Pregnancy is a special place that women go to, a land where most men (okay all men) are not allowed.
Oh yeah, we can stand at the gates and peek inside, but that doesn’t really add up to much. Men are, for all intents and purposes, totally excluded from the trials and tribulations of pregnancy. We hardly get a taste of the magic, and likewise, for better or for worse, we pretty much never feel sick, bloated, congested, achy, exhausted, or lightly homicidal because of the baby that will never ever grow down in our beer bellies.
And yet for guys or girls like me whose partner gets pregnant, the long winding road of gestation that our mates must travel down is an epic, awe-inspiring feat.
I mean: how the hell do they do it? How do females create and carry a tiny human inside of them until it ain’t really so tiny at all? It is one of the great mysteries of our world, this baby thing, and I will probably always admire every single woman who spends about nine months doing all of the hard work when it comes to making a kid.
That said there are some other critters out there in the animal kingdom who take things up a notch when it comes to pregnancy. I guess I hadn’t really ever thought about it before, but there are quite a few animals whose gestation period goes longer, in a lot of cases MUCH LONGER, than a human’s does.
I’ve compiled a bunch of them for you to check out. It’s pretty remarkable, actually.
Unless you’re a pregnant giraffe.
Then, it probably just sucks really, really bad.
1.) Elephants gestate for up to 23 months, the longest period for any land animal. They also produce the biggest newborn babies at around 230 pounds.
2.) Dolphin pregnancies last around a year. By the end the mom’s are weighed down so much that they drag 50 percent more than their non-pregnant buddies.
3.) While octopuses don’t technically give birth, their reproduction process is still pretty remarkable. The males supply females with packets of their sperm, which the female hangs on to until she’s ready to fertilize the 200,000 eggs she’s produced. After laying the eggs, she stays close by to nurture and protect them.