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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]

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]
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While couvade syndrome is considered psychosomatic, you never know if some men are faking it because subconsciously they just want to be part of the whole process of pregnancy," says child birth expert Divya Deswal.
I later learned frommy grandmother that this phenomenon is known as couvade, and is a kind of telepathic connection between partners.
"Couvade Aubade": Again, I wake to the song / of his retching, to the bergamot // and vinegar scent of bile.
The phenomenon of men having pregnancy symptoms is called Couvade syndrome.
What you are describing appears to be a typical case of Couvade syndrome, or "sympathy pregnancy," a condition in which men experience physical symptoms and pains associated with the pregnancy.
A surprising number of expectant fathers, "especially those who are involved in committed relationships" with the mothers, experience couvade syndrome.
Couvade Syndrome, in which a man mimics his wife's birth pangs and takes the credit for producing the child, precisely describes the process, and the reason for it.