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Men get phantom pregnancy

14th June 2007

A study has shown that expectant fathers can suffer from pregnancy symptoms.

Researchers at St George’s University, London, found that men whose partners were pregnant suffered morning sickness, cramps, back pain and swollen stomachs in a phenomenon labelled Couvade Syndrome.

Experts, who studied 282 fathers-to-be aged between 19 and 55, said it was not clear why some men had similar symptoms to pregnant partners but it could be related to anxiety over the pregnancy. Most symptoms, it was found, disappeared after the birth of the baby.


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