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cou·vade

(kū-vahd'),
A custom in certain cultures in which a man develops labor pains while his wife is in labor and then submits to the same postpartum purification rites and taboos.
[Fr. couver, to hatch]

couvade

[ko̅o̅väd′]
a custom in some non-Western cultures whereby the husband goes through mock labor while his wife is giving birth.

sympathy pregnancy

A condition in which a man simulates some features of pregnancy (e.g., morning sickness, constipation, diarrhoea, toothaches, mood swings) as a cultural phenomenon by primitive tribes (e.g., the Tchambulis of New Guinea), to symbolically share the suffering of a pregnant women.

cou·vade

(kū-vahd')
A primitive custom in certain cultures in which a man develops labor pains while his wife is in labor and then submits to the same postpartum purification rites and taboos.
[Fr. couver, to hatch]