In Child Development, students learn about pregnancy, how to take care of a baby, and other things to know about a baby. One of the things the students have to do is wear a fake pregnancy belly, so they know how it feels to be nine months pregnant for a day.
Senior Callie Weatherly was asked why she chose to wear the pregnancy belly, and she responded with, “I am not going to lie, I mainly did it so I wouldn't have to write a paper. Although that was my number one reason for wearing it, I thought it would be a fun experience. I mean, compared to the normal 9 months, just a day isn't too bad.”
Julia Unnerstall, senior, was also asked the same question, and she said, “I wanted to know what it was like to be pregnant.”
Senior Adrian McDaris, who was the first male student to wear the belly, said, “I wore it because I thought it would be fun. Also, I was the first male student to wear it and I wanted to be a first.”
Students were asked how they felt while wearing the pregnancy belly, and Julia Unnerstall said, “At the end of the day, I felt uncomfortable and tired. I was ready to take it off!”
Callie Weatherly stated, “I felt weird. Not the belly itself, but the way some people looked at me. I wasn't actually pregnant, I knew that and anyone who knew of the project understood that, but some underclassmen and middle schoolers looked at me funny because of it. I got those looks for a fake pregnancy; I can't even imagine what it would be like to really be pregnant at a young age.”
Callie Weatherly said she liked how the pregnancy belly didn’t feel as uncomfortable as everyone said it would. Julia Unnerstall said she liked the reactions she would get from students as she would walk down the hallways, although she didn’t like how the “baby” was pushing on her ribs and bladder. Johnna Bloch, junior, said she didn’t like how she had to use the bathroom a lot.
The students were asked if there was a reaction they would never forget, and Julia Unnerstall responded with, “Mr. Tucker's face when I walked into his classroom that day! He asked me who the father was! I could not stop laughing!”
Johnna Bloch said, “Levi, who is my boyfriend. He told me it wasn't his.”
Senior Diana Ribera responded with, “My boyfriend Alex and I were walking down the hallway since we had a class together, and Mrs. Hoener saw the pregnancy belly on me and shook her head and pointed at us, saying, ‘No, it’s too early.’”
Adrian McDaris stated, “Someone asked me who the father was. Being a male, I never thought I’d hear that directed towards me.”
Great job to everyone who wore the pregnancy belly. Even though it was just for a day, they felt how a pregnant woman would feel.