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Elena Donovan Mauer
Contributing Writer

Thanks “How I Met Your Mother,” For Keeping It Real

PUBLISHED ON 05/15/2012

How I Met Your Mother isn't exactly the most realistic show on TV — tonight was the second time its plot line included a bride leaving her groom at the altar (has anyone actually seen that happen in real life?) — but I was happy it depicted going into labor more realistically than many TV shows and movies do.

We've seen those going-into-labor scenes all too often: the mom-to-be is walking down the street or at the fashion show she's producing when her water suddenly breaks and she has to get to the hospital stat. But in HIMYM's season finale, Lily (played by Alyson Hannigan) went into labor at home, called her doctor and was told to wait there for a while — until her contractions were four minutes apart — before heading to the hospital. In the meantime, her friends Robin and Ted tried to distract her from her labor discomforts by telling her stories. This is actually more likely to be the case with first-time pregnancies, since they tend to progress relatively slowly. In fact, early labor (the kind that has you hanging out at home with steady contractions that aren't frequent or painful enough for the maternity ward to admit you) can last about six to twelve hours if you've never given birth before.

Of course, in the episode, there was still the overdone scenario where the partner (Lily's husband Marshall) had to sober up and hurry to the hospital to be at the expectant mom's side by the time the baby was born. But hey, otherwise, where's the drama?

What did you think of the show? Where were you and your partner when you went into labor?

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