Partners Get Pregnancy Symptoms, Too!
A Sympathetic Partner = Sympathetic Pregnancy?
Did your partner have any pregnancy symptoms while you were expecting? Many partners aren't just sympathetic to Mom-to-Be's symptoms, they experience them as well! We collected stories from just such couples.
Just Call Him Grace
"During my pregnancy, my husband turned into a real klutz. In one week, he managed to splatter salsa all over our kitchen, break my favorite vase, and spill red wine on the carpet. Thank goodness I didn't have his pregnancy symptoms or we would have been in a real danger zone!" --Margaret, Tyndall, FL
"My husband found it very difficult to see me in labor. He became so stressed about the birth of our child that he collapsed on the hospital floor with abdominal pains so severe he said he couldn't breathe. After giving him a shot for the symptoms, our nurse remarked 'That's the worst case of sympathy pain I've ever seen.' We're still the joke of the maternity ward." --Vicki, Lindenwold, NJ
His Midnight Cravings
"While pregnant with our first child, I was constantly running to our local grocery store for pretzels, Pringles, and bean dip. One night the cashier made a comment about all the strange pregnancy cravings he thought I was experiencing. I finally broke down and told him the truth. Everything I had been buying was for my husband! He was the one with the midnight cravings, not me!" --Nancy, Liverpool, NY
He Seconds Your Emotions
"During my pregnancy, my husband was very emotional. One evening, while watching television, he started getting teary. When I asked him what was wrong, he said 'I can't believe I'm actually getting choked up watching Touched by an Angel.' I knew then that he was going to be with me through everything -- even the mood swings." --Jill, Minneapolis, MN
"My husband desperately wanted to share in the experience of labor. In the hospital, he was ecstatic. Every time I would have a contraction, he would pinch himself and yell. When I asked him why he kept hurting himself, he proudly said, 'If you're going to be in pain, then I'm going to be in pain.'" --Shayna, LaSprings, IL
Need More Pillows?
"Now that I'm six months pregnant, my husband insists on sleeping like me. He says he wants to get the full pregnancy experience. It's not unusual to find him napping with my pillow between his knees and a heating pad on his back." --Stephanie, Lorain, OH
Morning Sickness x 2
"My husband experienced horrible morning sickness and was ill for my entire first trimester. His symptoms reflected mine. We would take naps together and often pass each other during the night on our frequent trips to the bathroom. All in all, it's been a wonderful thing having someone to share this with." --Shelly, Charleston, SC
Male Maternity Weight?
"When my husband and I announced that we were pregnant, a few of his coworkers warned him about the possibility of weight gain. He laughed it off, saying it was silly. But sure enough, he started snacking more often and each month he'd put on a few pounds. In the end, I gained a total of 40 pounds and he was 55 pounds heavier!" --Autumn, Chesterton, IL
A Compulsions to Clean
"When I was pregnant with our first child, my husband became obsessed with germs. He cleaned constantly and wanted to replace everything in our house so it would be new and clean for the baby. He would go on fanatical shopping sprees and couldn't be trusted to go shopping alone, because he would bring home bags of unnecessary items such as super-size cans of cleaner and Lysol. His wish list included all new houseware, new carpet for the entire house, and a new "cleaner" car. In the end, he got his carpeting and the car. But when his symptoms went away after the birth of our son, his wallet and I drew a sigh of relief!" --Janet, Burlington, SC
Wait, Which One of Us Is Pregnant?
"My husband gained 15 pounds during my first trimester. He began craving Double-Stuff Oreos and averaged one bag every two days. During my third trimester, he'd wake me up every night because he needed to use the bathroom. But the final straw was when he woke me up to ask if I could move my feet so that he could use my pillow to elevate his swollen ankles!" --Natalie, Avon, CT
Originally published in American Baby magazine.