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.
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?