New Dad Pregnancy Symptoms

Anxiety, Aches, Pains, Nausea, Mood Swings, & Weight Gain

Aches, Pains, Nausea, Vomiting, Mood Swings & Weight Gain

Aches, Pains, Nausea, Vomiting, Mood Swings & Weight Gain

No, not your expecting wife, but maybe You as the new expectant dad are experiencing these symptoms!

Normally, mention any of the above, and naturally one would just assume its your pregnant wife experiencing those symptoms. Well, don’t be surprised new dad. You too may go through these as well!

My wife is now in her second trimester with our second child and like a good husband, I was very accepting of her changing moods, food cravings & smell aversions, and complaints of body aches and pains. It wasn’t long till we both began to notice that I too was sharing in this journey. With an ‘anything goes’ attitude in supporting your wife, you too, may have feelings of anxiety, aches and pains, nausea, mood swings & even weight gain!

In 2007, researchers Brennan, Marshall-Lucette, Ayers, and Ahmed published their study of expectant fathers. that while a majority of new dads in their study did not explicitly admit to having anxiety, they did experience increased sleeplessness and insomnia, as well as the other physical and psychological symptoms including (increased appetite related to food cravings, decreased appetite related to nausea, abdominal distension during their partners’ 3rd trimester). Bennan et al.’s (2007) findings suggest evidence of “Couvade syndrome”.

Yes this is actually a thing!

It’s called sympathetic pregnancy, where the partner experiences some of the same symptoms and behavior of an expecting mother.

So there you have it guys…  minor weight gain, altered hormone levels, morning nausea, and disturbed sleep patterns… Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? If so, please leave a comment below!

Steve

Reference:

Brennan, A., Marshall-Lucette, S., Ayers, S., & Ahmed, H. (2007). A qualitative exploration of the Couvade syndrome in expectant fathers. Journal Of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 25(1), 18-39.

 

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