Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Empathy Belly

On Saturday Tom and I went to one of our final child birth classes, it was educational, informative and beyond disgusting. I no longer feel that child birth is a natural progression of life even though women have been doing it FOREVER. The best part of the day was when the instructor made all of the husbands put on the empathy belly. It is a simulation style vest that has boobs and a pregnant belly that weighs 30 pounds. She made each husband wear it for at least 30 minutes and it was great to see how uncomfortable they were. On some of the fellas she even untied their shoes and told them to re-tie them...they couldn't. It was nice for the guys to have an insight into how hard it is to carry these babies, even though they got to take it off after a short while. For Tom I think he had kind of the rought part because we were down on the ground doing relaxation exercises and he was supposed to be massaging my back and stuff...he was clumsy and awkward, but I think he now has a better idea of what I go through on a daily basis...I would have liked to have him try to sleep in it, but at least he has an idea! For all you pregnant women out there...if you get the chance to have your husband wear and empathy belly do it...it will help you in the long run!