Men Take Part in Simulated Labor Experience and Their Reactions Are Priceless

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By Stephanie Grassullo, Associate Editor
Updated November 26, 2018
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Women’s bodies are capable of truly remarkable things. And giving birth is just one of the many superpowers females possess. That said, with great power comes great responsibility, and childbirth is no easy task.

While many are already aware of how physically demanding this feat is, you can now coerce your partner into getting a taste of what it’s like to be pregnant thanks to the new labor pain experience from Ultrasound Babyface. The 30-minute pregnancy simulation provides insight into all of the not-so-fun aspects of being an expectant mama.

When partners partake in the experience, they wear a weighted bump and complete a range of household activities. As they will soon discover, picking up toys or stray items from around the house while baby’s due date is vastly approaching is anything but easy.

Once they finish up the tedious chores, the experience is topped off by hooking them up to a labor pain machine to give them an idea of some of the discomfort women undergo when they give birth.

What exactly is the contraption? It’s a standard transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine, which features a small, battery-operated device with leads connected to sticky pads called electrodes. It’s typically used as a pain-reliever by administering mild electrical currents to the muscles in pain, but on a higher setting creates mild discomfort to pain, depending on the tolerance of the participant.

Of course the TENS machine is not safe for everyone, and those with preexisting conditions should consult their doctor before taking part in the activity.

Obviously, there’s no way to truly do justice to what a mom-to-be undergoes throughout her entire pregnancy, and a half hour ordeal certainly can’t capture all of the surprises of labor and delivery. With that in mind, the labor experience is a silly, and albeit painful, way for others to get a snippet of what the pregnant life is really like.

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