Yesterday, I was complaining to a friend about my pelvic pain. She laughed and said I reminded her of the girl off the movie What to Expect When You Are Expecting. I told her I had never watched it. She suggested I watch it and thought I would enjoy it.
Believe it or not, I convinced my husband to watch it with me tonight. I’ve had it on My List on Netflix probably since we’ve had Netflix. I always avoided watching it as I expected it would just be another fertile-based unrealistic representation of pregnancy and motherhood.
I was pleasantly surprised.
The movie features the lives of 5 inter-connected couples:
- A one-night stand pregnancy that ends in a miscarriage
- One couple who tried to conceive for 2 years before getting pregnant
- Another couple who are adopting (after failed IVF due to poor egg quality)
- A celebrity power couple who are unexpectedly expecting
- A very unrealistic twin pregnancy
The storyline touched upon so many topics within the realm of trying to conceive – the pressure of years of trying, feeling like a failure due to infertility, the fear of becoming a parent, and the grief following a loss. Although it was a light view into each subject area, I thought it was a decent effort to light-heartedly depict the reality of fertility – it’s NOT easy for everyone.
My husband and I laughed at many parts especially the “Daddy group” who met for daily walks to rant about fatherhood while pushing their strollers.
We giggled at the irony as I had to keep pausing it to get up to pee much like the one character who experienced many negative pregnancy symptoms. 🙂
I cried during the difficult birth of the couple who had tried for 2+ years and when the adoptive couple first met their child. Although these characters were fictional, their stories touched me. I could relate.
The movie ended in typical Hollywood-esque fashion with everyone getting a happy ending (which we all know isn’t reality either), but overall, I would recommend it as a easy chick flick to watch. I do feel like my stance may be different if I wasn’t 34 weeks pregnant. If I had watched it a year ago, I probably would have been angry that they didn’t dig deeper into the issues of infertility and pregnancy loss. But, the movie did bring them up which is a start.