COUVADE<br /><ul><li> Comes from the French word couvee meaning “to hatch”.
It has come to mean a man having a “sympathetic pregnancy”. </li></ul>Yes, ladies, this means that your partner could start to vomit, gain weight, and have many of the "joys" associated with pregnancy. <br />
COUVADE<br /><ul><li>Generally, couvade syndrome begins in the end of the first trimesterand increases in severity until the third trimester.
The only known cure for couvade is -- birth. </li></li></ul><li> In some indigenous societies, "sympathetic pregnancy" is attributed to demons or spirits inflicting the symptoms in an attempt to cause problems for the family.<br />
COMMON SYMPTOMS<br />NAUSEA<br />HEARTBURN<br />BLOATING<br />DISTURBED SLEEP PATTERNS<br />
SYMPTOMS<br /><ul><li> In more extreme cases, men can also experience:
The labor pain symptom is commonly known as sympathy pain.</li></li></ul><li>PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES<br />PSEUDO-SIBLING RIVALRY<br />ANXIETY<br />AMBIVALENCE OF FATHERHOOD<br />IDENTIFICATION WITH THE FETUS<br />
STATEMENT OF PATERNITY<br />PARTURITION ENVY<br />
How does one cope with COUVADE?<br />The best way to really deal with Couvade is to come to terms with the fact that it is a normal reaction to a life-changing event such as a pregnancy. <br />A therapist can help a man understand his underlying feelings about the pregnancy and deal with them positively. <br />
Is it something to be worried about?<br />Couvade is actually a very memorable experience for some fathers who go through it.<br />Women feel safe knowing that their male partners understand what they are going through, and therefore become more patient and loving.<br />Women may also feel that they are not alone in the pregnancy, and will therefore carry the baby to term with confidence.<br />