No doubt, Discovery Health has lots of pregnant viewers -- and many more who've been pregnant at some point. I have twice, so I can call up a quick list of gripes about the condition. Varicose veins. Weight gain. Mood swings. Pure, unadulterated exhaustion. I have some friends and acquaintances who can pile on more. Hypertension. Gestational Diabetes. Migraines.
What could possibly make me -- or any woman -- feel better while enduring these physical injustices? A back rub, yes. But also this thought: "At least I don't have…" A drug addiction. Nowhere to live. An eating disorder. A two year prison sentence. You get the idea.
If I was pregnant and had a two-year prison sentence, now that would be horrible. Mood swings and bulgy veins, I can handle. And that is the main function of Discovery Health's series, I'm Pregnant And... (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET). Each week, some different debacle makes us feel better about our own, comparatively miniscule pregnancy woes. As the show nears the mid point of its second season, the social problems and emotionally charged circumstances are getting more intense, and even a little far-fetched. Season 1 featured the issues mentioned above, plus a 55-year-old mom-to-be and a woman suffering from bipolar disorder.
Season 2's lineup has gotten weirder (a hoarder, a woman who might be having a dwarf), and in some cases, sadder (one who's HIV positive, one who's morbidly obese and one with cancer). Just looking down the list of catastrophes and/or quagmires these women are dealing with, I wonder whether the show's premise has already gotten out of control. What's next? I'm Pregnant And… I'm a Glue-Sniffing Trapeze Artist? I'm Pregnant And… Pretty Sure the Dad's an Alien from Mars?
And yet I'm Pregnant And… is faring well among viewers, probably because of this very issue. These spectacular complications, which are like car wrecks you can't look away from, are nothing compared to your swollen, pregnant-lady ankles. You can watch, in awe, as the hoarder struggles to let go of the piles of trash clogging up her home before the baby arrives. And you can walk away with the thought, "At least I am/was just pregnant. Period."
Do you think that the I'm Pregnant And... series will run out of topics soon?
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