Men Get Pregnant Too! Kind Of…

My husband and our daughter, Violet.

The other day my husband and I were talking about something I’d read somewhere, a statistic of men who gain weight during pregnancy. We laughed because Serge gained a bit of “sympathy weight” right along with me during my pregnancy with Henry.

I’m sure if it were the other way around and dudes got pregnant I’d be fatter than expectant fathers because, man, do I love me any excuse to eat. I gained a lot of weight during both pregnancies. Fifty and sixty pounds, respectively. Much of it was due to constantly having to eat to keep the morning sickness at bay but also? Mama just loved her some fish burritos. And hamburgers. And french fries. And Doritos.

Anyway, I’m losing the plot a bit here. What I’m saying is men apparently pack on the pounds and experience a whole other host of pregnancy-like symptoms. As Eric Barker of BusinessInsider.com reports,about half of all expectant dads gain weight—up to 30 pounds—during their partners’ pregnancies.

Dads can also experience nausea, cravings, mood swings, sleep problems and they can feel really tired. Just like women the symptoms occur in the first trimester, ease off during the second and come back in the third. Or, as Ceridwen Morris said, “Goodbye morning wood, hello morning sickness“.

Isn’t that wild?

As Barker writes “this is not just some trend among modern, metrosexual Mr. Sensitive types…   It’s a bona-fide biological reaction to incipient fatherhood, long hush-hushed because real men, supposedly, don’t get morning sickness. If you want me to get all scientific on y’all it’s called the Couvade Syndrome, which Rebecca Odes wrote about here in a lot better detail.

Apparently it all has to do with a hormone called prolactin. If your fella has soaring levels of prolactin and experiences irritating pregnancy-like symptoms there is some good news. Fathers with a significantly higher level of prolactin tend to be more attached to their newborns and more responsive to the babies’ demands than men with lower levels.

So tell me, did your husband experience any pregnancy-like symptoms? Details, please!

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