Being that my current book, Falling for the Mom-to-Be, is a “pregnant heroine book” I thought it would be fun to talk about some of my favorite pregnant protagonist movies here at Romancing the Book. Though my book is dramatic and emotional at many points, it was impossible to not have lighter moments in the story. After all, Leif and Marta had to enjoy each other’s company in order to fall in love, right? Though my book would be classified as a drama, I tend to enjoy comedy/drama movies the best, especially if there is a pregnancy involved, because it is such a tender and vulnerable time in a woman’s life.
Here are my top favorite pregnant movies.
- Waitress 2007 Comedy/drama starring Keri Russell as an unhappy café pie maker with an overbearing, stifling husband. One of the reasons I loved this movie was because it introduced me to Nathan Fillion! Through a baby journal Jenna has lovely conversations with her future child, plus she makes crazy-innovative pies. Though I stumbled over the infidelity parts, when I left the theater I smiled over the ending and wanted to have a piece of pie! Plus I was uplifted about the overall sweet movie and, of course, I wanted to learn more about Nathan. Good movie!
- Juno 2007 Comedy/drama starring Ellen Page as a pregnant teenager. Such a funny and adorable movie. It had me rooting for this bright yet confused teen, who, through personal growth and more life experience makes a great decision by the end of the movie. Good plot twists!
- Father of the Bride Part II 1995 Comedy. A double pregnancy movie starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. About to experience an empty nest, and having to deal with the thought of becoming grandparents, George and Nina get hit with the surprise of their lives – they’re having a mid-life baby! My absolute favorite character in this film was Martin Short as Franck Eggelhoffer. Sweet, funny, and touching movie.
- Knocked Up 2007 (what’s up with all of the pregnancy movies in 2007?) This is probably the only Seth Rogan movie I’ve actually liked. Playing his usual clueless party animal loser character, he has a drunken one night stand with a career minded woman (Katherine Heigl – unbelievably way out of his league!) celebrating a new job. Eight weeks later, when she tells him he’s going to be a father, Rogan’s character actually makes an attempt to be supportive. There are some almost touching scenes where he steps up for the mother-to-be, though in usual Rogan style winds up going way overboard. The far-fetched ending featuring the birth of the baby, left me hopeful the fumbling new father might actually come through for someone for the first time in his life. Better than I expected.
- I can’t come up with a 5th movie. What’s your favorite pregnant protagonist movie?
Here’s a short excerpt from Falling for the Mom-to-Be:
Marta stood, walked around the work table bringing her freshly brewed tea with her and balanced a hip on the edge, then took a sip. “How come you’ve never—”
Radar, intuition, whatever he wanted to call it, he knew exactly what she was asking. “Remarried?” She wasn’t the only one who could read minds and cut people off mid-sentence. Hell, he’d only taken off his ring last year. “Because I can’t imagine ever replacing her. I don’t see how anyone can ever measure up. No woman wants to settle for replacement status.” His tea was still too hot to drink easily, but he forced a swallow, roof of mouth be damned.
“So your alternative is to keep yourself locked up in this gorgeous prison of a house.”
He didn’t like where this conversation was going and made no bones about showing Marta his negative reaction. “I have a job, I go out every day, I’m hardly locked up here.” Why did he feel so defensive? Because she was challenging him.
“True, but not convincing.” She leveled her gaze to his, and he wanted to squirm out of it. “The difference between you and me is that I’ve never turned my back on love. Loving comes easily for me. It always has. Isn’t that the point of being on this planet? We’re here to share love with each other.”
Oh, yeah, here she went with all that free spirit Sedona mumbo-jumbo. He looked at her differently now, wondering how many relationships she’d been in within her adult life. “The thing is, you have to find the right person to share love, and otherwise it’s not really love, is it?”
“That may be true, but sometimes jerks, if given the chance, turn out to be the most wonderful people.” She glanced wistfully up through the skylight, where a gibbous moon was rising. “And sometimes the most wonderful men turn out to be jerks,” she said softly, with a resigned tone.
He wanted to get angry for her broaching a tough topic at the drop of a hat, but instead he fought that constant urge to comfort her, to wrap her in his arms and let her know she didn’t have to be alone. He was here for her.
Yet he didn’t move. Couldn’t.
Because wasn’t that crazy? He’d just assured her that any woman in his life would merely be a replacement, that he’d closed the door on any future relationship because of it not being fair. He shouldn’t be having these kinds of feelings. He wasn’t ready. Would probably never be.
Aware he hadn’t uttered a response, she nailed him with those dark, inquisitive eyes.
“You might think of me as a fool, but even now I’m optimistic I’ll love again. I wouldn’t be alive otherwise.”
Wait a minute, had she just lobbed a sly attack? Was she insinuating he was dead? “So because I’m not in love or planning to fall in love that makes me dead?” He was distracted by her beauty and at the same time irritated she was nailing him with tough reality. And the last thing he wanted to do was have this conversation.
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Writing for Harlequin since 2006 Lynne Marshall is the author of twenty books. She mostly writes Medical Romance, but over the last few years has also written for the Special Edition line (5 books). She loves contemporary romance and is especially excited about her current multicultural Home in Heartlandia series for Special Edition.
A Southern California native, Lynne and has been happily married for a looooong time. She is a proud mother, a dog lover, a cat admirer, a meandering walker, a curious traveler, and an avid reader, as well as being a writer, and is very happy about that.