Do you know Couvade syndrome? When the future dad feels “pregnant”

The future dad may experience the same symptoms as the woman during pregnancy.


It is the so-called ‘Couvade syndrome’. It is completely involuntary and vanishes once the mother has already given birth. Do you want to know more?

If the future dad of the creature complains of back pain, dizziness, nausea or cramps, and the woman is pregnant … Quiet, she is not lying or has a crisis of victimhood; You are experiencing Couvade syndrome.

Almost 10% of men experience it and, if the pregnancy is twin or carries some risk, this figure can increase to 65%.

What is Couvade Syndrome?

By living pregnancy so closely, the man mimics the disorders of pregnancy and his body reproduces them completely involuntarily.

When the mother gives birth, as it happens to her, these symptoms also disappear for the father.


Also, once the baby is born, it is normal for the man to experience jealousy and periods of stress before the radical change of routines and with his partner.

The mother, in turn, is dedicated in body and soul to the baby, so that the father, most of the time, is relegated to the background.

Causes of Couvade Syndrome

It is unknown what exactly causes this reaction in the body of man, although some clues are known. The most important explains that hormonal changes in women can directly affect men.

And it is not a purely psychological issue, it has been discovered that man experiences changes in his testosterone levels during this period, as well as an increase in prolactin levels, responsible for milk production.

Stress, anxiety, unwanted pregnancy or jealousy can cause the future dad to experience these disorders, as a way to express his concern and concern about the arrival of the newborn.

However, the cause does not always have to be negative. Some parents are so involved in pregnancy that they develop great empathy with the mother and may even feel guilty for having made her pregnant.

Normally, Couvade syndrome occurs in first-time parents, especially after the second trimester of a woman’s pregnancy.


It usually occurs in especially affectionate couples, since the father internalizes his responsibility very long in advance. Moreover, when the baby is born, they turn to their care to the fullest and have a very active role in raising and caring for it.