W hen I hit the sixth month of my pregnancy, a strange thing happened: everywhere I went, people offered me a drink. Checking in at a hotel, the front desk clerk offered me a glass of champagne. Each time I had the same reaction: first, surprise. Then, the sense that I should automatically just point to my belly and say no. And finally, a wave of, well, maybe just one drink, or a half of one, would be okay. It turns out I am not alone. At some point in their pregnancy, most expectant mothers find themselves facing a glass of wine or a bottle of beer and have to consider the difficult question of whether or not to drink it.
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But such was the clout of Lucille Ball at the time: Her second pregnancy was written into the second season of I Love Lucy. Such are the growing pains of early television: seismic in their time, silly when viewed from a half-century removed. But, as outlined by our own Todd VanDerWerff in his excellent Episodes column on I Love Lucy , the show was far from progressive in its attitudes, at least on the surface: This is, after all, a show whose main comedic premise revolved around a dizzy housewife being continually put in her place by her husband. Like I said: not progressive.
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By Kate Daley Dec 19, Photo: iStock. Heather Schwartz was not herself when she was pregnant. In the first few weeks of pregnancy, the Vancouver mother suffered major anxiety and severe mood swings, something she had never experienced before.
Gestational status notwithstanding. If she wants to pursue anecdotal gore — and many of us do and will — let me her initiate that indelicate conversation. Refrain from telling her you think everything pregnancy- or childbirth-related is gross even though it most certainly is.