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Anti-Dad Bod

DD Daddy February 1, 2017 Posts 2 Comments on Anti-Dad Bod

A couple of years ago, a British research firm reported that the average weight gained during pregnancy is 14 pounds — by the soon-to-be father.  Couvade syndrome is a condition where the father-to-be experiences pregnancy symptoms like weight gain, nausea, insomnia and mood swings. It’s actually rather common. In fact, about 90% of men experience at least one pregnancy-like symptom, according to a report filed by CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, M.D. Severe cases of Couvade have been documented, among them a father who experienced abdominal pains when his wife went into labor.

I can only imagine the conversation going something like this:

Mother-to-be: “Hun, my uterus is contracting.”

Father-to-be: “Yeah? Well, so is mine.”

Say that Couvade syndrome is a ‘real’ thing, what syndrome would apply to a father of twins who hasn’t worked out in 3 years and 6 months, the exact age of his twin daughters? During DD Mommy’s 7 month pregnancy, this DD Daddy went to his boxing gym every morning at 6am and got a killer workout. I was in shape, felt healthy, fit into a size 33 waist pant size and had plentiful energy. The day my daughters were born, I stopped working out and I haven’t been back since.

Call it extreme but I get anxiety having to think about choosing between sleep, gym or spending quality time with my children even though I know how important the former is to my health and well-being. It gives me mental anguish daily and feel a sense of guilt if I was to say, not see the girls in the morning and instead go to the gym and head to work right after. I’d miss out on getting them ready in the morning, prepping their breakfast and kissing them off to school and knowing myself, would leave an empty feeling into my day.

If Mario Lopez can do it, I can do it?

I understand that one’s health is critically important and dads find time to workout without compromising the time spent with their children. But I also know we are all different and some dads (similar to most moms) yearn for that time with their little ones more than others. So the question is, how does one find the time to incorporate fitness into a day while not reducing the time spent with their children? Seeking motivational and practical advice from parents that have been or currently going through same dilemma. Dads, feel free to chime in.

If anyone has the magic formula to conquer this epidemic, please share. 


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  1. Andres February 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I have a double stroller where I take the kids running with me. They love it!

  2. Xtina February 11, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    My friend world work out on her lunch break for this exact reason. Our gym was close so she’d work out, take a quick shower and eat at her desk.

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