Woman to Women
Shows to Avoid While Pregnant
By: M.Z. McCabe
You’re home, cuddled with your partner and your wombmate about to watch a little TV. What can you view that won’t make you burst out with tears fearing that your offspring will be born without a pinky toe? Below are my top “stay aways”, including some my husband has banned me from.
Medical Shows – ER, Grey’s Anatomy, House Even though we like to lust after the magnanimous Hugh Laurie, don’t watch medical shows during gestation. Hospitals (especially the TV kind) are full of people who are not well, and on TV, they are glorified, unrealistic and overly tragic. Translation; instant blubbering.
TV patients also have impeccable make-up. This ain’t Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy (don’t watch that either). You are popping out a human. You’re going to accidentally poop in front of strangers; I doubt even Urban Decay can cover that one up.
The exception to the medical-show minefield is Scrubs; it’s often funny as hell.
Law & Order Shows – Specifically: SVU. This is just all around not good. In fact, let’s just include ALL “initial” programs and their spin-offs. Besides a whole lot of abuse toward women, SVU also has many episodes about children—children getting hurt, injured, abducted, pursued by pedophiles and such. You’ll never want to leave the house, and you’ll start thinking of ways to avoid your innocent babe ever leaving the safety of your womb.
Political Shows and the News – Do you really want to know what’s ACTUALLY going on in the world? It’s much worse than anything your overactive, over-hormonal imagination can think of any day. What if you give birth to a Republican? Stick with Stewart and Colbert—they’re easy on the eyes and you have their lovely sardonic wit to keep you entertained.
Tell us: What are your suggestions for pregnancy-safe programming?