Tv Shows About Pregnancy and Birth

Whether it's about becoming an unlikely parent, stumbling across a pregnancy issue, or just being downright surprised that you're about to give birth at all, there's a pregnancy show out there for everyone. Take on a new perspective about pregnancy and birth with six shows that depict them all so differently. There are sensational shows, weird stories, and series that pop out birth after birth in rapid succession. Get an interesting perspective on how our culture views women and birth with the most popular pregnancy shows on networks like Discovery and TLC.

I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant

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Discovery Health produced the American television series I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant between 2009-2011. The show's premise surrounded itself around stories of women who found out they were pregnant right before they gave birth or just a few weeks prior.

In each episode, viewers find out all the reasons why a woman doesn't find out she's pregnant. Some of the reasons are as follows:

  • There's a small or inactive fetus
  • Dieting
  • Irregular periods created by stress
  • Past infertility
  • Poor use of birth control

One Born Every Minute

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One Born Every Minute is a television show filmed inside the maternity ward at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. This emotional documentary series is popular on Lifetime and provides exclusive access to Riverside Methodists's facilities from the front desk to the operating room. In the show, cameras roll all day long to capture the drama and humor of every birth. Viewers see a couple of births every episode, along with intense and emotional moments between mothers, parents, families, and more.

16 and Pregnant

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MTV began airing the show 16 and Pregnant in 2009. Each season, the show follows several teens around to see how they are preparing for their baby, and how the reality of impending parenthood is affecting other aspects of their life. True to the reality TV format, there is always plenty of baby daddy drama and postpartum crying. This documentary series follows many challenges that young families face during pregnancy, including marriage, adoption, finances, and more. While the show doesn't set out to glamorize teen pregnancy, the series has been criticized for doing just that.

A Baby Story

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A Baby Story is a production of TLC and is the show that started the baby TV craze. This series follows several couples during their final weeks of pregnancy, in the delivery room, and after the baby is born. The reality TV show was produced in Los Angeles, California by Pie Town Productions, Banyan Productions, and True Entertainment. First aired in 1998, this show has since been followed by a spin-off: Bringing Home Baby.

I'm Pregnant and...

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I'm Pregnant and... is an American television series that shares stories about women facing serious problems during the nine months of their pregnancy. Each pregnancy spotlighted on the show is accompanied by a confounding issue like addiction, bipolar disorder, and homelessness. The show, first aired in 2009, had three seasons, 20 episodes, and ran for 30 minutes on Discovery Health Channel before Discovery Life.

Baby Daddy

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Baby Daddy is an American sitcom first aired in 2012. This original comedy television series follows Ben, a man in his 20s, who gets the surprise of his life when a one-night stand leaves his baby at his doorstep. Ben decides to raise his daughter with the help of his brother, his two close friends, and his mother, Bonnie. The show doesn't take itself seriously and shows an unconventional perspective of parenting. The final episode aired on Freeform in 2017.