I’ve already proclaimed my love for the “What to Expect” series of books on this blog so when I was offered a chance to review the film inspired by them I gladly accepted.
The film has a star studded cast including Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock and Ben Falcone amongst others and follows 5 couples in their journey to impending parenthood. There are tears of joy and sadness and laugh out loud comedy moments. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with The Coopers and the rivalry that takes between father and son and “Mother” in law and daughter in law, both pregnant. Mother in law (Skylar) is a much younger woman an pregnant with twins. She experiences very few pregnancy symptoms and boosts a tiny bump, eventually giving birth with a sneeze!! Meanwhile daughter in Wendy becomes pregnant after two years of trying suffers from the first start, with hilarious consciences, and eventually gives birth by emergency cesarean. It offers a great light hearted look at pregnancy and birth and everything that goes with it, I really enjoyed it.
The film made me realise just how different every pregnancy and labour is. I suffered with sickness all the way through my pregnancy with Imogen, my first, but tiredness didn’t really effect me and I managed to work full time in a highly demanding job up until a few weeks before she was born. Her labour was hard and I spent a total of 6 days in hospital despite having a natural delivery. Joseph’s pregnancy was a lot tougher with SDP effecting my mobility and sleep from about 20 weeks and eventually putting me on crutches. His labour was an awful lot easier though and whilst I was induced my actual recorded time in labour was just over an hour and I left hospital just a few hours after he was born.
One thing that helped me through both pregnancies was information, being clued up on how to keep healthy and eat properly (remember – eat for you not for two!).Help from sites such as Start4life was invaluable during the early days too with lots of much needed advice on feeding.
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