Couvade Syndrome – Male Sympathetic Pregnancy Symptoms

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My partner did! I’ve craved ice chips during pregnancies with all 5 of my children. I just loved crunching on full glasses of the stuff up to 5-6 times a day! The desire to crunch ice completely disappeared immediately after the birth but guess what? He craved ice too 😂 It was the weirdest thing ever. We would both be sitting there crunching ice cubes together. His craving also vanished after I gave birth.
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So whats this all about? 
This strange phenomenon, known as ‘Couvade Syndrome’ or ‘Sympathetic Pregnancy’, sees some men experience weight gain, nausea, cravings and swelling in tandem with their pregnant partners.

Symptoms reported to be associated with couvade vary and typically occur only during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy.

  • Physical symptoms. These symptoms might include nausea, heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, appetite changes, respiratory problems, toothaches, leg cramps, backaches, and urinary or genital irritations.
  • Psychological symptoms. These symptoms might include changes in sleeping patterns, anxiety, depression, reduced libido and restlessness.


This really takes the phrase ‘I understand what you’re going through’ to another level, doesn’t it?!
Have you found that your partners have experienced bizarre symptoms and cravings whilst you’ve been pregnant?

2 Thoughts on “Couvade Syndrome – Male Sympathetic Pregnancy Symptoms

  1. My partner is currently going through this. I have hyperemesis gravidarum so I have yet to find I food I actually crave without vomiting it back up, him on the other hand will eat everything and he now has a really sweet tooth. He has never really liked chocolate or sweet things but I’ve been baking a lot just to pass the time by and he knows if I eat them I will only have a tiny piece, he has ate most of the things i bake and is continually craving chicken wings. I find it hilarious but he doesn’t since he is putting on weight

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