10 Binge-Worthy Netflix Shows for Expecting & New Moms
Republished with permission from Becoming Mama.
by Valerie Nadi
Whether you’re stuck on the sofa with morning sickness or nap-trapped with a sleeping babe, chances are you might be inclined to watch a little more TV these days.
We’re sharing 10 of our favorite Netflix shows for expecting and new moms. And trust us — if you’ve seen some of these before entering motherhood, we promise they’ll have a whole new meaning with your mama glasses on.
Whether you’re into comedy, fantasy, reality TV, or documentaries, there’s something for everyone. We’re also including trigger warnings and ratings so you can add the best ones for you to your list.
Career, a family, “me time.” How can a mama have it all? This fresh look into working motherhood is not just honest and relatable. It’s also hilarious.
Follow characters like PR exec Kate, therapist Anne, and realtor Frankie as they journey through returning to work, postpartum depression, and evolving family dynamics.
Our Rating: R (Language, Nudity, Drug References) Netflix Rating: TV-MA Genre: Comedy Trigger Warnings: Postpartum Depression, Abortion, Cheating Seasons: 3 and counting
Feel like a hot mess express? Protagonist Audrey has encountered every mom fail you’ve criticized yourself for and more.
You’ll feel in good company watching her navigate new mom life. Warning — if you’re newly postpartum, make sure to do your kegels or you may leave a puddle in your seat.
Our Rating: PG-13 (Cursing) Netflix Rating: TV-MA Genre: Comedy Trigger Warnings: Abortion Seasons: 2
ALI WONG: HARD KNOCK WIFE
Pregnancy is... beautiful. A gift. A Demolition job.
In Hard Knock Wife, comedian Ali Wong explores the less-than-magical elements of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding.
She shamelessly broadcasts the topics you only discuss with your bestie — or maybe save just for your internal dialogue. This is another kegel alert show! A little raunchy, but we promise you can’t hold back the laughter.
Our Rating: R (Language, Sexual References) Netflix Rating: TV-MA Genre: Stand Up Comedy Trigger Warnings: Miscarriage Seasons: 1
JANE THE VIRGIN
Ever watch a telenovela? If not, you’re in for a treat. This one will introduce you to the beauty of the genre with a modern twist.
Here’s the premise: Jane, a hotel waitress, goes in for her annual pap and is accidentally artificially inseminated by an emotionally distressed doctor. As shocking as the news is for Jane, you can only imagine how it lands for her serious boyfriend. Come to find out the sperm belongs to the owner of the hotel she works at — and he’s a total catch. That’s just one of many unbelievable plot twists that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
This show is also creatively written and masterfully executed. It’s no surprise it’s won and been nominated for so many awards.
Our Rating: PG (Language, Sexual References) Netflix Rating: TV-14 Genre: RomCom / Telenovela Trigger Warnings: Addiction Seasons: 5
The first time you look into your child’s eyes, you just know you’d do anything for them. Anything, right?
Rob a bank? Wash money for a gang? Maybe you wouldn’t go quite that far. But for mamas Beth, Ruby, and Annie, it seemed the best route to overcome their personal financial crises.
If you’ve seen the show Weeds, consider this the more “PG,” and slightly funnier version.
Our Rating: PG-13 (Language, Violence) Netflix Rating: TV-14 Genre: Comedy-Drama Trigger Warnings: Adultery Seasons: 2 and counting
All about that royal life? Or in the mood for some mental stimulation?
Follow Queen Elizabeth II's reign in this elegant, emotional, and captivating historical drama. And if you’re curious about balancing motherhood and marriage, her experience will certainly provide some perspective!
Our Rating: PG Netflix Rating: TV-MA Genre: Historical Drama Trigger Warnings: Adultery Seasons: 3 and counting
CALL THE MIDWIFE
If you’ve got baby fever, this is the show for you. Set in the 1950s, Call the Midwife follows the vivacious young women who attend the births of East London.
The character development of the young nurses and nuns will keep you clicking “I’m still watching.” And the pregnancy and birth stories will pull at your heart strings.
Our Rating: PG-13 (Birth Scenes) Netflix Rating: TV-14 Genre: Drama Trigger Warnings: Abortion, Difficult Births Seasons: 8 and counting
Need a little escape, but stuck at home? Transport yourself to Scotland. And the year 1743, while we’re playing make-believe.
British Army nurse Claire Randall (of the 20th century) was traveling in Scotland with her husband when she accidentally traveled back in time. In survival mode, she quickly adapts to living 200 years earlier (without being labeled as a “witch” for her modern medical knowledge). And — spoiler alert — she falls madly in love with a new (or old?) hottie.
We won’t give away more details than that, but this action-packed romance will keep you engaged.
Our Rating: R (Violence, Nudity, Language) Netflix Rating: TV-MA Genre: Fantasy-Romance Trigger Warnings: War, rape, infant loss Seasons: 3
Missing the glam of your pre-pregnancy life? Well, these elite mamas have found a way to change diapers in stilettos.
Their lavish parties and over-the-top lifestyles will leave you oddly comforted by the normalcy of your own life. And we don’t mean to play favorites — but, we definitely identify with some of the moms more than others. Regardless, we’d still be over the moon if they invited us out for a brunch date!
Our Rating: PG-13 Netflix Rating: TV-MA Genre: Reality Show Trigger Warnings: Feeling strapped for cash? The spending habits of these moms may get under your skin. Seasons: 2
9 MONTHS THAT MADE YOU
Itching to learn something from your TV time? This documentary walks through all the incredible things that happen during the weeks leading up to birth.
It will inspire you to eat those leafy greens during pregnancy. And it will also take the fear out of all the things that can “go wrong” — instead showing how genetic mutations can be beautifully unique.
Our Rating: G Netflix Rating: TV-PG Genre: Documentary Trigger Warnings: If you’re particularly concerned about an abnormal pregnancy, be mindful before clicking play. Seasons: 1
So much to love! Let’s recap:
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