The Doctors: Expecting Fathers Experiencing Pregnancy Symptoms

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The Doctors: Can Fathers Get Morning Sickness?

The Doctors discussed pregnancy symptoms like tender breasts, bulging bellies, and morning sickness, except this time, they were talking about those symptoms happening for expecting fathers. One man, whose fiance is six-and-a-half months pregnant is experiencing sympathy pregnancy symptoms. The man, who works as a security guard, experienced morning sickness so severe one day, that he reportedly even got a sick note from his doctor. The baby is due early next year and “both mom and dad are mentally preparing for delivery pain.”

The Doctors: Expecting Fathers Experiencing Pregnancy Symptoms

The Doctors discussed whether or not expecting fathers could experience pregnancy symptoms. (CLIPAREA l Custom media / Shutterstock.com)

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Dr. Jim Sears said he never experienced pregnancy symptoms himself when his wife was pregnant, but remembered many late night trips to the ice cream parlor. Dr. Ordon shared that he actually did experience pregnancy symptoms because there was something about watching his wife get sick that made him feel sick.

Dr. Jennifer Berman explained that for many men who develop the symptoms, they have prior trauma. In the case of this man and woman, they had lost a baby. Dr. Berman said the man is probably experiencing a form of PTSD and has acquired some of the symptoms of pregnancy, which is not uncommon.

The Drs TV: Expecting Dads Pregnancy Symptoms

Dr. Travis Stork shared that in expecting fathers, 90% will experience one symptom of pregnancy. Dr. Sears admitted that he was gaining weight at the time that his wife was pregnant. Dr. Stork said the body reacts to triggers with certain hormonal changes. He said some people say that it’s all in the man’s head, but there could be an instance of biology playing a role.

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Dr. Berman said it’s the placebo effect and when your mind believes something, your body responds to it. She said the mind actually has the ability to create change in your body. Dr. Ordon explained it’s “sort of like second-hand smoke, except it’s second-hand hormones.”

Dr. Rachael Ross said it could also be about the men wanting to be more a part of the pregnancy. “When you will it, you want it,” Dr. Ross said.

Dr. Stork said the pregnant woman in the relationship they were talking about admitted that not only is she getting tired of having to deal with the symptoms, but she’s also tired of having to deal with her husband. Dr. Stork made a point to say if you’re the male and you’re experiencing symptoms of pregnancy while your partner is, it’s completely normal.

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