Because it’s not like you’ve got anything else to think about… (cough).
Last week my BFF rang, said she’d peed on a stick and at last that second little blue line showed up. It’s familiar imagery for many of us who have done the waiting game, months, sometimes years of hoping.
Then the next round begins of being nervous all over again but now for entirely different reasons, and being so very happy at last. But the waiting part isn’t over, and the next nine months also need to be filled while getting ready for baby to arrive.
Knowing one of my closest friends is about to be a first time mum, I started putting together a list of things to share with her, the books to recommend, the pram suggestions, the spare cot my two-year-old doesn’t need any more and all the films she should watch while pregnant (that is, while she still can!)
Going back and looking through my diary from baby-free days, I also remembered that it actually took me a while to find movies I really wanted to watch and that now I could happily recommend to expecting friends.
This list can in fact count for two important tasks when getting ready for a baby, the first is to relax and the second is to scout out exactly what kind of parent you do or don’t want to be.
So here’s a list of the 9 baby films I watched while pregnant and why I want to recommend them to all the mums in waiting out there:
I want to say this is the must see on the what to watch while pregnant list.
Babies follows the first year of four different babies from Namibia, San Francisco, rural Mongolia and Tokyo. This film is just so sweet and very well made and 100% captivating. The differences and similarities of the babies were especially interesting, both in physical developments and in cultural nuances. Just loved it.
This film is one of my all-time favourite ‘strong female lead’ sort of films, and follows a story about a woman who gets pregnant with a man she’s not so keen on being the dad, has a fling instead with a really good guy, but in the end knows the best thing is for her to be a single mumma and take care of that baby how she really wants to. It’s a funny, beautiful and inspiring film.
3. Away We Go
This one is great, it’s an enjoyable and relatable film about families and friends and all the choices we can make about the kind of parents we want to be.
The film follows Verona and Burt as they decide to look for a place to settle down before their baby comes, by visiting lots of different friends in different cities. This is one of those upbeat kind of trendy comedies around at the moment and I can also highly recommend this one for couples too.
An older classic for the list, Tony Gatlif’s Transylvania is a cult film that follows Zingarina, a pregnant Italian woman who is living in France as she looks for the Romany musician father of her baby.