If your only understanding of pregnancy and childbirth is what you’ve seen on television, get ready for a rude awakening. When I first got pregnant, I thought it’d be a breeze. I figured I’d do prenatal yoga and eat “healthy” so I wouldn't gain weight. I figured my doctor would know what to do regardless, no questions asked. I assumed I’d puke a couple times early on, have some weird cravings, and that would be that. Yeah, that's not reality. Not even close. In fact, there were times I wished pregnancy was just like it's portrayed on TV, because real life definitely doesn't come with laugh track.
Of course, I had some pretty complicated pregnancies, so my reality wasn't necessarily what you would consider "normal," either. I experienced intermittent bleeding during my first pregnancy, followed by preterm labor. I lost my first baby as a result, which is not exactly standard, either. Some shows have begun touching on issues of pregnancy and infant loss (like This Is Us and Grey’s Anatomy), but I didn’t see anything close to those recent representations until after I lost my daughter. With my second pregnancy, I was considered high-risk. This is something rarely spoken about on TV shows, though reality TV star Kim Kardashian has experienced placenta acreata, making any future pregnancies high-risk. We do see more over-the-top scenarios (like babies being born in elevators, like Mrs. Belding on Saved By The Bell), but in real life, those scenarios are much more rare than, say, preeclampsia or gestational diabetes.
While I certainly don’t wish to experience giving birth in a car or during an earthquake or some other catastrophe, here are some of the pregnancy TV tropes I wish were actually legit (at least, for me).