Emotional baby scans and cravings: A quarter of fathers have sympathy pregnancy

26th May 2011

Up to a quarter of fathers-to-be experience some of the physical symptoms of pregnancy when their wife or partner is carrying a baby, research has shown.

Scientists discovered that 23 per cent of men show some emotional and physical changes when they are due to become a father, including feeling 'weepy', experiencing mood swings, and even having phantom pregnancy pains.

Experts have suggested that these changes can be attributed to the emotional upheaval that men go through when their partner is pregnant, as well as the impact of more men attending baby scans and ante natal classes.

Midwife Mary Steen said: "Many men attend the 12 to 14 week ultrasound scan where their bond with the child is first formed and they are more likely to attend antenatal classes. Involving men in this way helps build a stronger emotional connection with the baby and they learn more about what their partner is going through."

Last week it was reported that prospective dads in Peterborough were being offered the chance to go along to men-only antenatal classes at the local hospital.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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