‘Pregnant And Dating’ Premieres Tonight And I Am Totally DVR-ing It

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 4.23.53 PMThe WE network has a new reality show whose title probably makes most people want to cringe. It’s called Pregnant and Dating. When I first read about it on our site I winced a little. Now, I think it’s kind of awesome.

Traditionally, love is followed by marriage  and then along comes motherhood, but in this fresh new original series, viewers join these fearless five as they experience the modern day dating game with a baby on board. The spotlight will be on all the drama, conflict and inherent comedy that ensues when these very spirited and single moms-to-be embark on their quest to find Mr. Right, or at least Mr. Right Now.

Refusing to accept stereotypes, these women thoughtfully manage a combination of active hormones, overbearing families, inattentive fathers-to-be and a slew of dates both rocky and redeeming, as they put together their most modern of families.

Obviously I am very aware that the network put this together for the mere shock factor of a woman daring to hit the dating scene with a baby on board. But I have to say, it’s a pretty progressive move. While I can’t understand wanting to court someone while I feel so hormonal and my body takes on proportions and shapes that I am not used to – hats off to women that can handle it.

When I heard the title I pictured some bizarre Bachelor episode, but thankfully it’s not a dating competition. It’s a show that follows a few pregnant women on their journey to find someone. Frankly, I’m pleased with anything that takes a pregnant women out of the box that she is usually in. You know the one. The “all you are is a vessel for this growing fetus” box. That box is total bullshit. There are plenty of men who sow their seeds and then move on before the baby is even born. Nobody thinks twice about these men. Remember Billy Crudup and Mary Louise Parker? He left a pregnant Parker and gallivanted off with Claire Danes - and although I’m sure a lot of people thought he was a huge douche – it was really no big whoop. Why can’t women move on when they are pregnant, too?

As long as this show doesn’t devolve into a bunch of weirdos fetishizing the pregnant body, or a series of crying fits and ice-cream binges – I think it will be okay. Maybe. The pregnancy hormones may be clouding my judgement, here.

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    • Andrea

      I dunno, I can’t shake the “ick” factor over this. Of course single moms date..of course women get pregnant..and they may or may nor get married. But dating WHILE pregnant? I’m sorry..I think it’s icky.

    • Zettai

      I don’t think it’s icky, but I do wonder what the women are thinking. Not in an OMG kind of way, but a why do you feel the need to search for “Mr. Right Now” at such a pivotal point in your life? I perceive it as rebound dating at one of the worst possible times. I hope I don’t sound all Judgey McJudgerton because I don’t mean to be, but I think I would watch the show just to get the answer.

      • Andrea

        Yeah I feel that too. As in: aren’t there more important things that one should be focusing on right now?

      • Alex Lee

        This reminds me of the article “28 EXAMPLES OF CRAP HUSBANDS PULL WHILE THEIR WIVES ARE IN LABOR”

        http://www.mommyshorts.com/2013/05/28-examples-of-crap-my-husband-pulled-while-i-was-in-labor.html

        Birthing a child is…uh, yeah, any word I put in here is going to be inadequate. But I can understand why a woman doesn’t want to go it alone. Maybe that’s the motivation some of these women have for finding “Mr. Right Now”. Maybe they’re just looking for someone to cockpunch inbetween contractions.

    • the ugly truth

      Many single women are now getting pregnant on their own with sperm donors or some other method, but I just can’t understand someone who is pregnant from someone who will be in the baby’s life choosing that time to go out and actively look for someone to date. If they happen to meet someone and something comes of it, that’s another thing, but it just seems weird for some reason.

    • Sarah

      Cool for them wanting to date while pregnant. Personally, I felt and looked like crap while pregnant and could barely handle social engagements with friends. I can’t imagine having to get dolled up and going on a date. Ugh. And really – with knowing the reality of what life with a newborn entails – who would want to date someone with a brand new baby? They’re so time intensive, your date would barely have time for you.

    • Rollergirl09

      I got asked out while pregnant. I was only 4 months along and my relationship status was “complicated” at best. The guy didn’t know I was pregnant, but I was up front with him and he still wanted to take me out. Due to my relationship with my son’s father being up in the air at that time, I declined. In retrospect, I probably should have given the guy a chance.

    • Alex Lee

      If he wants her at her most-bloated, most-hormonal, most-trying time of her life – doesn’t that bode well for the relationship after the pregnancy? Are we setting ourselves up for mini-episodes of self-esteem, validation, and/or heartbreaking disappointment (when things go wrong)? Will they be focusing less on cologne and dinner jackets and more on colic and diaper bags?

      Can we expect a douchebro to change? I hear about it all the time on “Maury”, but rarely see it evolve.

      Expecting a “Ms. Right / Ms. Right-now” episode, as well.