Pregnancy is a lot more complicated than decorating a nursery and bringing home a perfectly polished baby.
There are a lot of things that TV and movies get wrong when it comes to pregnancy. For one thing, you usually have a minute to catch your breath before rushing to the hospital.
And when babies are born? They are newborn sized and will not be perfectly rounded off by 6 month olds.
There are some things the media is getting right right now, like with these TV and film pregnancies.
It all started with television’s first-ever pregnant woman, Lucy Ricardo, played by the legendary Lucille Ball. Before her, the pregnancy experience hadn’t even been shared with television audiences.
Jennifer Garner did the same when she was pregnant with eldest child Violet towards the end Alias.
The birth scene in apocalypto is so realistic that many people thought the film contained footage of an actual birth.
Rebecca gives birth to the triplets This is us touches on a major fear that parents of multiple births struggle with.
Miranda is conflicted about getting pregnant and not fitting into the role of the bright happy pregnant woman Sex and the City was a restrained delight.
Annie Camden finds out she’s pregnant with twins 7th heaven was a fairly rare glimpse of an elderly woman experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.
Anne has an understandable reaction when she finds out she’s pregnant again 8 months after giving birth Working Moms.
Disappointment also investigates a mother who decides to have an abortion, but this time medical factors were involved.
We see many different, realistic pregnancies in What to expect when you expect.
Kristy’s traumatic birth in she is having a baby was a rare reminder that pregnancy is quite dangerous.
Molly Ringwald gives an incredible, raw performance as Darcy, a teenage girl experiencing pregnancy and childbirth for holds.
The backup plan might be a bit cheesy, but the scene where Zoe gives birth brings things back to reality.
baby mom reminds us that there’s no shame in what you say when you’re in the lab.
Look who’s talking also believed it to be true that there is no shame in choosing against pain to get help.
Nine months shows two realistic approaches to birth: Rebecca’s and Gail’s.
knocked open wasn’t lying about how long labor lasts for most people. Allison (Katherine Heigl) is one of the rare pregnant women in a movie who knows she has time to make calls, take a bath, try to find her zen, and get to the hospital without panicking.
Jane the maiden Maybe conception wasn’t realistic, but it captured the struggles of new moms whose babies are struggling to hold on.
Everything Ali Wong said in her parent-centric stand-ups was true AF when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth.
And finally, Amy Schumer was also a real AF about the experience in Expect Amy.
What other movies and TV shows do a good job of showing what pregnancy is really like? Submit your choices in the comments.