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Couvade Syndrome: What Male Sympathetic Pregnancy Is & How You Can Fight It by P. A. Simon discusses exactly what the title suggests – couvade syndrome. Many of us have probably heard of pseudo pregnancies, phantom pregnancies, or false pregnancies but couvade syndrome is something new. The author tells readers that couvade syndrome is, essentially, male sympathetic pregnancy. It is a rather rare phenomenon where men experience pregnancy symptoms along with their significant others. This can range from mood swings to bloating to weight gain. After introducing readers to couvade syndrome, the author provides historical information, the latest research into the disorder, and how to combat it.
I am not a man but found myself interested in couvade syndrome. I have never heard the term and wanted to know more. I was shocked to learn it has been around for centuries and I’m just now hearing about it! I am now interested to learn if couvade syndrome could also affect same-sex partnerships. Clearly, the author did well in increasing my interest in the topic. I also quite enjoyed how the book provides so much information and provides reference pages so you know they did their research. In addition, Couvade Syndrome is a good read not just for men who may be experiencing similar symptoms, but for those readers interested in learning more, like me. This book is great as it can also help any soon-to-be dad as there is information on how to deal with stress, anxiety, and gastrointestinal symptoms and P. A. Simon provides tips for any new dad.