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Sympathy Weight for Dads

Dads-to-Be Pack on the Sympathy Pounds

One for the mama-to-be and one for me. That may be an expectant father’s mantra, but considering that he doesn’t have an unborn baby to nourish — those extra calories add up. While women have weight goals they are expected to reach during their pregnancy, pop’s pounds are simply gained in sympathy.

Almost three-quarters of lilsugar readers reported their husbands packing on weight over the course of nine months, and recently British researchers have found that the average dad-to-be adds 14 pounds to his frame due to more frequent dinners out and additional snacks around the house. However, unlike their female counterparts, only 30 percent of the men dieted with the new moms to lose the weight after the baby’s arrival.

Did your spouse lose the weight he gained during your pregnancy?


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Mongui Mongui 7 years
I am 19 weeks prego and have gained about 13lbs (I know probably too much). My hubby has gained the same amount and he is not prego!!! But I have put him on a strict diet/portion control. I need him to be fit & toned! =)
Moms Moms 8 years
My husband gained a few pounds during my first two pregnancies and then lost them after the kids were born. But this time around he's taken back up running and bike riding so while he gets thinner, I am packing on the pounds.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
My husband has lost weight and toned up during both of my pregnancies. Jerk ;).
Evalicious Evalicious 8 years
No, he looks like he carried the baby. Funny thing is we are both runners and even 30 lbs. overweight with a baby belly he can outrun me by 2.5 miles. So frustrating!!!! We are so competitive when we are running.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
LOL, no. My husband is practically still at his high school weight. He's a serious runner and can mostly eat whatever he wants (unless he's injured or something). I can't see him ever gaining significant weight (although it would be nice if he'd bulk up a bit!). :) backfat, my son doesn't sleep through the night regularly yet at almost 17 months. I feel your pain! It's definitely better and he's at about 80 percent, but it's still sucky. Hang in there!
backfat backfat 8 years
No, but he's put on 30 pounds since the birth. We attribute this to the lack of sleep. She doesn't sleep through the night yet at nearly a year old. The body cries out for sugar and caffeine out of desperation and we pack on the pounds.
kty kty 8 years
actually my ex did loose some of the weight that he packed during my pregnancy but not all of it.
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