A British soon-to-be father is on sick leave for “sympathy morning sickness.”
Erdington security guard Harry Ashby, 29, reported nausea, weight gain and unusual cravings after his 19-year-old fiancée Charlotte Allsopp became pregnant.
Ashby was diagnosed with Couvade syndrome, also known as sympathetic pregnancy, a condition in which a non-pregnant person’s body mimics the symptoms of pregnancy.
At first Ashby thought he had a stomach virus.
“He started throwing up in the mornings and we'd lie on the sofa and moan at the same time about our aches and pains,” said Allsopp.
Ashby has gained seven pounds, sizeable belly fat and experiences back and chest pain, the New York Daily Mail reported.
He said he also craves unusual flavor combinations and fatty foods. He even began eating salt and vinegar chips, which he usually hates.
"I was shocked. I've been told I'm the first man in the UK to be signed off work for being pregnant," he told The Sun.
Allsopp reportedly said she gets tired of looking after her sickly husband, according to the Daily Mail.
The couple is expecting their first child on Jan. 2, 2015.
“I'm a bit nervous, as some men who have Couvade syndrome also had bad labor pains when their partners give birth,” Ashby told the MailOnline.
Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / David Veksler, Twitter / Charlotte Allsopp