Apparently, not only the mother, the father’s candidate also experienced some changes to her when his wife was pregnant. Pregnancy pregnancies experience such as fatigue, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, vomiting, and other early pregnancy symptoms are often experienced by women during pregnancy. The various hormonal disturbances that are also felt by expectant mothers during pregnancy is no longer a strange thing. But what about the future father?
Researchers routinely check the hormone levels of prospective fathers from the end of the first trimester to 36 weeks of pregnancy the wife. The researchers found that the men turned out to have a decrease in the hormone testosterone and estradiol during pregnancy of the wife that could cause them to become more sensitive in their relationship. Edelstein also explained that the decrease in testosterone can also lower libido and aggression in men, and make men become more compassionate and create a feeling of wanting to protect pregnant wives as well as their baby candidates.
A 2009 poll conducted in the United Kingdom found that the average daddy candidate gained 6.35 kilograms during their wife’s pregnancy. The polls involved 5,000 men. As a result, 41 percent of men said they became more frequent snacking snacks, and another 25 percent said they tended to eat more heavy meals.
Morning sickness was not only experienced by women. Some men also experience this pregnancy symptom, called Couvade Syndrome or “Sympathetic Pregnancy.” This syndrome occurs when a man experiences the same physical symptoms and pregnancy behaviors as their pregnant partner. These symptoms usually occur during the first and third trimesters, after the symptoms will disappear after the birth of a baby. Some studies estimate that there are about 11 to 97 percent of men experience this pregnancy syndrome, although there has been no medical explanation.
Some prospective fathers experience a surge of prolactin hormone before their baby is born. Prolactin is a hormone that stimulates milk production in women. Although men cannot breastfeed, prolactin also plays an important role for the father. Research shows that this hormone surge is important to help men become more responsive to their baby’s crying.
Depression is one of the syndromes that women are aware of since pregnancy, including after childbirth. However, this postpartum depression syndrome can also be experienced by the father. About 3-10 percent of fathers are suspected of having depression at some point, between their wife’s early pregnancy, and one year after the birth of their baby. Most cases of men who experience postpartum depression last for the first 3-6 months of their baby’s life. A study found that three out of 10 men had depression 6 weeks after the birth of their baby, and their depression worsened over the next 6 months.