We had our second class last night and the focus was on late pregnancy through early labor. We talked about the role of the SO and labor partner. The instructor had an empathy belly for helping the SOs relate to what the expectant mothers were experiencing, and my husband volunteered to give it a shot.
She had him put it on, added weights, then added measures to constrict his breathing and put extra pressure on his bladder. This was all done in front of the other couples, and I could not stop giggling. I've never enjoyed another person's discomfort before as much as I did last night! Naturally, I snapped pictures as he tried to pick up things from the floor, tie his shoes, and get up from a lying down position. Those pics are going to be perfect for the baby book. ::mobile smiley::
The instructor ended her demonstration with, "Now your wife has to be pregnant for 9-10 months, but you can wear that for as long as you want tonight. You can take it off right away, or you can leave it on through class." DH, bless him, responded, "Well it wouldn't be an empathy belly if I didn't wear it for as long as I could so I could empathize more realistically." FWIW, this is the sweetest he's been about the pregnancy in a LONG time, so I soaked it up! I also wish he could have worn it home so he could wear it on a run with me this morning...
Has anyone else had a SO put on an empathy belly? I think the comical value of the process of loading on the weights and restrictions was well worth the class fee, and we learned along the way!