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Couple Marriage Was Blissful Until He Crossed a Line During Childbirth, Now She Wonders If It’s Time to Get a Divorce.

A whirlwind of emotions and turmoil encapsulates the narrative as the Original Poster (OP), a young mother, finds herself caught in a web of disrespect and disappointment triggered by her husband’s distasteful prank during her labor. The conflict escalates, plunging their relationship into a deeper abyss when he sides with his own mother against OP, leaving her feeling alone and misunderstood. Despite attempts to reconcile, tensions reach a boiling point when OP makes a pivotal decision – but will it lead to her freedom or deepen her despair?

A New Beginning

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OP and her husband enthusiastically welcome their pregnancy, eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child. However, a quirky obsession develops in the husband – watching online videos of husbands pranking their wives during labor. Although it seemed innocent initially, the husband’s recurring jokes about pranking OP raise a flag of concern.

From Jokes to Fears

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OP expresses her discomfort with these jokes, directly requesting her husband not to replicate the pranks he saw in videos during her labor. The husband agrees, yet the jokes don’t cease entirely, putting OP on edge. She brushes it off, trusting him not to cross the line when the time comes.

The Unthinkable Prank

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During the intense labor, when OP had just finished another round of contractions, her husband passes gas very loudly, turns to her, and says, “What have you been eating? It smells disgusting!” OP immediately recognized that as one of the pranks in the videos. When OP is in a vulnerable state, this inappropriate jest triggers immediate outrage in her.

Standing Her Ground

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OP demands her husband leave the delivery room, unable to accept the prank he committed despite her explicit request. An argument ensues, but with the help of a supportive nurse, the husband is removed from the room. Alone now, OP faces the remaining four hours of labor by herself.

Silent Treatment

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The husband, angry and feeling wronged, returns to the room after the delivery but doesn’t engage in conversation with OP. His mother sides with him, condemning OP’s decision to expel him from the room during such a crucial moment. OP finds herself in an escalating situation, now lacking support from her partner and his family.

A Distanced Father

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During the first week of the baby’s life, the husband starts bonding with his daughter while refusing to talk to his wife. He either takes the baby from OP’s arms abruptly or asks his mother to fetch the child. The strain grows in the family, with OP feeling increasingly isolated and unsupported.

A Fleeting Hope

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OP tries to mend the relationship, expressing her postpartum depression and anxiety to her husband. She pleads for understanding and forgiveness, asking him to see her side. Unfortunately, the husband responds with anger and resentment, deepening the rift between them.

Harsh Words, Harsher Reality

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The husband accuses OP of unjustly removing him from the delivery room, claiming that their daughter would hate her for this decision in the future. The discussion spirals into a heated argument with OP on the receiving end of hurtful, disparaging remarks. The home they once shared now feels oppressive to OP.

The Breaking Point

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The husband declares OP is living under his roof, implying that he holds final authority. The situation escalates dramatically when he resorts to calling OP a derogatory term. Feeling belittled and disrespected, OP finally decides to act.

A Swift Exit

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OP starts packing her and the baby’s belongings, determined to escape the toxic environment. Her husband attempts to assert his control again, claiming she cannot take anything he paid for. Undeterred, OP prioritizes her and her child’s safety, leaving the house with her baby.

A Safe Haven

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OP and her baby find temporary refuge in a motel, far from the oppressive atmosphere of their home. The bond between mother and child strengthens, united in their shared journey. Though the situation is grim, OP remains hopeful, focusing on their imminent departure to her parents’ house.

A Mother’s Arrival

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Amid the turmoil, OP’s mother arrives to support her daughter and grandchild. Her arrival brings a ray of hope, suggesting that OP is not alone in her struggle. This marks the start of a new chapter for OP and her child, one filled with support and understanding.

Final Departure

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OP plans to drive to her parents’ house with her mother’s support, hoping for a fresh start. As she leaves behind a hostile environment, her journey to her parents’ house symbolizes her determination to protect her child and herself. Though fraught with uncertainties, her choice is clear and resolute.

Was The Mother’s Behavior Appropriate?

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Upset with the way things have turned out, OP posts her story online for feedback and support. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “He thinks like a 5-year-old, and his mother, who has given birth herself, says that’s okay. That means, in her eyes, nothing he does, no matter who it hurts, is wrong. She will always support him over you. That invalidates her opinion in any argument you have with your husband.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “I really hope you’re being hyperbolic when you say he hasn’t talked to you during the first week of your baby’s life. If not, the issue is much bigger than pulling a stupid prank in the delivery room.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “You were passing a small human out of your body. It’s painful and scary, and you have the right to decide EVERYTHING in that situation. You told him not to do it. He was selfish and did it anyway. He felt his needs were more important than yours.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “I know I sound old – but, by god, every time I read a story about TikTok, I feel like it is breaking apart the fragile decency of our society.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.

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