Sometimes, You Just Don’t Know
Pregnant or not, sometimes you just want to escape reality for a while. Television is perfect for that. Kind of like when your life is in the pits, there’s a sort of let’s see who’s got it worse than me. Once you’re pregnant, TV is different.
- Mean Girls makes you thankful you aren’t giving birth to a sassy know-it all, street fighting girl fresh out of high school.
- Say Yes to the Dress makes you wonder if you will ever be able to wear anything that doesn’t have a generous elastic waist. And that you sure wish you had that $2,000 bucks you spent on a one-occasion dress.
- Rachel Ray will just give you more reason to call out for delivery for dinner.
- Super Nanny will have you wondering if you can really raise kids who won’t constantly scream, throw temper tantrums, and convince you to hire an exorcist.
But there is one show that may have you freaked, scratching your head, or jaw hanging wide open: I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant. The basic premise of the show? Women who don’t know (not even a clue) they are pregnant—until they go into labor. That’s totally worth the $100-a-month-cable bill.
It’s incredible to think that while many of us are looking for any and all signs that we might be pregnant, some women didn’t know—at all—that they were pregnant. Until they went into labor. Initially, I watched not believing they didn’t know. I was talking back to the TV, “What do you mean? How could you not know you were pregnant?” But as I watched more episodes, I learned that a lot of women still menstruate while they are pregnant and don’t have any pregnancy symptoms, so it never crosses their mind.
I feel badly for the women who didn’t know they were pregnant. Just think about all the things you’d miss if you didn’t realize you were toting around a baby inside for nine months: baby showers, sympathetic coworkers, financial donations, birthing class, decorating a room for the baby, and buying everything from Triple Paste to a Diaper Genie.
But more than that, imagine going about your day as you normally would. Until all normalcy comes to a screeching halt when you end up in full on labor.
You know how we have business cards and apps to keep as a ready reference? Some people have a special prayer they refer to. Or maybe it’s a basic list of foods and their caloric intake. It might not be a bad idea to have a handy reference on hand about pregnancy symptoms.
The text could read:
The following might be reason to believe you are pregnant:
- Sore or tender breasts
- Feeling Emotional
But then when you look over the long list, you realize those symptoms could be like any you have on any day of the week. So maybe that reference could be shortened to say: If you have had sex in the last 9 months, you may be pregnant. And on the other side, a prayer—just in case.