Dad-To-Be Was Signed Off Work With Morning Sickness And Other Pregnancy Symptoms. How Is It Possible?

Lifestyle & Health

June 8, 2018 14:05 By Fabiosa

Nowadays, it is already not that surprising to hear about pregnant men due to the transgender thing. However, have you ever heard of a real man being pregnant, but only symptomatically? Apparently, men can experience almost the same symptoms as pregnant women. This is an extremely rare medical condition, but it exists and is somehow linked with a psychological condition.

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"Pregnant" Harry Ashby

Harry Ashby had Couvade syndrome and experienced the same symptoms his fiancée was going through. It even prevented the man from going to work in the morning. He was even taking the same medications his partner, Charlotte, was using to battle nausea and vomiting.

I hated the feelings at first but now I think every man should go through it because it helps you understand what your missus is facing.

The man began mimicking Charlotte’s symptoms two months after the couple learned she was pregnant with their first child. It was very weird and worrying at the beginning. Charlotte recalls:

He started throwing up in the mornings and we’d lie on the sofa and moan at the same time about our aches and pains. My breasts were getting bigger and so were his. After a while he started complaining of pains over his chest, it started freaking me out.

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Women are stronger than men

On the one side, Charlotte was glad that her partner experienced the symptoms, as it showed him what it’s like to be pregnant. But on the other side, the woman got really tired of having to look after Harry. She believes that women are tougher than men when it comes to pregnancy. And medically speaking, it is not surprising.

According to different studies, women are mentally more stable and can generate more energy to support the life of the fetus. Basically, the men’s system is not designed to withstand such stress and tons of muscles cannot help in issues related to pregnancy.

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What is Couvade syndrome and what are the symptoms?

Couvade syndrome, or phantom pregnancy, or sympathetic pregnancy, is a condition men can suffer when their partner is pregnant. Most experts believe the condition is caused purely by the mental state being damaged by anxiety, stress, and tension associated with pregnancy.

The symptoms are similar to those of a pregnant woman, including:

  • morning sickness;
  • sleeplessness;
  • weight gain;
  • breast growth;
  • nausea;
  • decreased libido;
  • food cravings;
  • mood swings.

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Studies showed shifts in different hormones levels in men with Couvade syndrome, including prolactin, testosterone, estradiol, estrogen, and cortisol. Although the symptoms are real, the pregnancy is not. Therefore, there are no treatment options for this disorder. Typically, all the symptoms can be manageable by over-the-counter medications and will disappear after the childbirth. What do you think is the purpose of such mimicking? Or is it just nature’s mistake?

                                                                                                                   Source: Express, BabyMed, BBC News

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