We’ve all heard of sympathy pains, though we definitely question their authenticity. But according to a new study, many men also pack on the pounds when the women in their lives are pregnant. On average, they gain about 14 pounds. And out of the 5,000 guys that participated in the survey, only 30% said they went on a diet with their partners after the baby was born. So why do they get pudgetastic? At least part of it has to do with anxiety over becoming a father. The fact that they also partake in weird craving meals probably has something to do with it, too. Also fascinating: scientists have coined a term for this phenomenon, “Couvade Syndrome,” whereby men get a lot of the symptoms their pregnant partners get, ranging from basic morning sickness to (this is uber-weird) contractions.
Now I am very far away from getting pregnant, light years even, but I do know one thing: I would much rather have my future hubby stay in shape so I have something hot to look at instead of wondering which of us is actually having a baby.