THREE PREGNANT DADS

THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF 3 DADS AS THEY TAKE  ON THE WEIGHT OF BEING A 9 MONTH PREGNANT MOM FOR ONE MONTH

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JASON / 44 YEARS
DAD OF ONE
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Deep End

I feel like the morning after a rugby match. I have aches in my back and sore shoulders. I certainly didn’t expect this after only one afternoon wearing the pregnancy suit. My whole body is adjusting to my new portly physique. Real pregnancy is a gradual process rather than being thrown right into the deep …

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STEVE / 46 YEARS
DAD OF ONE
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It’s stupid, brilliant, daft, and pointless, maybe I should just buy flowers.

There has been lots of talk about my putting on a full term pregnancy suit for a month. Friends, family and loved ones have all given their opinion, some think I won’t manage it, some think it will be easy, too easy, like I should get piles, raging hormones, fat ankles and that the bulk …

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JONNY / 45 YEARS
DAD OF TWO
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How hard can it be?

An hour ago I thought this whole bonkers idea would be more embarrassing than physically tough. I imagined life would continue pretty much as normal bar the weird looks and confused questioning by the public. I naively thought I would continue my usual routine of running a couple of times a week and biking or …

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What started as a meeting about improving The Book of Moms, a personalised book that celebrates anyones and everyones mom, became something very different. Somewhere in the meeting the name Anna Jarvis came up as the women that trademarked the name ‘Mother’s day’,  who intended Mother’s day as a yearly event to honour Mom.

How could the 3 men (all in their mid 40’s) honour their moms and the memory of Anna Jarvis at the same time, in a way that will be tough, and meaningful?  What if we became pregnant?  Or as near as possible.  A thought became an idea which turned into an dare, and now there’s no going back.

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  • thebookofeveryone

    What are you thoughts on what the guys are doing? Do men make better mums? Is it fine to drink whilst pregnant? Let us know all your thoughts.. we’d love to hear from you.

    • Steven Hanson

      Ouch, if anyone can set that up, I’m up for it. Over to you Jason and Jonny.

    • Angel Spencer

      Even here across the pond, it’s highly debated whether you can have a glass of wine here or there. But certainly not more than one glass. Don’t forget the restrictions on seafood, deli meats, raw cheeses, the list goes on!

      • thebookofeveryone

        We’ve read as much as we can about how much one can drink whilst pregnant!, it was necessary reading material before the guys started. Hehe

  • LaNette Ashley

    As a mother, 39 weeks pregnant with my 4th child, I have to say that coming across this on Yahoo today was a bit interesting. I think it is neat what you guys are doing and your families I am sure are thankful you came up with this idea. Now I suggest on mothers day, hook yourselves up to the labor pain stimulator….kind of like this…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw5ayibQ-E0 and post so we can all check it out! Good luck to you guys!!

    • thebookofeveryone

      Thanks so much Lanette!.. really appreciate your kind words!, I’m not
      sure we’ll be able to do this to the guys after this whole month
      though.. it might be what finally break them lol , but love the idea..
      hmm, maybe.. hehe… and we wish you all the best with your 4th child!!! <3 xx

      • Angel Spencer

        Haha, I think they should get to experience at least an hour of the simulator! By the time a month is up, they’ll think this whole thing was easy! I’m almost 8 months along, and I can tell you they’re lucky they don’t have to shower with those things and that they don’t have bits and pieces to shave that are certainly much harder to do with a belly taking up the whole shower space! ;)

        • thebookofeveryone

          Thanks Angel! We’ll see if the guys are up for it at the end of this month! Would be great. :) .. and good luck to you with everything! <3

      • Tammy Bastion

        Oh please please please!
        Much respect for doing this – but you’ve GOT to go the whole hog! Looking forward to watching you through the month :)

        • thebookofeveryone

          Thanks Tammy! We’ll definately look into it. :)

    • thebookofeveryone

      HI LaNette, We’ve found a machine!! :) Now we just need your and everyone else help here to make this happen!! Take a look at my newest comment here for more details.. let’s make your suggestion a reality!! :D

  • Kassieleigh

    I think what y’all are doing is great! I’m currently 18 weeks pregnant, and here in the states they suggest no alcohol at all (which I’m taking heed of), so very lucky for you that you can have a couple glasses of wine to help the aches and relax a bit guilt free! Enjoy one for me!

    • thebookofeveryone

      Thanks Kassieligh! I’ll let the guys have one drink on your behalf!! and good luck with your pregnancy!! <3

  • Cat K.

