Comedienne Teresa Strasser Searches For Suitable Pregnancy Phrases

05/10/2009 at 07:00 PM ET

When comedienne Teresa Strasser found out she was expecting her baby boy on October 2nd, she paid little attention to the date. However, curiosity soon had Teresa doing some digging. Her discovery? That baby boy — if he arrives on the anticipated day — will be sharing his birthday with none other than Gandhi and Groucho Marx! “I guess this means he’ll either be staging vaudeville acts, or acts of civil disobedience,” she notes.

At four months, Teresa laughs that her son is “almost halfway cooked,” but despite plenty of time to contemplate her growing belly, she has yet to find a suitable word — apart from ‘preggers’ — for the pregnancy.

“‘Expecting’ is overly wholesome and formal, whereas ‘knocked up’ is now too Seth Rogen for me. ‘I have a bun in the oven’ or ‘I’m with child’ aren’t even worth considering. And somehow, ‘carrying a developing fetus’ is just clunky. If anyone has solved this problem, please let me know.”

Using her pregnancy as inspiration for her new blog — Exploiting My Baby — Teresa jokes that there is little sense in having a child “if I can’t exploit the experience for some content.” Joking aside, the expectant mama defends her decision to tackle the journey as a writer, saying that, these days, the pregnancy has pushed all else far from her mind. “Pregnancy is like nine months of acquired situational narcissism, it’s all about us and we want to make sure we’re normal,” she tells LAist.

With “every little cramp or worry or symptom” leading Teresa to the internet, she hopes her new site “will be a place to do what I’ve always tried to do as a writer: tell the truth, even when it makes me look like an a–hole.”

Baby-on-the-way will be the first for Teresa and her husband, Daniel Wachinski.

— Anya

Source: LAist

Thanks to CBB reader Caleb.

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Lilybett on

What’s wrong with “I’m pregnant”?

Tee on

Lilybelt, I was wondering the same thing! I don’t have a problem with ‘I’m expecting’ or ‘I’m pregnant.’ I don’t care for the word preggers, it just sounds horrible to me.

Chris on

How about “pregnant”? 😉

HeatherR on

I just used the phrase. “I’m having a baby”.

SH on

When I spoke about myself I would say “I’m having a baby”. When I spoke of myself and my husband I would say “We’re expecting”. I never liked the phrase “we’re pregnant” for some reason…

babyboopie on

I’m having a baby, or I’m about to be a mother?

Sam on

“I never liked the phrase “we’re pregnant” for some reason.”

SH, I agree! The first time someone said that it was cute and funny, but now it’s gotten old and annoying.

Some people say that they use that term to convey that both the man and the woman are “in it together.” But can’t you just say “we’re expecting” instead? That conveys the same thing, only it’s much more accurate and not obnoxious.

Suzanne on

Oh goodness people…she’s not being literal, she’s just joking. She is very funny with a dry sense of humor…she doesn’t really need anyone to suggest a pregnancy phrase to her, it’s part of her comic dialogue.

Alicia on

I hate the term “Knocked Up.” It sounds so awful.

Alex on

I agree on the “we’re pregnant” thing. “WE” are NOT pregnant. The mummy is pregnant, the daddy can say “we’re expecting” but the other is just a silly way of putting it. I quite often joke with the “knocked up” one, but I wouldn’t use it in serious conversation. I’ve also said “I’m cooking one up”, but that’s about it.

Cece on

When people announce they’re pregnant they are so excited they just say “I’m Pregnant.” This isn’t the 1950’s when the word “pregnant” wasn’t for polite company.

Once you’re visibly pregnant it’s kind of redundant to even say pregnant. At that point people most likely want to know how many months you have been pregnant. So the usual answer? “I’m four months along.” or “I’ve got three more months to go until the baby is born.”

Of course it gets a bit touchy when you’re not pregnant and there’s some tummy left over and the checker at the grocery store says, “Are you pregnant?”

Molly on

Ugh, I absolutely abhor the word “preggers”. It’s too reminiscent of all those other ridiculously abbreviated words that have been deemed “teen-speak”, and sounds horribly juvenile. Not gonna lie, I die a little inside when I see a grown woman refer to pregnancy that way. What are we, 14?

I realize that all sounded a bit judgmental, but in all reality, was meant somewhat comically. It’s just such a silly, froo-froo-ey word for something that is symbolically so much more significant.

Abs on

I don’t think of preggers as a teen word, I think of it as a trashy red neck word.

HeatherR on

My husband referred to me as “preggo” which I thought was cute. I never liked the word “pregnant”.

Jessica on

I always used the term “preggo.”