Husbands undergo psychological changes during pregnancy as well. Psychologist Elizabeth Eden describes a man's heightened awareness of his impending fatherly role once his wife announces their expectancy. The imminent birth brings a flood of memories and emotions from his very own childhood. He reminisces on his own father and questions what kind of dad he will be, regardless of whether this is his first or third kid.
Pregnancy may also require the male to reconcile with the idea that he is giving up his role as son to become the father himself.
Fathers-to-be do not experience any physical changes but significantly rely on their partner's physical report. Eden describes a male's emotional and physical health to be dependent on their spouse's during pregnancy, with evidence that one out of ten men will have psychogenic physical symptoms due to the pregnancy.
Even though a husband does not get to experience the unique pregnancy experience, he is a loyal shotgun rider there to enjoy the ride with his beautiful wife. He is there to support and enjoy the open road of parenthood ahead.