This is probably very “millennial” of me, but I don’t know how on earth I would have gotten through the first few months of my son’s life without television. More specifically, streaming, always-available, binge-worthy television. I had a difficult, high-risk pregnancy, culminating in an even rougher birth experience and my son spending months in the NICU. So yes, TV was my escape from all the complications and stress. So when I say I’ve got a few recommendations for shows to watch during your fourth trimester, you should understand that I know what I’m talking about.
This list has been rounded up carefully, taking a few things into account. For one, I wanted to make sure it was diverse. That means the families (and non-families) on these shows aren’t all cis-gender, heterosexual, and white. Some of these shows include adopted families, or tackled the subject of child loss. Others include multiracial or all-Latinx casts. The actors on a few of these are transgender, others are queer, and that includes parents and kids on the shows. A few of these shows will make you laugh, others will make you cry, and the best will probably do both.
So, because the fourth trimester should be about self-care, as much relaxation as possible, and feeling all the new-mom feels that are definitely bombarding your body, here's a list of shows to help you adapt to your new life as a mom. Watch on, dear reader.