The miracle of childbirth is often described as being one of the most magical things in the world, and it is – but it’s also painful, messy and sometimes traumatic.
So, you can imagine one mum’s incredible frustration, after her husband started watching endless videos about how men prank their wives during one of the most vulnerable experiences of their lives.
Fearful that her own hubby might try something, the 23-year-old made her other half promise that he wouldn’t plan any pranks and he agreed – but when the day of the birth came it was a very different story.
“My husband was so excited and was super supportive and caring throughout the pregnancy. The only this is that he became slightly obsessed with watching YouTube and TikTok videos of husbands pulling pranks on their wives while in labour,” she wrote on Reddit’s AITA forum.
“I didn’t mind at first but then he started casually joking about doing things he saw in the videos saying it would be funny. I clearly stated my distaste for them and asked him not to do anything like what he saw. He agreed and continued to joke about it time to time but I brushed it off since I trusted him and thought nothing would come of it.”
The day of delivery finally came, and the mum-to-be had been in labour for around eight hours and had just finished another round of contractions, when her husband let out the loudest fart and shouted at her, “what the hell have you been eating? It smells disgusting!”
She immediately recognised this little routine as one of the pranks from the videos he’d been watching and was absolutely furious, so demanded he leave the room for not honouring her wishes of no pranks.
“He started arguing saying it was just a joke but I insisted and luckily the nurse helped get him out. I went through the last four hours of labour by myself since my family lives out of state and I’m not close to my mother-in-law,” she continued.
“After the delivery I told the nurse he could come back into the room and he was fuming. He started demanding that I tell him why I kicked him out. I calmly told him the reason but he was p***ed. He hasn’t talked to me in a week. His mom is taking his side saying that I was a complete bitch for kicking him out. Normally he will defend me from her but this time he completely agreed.”
The new mum feels bad that her husband missed out on being there for the birth, especially since he was so looking forward to being there, but she’s also angry at him for doing the one thing she asked him not to.
“What did he think was funny about that? Also, how totally gross for the delivery room personnel, who definitely did not need to hear or smell a grown man fart loudly,” one Reddit user commented. “Well, he played a stupid game and won a stupid prize. I’m so sorry this is messing up what should have been a magical time for you both.”
Another agreed: “You were passing a small human out of your body. It’s painful and scary, and you have the right to decide EVERYTHING in that situation. You told him not to do it. He was selfish and did it anyway. He felt his needs were more important than yours.
“He faced appropriate consequences, but still doesn’t want to admit he was wrong even though his bad choice meant you had to deliver without his emotional support. I hope he grows up soon for you and the child’s sake. Sound like his mama is an enabler.”