I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Unique pregnancy stories are informative but sensational.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series is both educational and sensational. It demystifies the pregnancy process, but it also focuses on edge-case scenarios that are very much outside the norm.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some of the featured women are portrayed as being woefully uninformed about pregnancy symptoms, and many are young and/or unmarried. But many of the stories also feature good Samaritans who step in to help. And women from a variety of socio-economic and racial/ethnic backgrounds are featured.

Violence

Some of the labor/delivery reenactments feature women screaming in pain, lots of blood, and witnesses in a panic. Babies fall to the floor or into toilets when delivered; they're shown covered in blood and afterbirth and struggling to breathe. Many of the women are also in dire need of medical attention after they deliver.

Sex

There's no explicit discussion of sex, but there's lots of talk about contraception and the different ways that it can fail. Women are often shown pulling their pants off to deliver or taking their shirts off to cover the newborn, but there's no nudity.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol, drugs, and smoking are discussed as they relate to the health of the baby/fetus. Some mothers-to-be drink and smoke without the knowledge that they're pregnant.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series about women who didn't know that they were pregnant until they delivered often features birth reenactments that show things like women screaming in pain, frantic bystanders, and lots of blood. There's also lots of medical information about topics like contraception and prenatal care. Some of the featured mothers are teens; others are young and/or unmarried. Alcohol, drugs, and smoking are occasionally discussed as they relate to the health of the baby. Overall, the show is a little strong for tweens, but mature teens should be able to handle it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 7, 10, 12, 13, and 14 year old Written bymommyof6 December 28, 2010

adults only

i liked it but i dont think kids should be watching it because it was disturbing ot me even as a 34 year old
Parent of a 17 year old Written bylove2 October 4, 2009

watch it!

when i saw this show i loved it!!!!!! but then i thought how can someone not know there pregnant? watch the show to find out!
Kid, 11 years old October 29, 2013

Great If You Aren't Disturbed Easily

Some episodes are more graphic than others, so you should know your child's sensitivities before letting them watch the show. I'm eleven and handle it... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 24, 2009

for people that can handle it

well i'm a Kid but i love this show!

What's the story?

I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS PREGNANT tells the stories of women who had no idea that they were expecting until they actually delivered their babies. Each episode uses reenactments, recorded 911 calls, and interviews with witnesses and the mothers themselves to explain what happened before and during the blessed -- albeit unexpected -- event. Medical professionals offer a bit of explanation about the possible ways that the women got pregnant and why they showed few (if any) typical pregnancy symptoms. The series also features pregnancy-related quizzes to help viewers understand medical facts associated with contraception, medical testing, pregnancy-related side effects, and childbirth.

Is it any good?

The series is medically informative, but it's also quite sensational. The reenactments are intended to highlight the harrowing moments when each woman realizes that not only is she pregnant, but she's actually in the final stages of delivery. The fact that many of the births take place in public bathrooms and other non-hospital settings adds to the drama.

When it comes down to it, the show is as much about entertaining viewers with unique childbirth stories as it is about educating them about birth control and pregnancy. Medical professionals offer some context and explanation for each of the featured stories; they're quick to point out that every pregnancy is different, and not everyone experiences the typical symptoms associated with having a baby. They also subtly suggest that many of the featured women were uninformed -- and, as a result, didn't recognize the signs that their body was giving them. In the end, despite the sensationalism, the series does help demystify pregnancy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether reality shows that focus on medical phenomena are intended to educate viewers -- or are they simply trying to create entertainment out of unique medical circumstances?

  • Also, how has the way that the media portrays pregnancy changed over the years? Did you know that the word "pregnancy" couldn't be uttered on television in the 1950s and early '60s? How (and why) have things changed?

  • Is there a right age for parents and kids to talk about sex and pregnancy? Where else do kids get ideas about what is and isn't OK when it comes to sex?

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