When it comes to pregnancy, there are plenty of changes that are welcomed by moms-to-be: "glowing skin," a growing belly and a more optimistic outlook on life. However, one "America's Next Top Model" winner is now addressing the truth behind the ups and downs of pregnancy symptoms.
Eva Marcille is pregnant with her first child, and she and boyfriend Kevin McCall couldn't be more ecstatic. However, Marcille was recently more than happy to spill the beans on what it's really like to be pregnant to People magazine.
"There is no glow!" Marcille elaborated to the news source. "Your skin changes. It gets horrible … My hair is already oily, so I don't need it to get any oilier, but it is. And I don't need it to grow faster. I like my hair short."
However, she seems to be taking everything in stride alongside McCall, who is allegedly just as "pregnant" as she is! Marcille went on to say that her baby daddy is seemingly going through some of the same symptoms, which isn't entirely uncommon for men.
"He has all of the symptoms!" Marcille said. "He sleeps all day - granted, he'll work all night - but he's exhausted during the day, and he eats my pickles and some of the weirdest things ever."
Can dads get pregnant too?
It's obvious that men can't physically go through nine months of pregnancy like women, but what about the emotional ups and downs? Believe it or not, there's a name for what some people call "sympathetic pregnancy" - Couvade syndrome. As the Mayo Clinic stated, it's not recognized as a mental illness or disease by medical experts. However, it's still realistic to the men who experience it when their partners are carrying their children.
Symptoms of Couvade syndrome include nausea, backaches, appetite changes and respiratory problems. Some men might also endure fatigue, leg cramps and heartburn. Because it isn't a defined condition, it can be challenging to treat. However, the best way to get through the nine months is for both individuals to seek support from friends and family as the stress of pregnancy begins to set in. Maintaining open communication with your dad-to-be can also help quell his nerves.
Has your partner ever exhibited symptoms of Couvade syndrome? How have you helped him through the nine months? Leave your feedback in the comments section!