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    2 men went through simulated labor for a TV show and only made it 2 hours. If your partner had to go through childbirth pain do you think they would have made it through? Do you think there would be less children in the world if men were the ones that had do have them? Should we hook all men up so they can experience what it feels like so they will have a little more sympathy?

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    I have no idea as I certainly didn't experience two hours of contractions & childbirth. Before I got my epidurals I thought the pain was terrible, and it didn't go on for that long. I think anyone who has to go through it to have a child finds it worth it, and anyone who doesn't would smartly ask for it to stop. I have no doubt that my husband could go through it if he had do, as could I if epidurals weren't an option. But I'm glad they were. Also most men I know have tremendous sympathy and admiration for women who go through childbirth.
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    DH has already said that if men had the babies, we would be childless, and that doesn't have anything to do with labor, just all of the strange little inconveniences and aches and pains of pregnancy. But no, I don't think that we should hook men up to something that causes them pain just so they can have more sympathy. That wasn't a real question, was it?
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    My dh said he would have never considered it considering all the needles. He hates needles

    I like that it is a mystery to them lol. I feel like dh doesn't know and still will say "this hurts...but I know nothing like childbirth" lol.
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    DH recently donated his kidney, and I am going to say that I believe he was in much more pain than I was for child birth. I know he would be able to do it if he had to, but I am sure he is thankful that he doesn't.

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    Here's a funny story about their lack of sympathy....

    My epi with T stopped working, and it was the suck. So DH stood by my bedside for hours, holding my hand and helping me focus and breathe. All of that was really wonderful from my POV and I feel like I never could have gotten through it without him. But then, afterwards, he said the most ridiculous thing.

    He had just taken up running the week or so before T was born, so his legs were kind of sore. I guess he got pretty uncomfortable standing there for so long. Afterwards, he had the audacity to remark "Man, while you were in labor, my legs really hurt from standing there!" At that moment, I probably would have voted to hook him up to the labor machine. I still tease him about it.
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    It gets annoying that women and even men makes childbirth the end all be all of pain. Yes, it was painful, but come on... Can we stop discounting feelings of other people that complain about pain or have went through something painful? The whole, "Yeah, try giving birth to a child" is so rude sometimes. And for the record, my appendicitis pain was WORSE than childbirth.
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    I wouldnt want DH to have to feel that and not be able to have a baby at the end of it all.

    Deniz, I agree with you about discounting other pains. I think my kidney stones hurt as much as labor, but unless I was having both pains simultaneously it is hard to say for sure which one hurt more.

    Alissa, after my first baby (She was sunny side up so I pushed for 4 hours) I was so tired. Dh had been the absolute best during labor but then the next day he kept saying how tired he was. I finally lost it and threatened to kick him in the balls so it would hurt when he peed, that way he could be a little more empathetic! She is 13 and we still laugh about it
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    My DH couldn't handle it, I don't think. With my first I had an epi and when DH saw the needle go into my spine he passed.out.cold (thank God the nurse was right there to catch him). DS was a drug free birth and even then DH was a bit woozy. He was a real trooper through the labour but as DS was crowning DH said he didn't feel well and had to go lay down on the sofa. I don't know if it's that he can't handle the pain, or doesn't like to see me in pain. IDK. The pain of labour was about 100 times worse than the pain of the delivery. I agree about other pain, like the others say. Yeah, labour is painful. Damn straight. But for me it was a completely different kind of pain. You're focused, on this mission, with the goal line right there! A few weeks ago I had cortizone injections into the nerves in my foot to treat a neuroma and O...M....G. I was screaming it hurt so bad. And when I had foot surgery 7 years ago I was in terrible pain - worse than labour I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE View Post
    It gets annoying that women and even men makes childbirth the end all be all of pain. Yes, it was painful, but come on... Can we stop discounting feelings of other people that complain about pain or have went through something painful? The whole, "Yeah, try giving birth to a child" is so rude sometimes. And for the record, my appendicitis pain was WORSE than childbirth.
    Oh man this is such a great point. I thought I pretty much been to the edge of the limits of the "worst pain" after my last (extremely prolonged) birth.....but being sent home from the hospital with a broken and displaced femur (because 37 year old athletes "don't break their hips") taught me that there is a lot worse pain than labor pain. The past 7 months have also taught me that chronic pain can be a lot more relentless or mentally exhausting/could very easily lead to depression/frustration/drug dependence etc.

    My husband was so awesome during all three of my labors (and my hip surgery and the very prolonged recovery and my continuing pain) that I can't begin to imagine wanting to hook him up to a pain machine for the purpose of making him feel pain. When you love someone you feel their pain, because seeing them in pain is physically painful to you as well. He doesn't need electrodes to feel that, he already did. To me what these guys did is no different than the Jackass guys tasering themselves, silly and wasteful.
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