Some men become psychologically pregnant, presenting the same symptoms of their wife’s pregnancy. This happens when they get very emotionally involved during pregnancy and the name of this condition is Couvade Syndrome.
In this case the man may feel nauseous, have an urge to urinate, feel dizzy or always be hungry. But in addition, they also tend to be concerned about the health of the woman and the baby and although they do not show the same way, they can also present anxiety, fear and insecurity about the future and what will be their relationship with the woman and the baby who is coming.
Major changes in man during pregnancy
During pregnancy it is normal for a whirlwind of emotions to affect the couple, especially the woman because for approximately 280 days her body will undergo intense transformations involving many hormonal changes, but also the man due to the responsibility that is charged by society.
The main changes that can affect a man during pregnancy are:
1. Have the same woman pregnancy symptoms
This can be defined as couverture syndrome, couvade syndrome, or more popularly, sympathy pregnancy. In these cases, men get fat, have morning sickness, and may even experience pain during the woman’s labor.
These changes do not show any health problems, only indicating that the man is completely involved with the pregnancy. Usually the man does not have all the symptoms, but it is common to get nauseous whenever his wife presents this symptom.
What to do: No need to worry because this only demonstrates how emotionally involved you are with pregnancy.
2. Desire more intimate contact
The man may feel even more attracted to the woman when she is pregnant, because with the increase of the blood circulation in the region of the vagina, the woman gets even more lubricated and more sensitive, in addition to feeling more attractive, because she no longer needs to worry about the belly which can now be a source of pride.
What to do: Take advantage of the moments to two, because with the arrival of the baby the woman may not have as much sexual desire, nor feel attractive avoiding the intimate contact in the first months of the baby.
3. Be worried
As soon as the man receives the news that he will be a father, he is flooded with an avalanche of emotions. When the couple was trying to conceive, the man can be thrilled and demonstrates all the love he feels for his partner. However, when pregnancy happens without waiting, it can become very concerned about the future due to the responsibility of being a parent and having to raise a child. In some families the news may not be as well received, but usually when the baby is born everything is resolved.
What to do: Plan the future with responsibility so you can feel at peace and security. Talking and making plans with your partner is key to building a new family.
Tips for improving pregnancy intimacy
Some great tips for improving intimacy and complicity between the couple during pregnancy are:
Always go to prenatal exams together;
Buy all that is necessary for the woman and the baby together and
Talk daily about what the couple is feeling and about the changes that are happening.
So the man can feel closer to the woman and the baby, this being a special moment also for him. In addition, taking pictures together evidencing the growth of the tummy can help keep the memory that this was a special moment desired by both.