Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordful Wednesday: if men got pregnant

So, I'm almost 4 months pregnant. Thankfully I'm over the all-day nausea, but the exhaustion I'm stuck with for the next 5 months at least. Last night, while putting my feet up after a looooong day, I was complaining to my husband about how exhausted I really am. He said to me "do you think I could do it?" and I said "there is no way in hell the whole wide world you, or any man for that matter, would be able to handle being pregnant for 9 (really 10) months." He smiled and chuckled, for some reason he thinks this conversation about men being pregnant (which we've had at least 5 times in the last 3 months) is rather hilarious. So, I decided to do a bit of research to see what other men and women say about men getting pregnant and how things would be different. Here is what I came up with:

From an article by Joyce McFadden titled "The Reality Index, If Men Got Pregnant"
She asked the question to veterans: "If men got pregnant instead of women, how to you imagine things would be different?"

Some of the answers:
"I think our species would become extinct! I don't think men, in their current state, could handle all that comes with being pregnant!"

"Morning sickness would become a disability!"

"We'd have government paid maternity leave (more like Europe), breast feeding would not be a taboo thing since men like to brag about size. I bet men would be showing their goods to the world all the time."

Next question: "If men gave birth instead of women, how do you think things would be different?"

Some answers:
"It would be the end of the human race."

"I think they would actually do a good job. I think it would become a sport. They would make it competitive and use it as a badge of honor. We would have much more favorable laws, too, regarding maternal health care."

"Better insurance. More screaming."

And from a website called
If Men Got Pregnant:
 Maternity leave would last for two years with full pay.
 There'd be a cure for stretch marks
 Children would be kept in the hospital until they were toilet trained.
 Fathers would demand that their sons be home from dates by 10:00pm.
 Women would rule the world!

So, do you have any thoughts on this? Maybe you think I've got it all wrong and men would be total champs at the whole pregnant thing, or maybe you think I've hit the nail on the head. I'd love to hear your thoughts (or jokes, or snide comments or sarcasm....)

Thanks for stopping by!
(This post is linked with Parenting BY Dummies for Wordful Wednesday!)


  1. funny emily!  being pregnant is CRAZY!! hope your husband pampers you throughout the whole ordeal...haha :)

  2. yep...our species would cease to exist.  One labor pain and the baby would on the major pain killers of all time.  They would want maternity leave from the first bout of morning sickness to at least potty training and the first day of school would be a national day off for parents!


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