Two women got the Mother's Day gift of a lifetime when their husbands went through a labor simulation after they said their wives exaggerated the pain of childbirth.
They entered the room brave and confident that they would be able to withstand the "pain," but left with expressionless faces and a renewed respect for their wives.
The men decided to celebrate Mother's Day by going into gynecologist Dr. Julie Master's office for a labor simulation. They were from Kensington Church in Troy, Michigan, and filmed the ordeal.
The devices Dr. Master attached to their lower abdomens zapped them every few minutes to mimic contractions, and they got stronger and stronger as time went on.
In the beginning, at what doctors believe is a stage 3 pain level, the men were already expressing their discomfort.
"I'm going to throw up," one man said.
They begin squirming and start using breathing techniques to deal with the pain.
"That was early labor? It feels like someone is taking a saw and just carving up my abdomen," one man said.
Once they reached the "active" stage of labor, which ranges from a 4-5 in pain level, the men thought they were near the end of the labor.
"I'm hoping that's a seven [on the pain scale]," one said. "No, you're at four," a nurse replies.
When it gets worse, the men stop speaking and begin simply crying and screaming in pain, taking on various positions ranging from fetal to getting on all fours. Meanwhile, their wives watch and at one point start laughing and give each other a high-five.
Though the men were in a lot of pain, most doctors believe the simulation doesn't compare to the real pain women experience during childbirth.
"You can think of this as a very strong charley horse," Dr. Jennifer Ashton said. "Is it as painful as labor? My opinion would be it isn't."