Despite all the books and guides out there, no one really knows what quite to expect when you're expecting. But the best Netflix movies about pregnancy are here for you! Pregnancy is certainly a wild ride, and those who experience it are undoubtedly strong people. You know who really have it the hardest though? Pregnant women in movies. These characters have to go through the ups and downs of pregnancy while dealing with all sorts of external issues: disapproving parents, violently jealous exes, and in some cases, an actual apocalypse. If you're wondering where to watch movies about pregnancy, look no further than Netflix.
Whether you want a snarky comedy or a heart-rending tale of love and loss, there are plenty of pregnancy films on Netflix that fit the bill. Whether you happen to be pregnant or know someone who is, these movies can offer a source of humor, entertainment, and even comfort in knowing you're not alone. While some of these movies take place under pretty drastic circumstances (looking at you, How It Ends), you'll find plenty of moments to relate to in these films.
Keep reading to learn more about the best pregnancy movies on Netflix, and vote up the ones you think are the best!
RomaPhoto: Roma / Netflix
Roma is a deeply affecting portrait of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family in Mexico City. It's heavily inspired by director Alfonso Cuarón's upbringing, and treats its subject matter with absolute care. Yalitza Aparicio stars as Cleo, the caretaker of Sofia and Antonio's children. However, Cleo learns that she herself is pregnant, as she continues to look after the four young children. As riots break out among student protesters and the summer sets the land on fire, Cleo must come to terms with her impending motherhood. While being a mother to her own child isn't ultimately her fate, the love she has for the kids she cares for overcomes everything.
3111A great movie?
- Actors: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira
- Released: 2018
- Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
- Photo: Blue Valentine / The Weinstein Company
Get your tissues ready for this one. Blue Valentine may be a love story, but it's a reminder that not every romance ends in sunshine and roses. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star opposite each other as Dean and Cindy, two young lovers who meet by chance while visiting a nursing home. As their relationship grows more intense, Cindy finally reveals to Dean her big secret: She's pregnant with her ex boyfriend's baby. She plans on an abortion, but opts out last minute. Dean tells her he wants to raise the child together, and they get married shortly after. Blue Valentine is full of euphoric highs and soul-crushing lows, highlighting the struggles of parenthood before each participant is fully ready.
2911A great movie?
- Actors: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel, Ben Shenkman, John Doman
- Released: 2010
- Directed by: Derek Cianfrance
- Photo: Obvious Child / A24
Despite its sensitive subject matter, Obvious Child is funny. Like, really funny. That's due to the comedic genius of Jenny Slate, who plays a down-on-her-luck comedian named Donna who suddenly finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand. She quickly decides to have an abortion, to the dismay of the would-be father Max (Jake Lacy). See, Max considers himself a future-family man, and actually likes Donna quite a bit. The decision is ultimately Donna's, and Max grows to accept that parenthood is something he'll experience in the future, but not now. Their understanding allows them to grow closer to one another, and to falling in love.
182A great movie?
- Actors: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman
- Released: 2014
- Directed by: Gillian Robespierre
- Photo: Locke / A24
Tom Hardy steals every scene in Locke, which is mostly due to the fact that he's the only actor on screen. In this intense drama, Ivan Locke (Hardy) makes the 90-minute drive from Birmingham to London to witness the birth of his son. The twist? The mother is a colleauge that Ivan had a one-night stand with seven months prior, unbeknownst to his wife. To make things even more difficult, the mother went into labor much earlier than Ivan expected — he was poised to supervise a huge concrete pour the next day. The movie features 36 speaker-phone calls with his boss, family, and co-workers, filled with fights, breakdowns, and talks of job termination. This is the most thrilling movie about concrete ever made.
110A great movie?
- Actors: Tom Hardy, Andrew Scott, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Ben Daniels
- Released: 2013
- Directed by: Steven Knight