The TikoToker attached a large watermelon to his belly and two smaller ones to his chest as a "pregnancy suit."
Pregnancy is a journey that's different for everyone. For some, it's a breeze and for others, it's incredibly complicated and hard. One man decided to try being pregnant to see what that felt like. An Australian influencer attempted to simulate a pregnancy using multiple layers of clingfilm to attach a giant watermelon to his belly (the average weighs around 9kg according to The Independent) and two smaller ones to his chest. Those who have experienced real-life pregnancy might argue that attaching fruits to your body is far from the real experience, but the TikToker decided to have some fun with it. A series of videos documenting his "pregnancy" has garnered up millions of views on TikTok.
Maitland Hanley from Brisbane tried to see what his partner Jessica might be going through as she was pregnant with his child. But Hanley’s maternal journey got off to a rocky start as he struggled on the first day itself trying to get out of bed. At the end of the video he admits, "I thought it would be so much easier." On day two, Maitland has a seriously difficult time trying to get up off the floor. On the third day, he can't even manage to put on his shoes. In a couple more videos, the pretend mom-to-be can be seen trying to get out of a bath, performing pushups, and even going to McDonald’s because of "pregnancy cravings."
The short maternal journey has been rough for the TikToker but he admits he did find one benefit in being pregnant with a watermelon. He explained in one clip, that he was able to use his baby bump as a shelf for food and beverages. A lot of other mamas chimed in. “A pregnant belly is a great table. [Until] bub decides to kick and you wear your drink,” one woman said. Another person wrote, “Oh I’m glad this time someone added cantaloupes to this trend, that makes it more realistic. That’s like another 15 pounds minimum!” “You just gotta commit! Hard roll and grab the edge for support!,” said one frustrated mom of two regarding the bed clip. After watching the pregnant influencer get into the car, one mom wrote "Okay so now add another watermelon...I was pregnant with twins and had to stop driving at 30 weeks because I couldn’t fit behind the wheel."
While Maitland's fake pregnancy is great for laughs, it also serves as an important reminder as to what pregnant people go through. And this is just scratching the surface. There's so much stigma about what to do and what not to do, so much unsolicited advice from many family members and friends, hormones playing a part in mood swings, and how your body physically reacts... it's a lot! What partners can do is help make the process easier. And also show appreciation and gratitude to their pregnant partners who are bringing a new life into the world. Also as Maitland proves, not everyone is cut out for motherhood. So think long and hard before you venture into one of the most fascinating albeit sometimes complicated miracle of life.