WATCH: A day in the life of a pregnant man
When his wife challenged him to experience pregnancy for 24 hours, Chris Balmert created a makeshift pregnancy suit, strapped it to his chest and went forth. Needless to say, he didn't conquer.
This dad thought he'd give pregnancy ago for 24 hours in this hilarious video. (Youtube)
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While we have the best partners in the world, they might occasionally find themselves wondering if the cravings really are that intense and if we’re truly as uncomfortable as we say we are when we’re pregnant. Sure, we’re growing and carrying the weight of another human being, but is the back pain actually as excruciating? And do you really need another nap?

Yes – it’s torturous!

But if you still don’t believe us, take dad Chris Balmert’s word for it. The Balmert family filmed and put together a video after Lindsay Balmert challenged her husband to experience pregnancy for 24 hours. While it was all too real for us, it sure was entertaining to watch. Especially the montage showing the tired dad rubbing his belly when he couldn't fall asleep.

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Us too, buddy, us too.

Watch Chris’s 24 hours of sheer agony below:

The Balmert family started vlogging when Ryann Marie, their second child, was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) on 6 March 2017. On their Facebook page they explain, “With D-TGA, the two main arteries, the pulmonary and aorta, are connected to the wrong chambers of the heart. This means the blood being pumped through the heart is not properly oxygenised and deoxygenised. The baby would need to have an open heart surgery procedure called an arterial switch only a few days after birth.

“Ryann Marie was born on March 6th, and it was determined through an echocardiogram that she has a different form of TGA known as L-TGA, or corrected transposition of the great arteries. This is where the right and left lower chambers of the heart are reversed. She also has an atrial septal defect (ASD) which is a hole in the wall that separates the top two chambers of the heart.”

They explain that Ryann will have to be monitored for the rest of her life. As a result, the family started vlogging to raise awareness about CHD and spread a little joy via their channel. They certainly have. 

Ryann just turned one and the family recently posted a video, updating us on her condition and surgery:

We're sending good vibes and love to the hilarious Balmert family and little Ryann.

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And soon-to-be and new dads, was your partner's pregnancy anything like what you expected? What were your experiences? And do you still think we’re exaggerating about the aches and pains?

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