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What to Expect When You're Expecting A Big Screen Birth

I don’t know about you, but everything I thought I needed to know about pregnancy and childbirth I learned from watching television. So imagine my surprise when I found myself quite unable to fling myself on the couch the way a pregnant Rachel did on Friends, let alone wear her cute little belly-bearing pigtailed mother-to-be ensembles.

But if you think you can fare better than I did in emulating a sit-com childbirth, the folks over at New York magazine can help: they’ve compiled a video slideshow outlining a step by step guide to giving birth in a television sitcom or movie comedy. The slideshow was inspired by Jennifer Lopez’ appearance in The Back-Up Plan, out today, in which she plays a pregnant woman who–don’t think this is much of a spoiler here–delivers her baby by the film’s end.


The hilarious 5-step guide outlines the typical TV/movie script  hijinks that ensue when a young ingenue finds herself in labor. For instance, on getting to the hospital: “Run in concentric circles if you have to, bump into walls! Embrace the confusion over whether you even have a car, where it is (and if the car is even working), where the hospital is, and how to get there!”

For more funny tips on what to expect when you’re expecting a big screen birth, check out the slide show and let us know what you think!

Source/Photo: Roger Wong/INFPhoto.com

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