I confess, I had initial doubts about the pregnancy storyline, but the recent episodes have me convinced she's on her way to becoming one of the best moms on TV. Plus, I know she'll rock maternity style just like the celebs she's obsessed about.
For now, though, Mindy's still in her first trimester, and whether or not she gives birth by the end of this season, I can't wait to see how the show depicts pre- and post-pregnancy topics in honest and humorous ways. Here are the specific mom moments I want to see Mindy experience!
1- Sharing Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptoms - Given Mindy's openness about farting, the show is the perfect place to tackle more taboo pregnancy topics like...gas and bloating, itchy nipples, and pregnancy sex/weird sex dreams. As a ob/gyn on the show, she won't lack for strange pregnancy symptoms to highlight, hopefully starting a conversation about the common (heightened sense of smell) and unique (severe morning sickness) experiences pregnant women have. So far, she is experiencing one unique symptom: feeling hot and flushed all the time (see "Dinner at the Castellanos").
2- Having Weird Pregnancy Cravings - A lady who can devour a whole coffee cake by herself will probably have odd cravings at all hours, and it'll be hilarious to see what food mash-ups Mindy puts together. Or see more of her attempts to satisfy cravings by eating healthy -- with or without fruit and chia seeds!
3- Discussing the Ultimate Birth Plan - Vaginal birth? Natural birth? Water birth? Hypnobirth? C-section? I can already see Dr. Lahiri spending one or more episodes figuring out a personal birth plan. She can use her ob/gyn expertise, talk to other patients, and consult the other docs (maybe have another run-in with the Deslauriers). And it'll be interesting to see if Mindy chooses a doula to help her through the pregnancy -- can't you just see her choosing a NYC-based celeb doula like Latham Thomas? And you know her hospital bag will most likely be a hospital suitcase.
4- Planning a Gender Reveal Party - Baby showers are a dime a dozen, so I'm eager to see Mindy's spin on a gender reveal party. (There will surely be gender reveal cupcakes involved.) And seeing how parties often go awry on the show, I'm already seeing comic gold.
5- Facing New-Mom Challenges - We already know Danny's an expert diaper wrangler from his years of raising Richie. But Mindy will probably need to learn how to change a diaper, swaddle a baby, and breastfeed (and solve breastfeeding problems)...among other things! Mindy will most likely can't avoid new-parent mistakes, and it will also be funny to see how she deals with sleep training while being sleep-deprived herself.
6- Going on Maternity Leave - While I can't see Mindy staying away from Shulman & Associates for too long, it'll be fascinating to see if she will pull a Melissa Mayer. But how amazing would it be to see a mom actually enjoy maternity leave before returning to work (with or without a built-in office nursery)? Let's give some love to both SAHMs and working moms!
If you're a fan of "The Mindy Project," what mom moments do you hope to see?
Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.
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