These are the movies that I watched and enjoyed very much during my pregnancy! They either gave me a good laugh, a few happy tears, or a serious case of “the feels”… but no matter the genre, they all made me appreciate pregnancy in a whole new way now that I’m finally experiencing it for it myself.
So go make yourself a BIG bowl of buttered popcorn, put up your (swollen) feet, and snuggle up in a nest of pillows under a fuzzy blanket while you still can. You know… before it becomes impossible because your incredibly adorable newborn is screaming for your
boob undivided attention… 😉
1.) What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Storyline: “Five couples’ intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don’t stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy’s husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who’s expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn’t so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a “dudes” support group, where new fathers get to tell it like it really is. And rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco’s surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date?” (Source: imdb.com)
Why I Love It: A very creative interpretation of the popular book of the same name! This movie is somehow both outrageous and fairly realistic at the same time, which is part of the reason why it’s so awesome. I love the fact that it has a little something for anyone who’s about to become a parent, whether it be biological, adoption, and even someone who experiences a pregnancy loss. The characters are super relatable and likable, there are a few great funny moments that all pregnant women can relate to, and there’s even some humor for the dads thrown in there! The ending birth scenes also always get me all teary-eyed, but in that “aww-I-can’t-wait” kind of happy way (or maybe that’s just the pregnancy hormones making me over-sensitive, who knows).
2.) Look Who’s Talking
Storyline: “The romantic ups and downs of accountant Mollie Jensen (Kirstie Alley) are viewed cynically by a most unusual bystander — her talking newborn, Mikey (Bruce Willis). She becomes pregnant through an affair with a married man, Albert (George Segal), and then counts on the friendship of taxi driver James (John Travolta) once she discovers Albert is a lying cad. Although Mikey likes James, and James cares for both the baby and Mollie, she isn’t sure she can settle down with a blue-collar boyfriend.” (Source: Google)
Why I Love It: This one is an oldie-but-goodie! I’ve always thought it would be fun to know what babies are really thinking about the everyday shenanigans of adults and specifically their parents. If you’re pregnant, then this movie is an absolute must-watch because it encourages you to imagine what life will be like with your little one, and will keep you wondering what he or she will be thinking about YOU every day!
3.) Knocked Up
Storyline: “Rising journalist Alison Scott hits a serious bump in the road after a one-night stand with irresponsible slacker Ben Stone results in pregnancy. Rather than raise the baby on her own, she decides to give Ben a chance to prove he is father material. However, he is unsure if he is ready to be a parent, and both wonder if they would be compatible lifetime partners.” (Source: Google)
Why I Love It: I don’t know very many people who haven’t seen this movie… it’s just too darn funny, whether you’re “knocked up” or not! The main characters are hilarious together, and they will keep you laughing throughout the movie. It definitely offers one of the most light-hearted and humorous perspectives on pregnancy when compared to some of the other movies on this list, so if you’re in the mood for a good comedy full of laughs, then watch this one!
Storyline: “An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies.” (Source: imdb.com)
Why I Love It: This movie is one that you don’t often hear about, even though it came out fairly recently in 2015. It’s a wholesome, true-to-real-life story, complete with characters that could easily be someone you know in your own life. Since I am also a teacher like the main character, I felt like this movie provided me with a unique perspective on pregnancy, but the fact that she’s a teacher is really only a tangential point in the plot (it primarily serves as the set-up for how she meets the younger girl). Overall, this movie is definitely worth the watch if you’re in the mood for something that’s both heartwarming and a little more serious.
5.) Baby Mama
Storyline: “When single executive Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey) decides the time is right to finally have a baby, she hires a working-class woman (Amy Poehler) from South Philadelphia to act as her surrogate mother. However, Kate’s careful planning goes out the window when the woman shows up on her doorstep needing a place to live. A comic battle of wills breaks out between the pair as they prepare for the blessed event and try not to kill one another in the process.” (Source: Google)
Why I Love It: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are always a great act together on screen, and this movie is no different! It’s definitely an interesting take on surrogacy, that’s for sure! As someone who has experienced a past pregnancy loss and general fear of not being able to have children as a result, this movie really touched a chord with me and made me genuinely appreciate my current pregnancy (and soon-to-be little one in just 8 short weeks from now)! There are several good, laughter-worthy moments throughout the movie, but the ending is my favorite part because it’s just so heartwarming and leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
Storyline: “A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she’s pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno’s plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker?” (Source: imdb.com)
Why I Love It: Who doesn’t love this movie?! From the witty dialogue to the soundtrack of cute, catchy songs that I have adored listening to over and over again for years since its original debut (“If I was a flower growing tall and free, all I’d want is you to be my sweet honeybee!”), this movie is great every time you watch it. It’s one of my absolute favorites of all time! Even if you’ve seen it 10,000 times before like me, I think it’s still worth a re-watch if you’re newly pregnant with your own little peanut!
7.) Bridget Jones’s Baby
Storyline: “Bridget’s focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch … she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.” (Source: imdb.com)
Why I Love It: Although this could be watched as a standalone movie, you will definitely appreciate this movie more if you’ve seen the first two movies in the Bridget Jones trilogy. It basically picks up where we last left off with Bridget, and her onslaught of new problems are still very entertaining, to say the least! This one gave me a few good chuckles, especially when it comes to the main character’s experiences with pregnancy itself.
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