Couvades Syndrome?! Yep, it’s a real thing. Basically it’s when a man experiences pregnancy symptoms -- from nipple enlargement, sensitive breasts, weight gain, nausea, all the way through to feelings of pain during delivery. There are many fascinating theories about how this is not a new syndrome (so no, men aren't suddenly getting MORE in touch with their feelings in 2012) and that it is a positive thing, since men become more in touch with their partners in pregnancy and preparation to be a dad. After all, many men say that as because they aren't pregnant, they really don't find themselves mentally and emotionally preparing for the baby until it is actually here, whereas a woman has nine months of changes to get used to the idea.
That's right, if my husband required medical attention while I was in labor because of some contractions, I might clock him around the head with the nearest piece of medical equipment I could find! Look, if you experience or know someone experiencing Couvade's Syndrome, I am sure they can't help it, but that doesn't mean I am any less annoyed by the whole thing. Maybe I should do a show called Pregnant, a Man, and Possibly in Heels. But then again that might just be a show with me clocking men around the heads with medical equipment to knock some sense into them while helping ladies through pregnancy!