beginning to believe this is real. I have been experiencing a lot of naseau. My fiance is almost 11 weeks along. She experiences a lot of naseau as the day goes on. I can eat and feel as though I haven't eaten as soon as I'm done. Or I can eat a very small amount and feel as though I'm going to throw-up. Is there anything I can do to help alleviate this. This is going to be my first child, my fiance's second. I'm involved in every step of the process thus far and am, maybe overly excited. I've been wanting children for the last ten years. Any advice would be appreciated.

By DatDude,   From Seattle
couvade is very real i live about 2 hours from my pregnant girlfriend i have had every symptom you can think of ive had a appetite cant sleep bad dreams acne on my chest just alot of random stuff headaches weight gain sexual taboos the whole sha-bang it is well known and very real dont listen to people who say its in your head you do what the women your around is doing as im 2 hours away from her and have had suf happen that has never happened and stuff that i never really get on a regular basis like headaches and dizziness i assure anybody looking this up you are not alone

By Marianne,   From Dublin
From a hormonal point of view, I think couvade syndrome seems perfectly explainable. When women are around each other all the time they become hormonally in-synch with each other, and start to have the same menstrual cycle. The same must be similar with a man, as his hormones synchronise with that of his partner's, and during pregnancy they start to share the same hormonal experiences. It makes perfect sense to me.

Mimi,

That sounds a bit dodgy to me! It IS called 'sympathetic' pregnancy, after all.

By Daniel,   From London
Hi -

I'm researching Couvades (sympathetic pregnancy) for a TV documentary in the UK.

The reports I've read suggest that this is REALLY common- up to 80% of dad's to be experience some of the same symptoms as their pregnant wife.

I'd love to know if this is somthing that ring true with the dads-to-be on here? Have you experienced any strange aches and pains? Morning sickness?

I'd also love to hear from anyone who happens to be researching this themselves? I can be emailed on daniel.hood@target-tv.c o m

Thanks

By mimi,   From LA
Is it possible to experience aborrent beharvior as well. That is to say that the father have sudden contempt for the pregnant wife?

 
 
 
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