Last week I shared lunch with an old friend of my sister's.
As we exchanged small talk I discovered that she had recently given birth to a baby boy (I wondered what that little thing was wrapped up in her arms!). She also made mention that she was in her final college year of becoming a midwife - which I thought rather interesting and decided to probe more about.
The good thing was that during this conversation about midwifery my sister's friend didn't hold, let alone sweeten, ANYTHING! It was a no-holds-barred-you're-just-a-dumb-bloke-slug-fest-and-you-would-never-understand-or-fully-appreciate-child-birth-anyway kind of talk.
Everything from funny medical terms on problems and conditions that go wrong (that made me feel sick just thinking about it) to implements used to anything else in the hospital ward that can make a grown man throw up were FULLY discussed.
(Stuff that I really do not wish to write in this blog... as even writing a broad summary about it brings painful flashbacks!)
Heck... even during the conversation I felt like going and getting castrated... with a blunt spoon!!
I quickly diverted the conversation to what exercises a woman would do to help push the baby out better/faster.
Being a bloke I "stupidly" thought that all a woman need do is build up her abs! But nooo, "the typical dumb male answer at trying to solve the world" response was wrong... it was the pelvic muscles that needed strength.
I was then given an exhibition on just what exercises are required to build certain pelvic muscles and boy were some of these moves extremely sexy! I made sure she fully explained this area!!
When the conversation then moved on how a woman begins to control her bladder things darkened and moved back into the "time to go and get your castration" again. Eeek!
By the end of the afternoon I was a mixed bag of emotions - I felt sick in the stomach, unworthy for being a male, castrated, and as mentioned at the beginning of this email a new found appreciation for women who give birth.
However, at the end of it all I still think that women who don't want kids are wimps... and I think women who have given birth would agree too!
PS - anyway, let's get back to those pelvic exercises...
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