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1 in 4 dads-to-be go through 'pregnancy' with mood swings, food cravings and even morning sickness!
Men today have become so involved with their partner's pregnancy that nearly a quarter of them report the sort of emotional and physical changes usually associated with women.
Men, apparently, also become more emotional, 'weepy', and suffer mood swings, nausea and even phantom pregnancy pains. Some of the dads-to-be surveyed even reported cravings for weird food combinations like tomatoes and oranges and pickled eggs and ice lollies. 26 per cent, of the affected dads, experienced mood swings, 10 per cent had food cravings and 6 per cent felt sick.
The emotional upheaval men go through during their partner's pregnancy with more of them attending antenatal classes and scans than ever before, is said to be behind the new phenomenon. Many reported other emotions usually associated with mums-to-be, with 56 per cent getting a kind of nesting instinct, wanting to get everything tidy before the birth.
Food Cravings32 year old Matthew Downing from Dover, who became a dad for the first time in December 2010, said he developed cravings for apples and Marmite while his wife was pregnant!
Midwife Mary Steen said: 'Many men attend the 12 to 14 week ultrasound scan where their bond with the child is first formed. 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. It's perhaps not too surprising therefore that some expectant fathers are so finely tuned to their partner's physical and emotional changes that they begin to feel them too.'
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