Pregnancy Products: Pregnant Barbie

Amy Keyishian
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Pregnant Midge
$100 at Amazon
Okay, this isn't strictly a pregnancy product, but how funny is it? Apparently Mattel couldn't let Barbie herself get knocked up – after all, she and Ken don't even share the Malibu Beach House. But Midge, who Mattel carefully pointed out is "Barbie's married adult friend," can get all kinds of pregnant – and does!

This was a giant fail as a gift for girls – but for a certain sort of pregnant lady (one with a sense of humor and a love of kitsch), they are a giant win, if you can get 'em.

When Pregnant Midge was first introduced in 2002, complaints from shoppers worried that this would encourage teen pregnancy led to poor Midge being pulled from Wal-Mart shelves. (I never understand this tactic. So it's not your cup of tea -- why make it so others can't buy it? Anyway, KB Toys, Toys R Us, and Kmart continued to carry it.)

This got low marks from gift-guide lists, too – more for the squick-factor of having to give your Midge a cesarian just to get at that baby. What is wrong with people?

As far as I'm concerned, this is a great way to explain to a Barbie-aged older sibling what's going on inside Mommy. But it might be even more fun for a first-timer stuck at her desk or rattling around the house going crazy with anticipation. Display her on a desk, pass her around a baby shower, or just regard her as a sort of a pop-culture talisman.

You can find these on Amazon and eBay, but you've got to watch for them. Prices hover around $100-$120, making it a pretty impractical gift. But what better way to play house?

Would you want a pregnant Barbie doll? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments!

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