Is that sympathy weight gain true? What species show that signal and how? Let’s get a quick view here!
Is it possible when dads-to-be gain weight obviously during the time of a partner’s pregnancy? You would refuse it but only because you don’t know about it yet.
That’s the fact happening right now!
Human- as the most intelligent primate species experienced and reported it to medical systems all over the world. It’s not a rare symptom. Some people know about it as Couvade Syndrome. Is it true?
We’ve found out more.
Dad-to-be really grows in his belly during partner’s pregnancy
Why do we say, primate Dad?
According to a study carried by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, there are two other monkey species (marmosets and cotton-top tamarins) found with the same symptoms.
The test happened in the sixth month of pregnancy on the male ones. Statics showed that expected primate dads all gained some pounds but not eating more. It’s like they were developing their size as their partners.
These two monkeys share pretty much time of looking after newborns as human fathers do. That’s the reason why they are chosen for the study.
But how can it happen?
Let’s see theories below.
The reasons for weight gain?
By studying primate dads gaining sympathy weight, scientists of University Wisconsin-Madison came up with some notions of why dads-to-be showed putting on pounds.
Hormones swing was found during the weight gain period. It’s not a significant signal but still happens in couvade dads.
Usually, hormones swing will affect emotional aspects such as behavior, feelings or sensitivity. However, sometimes it expands to some physical changes, for instance, gaining weight.
Physical preparation for upcoming babies
On watching the two monkeys after birth, people found them losing weight gradually during taking care of newborns.
Therefore, they busted out a theory that gaining weight is a preparation of the dad for the upcoming baby.
It kind of relates to the theory of attachment between the expected dad and the baby which is mentioned in couvade syndrome’s reasons.
How people react?
That’s very interesting to know how dads react to their swelling bodies. It seems very sweet to know the dads expect to see the babies as much as the mothers that their bodies speak.
However, being such a great dad is not a good sign for rich-food countries in the West while their size is already more than the rest of the world.
Technically, they can also lose weight after birth, by participating in caring for the babies.
Many people assume sympathy weight gain is a part of couvade syndrome. However, it’s not so sure. Couvade syndrome expresses more in psychological way such as moods swing, food nausea or so on. And usually, a syndrome includes a number of signals at a time and we just only found it in humans.
However, gaining weight can happen solo and found in primate dads including human beings. It’s still controversy if sympathy weight gain is relevant to sympathy pregnancy.
So, it’s true that primate dads gain sympathy weight. And, people accepted that as a sign of neutral development.