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Bridget Jones's Baby is gonna set the bar for on-screen childbirth scenes

When she's not writing, Claire Gillespie can most often be found wiping snotty noses, picking up Lego, taking photos of her cat or doing headstands.

Renée Zellweger prepared to play pregnant Bridget Jones by watching real women give birth

From SheKnows UK

We've all watched our share of childbirth scenes in movies and thought, um… in what world is that what happens? A little like on-screen sex, all too often it's far too clean, too perfect, too different than what we've all experienced in real life.

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So we're pleased to hear that the pregnancy and birth scenes in the new Bridget Jones instalment have been based on the experiences of real women having real babies. And we know this to be true because it comes straight from the mouth of Bridget herself, aka, Renée Zellweger.

During an appearance on The Late Late Show on Thursday, Zellweger told host James Corden that the creators of Bridget Jones's Baby "poached" ideas from Channel 4's award-winning fly-on-the-wall series One Born Every Minute. The actress revealed that she watched the series, which follows the happenings of a U.K. maternity ward, showing the perspectives of both the parents and the staff.

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It turns out Corden is also a fan of the show, saying: “It is the best show ever, it is fantastic. You find yourself crying." Although he said watching it with his wife when she was pregnant was a bad idea because "it is women literally screaming and in pain and she was looking at her stomach and then looking at me”.

One Born Every Minute began on Channel 4 in 2010, won a BAFTA in its first year and to date there have been nine series, several of which are available to watch online.

As well as watching OBEM, Zellweger revealed that she also "met with a midwife and had lots of conversations about the progression of a lady's pregnancy" to prepare to play Bridget as a mum-to-be.

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Bridget Jones's Baby is released across the U.K. today, Friday, Sept. 16.

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