Reasons To Avoid TV When Pregnant
Reasons to Avoid TV when Pregnant
There are valid reasons to stop watching television (TV) while you’re pregnant. Perhaps difficult to do, but TV can lead to increased stress and anxiety. One reason is people tend to believe what they see on TV. Yet, many entertainment shows and films sensationalize, even at times exaggerate reality.
This is demonstrated in movies such as “9 Months” and “Knocked Up” where women display extremely emotional out-of-control, behavior during labor and birth. Another reason is reality is always different than television.
If you’re pregnant, the best thing to do is avoid watching any media program that increases your anxieties about birth. You are naturally nervous–that’s normal. But why fuel it?
- If you want to know about birthing experiences of other women, find positive stories that facilitate building confidence in your own abilities and help create an attitude of “Gee, she did it, so can I!”
- Don’t believe everything you see on TV. Remember, TV is all about shock value, ratings, and what sells. What is happening in your life is the truth. Focus on your pregnancy, birth planning, and your relationship with your partner – that’s real.
- If someone comes up to you first, to touch your wonderful pregnant belly, then starts to tell you their birth experience, good or bad, do the following: Simply and sweetly tell them you don’t want to hear it now, or tell me after the baby is born. There’s nothing worse than another woman, friend, or family member telling you their perceived horror labor story, or telling you what they think about your birthing plans. This puts you in control of what you decide to listen to and it signals others to respect your request.