It’s a book almost every pregnant woman reads before giving birth. What to Expect When You’re Expecting has been coined “the Bible of American pregnancy.” From pregnancy side effects in the first trimester to prepping for labor, the book covers it all.
Now the New York Times bestseller is going Hollywood and being turned into a major motion picture with a star-studded cast. The film follows five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood.
Although the cast features some of Hollywood’s hottest stars, including Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew Morrison, and Dennis Quaid, the real question is, do any of these stories portray what pregnancy is really like?
The movie doesn’t hit theaters until Mother’s Day weekend 2012, but the official trailer has been released. It begins with a woman telling us that she just wanted “the glow.” She wanted what she see’s in all of the magazines. It then quickly pans to an scene of a very disheveled looking pregnant woman, played by Elizabeth Banks, telling a room full of pregnant women that “pregnancy sucks” and “making a human being is really hard.” The scene continues to her telling her husband that all she really wants to do to him is punch him in the face.
As much as I love knowing that I am creating another human being and bringing life into the world, I have had many moments when I’ve told myself how much it sucks being pregnant. Whether it’s been the constant morning sickness (I’m going on seven months now) or the inability of being able to get comfortable at night, the are many moments in pregnancy that aren’t desirable or glamorous.
But don’t think it’s all about women that can’t stand pregnancy. Cameron Diaz plays an adorable TV fitness guru who makes pregnancy look gorgeous and glamourous. Brooklyn Decker takes the role of the trophy wife that is pregnant with twins. Jennifer Lopez has landed the role of Holly, a photographer who wants to travel the world to adopt a baby. Anna Kindrick, who plays Rosie, finds herself pregnant after sleeping with a guy after the first date.
Although the film seems much like another Valentine’s Day or New Years Eve following the lives of a large ensemble cast, I find the story lines to be somewhat relatable. After just watching the trailer, I was able to find a point in my pregnancy that I felt the same way that the pregnant character did on the screen.
Pregnancy is completely different for everyone, yet we all have moments where we know exactly what the other is going through because we’ve been there before. I think this is a movie that will have us saying, “yes I remember that” or “oh, I know how that feels.”
Check out the official movie trailer for What to Expect When You’re Expecting below. Can you relate to any of these stories? Will you be rushing to the theater in May to see this movie?