Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Do men go through their own form of pregnancy?
Some men go through a range of sympathetic physical changes during their wives' pregnancies known as couvade, from the French word for hatching, fatigue, backache, weight gain, and persistent toothaches apparently stem from the emotional conflicts of impending fatherhood.
Some cultures, recognizing this phenomenon, developed elaborate rituals to help men through the difficult times. Only recently have Western cultures given men a formal role in pregnancy. Fathers-to-be are now encouraged to participate in prenatal care and delivery.