I was prepared to think these videos were crazy. All I could think was, "Congratulations, you just peed on a stick! Now make it public!" and what the social networking of pregnancy reveals might be called: Squatter? FetusBook? America's Funniest Home Pregnancy Video?
And then I watched some WombTube videos (I didn't make that up but I wish I had). OK, I watched a lot of them. Some were strange, some were funny, some contained little cups of pee that maybe should have been cropped out of the shot. Most of them, made me tear up.
Why would you want to share this most intimate moment with the world --perhaps before you tell your partner or parents or confirm it with your doctor? Maybe the simplest answer is because you can.
Slate.com has a fascinating little tour through WombTube, which author Marisa Meltzer calls an "odd and addictive world." I concur. Maybe it's that way because most of the times I've been sitting in a cramped bathroom with a friend watching the timer tick on a pregnancy test, someone in there was praying pretty hard for a negative. Otherwise, the news has been dropped at a girlfriend dinner or by Facebook ultrasound update or in a squealed phone call eight or 12 or even more weeks after the initial test. Being there, even through my computer screen and even with people who are complete strangers, is emotional and kind of strangely lovely.
Would I post my pregnancy test for all of the Internet to see? Probably not. But here's one video I am glad made it into the world. And I'd imagine many of the nearly 22,000 other viewers would agree.
The giggle-cry here is contagious. Especially knowing this couple tried for nine months to conceive.
Is this trend crazy or kind of wonderful?
Would you post your pregnancy results on YouTube?
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