What Is It Like – to Be Someone Else?

22 Dec

We were wondering today – what if we could exchange bodies? Wouldn’t it be cool if my hubby could experience what it feels like – to have a baby inside?  To feel it move and stretch? To sense it startle and hiccup?To know – from the inside – what it feels like when there’s a bump of a heel traveling across your belly?

But then we thought – if this were, indeed, possible – then how do you decide when to stay in your own body? Like – okay, now it’s labour and I’m in pain – can I switch then and get my hubby to spend some time dealing with the pain?

And then he starts pushing and I yell at him: don’t push so hard or you will tear MY perineum!

Hmm, that would be tough. Deciding whose turn it is to experience something unpleasant. Not unlike deciding who’s doing the dishes 😉


2 Responses to “What Is It Like – to Be Someone Else?”

  1. babiesandus December 23, 2011 at 3:21 AM #

    Ha ha we had a very similar conversation the other night. But we were wondering if both male and female could carry children how many husbands would actually volunteer. It certainly would have made IF much easier! If the one can’t you still have the other.

    • zygotta December 23, 2011 at 9:11 AM #

      Good point about having extra IF options!

      As to who would volunteer – if both men and women were born capable of bearing a child, I think the world would be a different place today. No centuries of women being “second sort” – and no one would automatically assume it’s women’s responsibility.

      How the decision would be made, then? I dunno. Maybe you keep trying and whoever get preggo first – gets preggo 😉

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