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The 4 Types of Film to Avoid During Your Pregnancy

During pregnancy, you might be possessed by your raging hormones; and even the bravest of us could find ourselves worried about ... well ... everything.

All those antenatal classes, doctor’s appointments, and 'big picture' life plans will give you enough to think about; so you may want to stay away from films that involve supernatural offspring, birthing scenes with WAY too much information; and comedies about baby snatching. These films aren't necessarily realistic, but that doesn't mean they can't freak you out, nonetheless.

Here are 4 types of films that could reduce you to a quivering wreck for very different reasons …

1. Errr ... what is that?!

If in doubt, avoid all horror films, and anything that involves someone becoming pregnant with anything other than a very nice, sweet, ordinary human baby.

2. Why, God? WHY?!!

If you find yourself crying at television adverts, then don’t go anywhere near these tear-jerkers.

  • The Deep End of The Ocean – A film feared by mothers everywhere.
  • ​(The 1st half of) Jack & Sarah – Fast forward the first 26min, then you can revel in a baby in a parcel, with a sock on its head; and pretend nothing bad happened.
  • Bambi – DON’T GO NEAR THE MEADOW. EVER.
  • Beaches – Oh it’s all too emotional! Save it until you are at your most mentally strong, surrounded by mates and chocolate (and maybe some wine.)

3. Do I have to go through that?

In a word, yes. But you don't have to let a Hollywood director film all the gory bits.

  • Knocked Up – No one needs to see a baby crowning; especially someone about to give birth.
  • Dr T and the Women – Richard Gere: Good. Film: Not Good. Director Robert Altman convincing a real pregnant woman to allow a camera ‘right in there’ when she was giving birth? A bit much.
  • The Back-Up Plan – Making comedy home birth look like a horror film since 2010.

4. I will never ever take my eyes off my baby, ever.

Some of them may be comedies in normal circumstances, but when you’re pregnant or a new mom, it may be safer to avoid all these films.

  • Raising Arizona – Coen brother style baby snatching, in comedy form.
  • Tallulah – It’s a comedy drama with Ellen page, but it’s not an ad for great parenting.
  • Baby’s Day Out – In theory it’s hilarious; in practice that baby is in a lot of danger!

Are there any films you like to add to the list? Or 'pregnancy friendly' films you'd like to suggest for expectant moms? Let us know!

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About the Author

Emily is a writer, editor, blogger, and our Digital Content Assistant. She has three awesome nieces, and has accidentally worn the same outfit as them on at least one occasion. Emily likes making things, including hand-drawn cards, and a darn good chocolate cake. She still sounds very English, despite living in Dublin for the last nine years. More insight into the workings of her brain can be found on dancingcakesandsilence.blogspot.com.

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