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Basic Trope: Having a baby will solve all your problems.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob are on the verge of breaking up, Alice finds out she's pregnant, and Bob marries her and both anticipate being parents.
  • Exaggerated: The birth of Alice's child somehow prevents a nuclear war.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob are having a few problems in their relationship, which mostly go away after they have a baby.
  • Justified:
    • Having a baby gives Alice and Bob a renewed sense of purpose and a responsibility which they rise to, improving themselves in the process.
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    • Alice and Bob's problems are their lack of children and/or the difficulty they have conceiving a baby, despite wanting one, so the news that they'll have a baby put those problems to rest.
  • Inverted: Children Are a Waste
  • Subverted:
    • Alice finds out she's pregnant, and Bob leaves her.
    • Neither Alice or Bob are able to handle the responsibilities of parenthood. Bob eventually goes out for cigarettes -and never returns.
  • Double Subverted: But then feels guilty and gets back together with her shortly afterward.
  • Parodied:
    • Instead of sending warplanes dropping bombs, Nation X sends a Delivery Stork to Nation Y, which drops cute babies and brings peace.
    • A baby improves everyone's life in really bizarre ways, such as convincing Alice and Bob to abandon their yuppie lifestyle and take up a free-birthing bohemian lifestyle instead.
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  • Zig Zagged: Some couples find that having a baby makes life better, others find it causes or exacerbates problems.
  • Averted:
    • Alice and Bob's relationship does not survive, and Alice is left to raise the child alone.
    • Alice and Bob don't have a baby. They may or may not have broken up, though.
  • Enforced: The author had children which helped restored their marriage with their spouse, so he wants to write a work to reflect on that.
  • Lampshaded: "Bob and I are thinking of having a baby to bring us closer together."
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: Alice manages to get Bob to be the person she wants by using their child to back her arguments and demands.
  • Defied: Bob considers staying with Alice for the baby but realizes an infant shouldn't have to solve their problems.
  • Discussed: "Does she really think that popping out a baby will make him fall in love with her again?"
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  • Conversed: "Is this one of those films that ends with the girl giving birth and the guy magically coming back to her?"
  • Implied: Alice and Bob's relationship starts to smooth out with their first child, though the problems shouldn't have been affected by a child.
  • Deconstructed: Bringing a baby into a troubled relationship piles stress upon stress, making the situation even worse.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The pregnancy forces Alice and Bob to work through their relationship problems so they will be ready for the challenge of raising a child.
    • Having a baby makes the situation worse, but Alice and Bob tough it out and improve themselves anyway.
  • Played For Drama: Alice is desperate for Bob's love, and thus he's able to manipulate her into pregnancy whenever he wants. Their children suffer as a result of dealing with parents concerned more with having them than raising them, who are too caught up with solving their problems to properly deal with their children.

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