At SPS, we pride ourselves in supporting the “team” during the surrogacy process. This means being there for intended parents and surrogates throughout every step that occurs, offering guidance, resources, and help. New research indicates just how important these services can be to growing families, as a recent study indicates that dads get the “pregnancy blues” too.
A Spotlight on Male Mental Health
Pre and postpartum depression in new mothers has been a subject of research for quite some time now. Experts have known about the risks of this depression and the changes in a woman’s hormone levels that contribute to it. The latest research has revealed factors that can contribute to depression in expectant fathers as well.
During pregnancy – particularly the last trimester – roughly 13% of expectant fathers are likely to experience symptoms of depression. This data comes from a study done at McGill University in Canada, in which 622 men answered questionnaires during their partner’s pregnancy from the sixth month to childbirth. The collective answers revealed that a lot of factors are involved in expectant fathers’ depressive symptoms, including financial stress, lack of sleep, increased marital tension, history of mental illness, and even signs of depression in the mother.
In the surrogacy process, this research applies to both surrogate partners and intended fathers as both parties are affected by the pregnancy. Though some of the factors may differ depending on which side is in question, it’s safe to say that each party has their fair share of stressors. For instance, a surrogate’s partner may feel the most stress during the last three months of the surrogacy as the childbirth draws nearer and the surrogacy process enters its final stages. For an intended parent, especially a first-timer, there is the stress of considering new financial and emotional responsibilities. No matter which side is considered, this new spotlight on mental health in men is an important revelation.
Coping With the Blues
The good news is that with more research being conducted on this topic of pregnancy blues in men, more attention and help will be available for expectant fathers. As we learn more about depression and its triggers, common wisdom about treating it and its symptoms apply.
- Speak with Friends and Family
- Get Out and Enjoy Life
- Talk to a Professional
- Be Physically Active
- Eat Right
- Sleep Well
Begin the Surrogacy Process
No matter where you are in the surrogacy process or which role you play, being aware of this new research can help you better prepare and handle everything that comes with surrogacy. At SPS, surrogates and their intended families receive a highly-personalized experience and the best of the best when it comes to mentors and guides. To learn more about the surrogacy process, check out the SPS website or contact the agency at (949) 446-1220.