Ten films to avoid while you’re pregnant
Everyone likes to switch off in front of the TV with a movie and popcorn every now and then. But if you’re pregnant, we’d recommend giving these ones a miss (spoiler alert!)…
by Steven McKinnon, Mindful Mum, September 12 2012
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- Freddy Got Fingered
- The Omen
- Rosemary’s Baby
- Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Hmmm, what to watch when you’re 8 months pregnant and want to take your mind off things? A nightmare-inducing horror film with an iconic chest-bursting alien? No thanks!
If you’ve seen Disney’s Bambi, you’ll know why this is on the list. If you’ve not seen it, suffice it to say, it’s not the best film to watch in your fragile state!
Brad Pitt stars in this 2008 fantasy drama about a baby born as an old man… Which is one worry you certainly don’t need right now.
If you’re reeling from the effects of morning sickness and nausea, and any other combination of pregnancy symptoms, Tom Green’s 2001 gross-out, shock comedy might turn your stomach – especially the scene where he uses his teeth to cut an umbilical cord before swinging a newborn baby around. Not the kind of image you want dancing around when you’re waiting in the delivery room.
Arnold Swcharzenegger plays a test subject that gets pregnant in this 1994 comedy. Easy viewing it may be, but do you really want to see a film in which the lead character acts out all your pregnancy symptoms with pantomime-level absurdity for a few laughs?
There’s enough going on in your head right now without the worry of giving birth to the son of Lucifer adding to your woes. Leave this to collect dust on your DVD shelf for now.
Roman Polanski’s horror film, in which Mia Farrow is pregnant with the spawn of Satan, terrified audiences in 1968; imagine how you’ll feel watching it when you’re weeks from your due date.
It may have been one of 1995′s most critically-acclaimed films, but this thriller – featuring a serial killer who draws inspiration from the Seven Deadly Sins – isn’t likely to calm your nerves while you’re trying to think about names and what colour to paint the nursery. Especially if you know what happens to Gwyneth Paltrow’s pregnant Tracy Mills…
Danny Boyle’s seminal 1996 black comedy features a scene with a withdrawal-induced hallucination of a baby crawling along a ceiling. No-one will judge you if you leave this at the bottom of your DVD collection until after your baby has arrived.
Any film in which a woman is pregnant with a half-vampire that grows four times as fast as a human baby is unlikely to fill you with optimism about your own pregnancy. Definitely one to avoid.
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