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Mila Kunis' Pregnancy Rant to Future Dads: Where Do You Stand?

Mila Kunis
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?"

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