If a man were to bear a child instead of a woman…!
Dear Islamic brothers! Undoubtedly, a mother faces many hardships for her child. It is only a mother who can bear labour pains (i.e. the pain she has to endure during the delivery). Men are lucky to have been spared the trouble of delivery. A’lā Ḥaḍrat, Imām-e-Aĥl-e-Sunnat, Mujaddid of Ummaĥ, Reviver of Sunnaĥ, eradicator of Bid’aĥ, Maulānā, Shāĥ Imām Aḥmad Razā Khān عَـلَيْهِ رَحْمَةُ الـرَّحْمٰن has stated in Fatāwā Razawiyyaĥ, volume 27, page 101: A woman faces hardships for a long time, whereas a man only gets pleasure. She keeps the child in her womb for nine months facing difficulties in walking, getting up and sitting down. Moreover, she risks death during every contraction of the delivery. She also bears different types of pains during the post-natal bleeding period and is unable to sleep due to them. That’s why Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has said:
حَمَلَتۡہُ اُمُّہٗ کُرۡ ہًا وَّ وَضَعَتۡہُ کُرۡہًا ؕ وَ حَمۡلُہٗ وَ فِصٰلُہٗ ثَلٰثُوۡنَ شَہۡرًا ؕ
His mother bore him in the womb painfully, and delivered him painfully; and his bearing and weaning are for thirty months.
[Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 26, Sūraĥ Al-Aḥqāf, verse 15)
So it is as if she is sentenced to three years of hard labour for every child she gives birth to. If a man were to give birth to even a baby mouse, he would never dare to experience it again throughout his life. (Fatāwā Razawiyyaĥ, vol. 27, pp. 101)