Well-known hottie and expectant mom Mila Kunis appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night — and launched into a full-fledged, pre-scripted pregnancy rant after the show's host remarked that he and his wife are pregnant too.
"I'm Mila Kunis with a very special message for all you soon-to-be fathers," she said, addressing Kimmel and the TV audience after hopping off the couch and grabbing a mic. "Stop saying we're pregnant. You're not pregnant. Do you have to squeeze a watermelon size person out of your lady hole? Are you crying alone in your car listening to a stupid Bette Midler song? No."
I hear you, Mila. I have always thought it sounded extremely hokey when people used the royal "we" to describe men's role in pregnancy. If you know how babies are made, you know that's not how it works. So it's cringe-worthy to hear it said aloud. It just doesn't sound right.
That said, I have to disagree with the star that future dads' role in pregnancy involves simply "roll[ing] over and fall[ing] asleep." Here's a small sampling of things it has involved for my own husband, especially as I enter into the late stages of the game while carrying multiples:
- Physically lifting every single thing heavier than an iPhone that requires lifting
- Carrying my decidedly un-unisex handbag all over town
- Assembling all the nursery furniture and baby gifts
- Washing just about every dish generated in our home, and cooking most meals too (as standing becomes difficult for me)
- Attending every breastfeeding, parenting, and infant CPR class right alongside me, as well as every doctor's appointment (with an hour commute each way, compared to my work-from-home flexibility)
- Fetching all manner of heating pads, ice packs, and Tums in the middle of the night (also known as not sleeping through the night, just like his pregnant wife)
- Being the rudder that steadies the entire family's emotional ship (and that job alone — let me tell you — it ain't easy)
So, from where I sit, my kids' dad-to-be is very much steeped in the pregnancy — in a support role, yes, but also in ways that are very physical. For that reason, I'm totally OK with him applying the "we're pregnant" phrasing if he's so inclined.
Even though, as Kunis so poignantly noted, it is a little weird.
Let us know: How does it make you feel when men say, "We're pregnant?"