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Is Your Spouse/Significant Other Weirded Out by Any Pregnancy Oddities?

My husband is actually really squeamish, but he has done well with all the freaky weird stuff that comes along with pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and the like.

He didn’t bat an eyelash at the grotesque swelling, insane weight gain or the loud belches that seem to sneak up on unsuspecting pregnant women (not that I burp or have gas of any kind, tee-hee!) He didn’t seem bothered by the leaking, engorged chesticles, or the comically large nips that went along with them, nor any of the other many fluids that are part of the childbirth package.

I know at some point during or after each child’s birth, he wanted to say “OMG nasty,” hurl, pass out, or all three. Fortunately, he is smart enough to have done none of the above. Amazingly, he mentioned after my son’s birth that he saw the placenta and almost took a picture of it (still a a little mad at him for not taking a pic!!) and I was really surprised that his ears didn’t start ringing & the room didn’t start spinning when he saw it!

So what did he think was beyond bizarre? My belly button. Yep, the good old belly b. My button has never completely popped out, but a few weeks ago, I pointed out that it seemed like it was trying to. It almost had a lip at the top where it was starting to turn inside out (now it’s about 25% inside out, LOL)

I can’t remember exactly what he said, but it cracked me up. It was along the lines of “I should not be able to see the inside of your belly button. That’s unnatural and just plain wrong.”

Seriously, he seemed genuinely disturbed by this development. Not that he’s exactly in the running for the belly button of the year award either. He had an emergency surgery about 15 years ago that left him with a large, zipper-like scar down his entire abdomen. So yeah, he’s not going to be getting belly button model job offers any time soon either!

How about you? Does something about pregnancy creep your partner (or you!) out?

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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her preschooler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.
  • tiffany u
    September 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Some hubbies want to cut the cord but when the doctor went to hand my hubby the scissors he turned a nifty pale shade with a hint of green and my usually well spoken husband was only able to shake his head and for the first time ever he was speechless.

    • September 29, 2011 at 11:31 am


  • September 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    My hubby gets squicked out pretty easily. So “dishcharge” and leaky breasts are pretty high on the list! I don’t think my belly button bothers him, he probably thinks its funny. It is just beginning to peek out now.

    • September 29, 2011 at 11:32 am

      I know mine is grossed out by other stuff, he’s just too smart to comment. 😉

  • September 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    so he’d be weirded out by the fact that my ‘button’ is sewn shut? hey would you consider a weekly meme I’m starting? I think you’d have fun with it. it would be a great way to add some ‘personal’ stuff to your blog each week.

    • September 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Sewn shut? LOL

  • Jessica
    September 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Hehehe. Preggers with number 3, and though my belly button has never completely inverted, I had the same thought as your husband, ew! My husband doesn’t like the smell of birth? Smell? along with the rest of labor and delivery, my squeamish husband has yet to cut the cord.

    • September 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Supposedly there is a smell, and it changes by stage? I read that in a few articles about how to externally assess dilation!

  • September 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I’m 6 months along with our first– I think everything about it both fascinates and weirds him out. But the belly button thing (it’s not popped out but it is VERY shallow) is definitely up there!

    • September 29, 2011 at 11:29 am

      It all is pretty darn fascinating, LOL. This is the first time my BB has done any actual popping, LOL.

  • September 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

    This being the third time around I don’t think he’s really weirded out about much, but it does freak him out when our little guy pushes out REALLY far … and he’s also freaked out about DTD so boooo to that. Only one month left to go though … give or take a bit.

    • September 29, 2011 at 11:29 am

      Ha it is kind of weird. My DH never wants to “DTD” either but I have no idea why. Boo.

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