Regardless of how supportive and how involved he may be, your husband will never know what it's like to be pregnant. But what if you could watch him try? That's exactly what GQ writer Benjamin Percy did for his piece in the magazine's February issue: Congratulations, You're Man-Pregnant.
In an effort to become a more empathetic father, Percy wore the Mommy Tummy, an incredibly advanced Japanese pregnancy simulator, for nine weeks. The Mommy Tummy isn't just a prosthetic bump. It hooks up to a computer and replicates nine months of weight gain, struggles with balance, and kicks from "baby."
Stares and whispers from onlookers reminded Percy of the attention that his wife received during pregnancy, and while a pregnant man may solicit more confused looks and questions, the physical effects of pregnancy will never be truly replicated.
"I think of my wife, red-faced from a severe contraction, bowing over her pregnant belly, crying softly as the doctor fumbled the epidural into her spine. I think of my mother, who refers to my sister and me as her life's work, and I think of my father, who brags about never having changed a diaper in his life. I think of Hemingway, who said, 'To be a successful father, there's one absolute rule: When you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years," Percy wrote of his experience.
So what do you think? Would your husband be able to handle nine weeks (nevermind months!) in the Mommy Tummy?