Gone on maternity leave and need something to fill in the afternoons while you wait for your baby to arrive?

We’ve rounded up our 10 favourite movies to watch during pregnancy. There are some funnies, some that’ll bring a tear and lots of happy endings.

1. What to Expect When You’re Expecting

With a great cast including Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez, What to Expect When You’re Expecting follows the pregnancy journeys of a group of women who all have very different experiences.

From vomiting on TV to accidental pregnancies and adoption this fun film covers it all. It’ll make you laugh and it may also make you cry.

2. Father of the Bride #2

For those of you who just loved Father of the Bride, this follow up is for the pregnant you. All of your favourite characters return in this hilarious Steve Martin comedy.

This film follows George as he prepares to become a father for the third time later in life, and at the same time he’s getting ready to become a grandfather for the first time.

This is a heart-warming film that focuses on family, fatherhood and the ups and downs of pregnancy. A happy story.

3. Babies

This is a documentary that follows four babies from different parts of the World (Namibia, Japan, Mongolia and US) during their first year of life. Apart from all being super-cute it shows that no matter the location or culture, babies are babies.

4. Riding in Cars with Boys

Drew Barrymore plays the role of a high school student who falls pregnant unexpectedly. Not your obviously feel-good pregnancy film, this movie features lost dreams, drug problems, and a marriage breakdown, but throughout shows the strong bond between Barrymore and her son.

This film is funny, emotional, devastating and heart-warming all in one.

5. Juno

Not one to watch when your pregnancy hormones are sky rocketing, this film will undoubtedly bring on the tears.

Juno, a high school student facing an unplanned pregnancy, embarks on a search to find the perfect adoptive parents for her unborn child. Keep the tissues nearby.

6. Three Men and a Baby

An oldie but a goodie. Three bachelors are living great bachelor lives in New York City when a baby is suddenly dropped off on their doorstep — and it turns out one of them is the father.

If you love the idea of seeing grown men make some pretty stupid mistakes while taking care of a baby, you’ll have lots of giggles watching this.

7. A Happy Event (Un Heureux Evenment)

Barbara, a beautiful student completing her degree, and Nicolas, a charming clerk in a video store, meet and quickly begin a passionate romance that grows into relationship bliss.

They are shocked to discover that Barbara is pregnant one day, and with cautious enthusiasm they await their first child together. But what begins as a life step quickly puts unexpected strains on their relationship, as the young lovers’ lives are turned upside down by raising a baby. (Please note this film is rated R18+).

8. Baby Mama

From the super-clever team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler this is a very funny film. Fey’s professional-woman character decides she wants a baby, man or not, and finds a surrogate in working-class Poehler’s character.

The pair goes through many ups and downs, only to find out their arrangement might not work after all. The movie is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, with humor added at just the right moments.

9. Maybe Baby

Conceiving a child can be the most unromantic thing, especially when the lovemaking involves fertility rituals, sperm counts, and ovulation charts.

This smart and funny British romantic comedy follows one couple’s efforts to become parents with Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) as the OB/GYN you know you’ll be laughing.

10. The Business Of Being Born

If you only choose one film on this list to watch, make it this one.

The Business of Being Born isn’t a romantic comedy or an 80’s movie, but it’s a brilliant film that all pregnant women should watch.

This eye-opening documentary produced by Ricki Lake explores modern experiences of childbirth in the US (which is very similar to Australia). The film looks at natural childbirth, caesareans, inductions, homebirth, epidurals, doulas and everything in-between.

Do you have a favourite that we’ve missed of the list? Please share in the comments below.

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  • Lol not pregnant but love these movies


  • Woah, four kids and I can’t mark many of these off. I was surprised. I can say I laughed along with Steve Martin and with Arnie in “Junior”.


  • I loved all of these but must admit that it was Maybe Baby which was the one that was the most emotional. I cried & I laughed until it was dangerous. Just as well for Pause buttons. Great choices.


  • heightened emotions – every movie made my cry LOL


  • How funny, i love most of these movies pregnant or not.


  • Could add “Junior” with Arnold Schwarzenegger.


  • There are some great movies here, even if you’re not pregnant.


  • I love both father of the bride movies – very funny.


  • I would add Parenthood with Steve Martin to this list. It shows what it’s like to be a parent at different stages of life.


  • ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ was one of my favourite movies during my last pregnancy =) Fully enjoyed watching it over and over again.
    Although, one movie that you are missing that would have been perfect for this list is ‘Knocked Up’ – I watched that movie whilst in labour with my 2nd child… awesome memories haha


  • Ha ha yes must watch movies all the time rather.


  • Love what to expect when your expecting….great for a laugh! :)


  • I still want to see What To expect when you are expecting


  • definately DO NOT watch the movie CANDY with Heath Ledger in it. sooo sad to go into detail but don’t watch it when you are pregnant. I had watched it and didn’t know that it was going to end the way that it did and my hubby and i were really upset.

    • lol also where is KNOCKED UP on this list lol?


  • I own one of those.Every time when i need a pick me up i just put it on and get silly laughing from beginning to end. It is a classic movie, pregnant or not. Its enjoyable!


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