Pregnancy is such a mother-centric period that expectant fathers sometimes get cast aside.
However the UK government has issued a guide advising men that they can sometimes suffer from morning sickness and postnatal depression along with their partners. The book titled ‘The 2006 Pregnancy Book’ offers advice for both partners on what to expect during the pregnancy.
Along with giving instructions to expectant fathers on how to help their partners deal with the experience, it also warns them that in some cases they can find themselves suffering the same symptoms as the mother, reports the Daily Mail.
The book notes, "believe it or not, men can get symptoms of pregnancy too."
"The most commonly reported ones are sleeplessness, indigestion and nausea. They are probably caused by stress, but are no less uncomfortable for that."
The guide, issued by the Department of Heath is also available on their website, and also advises men they can suffer from depression in the wake of the baby's birth.
"Some mothers become depressed and need a lot of extra support, both practical and emotional," it says.
"You may also get depressed. Your partner is facing the biggest changes but that doesn't mean that you should ignore your own feelings. You need support too."