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If you are just tuning in now please go back and read parts 1, 2 , 3 and 4 of this blog before continuing on.

So, can our hormones and pheromones affect our spouses behavior when we become pregnant? The answer is an overwhelming yes.

I found a few studies that revealed this revelation. First off, I am a huge believer in pheromones. Pheromones are chemicals we release that we cannot smell but the body can detect. They play a huge role in attraction and finding a mate. They can be so powerful between two people that they live off of the other’s chemicals that are released, and when those chemicals are not around to be absorbed by the spouse, a spouse can be greatly. Some theories suggest that the “widowers effect” can be contributed to the lack of pheromones being absorbed by the living spouse once their partner passes away.  Thus, the living spouse not only suffers the impact of losing their mate but also suffers withdrawal of their spouses pheromones.

Not only do pheromones play a part in attraction but they also play a part in pregnancy. Studies show that woman give off pheromones while pregnant that can affect their spouses’ hormones. It is a well known fact that women’s hormones change when they conceive. In recent studies, their pheromones reveal this chemical change to the spouse thus creating the spouse’s hormones to change as well. The study showed that a male’s hormone levels of cortisol, estradiol, prolactin, and testosterone changed while their wives were pregnant.

What Drs. Wynne-Edwards and Storey found were significant changes in the men’s levels of the following hormones: prolactin, a female hormone involved in milk production and possibly maternal and paternal behavior; estradiol, a principal form of the female hormone estrogen; cortisol, a hormone related to stress responsiveness; and testosterone, a male hormone associated with aggression. Specifically, the doctors found in their first study that prolactin concentrations were higher in the men sampled in the last few weeks before the birth. Cortisol concentrations were also higher before the birth whereas testosterone was reduced in the weeks immediately after the birth.

Not only do their hormones change but they can also suffer from Couvade Syndrome.

With Couvade Syndrome, males can develop the symptoms of pregnancy just like their wives. The frequency of Couvade is unknown, but some researchers estimate that it affects from 11 to 65 percent of expectant fathers. The onset of male “pregnancy” symptoms usually starts near the end of the first trimester and generally stops with the birth of the child. Couvade also seems to be a universal phenomenon, with cases reported across cultures, continents and centuries.

Upon the birth of the baby the wive’s hormones crash and so do the males. The hormones then begin the journey towards normalcy, showing that the male’s hormones can revert back to their norm within a month or so after birth.

What a shocking discovery. This helped me better understand what transpired between my husband and I and how we could have been so off before and after the birth of our son. Like I had revealed in the first part of this week long blog, my husband and I are very close. I believe the pregnancy really affected us because we are so compatible for each other. The hormones just drastically threw us off of our natural balance and created an in impact on our relationship. Whereas some relationships are not so heavily intertwined like ours is, I believe those couples can experience the opposite effect and the hormone change can bring them closer. Fortunately for us, we were able to adjust and move forward. Some couples are not so lucky and I wish these two big factors were discussed more by doctors to help prepare couples. This could have saved us from many fights and misunderstanding the signals and what was perceived as lack of caring from each other.

I’m glad that we are now aware of this and can help each other. There is an actual scientific reason behind it all, and knowing this can be a marriage saver. Don’t get caught in the fantasy world of getting pregnant and thinking it is all going to be peachy. For some couples it can be and it can bring you closer together for that time period; for others, it can be a huge challenge and can tear you apart for a while. Keep this in mind should you start to recognize that you are being pulled apart or begin seeing symptoms from your spouse. Sit down with your partner and discuss this possibility. Being more aware and communicating the possibilities could save you from thinking your partner isn’t there for you, is uncaring, or doesn’t seem to be on the same page. It can open the lines of communication and eventually bring you closer together.

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    [...] I have found plenty of sites stating that the father is affected by the pheromones, such as I wrote about a few months back, and that dogs and cats can sense when a woman is pregnant. But nothing in [...]

    April 7, 201011:35 am
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    [...] emotional damage later on in life. I’ve already found research to support the fact that a husband’s hormones and chemicals are affected when his wife becomes pregnant and last roughly a month after [...]

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