    I have a 2 year old and just gave birth to twins in December. With that said – kudos to you all! I think this is an awesome social experiment. While it is true that a pregnant suit is not going to give you all the trials and tribulations that women face while pregnant (heart burn and pitting edema where the ones that were worst for me), it certainly covers a good bit! I definitely appreciate the attempt to walk a mile in our shoes, and I would daresay that this just goes to show things often look a lot easier than they are:):-P. All in all I think this is fantastic!!! (also, the attention you are getting may be a bit more and different than we get, but we do get A TON of attention that gets pretty old pretty quickly. If I had to answer “when are you due? what are you having? Oh TWINS! Do they run in your family?” one more time, I was going to cut someone!)

    • thebookofeveryone

      Thanks for your support Cat! love your comment! :)

  • Martha

    Love it! It’s nice that you are doing this and I really enjoyed all your videos. Pretty interesting to see the different takes from each of you.
    …could not help but giggle at the fact that you are having a hard time keeping your food off your belly and chest LOL!
    Keep up the good work- Houston TX.

    • thebookofeveryone

      Hahaha.. thanks Martha. :)

  • Samantha Beck

    What about cooking cleaning and taking care of the “other” kids? A nausea pill? And mom gets to come home and grab a beer, watch tv, and ask what’s for dinner….make sure and add “I had a long day don’t bother me.” To the mix. If he gets upset just say “honey this is just your hormones talking!” ;-)

    • thebookofeveryone

      hahaha.. great!

      • Samantha Beck

        Since when do pregnant women get to drink? Pshhh…. did I miss something? ! :)

        • thebookofeveryone

          :)

  • jenny

    That’s healing , just to see it.

  • solenne

    Great experience! I just gave birth to my first baby last week, and what helped me cope with the whole pregnancy was thinking of the fantastic perspective that I would have a baby at the end of the day! But you can’t think of that to help you go through the journey… You’ll have the downsides without the benefits! Good luck and congrats for taking up the challenge.

    • thebookofeveryone

      Exactly Solenne.. that’s what the guys are missing out on completely.. . that beautiful little baby at the end of it all!.. and Congratulations to you and your new little one! :D

  • Diana Prince

    I’m a mother of two and I am so glad to see this. My pregnancy stories were all horrible because of all the nausea and sickness through the entire thing. One guy actually told me to suck it up because pregnancy happens everyday >< It's nice to know that some men at least will be able to understand a lot of what is going on.

    • thebookofeveryone

      wow!! That’s terrible.. how can someone be so dismissive?! Well, we respect you!.. You’re doing an amazing job!, We salute you. :)

  • Tan Tien Li

    Try wearing an S size belly for 3 months, progress to an M size for the next 3 months, and an L size in the final 3 months. Move back to M size the following 6 months and finally, stick to an S size for the rest of your life. Plus point is, you get seats in the trains forever…..

  • jenny

    Keep going ….not much left till March !

    • thebookofeveryone

      You’re right!! but then we have to keep going for another 15th days!! but thanks!!

  • Courtney

    Amazing! I’m over 40 weeks with #3… if they really want the whole experience and want to have an even greater understanding and respect, I’m with the other mommas… They need the contraction stimulator! Its part of the whole process…trust us, we don’t exactly want to endure it after 10 months of having our bodies rearranged either, but there isn’t a choice. :) now that would be some good research!

  • Natalya Ushakova

    Keep your nice noses up, guys..You make me proud of MENkind, what I used to think has no more chance to happen))))

    • thebookofeveryone

      Aww.. thanks for the lovely words Natalya!! :)

  • Kate Casey

    What do you mean Gremlin?????

    • Steven Hanson

      ooops, that’ll be the wife then ;)

  • Aoife

    Steve, just have to say I know exactly what you mean! I used to do stuff, now I just work, eat and sleep, and I’m only 31 weeks pregnant! It only struck me how boring my life is these days when a colleague asked me what I had planned for the evening. Oh, dragging myself home, eating something quick and easy and struggling to stay up past 8.30pm. My weeks have just been melting into each other, distinguished only by the progress made each week (oh yay, I’m 31 weeks only 9 more weeks to go!). So I decided something had to change. My husband and I moved house about 4 months ago and there is a pub on our doorstep. In a past life we would have been in there at some stage but we hadn’t been in there once. So when I got home from work I told him to get his coat, we were going for a drink. We stayed for two drinks and were home again by 9pm but it was great – we chatted about everything except impending parenthood, for a change! So my advice is to do something, some little thing that’s reminiscent of your pre-bump life. A change of scenery can really help and make you feel like your day meant something. It might help take your mind off the all-consuming bump, and hey, at least you can have a pint! ;-)

    • Steven Hanson

      Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s beer o’clock. :)

      • Aoife

        Well I hope it helps a little to remember who you used to be! Don’t give up – I think what the three of you are doing is brilliant and I love reading your blogs every day. Not long to go now, and at the end you get to take the suit off. Us ladies have to figure out how to look after a newborn baby! Oh god.

