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Why do men sometimes experience symptoms like weight gain, nausea, insomnia, and mood swings?
It is known as Couvade syndrome, and it is an involuntary manifestation of pregnancy in men when their partner is expecting a baby.
Symptoms of pregnancy in a man.
Many men experience physical symptoms related to pregnancy when your partner is expecting a baby:
- Abdominal pain and bloating.
- Back pain.
- Pseudocyesis or phantom pregnancy.
- Morning sickness.
- Food cravings and aversions.
- Leg cramps.
Between the psychological symptoms stand out:
- Prenatal depression.
- Humor changes
- Lack of concentration.
- Memory loss.
It is not a medically recognized physical or mental disorder.
It seems that these symptoms could be a consequence of the “envy"Of man by the procreative capacity of women, simply the empathic identification of a man with his pregnant partner or an unconscious thought by which a man feel threatened for the next parenthood.
Although other theories support that Couvade syndrome is a more physical matter.
The future dad, worried about the next life change, eats more to satisfy his anxiety or simply because the mother eats more. Gain weight, increases the amount of fatty tissue, which makes the testosterone to become estrogen. Increased levels of estrogens may be responsible for mood swings, nausea, insomnia, ...
He stress can also lower testosterone levels in men, and estrogen levels rise, causing some pregnancy-like symptoms to appear.
In some more extreme cases, it has been found that there is a excess cortisol, a chemical related to stress. Long-term excess cortisol can result in a increased prolactin, which can also lead to physical symptoms such as breast enlargement.
- How to prepare dad for childbirth
- They invent a belt with which parents can also feel the baby's movements.