New TV Obsession: Pregnant in Heels

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*First of all, I would like to acknowledge how hard it’s been for me to stay away from reality TV shows on this blog! It’s ridiculous, really, to purposefully exclude them. I watch a lot of them, and I’m sure you do, too! I don’t like the game show ones, like The Bachelor or Survivor, but I love other ones.

The minute I heard the concept for Pregnant in Heels, I thought to myself “self, how in the world did they find someone to do that, and why would I be interested in watching her?” Well, I should have known the answer to the former question. Where do we get people to do the services jobs we don’t want to do these days, like raising our children, answering our door,  or teaching us how to get a job? England, or course. They have such dignified and competent servants over there. Those people understand how to cater! *I am not being racist, or country-ist, with that statement. I love English people. Some of my favorite actors are Englishmen and women, and my high school friend is marrying someone from…oh, wait, no, that’s Wales. moving on…*

When I saw Rosie Pope, I knew I would love her and her show. She combines some of the best things I like about all of those British Nanny shows: she’s tough, she’s firm, her main interest is the baby. She’s fashionable and cute. Her staff is quirky. She takes every request, no matter how zany, completely seriously. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Pregnant in Heels is a show that follows the life of Rosie Pope, maternity concierge. If you have no idea what a maternity concierge is, you are not alone. According to the show, Rosie designs maternity clothes and has a maternity boutique. She realized there was this hole in the market in regards to pregnant women and decided to expand her business to fill it. *I suspect the hole was there because no one but OB/GYNs, prenatal yoga instructors, private pre-school administrators, and expectant fathers want to deal with spoiled hormonal pregnant women.* What exactly does a maternity concierge do? Whatever an expectant mother wants, like developing a think tank and a focus group for a baby name, or bring in a counselor to help a mother get used to the idea of sharing her space and her life with a baby. She could help you find a personal assistant. Whatever needs doing before baby. She also visits and snuggles newborns.

The backstory to the maternity concierge herself is compelling as well. Something is wrong with her uterus (it’s heart shaped, I believe). She has one miracle baby, a two year old son, and is trying for another using IVF (in vitro fertilization). The show makes much of the irony of a maternity concierge struggling to get pregnant. My counselor aunt would have a field day.

What works for this show is that you can see Rosie’s heart. She really cares for these people and their baby. She looks deeper than just the surface issue they come to her with. She also has an English sense of humor and comes up with creative ways to address any problem.

What doesn’t work for me is that assistant, the one with the hair. He is too much of a lot of things, I tell you. Why do we never see the woman who works for Rosie do anything but calling Rosie? But other than those minor details I’m enjoying this show.

This show is like Runway Moms with more structure and a story arc. You get to see the struggles that successful women have (most with reality) when trying to prepare for baby. I love babies (no, I don’t have any, and I’m not planning to any time soon, but I love them), so any show about them that doesn’t involve commands to push and doesn’t show lots of blood and babies with alien head (or, “new born, ‘my skull is still soft and flexible’, ‘I’ve been squeezed out of a really tight place and look like an alien’ ” head) is a winner in my book.

Another of my reality favs, which I may write about, is hinted at in the related articles. 😉

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