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June 12, 2013

Show earns some snark over subject matter

NEW YORK — They aren’t looking for sex and they’re not in need of baby daddies. It’s those two things that landed the singles ladies of “Pregnant & Dating” on reality TV to begin with.

Five in all, the growing and glowing women in WE tv’s latest lineup play mini-golf, lace up bowling shoes and enjoy romantic non-alcoholic outings, but the mere idea of dating while pregnant has earned them a bit of snark.

“I see (at)WEtv has a show called (hash)pregnantanddating. You straight people really are something else,” tweeted gay comedian Dave Rubin.

While some of the on-air dates know about the pregnancies, most of the men have at least one awkward deer-in-the-camera-lights moment when the subject comes up. And then there’s the subject of sex, which the show’s moms-to-be are happy to mull on air. It’s also the subject that generated a gross-out factor among some on social media.

Dating wasn’t about sex for Melissa Meister, a model-turned-stylist in Los Angeles. Divorced, she attempted to have a baby on her own through a donor when she and her boyfriend of three years began trying together, and voila!

“About two months into my pregnancy I noticed that he posted he was in a relationship with somebody else on Facebook,” she said in a recent telephone interview.

Dating, she said, was “about getting to know people and really finding out who they are, and for the first time in my life being confident to know my boundaries and what it is that that person would need to deliver in order to be in my life.”

Among her dates was an aspiring actor, Eric Joseph. The two were introduced by a mutual friend and Joseph knew she was pregnant. He was new to Hollywood at the time of filming several months ago.

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