The student news site of Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas

WINGSPAN

  • Thanksgiving Break Nov. 20-24

  • Wingspan named a 2018 CSPA Digital Crown finalist for third year in a row

Pregnant for a day

Class project allows students to get a glimpse of what it's like to be an expectant mom

Talking with friends sophomore Melika Delkaninia rests her arm on her fake pregnant belly as part of a project in her Child Development class.

Caitlyn Kleibert

Talking with friends sophomore Melika Delkaninia rests her arm on her fake pregnant belly as part of a project in her Child Development class.

Tiffany Zhang, Guest Contributor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






For the past several weeks, some students have been walking through the halls carrying a little extra weight as students taking Child Development are experiencing what it feels like to be pregnant with each student wearing a fake belly for a day.

“This is a project for the students to get to know what it’s like to be pregnant,” child development teacher Kristi Swinnea said. “[The fake bellies] are very realistic, to ensure an accurate experience.”

The assembly of the bellies takes some skill in order to make sure it fits right. A large pouch about the size of a basketball is filled up around halfway with warm water, and put into a pocket on the front of a vest that students will wear.

“The bellies, including the vest and the weights, are around a total of 20-30 pounds,” Swinnea said. “So it can be tiresome for some students to wear for a whole day.”

There are a limited number of fake bellies available, so students are taking turns wearing them.

“The most interesting part of the project for me was the social aspect of it. A lot of people stared at me and a lot of people asked me about it. People also joked about it too,” junior Caroline Chandler said. “It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I was a little tired and uncomfortable since [the fake belly] was getting heavy at the end of the day, but overall it was a really cool learning experience.”

For students in Child Development, this project was a great way to introduce them to what it’s like being an adult, and what may come in the future, so that they are prepared.

“I’m glad that I chose to participate in this project,” Chandler said. “It was an experience that I’m sure to remember for a while.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

Wingspan intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and must be approved by a moderator to ensure that they meet these standards. Wingspan does not allow anonymous comments and requires the person's first and last name along with a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments. To see our full Comment Policy, visit libertywingspan.com/about/

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Pregnant for a day

    News

    Thanksgiving isn’t for everyone

  • Pregnant for a day

    News

    Civil war not in the past for senior

  • Pregnant for a day

    News

    Parents to get inside look at college admissions

  • Pregnant for a day

    News

    Students recognized at school board meeting

  • Pregnant for a day

    News

    School attendance zones for 2018-19 under discussion Monday

  • Pregnant for a day

    News

    99 years in the making

  • Pregnant for a day

    News

    Fifth Quarter cancellation

  • Pregnant for a day

    News

    Future farmers harvest wins at district

  • Pregnant for a day

    News

    Election Day Ballot Breakdown

  • Pregnant for a day

    News

    Running into school history

The student news site of Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas
Pregnant for a day