The real world often mirrors the fictional one. Fans of 9-1-1 couldn’t help but wonder if JLH and Maddie’s simultaneous pregnancies were more than a coincidence when they both gave birth in the same month.
Was 9-1-1 Maddie Jennifer Love Hewitt pregnant?
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“So I was pregnant while she was pregnant. And with the timing of everything, I also ended up sort of being on my own postpartum journey as I was filming her postpartum episodes. It was very interesting timing throughout the whole thing for her and me. It was actually very helpful.”“My postpartum was sort of rushed through because I had to give it all to Maddie. [Playing that character] gave me a place to put all the emotions. So it helped me, in real life, push through it probably a lot faster than I would have. I was very grateful for that.”
“The after-having a baby part is as important for the mom and for the partner of the mom to pay attention to. There’s a lot that happens. I literally just went through this where I had postpartum. Fortunately, I had people around me to pay attention and tell me that I didn’t seem like myself or that maybe I was struggling more than I was allowing myself to vocalize. I’m so grateful to be playing this storyline for people out there. I hope that they feel seen and heard and can help people who might be struggling and feel like they can’t say anything. I hope it helps somebody.”
Maddie was also diagnosed with postpartum thyroiditis, a disorder in which the thyroid becomes inflamed after having birth, in addition to postpartum depression. Hewitt told TV Line why she thought it was important for Maddie’s postpartum plotline to occur in 9-1-1. After giving birth, women undergo a battery of quick blood tests before being discharged. “Oh, it looks nice,” they say. You must be feeling a little off today.
“I appreciated that in Maddie’s storyline, we really get into how part of what happened to her was just a missed hormone panel that no one paid attention to because she fell into this rare category of people who needed this certain kind of thing for her thyroid. I’m sure there will be women out there watching who will think, ‘I’ve been feeling weird, maybe I need to go ask for that and look more into that.’ Or reach out to people and say, ‘I’m not feeling right,’ and they have to pay attention.”
“There’s a real hole in mental health for women after they have a baby in that it’s very much like walking on eggshells. No one wants to upset the tired new mom who’s breastfeeding and doing all of this. And the moms are sitting there like, ‘Why isn’t anybody asking if I’m OK? I don’t feel right.’”
Hewitt also explained to TV Line why she’s relieved Maddie and Chimney didn’t get back together as soon as she got back to LA.
“Anyone who’s been in any sort of treatment needs to reacclimate themselves to life. They need to get back into their old clothes, their old shoes, their old ways and bring the new things with them.”
“From he moment she is able to go, ‘I am ready to be a mom again and I can do that,’ she’s going to full into being a mom again,” she said. “That is for the rest of the season. There are no more weird or unsure moments with that baby. She is just happy to be a mom again, and feel confident and good about her ability to do so.”
In addition, in March 2022, Hewitt discussed how Maddie’s postpartum depression was similar to “versions of” her own postpartum experiences throughout her three pregnancies in an interview with Entertainment Today. The challenge of returning to work with a baby who is now four or five months old is what makes this chapter so intriguing.
“I was so very much in my own postpartum journey. Having to play Maddie in the middle of hers, which is a little bit different than mine, but having to do that every day—it was really hard. But it was also very cathartic and really interesting. I feel it kind of helped me in my own journey, sort of pushed through faster and be able to have a place to put it and to understand all those things that we could go through as women.”