  • jenny

    I wish you strength to finish …. it is healing just to see that you try to experience what women experience on a regular basis… God bless you and your families.

    • thebookofeveryone

      Thank you Jenny! The guys really appreciate your kind and lovely words! :)

  • Pauline

    Hey Stevie :-) you’ve never looked better!!

    • Steven Hanson

      Grrrrr!!! your messing with a heavily pregnant dad here ~ tread very carefully ;)

  • Pauline

    oh btw…this your sister-in-law ;-) bet Katie’s lovin it

  • Pauline

    When was 8-9 months pregnant, I was a bit fed up so I went for a night out in Belfast and did a bit of headbangin. It was an interesting experience…maybe you would like to have a go! I think was wearing high heels ;-)

  • Elzette Van der Westhuizen

    I have a 16month old and you guys took me right back to all the little issues but I was always hesitant to explain the discomfort as I didn’t want Hubby to think I’m just moaning. Thank you for showing most of the issues we go through, great experiment! I was just about to suggest the end of the experiment with some proper labour pains when I read quite a few moms already shared that one so I ask this: at the end of the day when you take of the suit, immediately all 15kg’s lighter, not having any pressure to loose those kg’s almost immediately, not having a newborn in the home and no expectation to be happy, cheery and look fantastic despite only a few hours sleep, have a glass of wine on all the new moms whose ‘journey’ doesn’t end there and congratulate yourselves!

    • thebookofeveryone

      Thanks so much Elzette! I’m sure the guys will be much happier to celebrate with a glass of wine than have to experience labour pains. :), but we’ll see which one they are allowed.. maybe even both! :)

  • Lucie Vincencova

    Hello dads,
    I would like to write an article about you ‘pregnancy journey’ for a lifestyle women blog. I would need to interview at least one of you. Is there any chance to get a contact number for, at least, one of you. I love the way how you are showing respect to your mothers and wives.

  • thebookofeveryone

    BIG NEWS ANNOUCEMENT TIME! .. For all of you below, (and a big hello LaNette Ashely! ) :) If we can get up to 100 more followers on Twitter, or 6000 likes on Facebook, we will hook the guys up to labour pain simulator machine so they finish their month really understanding as much as possible about pregnancy!! Spread the word, tell your friends.. let’s do this!! :D

  • jenny

    Not much left !!!

    • thebookofeveryone

      Only 4 days!!! Yay!! The guys really looking forward to it… apart from the possibility of being attached to labour pain simulator machine.. :/ Although, that still depends on whether we get up to 6000 likes on The Book of Everyone Facebook page … otherwise it’ll be a jacuzzi and champagne for all.. haha. :)

  • Kate Casey

    Ouch, pregnant Dads. When is the simulator thing happening? Tomorrow?

  • Tami Moore

    Well gentlemen it has been quite the journey that you undertook. I discovered your page early on and have joined you each morning with a cup of coffee to enjoy your daily blog and video. I applaud your tenacity and ability to follow through in the face of public opinion. I truly appreciate your walking the mile and honouring your moms in such a beautiful manner. I will miss your daily trials and wish you all the best.
    cheers
    Tami
    Canada

    • thebookofeveryone

      Really glad you enjoyed it Tami!! Don’t forget we’ll have the last weekly video later today for you from the Mother’s Day celebrations!! It’s going to be great. :)

  • jenny

    Almost there ! Tomorrow will be a little bit difficult…

    • thebookofeveryone

      Thanks Jenny!! :)

  • jenny

    Any more youtube ? I I commend you for your courage for publicly carrying the new life! God bless you and your families who stand beside you . It is a lesson for all of us: men, women…

    • thebookofeveryone

      Only 1 more video for youtube from the 3 pregnant dads unfortunately, which is the last weekly video.. It will be on the site later today. and it’s quite special. :D

  • amenda

    Hello all, i am 13 weeks pregnant and reading good articles online. I was surprized and enter your site bcoz it’s name is threepregnantdad.com
    and i love your site. You have amazing videos. Yesterday google took me to new site http://e-pregnant.com which i found helpful. You guys rocks. Keep it up