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9 films and TV shows to watch before becoming a mom

Becoming a mom is a f*cking big deal. And we bet it’s something you’ll want to get informed about before “The Big Event” (aka birth). What happens during birth? How the hell do you “parent”? Is it even possible to work and raise kids? So. Many. Questions. 

While there’s a whole smorgasbord of wonderful baby and parenting books out there, reading might not be your thing. Rather, watching films and TV shows might be. 

Here are nine of the best films and TV shows to watch on your way to motherhood – one for every month of pregnancy. 

Films

Waitress

Keri Russell stars as Jenna, a waitress and pie-making whiz that finds herself pregnant just as she’s planning to leave her unhappy marriage…and then she falls for her doctor. It’s a charming comedy that shows it’s ok to be uncertain about becoming a parent. It also features many delicious-looking pies (bonus).

Unexpected

How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders plays an inner-city high school teacher who discovers she’s pregnant at the same time as one of her students. The two strike up an unlikely friendship as they navigate pregnancy and what comes next in this heartfelt story. We love that it asks the questions so many of us ponder as parents: should I be a stay at home mom, do I go back to work, how do I adjust to being a mom? 

Bad Moms 

Featuring an all-star cast (Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Christina Applegate to name a few) this is a funny-as-f*ck comedy that follows three moms who decide to stop trying to be perfect parents. The best bit? It celebrates parenting on your own terms with a lot of laughs along the way. As a bonus if you love the film, there is another in the Bad Moms franchise: Bad Moms 2. It’s equally as funny as the OG. 

Ali Wong: Baby Cobra

A provocative, laugh-out-loud stand-up special from comedian Ali Wong that explores her sexual misadventures, the rocky road to pregnancy and the double standards of parenthood. Filmed while Ali was 7.5 months pregnant, it’s a reminder that women are powerful, strong and bloody funny too. 

Away We Go

A touching and uplifting story of an expecting couple (played by John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) who travel the United States to find where they want to raise their family. With the help of their friends and family, they learn that “home” can be defined in many ways – a poignant message for anyone who is expecting. 

Fatherhood

With a name like Fatherhood, what’s this got to do with being a mom? Hear us out. Starring Kevin Hart, this is an inspiring film based on the true story of a dad determined to raise his daughter on his own after losing his wife – no matter what those around him say (namely: you can’t do this). It’s a powerful reminder of the importance of love and family. 

TV shows

Workin’ Moms

In this comedy series, four unlikely friends meet at a mommy group and bond over the trials of modern motherhood: returning to work, the mental load, toddlers and tantrums all while trying to maintain a sense of identity. It recognises that trying to do it all as a mom is f*cking hard – but that laughter and friends are the best antidote. 

Parenthood

A heartwarming reimagining of the 1989 film, Parenthood follows the Braverman family who are facing everything from single motherhood and teenage attitudes, to returning to work and finding out one of their own has Asperger syndrome (its considered portrayal of which is particularly moving). It shows that family life is varied for everyone, plus it stars Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls (a win, if you ask us). Be warned though – it’s a tearjerker. 

Motherland

A feels-very-close-to-home comedy, this British sitcom focuses on the challenges of middle-class parents – think competitive school runs, the sh*t show of hosting kids’ birthday parties and navigating “Alpha Moms”. Watching it will help give you the skills to, well, laugh in the face of the cr*p that comes our way trying to parent. 

Want more ideas to get prepped for becoming a mom? Check out our list of podcasts we love for every phase of pregnancy and parenting.

And tell us, what films and TV shows are you enjoying on your way to becoming a mom?

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