Shay Mitchell is due to give birth to her first child in October. Throughout her pregnancy, the 32-year-old actress has been documenting the experience in a candid YouTube series called “Almost Ready.” Here, she has shared both the good and the bad moments with fans, and even opened up about the heartbreaking miscarriage she suffered in 2018.
But most of the videos are happy and hilariously relatable, like the one wear she admitted to wearing diapers. And in the latest video, Mitchell decides to school her boyfriend and baby daddy Matte Babel on what it feels like to have a growing baby bump. On a hike together, she instructs him to wear a fake 30-pound belly and kick simulators.
“It’s exactly what I’m carrying around,” she tells him. Then, referring to the kick simulators, she says: “It’s going to give you the same feelings that I get of getting kicked in your ribs over and over again.”
“I’m not wearing that out in public,” Babel responds opposed to idea. But it didn’t take long for him to cave. The couple goes on their hike together, and you can tell he is clearly uncomfortable the entire time. At one point, he even has to stop to take a break.
“I want you to feel the exact same sensation that I’m feeling,” Mitchell says on their walk.
After making some controversial comments, Babel was no doubt in need of some sensitivity training. In the same episode, he told Mitchel that he opposed to epidurals because women’s bodies were “genetically engineered to give birth.” He has since received widespread criticism for his comments on social media.
“Imagine choosing to have a child with a man and then he tells you he’s against both you getting and epidural and women choosing to use formula,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
Of course, the details of a birthing plan should be discussed between partners. But to Mitchell’s point: Women should feel supported in making the decisions that are right for themselves. “Most men don’t understand what it’s like to be pregnant and that can be frustrating, especially when they have opinions on how we should navigate labor and postpartum,” she says.