If you think it is only the women who enjoy the pains of pregnancy, think again. Recent studies have shown that men also suffer pregnancy symptoms with their partner. From cramps to morning sickness, to food carvings, to gaining weight, to mood swings, to contractions, they have it all. In fact some men are reported to have a swollen stomach as well. Don’t believe me? Check this!
The true cause is still debatable but one thing is confirmed by the researches, sympathy pains are for real. I find the term funny because it is not supposed to be due to sympathy. As per research men aren’t seeking attention, rather this strange behavior is completely involuntary. At the same time none of the symptoms are associated with pain. Couvade Syndrome is the more scientific term. Some people have also tried to explain it with mirror neurons that makes you cry when you see someone else cry, or laugh for that matter. It is the same neuron that makes you mirror your wife’s pregnancy. This gentleman claims to have sympathy pain even before his wife realized that she was pregnant. Someone explains that he smelled the pregnancy hormones that triggered the sympathy pain.
That’s for the research part; the question you guys are probably having now is, “Did it happen to you?” Well there is no simple answer, maybe, maybe not. I did gain some weight during the nine months, and I loosed some since Hridhima was born. But, I have been gaining weight for the past 4yrs, and the new schedule of changing nappies is supposed to make me lose some! So, does that count? Occasionally I also felt like puking when I climbed up or down the stairs. That happened only few times and I don’t know if that counts as well. But none of my symptoms were as dramatic as the ones mentioned in the researches. My conclusion is, even though there is some truth element to it, the whole concept of sympathy pains might be a bit overhyped.