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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.
Duas formas do ritual couvade tem sido relatadas (Bogren, 1983; Haynal, 1977) a couvade pre-natal e a pos-natal.
"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.
Por ejemplo, despues que nace un hijo los padres tienen que ayunar y seguir las practicas del couvade (si no, el nino va a crecer torcido y puede enfermarse o morir por falta de energia vital que se transmite desde los padres al nino).
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.
Les manifestations de couvade, qu'elles soient ritualisees dans plusieurs societes ou simplement presentes chez certains hommes, montrent l'implication fantasmatique de l'homme par rapport a la grossesse et a l'enfantement.
- Sociedades en las que se practicaba la COVADA, practica existente de manera generalizada segun la referencia de VICTORIA SAU (1978): "La autora Maria Carlucci en su libro "La couvade en Sudamerica" afirma que 124 tribus de aquel continente la practicaban, aunque su distribucion abarca el mundo entero; y W.
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.