Baby on the Way? 10 Must-Watch Pregnancy Movies

10 Must-Watch Pregnancy Movies List
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You're pregnant. Food aversions, the discomfort of clothes and shoes, and the fact that staying awake past 9 feels virtually impossible tend to limit your options for planning a night of fun. Chances are it might just be feeling like another hang-out-on-the-couch-with-snacks-and-a-movie kind of night. Believe me — I get it.

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Check out these 10 films that focus on pregnancy to see how the movie version matches up with your reality.

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Knocked Up

If you're a fan of the not-quite-pc laughs delivered by Judd Apatow and his crew, this one covers the bases from body changes to the actual birth.

Sadie: Where do babies come from?

Debbie: Where do you think they come from?

Sadie: Well. I think a stork. He umm, he drops it down and then, and then, a hole goes in your body, and there's blood everywhere, coming out of your head, and then you push your belly button, and then your butt falls off, and then you hold your butt, and you have to dig, and you find the little baby.

Debbie: That's exactly right.

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For Keeps

This take on teen pregnancy from features 80s queen Molly Ringwald ditching her Claire Standish perfection to play the pregnant Darcy.

Darcy: I tried on my dress — for the prom. I look like a Thanksgiving Day float. I'm also itchy everywhere, my ankles are fat, there's something hanging out of my butt, the article's not going well, and now I have to get a haircut.

Stan: There's something hanging out of your what?

Darcy: Well, when you're pregnant, sometimes you get hemorrhoids, OK?

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Maybe Baby

A humorous take on the challenges of infertility delivered in oh-so-charming British accents.


Lucy: [reading] Samuel Bell: sperm test. 30% sluggish.

Sam: Sluggish? Is that the word they use?

[Lucy nods]

Sam: Well, couldn't they have found a nicer way of putting it? Like “relaxed” or “unhurried?” Relaxed, laid-back sperm I can handle, but sluggish?

Lucy: Motility poor.

Sam: Oh, that is just an outrageous slur!

Lucy: 41% swimming in the wrong direction.

Sam: They're in a plastic pot! How are they supposed to know what the right direction is?

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What to Expect When You're Expecting

The legendary book title is taken for a new spin, as the multiple storylines show many aspects of the pregnancy experience.

Wendy: I just wanted the glow — the one that they promise you on the cover of those magazines. Well, I'm calling it: pregnancy sucks. Making a human being is really hard. I have no control over my body or my emotions.

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Away We Go

That feeling that kicks in, knowing that you'd do anything to make life good for you child, takes this couple on a crazy journey.

Burt: Do you promise to let our daughter be fat or skinny or any weight at all? Because we want her to be happy, no matter what. Being obsessed with weight is just too cliche for our daughter.

Verona: Yes, I do. Do you promise, when she talks, you'll listen? Like, really listen, especially when she's scared? And that her fights will be your fights?

Burt: I do. And do you promise that if I die some embarrassing and boring death that you're gonna tell our daughter that her father was killed by Russian soldiers in this intense hand-to-hand combat in an attempt to save the lives of 850 Chechnyan orphans?

Verona: I do. Chechnyan orphans. I do. I do.

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Father of the Bride: Part II

No wedding this time. Now it is not one, but two births for this father/grandfather.


Matty Banks: How would you like to go through life with the name Cooper Banks-Mackenzie? The kid's gonna sound like a law firm.

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Nine Months

Before he has a baby, Hugh Grant's character needs to stop acting like one.

Samuel: Are you sure?

Rebecca: I'm ten days late.

Samuel: And there's no way you could have had it and just not noticed?

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Tackling some tricky subjects with heart and humor, this one is likely to make you laugh and cry.

Juno: [showing ultrasound photo] It's a baby. It's your baby. It kinda looks like it's waving, you know, like it's saying, “Hey Vanessa, will you be my mom?”

Vanessa: Aww, it kind of does.

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She's Having a Baby

Written and directed by John Hughes, featuring Kevin Bacon in the Footloose 80s, but feeling far less ready to party.

Davis: Yeah, you'll be happy. You just won't know it.

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Baby Mama

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler take on infertility, surrogacy, and the most important questions of all:

Caroline: [holding her son's dirty hand] Is this chocolate or poop? Is this chocolate or poop?

Caroline: [licks son's hand and smiles] It's chocolate!

Kate: What if that had been poop?

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Baby on the Way? 10 Must-Watch Pregnancy Movies

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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  1. Nicole says:

    I loved ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’, but some of the story lines can make a pregnant woman with raging hormones sniffle.

  2. verochka31 says:

    great article. I should watch some of these. thanks

  3. Cindy says:

    My favorite movie is THE BACK-UP PLAN with Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin. J.Lo’s character Zoe decides she’s ready to be a mom, although she is not in a relationship. She gets inseminated, and then finds “Mr. Right” as she learns that she is pregnant. Humorous situations about crazy cravings and body pillows ensues. Great, Great movie!

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