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Is Angelica Panganiban's Partner Gregg Homan Having Pregnancy Cravings Too?
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  • Mom-to-be Angelica Panganiban has been posting pregnancy updates on social media, from their announcement in March to their gender reveal in June. It's going to be their first baby with her partner, businessman Gregg Homan, and they even started a YouTube channel to document their journey.

    During their babymoon in April, Angelica posted that her favorite things in the world were tacos and ramen. Topping the list is Gregg.

    In May, the actress revealed, "Si Gregg ang pinaglilihian ko." She adds, "Hindi pa ako naging kaarte buong buhay ko. Aalis lang siya papunta sa work—which is 7 minutes away kung saan kami nakatira—umiiyak ako. Palagi. As in Ang sakit-sakit sa akin pag hindi ko siya nakikita."

    On July 7, Angelica shared on her Instagram story a pregnancy update: her partner Gregg is having pregnancy cravings this time!

    The actress posted a photo of her partner's note on their whiteboard. It read, "Shepherd's pie please my love." Angelica added a caption, "Sure na ko ngayon sino naglilihi," and tagged Gregg.

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    Then, the actress posted a photo of shepherd's pie and a strawberry dessert, fulfilling her partner's request.

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    The next post was the soon-to-be girl dad, tasting the shepherd's pie, looking like a pregnant woman who just satisfied her craving!

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    Can fathers experience pregnancy cravings too?

    Angelica is correct! Dads-to-be can experience pregnancy symptoms like cravings, and the condition is called Couvade or Sympathetic Pregnancy, or roughly, "we're pregnant."

    According to What To Expect, this happens when the expectant father experiences the same symptoms as his partner. This can include weight gain, change in sleeping patterns, altered hormone levels, and nausea. 

    In a previous Smart Parenting article, Dr. Margarita Santella-Jara, an Obstetrician-Gynecologist-Sonologist said that she has about 2 in every 20 patients who experienced paglilihi. Dr. Jara said, this phenomenon was not discussed in medical school.

    Dr. Jara's own husband experienced this, "I noticed that it usually happens to couples who are very close, whose bonds are very strong and who communicate with each other well.”

    “One benefit that this brings is that it boosts the pregnant woman’s self-esteem because she feels that she is not alone in her pregnancy. Another benefit is a stronger bond between the couple because they are able to share the challenges and difficulties of being pregnant in a unique way since not many go through the same experience as they do.” 

    Other pregnancy symptoms that dads-to-be can experience

    Aside from cravings, dads-to-be can experience these symptoms too.

    Anxiety

    About 1 out of 10 fathers experience anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum. After all, a new child is coming, and it is normal to feel anxious about how one is going to be as a parent.

    Sex drive changes

    While some pregnant women feel an increase in libido when they are pregnant, their partners may feel the same. But when the pregnant mom feels tired, the partner may feel a loss of sex drive too. Sometimes they are scared that it might affect the baby. Ultimately, this is due to the overwhelming feeling of anxiety with the upcoming baby. When this happens, try to still be intimate.

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    READ ALSO: Men, Here Are 6 Things to Remember When Having Sex With Your Pregnant Wife

    Weight gain

    It's normal for pregnant women to gain weight, but why do their partners' bellies are getting bigger too? Sympathetic snacking could be one factor, but it can also be stress-eating. 

    While more research has to be done to explain these experiences, it happens to many parents. Dads might not be carrying their children in their wombs, but they are becoming parents too.

    Read how a dad breastfed his child when his wife was unable to do, here.

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