When I was pregnant I hated watching movies with gorgeous skinny female leads. I felt crappy enough as it is, with strangers telling me how big I was and if I was sure that I was not expecting twins and all that.
If you are anything like I was, you’re probably on a pregnancy information overload diet, so to help you out – here are some must-see pregnancy movies to keep you entertained while you wait for that sucker to make it’s way out of your body.
Also, this will probably be the last time you will be able to watch a whole movie uninterrupted for a very, very long time.
1 ♥ Baby Mama
What’s to love? Baby Mama features two of my favourite comedy stars – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. These two have such great chemistry, just try not to pee your pants a little from laughing so much (or as a general side-effect from being pregnant). Tina Fey’s character (Kate) is a single career women, who late in her 30’s decides that she wants a baby – only to find out that she “has a uterus too hostile to function”. When the option of adopting is also taken away from her, she hires a cray cray chick as a surrogate – in steps Angie (Amy Poehler). Although the means and morality aren’t traditional, the laughs are genuine.
Lessons Learned: You don’t have to be perfect to be a great mom! Also, make sure your surrogate is not showing you a picture of a squirrel instead of an ultrasound.
2 ♥ Bad Neighbours
What’s to love? This is the movie that made me love Zac Effron. Thirty-something couple Kelly and Mac Radner (Byrne & Rogen) are struggling to adjust to their socially restrictive life as new parents when they find themselves neighbours of a fraternity house. And so the war begins.
Lessons Learned: Don’t go drinking all night and then only realize in the morning that you can’t breastfeed your baby – you might get milked.
3 ♥ Juno
What’s to love? When a teenage girl is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she enlists the aid of her best friend in finding the unborn child a suitable home. Juno (Ellen Page) may seem wise beyond her years, but after sleeping with classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera), the pregnant teen quickly realizes how little she really knows about life. I just love her wittiness – it really is a beautiful, funny and though provoking movie.
Lessons Learned: Be wise, condemize… Oh, too late.
4 ♥ Life As We Know It
What’s to love? Holly and Eric, who initially can’t stand each other, are forced to jointly care for a baby under tragic circumstances. Life As We Know It turns a typical couplehood stress point on its head: instead of the pressures of planned parenting rupturing a pre-existing relationship, Holly and Ken are unexpectedly thrown into unwanted parenting roles, and the experience brings them closer. Lots of laughter and crying – I find this movie adorable.
Lessons Learned: Be careful who you put in your will!
5 ♥ What To Expect When You’re Expecting
What’s to love? When Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Chase Crawford are all in a movie together, there’s no way it can actually be good. What is good is the excellent take on how different pregnancy is for every woman. Also, Anna Kendrick, Fat Amy and Elizabeth Banks is in it – they are freakin’ awesome! I found myself wildy resonating with Wendy.
Lessons Learned: Pregnancy is anything but predictable. And it can suck.
6 ♥ Knocked Up
What’s to love? From morning sickness, to projectile vomiting – no part of pregnancy is left untouched!
Lessons Learned: Don’t have one-night stands.
7 ♥ This Is 40
What’s to love? Well, I don’t know who the hell looks like that at 40-years old, but this is a really funny movie. It is also a bit silly to ask us to believe that a couple with creative, unstable careers (like owning an indie record label and a clothing boutique) and no outside financial support can nonetheless drive a Lexus and a BMW, afford personal trainers, eastern healers, and therapists, and live in a massive house. Anyway, This stressed couple resent how parenthood has made them snappy with each other and are currently swallowing their anxiety and dismay at the approaching big chill and the big four-oh.
Lessons Learned: People’s lives might look perfect from the outside, but you never know what is going on behind closed doors. Everyone has ups and downs.
8 ♥ Sugar & Spice
What’s to love? The head of the cheerleaders gets knocked up by the captain of the football team. In a show of friendship, all the other cheerleaders devise this stellar idea to help their friend –they’re going to rob a bank! Logical.
Lessons Learned: Robbing a bank is suprisingly easy.
What Not To Watch… because you will cry yourself to death… ♥ P.S I Love You ♥ The Mist ♥ Marley & Me ♥ The Fountain ♥ The Fault In Our Stars ♥ Bambi ♥ The Fox And The Hound ♥ The Boy In The Striped Pajamas