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How does a man change when he is a father? Everything you need to know with the arrival of parenthood!

This is so! When a woman becomes pregnant, she is not the only one in the couple who suffers changes... Although we often do not give it importance, the man also notices changes when he is a father, both physically and mentally speaking. However, these are much less known and studied… But they do happen with parenthood!

Among the changes of the father during a woman's pregnancy, the following stand out:

Hormone levels change:

When his partner becomes pregnant, it is normal for testosterone levels to drop in the man 's body ; especially in the last month. They can drop even 33 % of what is considered the usual levels of this male hormone in men .

On the other hand, in these situations certain men produce 20 % more prolactin in their body. This increase helps to develop new instincts such as sharpening of hearing.

Couvade syndrome develops:

As a result of the increase in prolactin and the decrease in testosterone , and although it is not very usual, there are men who, during the months of their partner 's pregnancy , suffer from Couvade syndrome . This psychological disorder is also known as “ psychological pregnancy ” or “ empathic pregnancy ”. They may experience weight gain (as if they were pregnant too) or even feel symptoms of this stage, such as nausea , dizziness , tiredness or cravings .

Although the exact cause of this disorder is still unknown, it is believed to be the result of excessive empathy towards your partner.

Increases stress :

It's not just a women's thing! It is normal that during the months of pregnancy doubts and questions also frighten the man (especially if he is new). The uncertainty of knowing if they will know how to do it well or the concern of being able to financially and emotionally support the future family invade their thoughts on many occasions.

Even so, it is essential that both men and women allow themselves to experience a stage of adaptation and mutual support.

Priorities change:

Is a reality! The arrival of a baby always changes the lifestyle of the couple (although said change does not have to be negative). The resignations and the new implications in some situations are part of this new paternity process .

Increases oxytocin:

Oxytocin is considered the love hormone . Therefore, when a baby comes into a man 's life, the bond between father and baby is strengthened . In addition, the stress levels that have risen during the months of pregnancy drop considerably after childbirth , achieving in turn a feeling of emotional well-being and happiness with their new "responsibility".

 

Therefore, if you are a father (or you are in the process of becoming one) I hope that these instructions will help you to understand your body and your mind to give you enough time and space to adapt to this new stage that is to come. Also, if you want to know more about responsible parenthood , keep reading!

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