The 'Mommy Tummy' Simulates Pregnancy for Men

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    Being pregnant is at once the best and worst feeling in theworld. You're giddy with the idea that your body is growinganother human being, but your ankles are swollen and yourwaistline is erupting like Mt. Vesuvius. "If you only knew how tough this is," MBT Scarpe   you might find yourself saying toyour partner. And now, he can.

    Researchers from the Kanagawa Institute of Technology (KAIT) in Japan have fashioned the "MommyTummy," an inflatable vest that they claim is the most realistic facsimile yet of what it feels like to bepregnant.

    In 120 seconds, the vest fills with increasing amounts of water to correspond to what a burgeoning bellywould weigh; a mechanical device incorporated into the design also recreates what it feels like to be kickedby your baby-to-be. Men can rub the watery abdomen to activate sensors, thereby soothing the agitatedchild (a future soccer player perhaps?) within.MBT The Mommy Tummy, which resembles a flak jacket, alsouses water-filled sacs to mimic the way a woman's breasts swell when pregnant.

    According to the Daily Mail:

    During tests in the laboratory lead researcher Takayuki Kosaka found that 80% of mothers said it was a fairapproximation of being pregnant, right down to the weight distribution.

    And although only at the prototype stage, he hopes to deploy it at hospitals to encourage men to havemore sympathy for their partners. “It's hard to tell in two minutes if someone becomes more empathetic,”MBT Prezzi said Robert Songer, one of the researchers on the project. “But we have gotten a lot of comments abouthow users are glad that they're dudes.”

    Well, guess what? We women are glad we're not dudes. Because despite pregnancy's myriad indignitiesand discomforts, feeling your baby — and not an acuator — tumble beneath your belly, marveling as anelbow or knee pokes out, is the real deal. Since growing a baby is, MBT Scarpe Outlet hands down, the coolest thing that awoman's body can do, it stands to reason we might feel a bit possessive about this biological feat.Personally, I see no need to conjure up ridiculous costumes that will never be able to approximate theextreme highs and lows of pregnancy. It makes a farce out of a beautiful thing.

    Or, as Woman's Day, put it, "Why when there are so many problems in the world (wars! debt crisis!) anddiseases to be cured,MBT Shoes  why are people wasting energy engineering an idiotic suit that won't show men evena millionth of what it's like to be pregnant?"

    Put it this way: men will never know what it really feels like to carry a child, just as women will never be ableto do the stand-up-and-pee thing. As far as we've come in the battle of the sexes, scarpe mbt prezzi some things just aren'tengineered for change.