Pregnancy Quotes for Parents-To-Be

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A collection of the greatest, funniest, most beautiful pregnancy quotes from around the world.

Pregnancy is hard, even if you have an uncomplicated one. You might be sailing along and suddenly be overwhelmed with emotions or aches.

This mix of 100 inspiring, beautiful, and amusing pregnancy quotes can help you get through the difficult times.

Use these maternity quotes on your social media feeds, add them to images, or simply take them to heart.


Inspirational Pregnancy Quotes

Some people speak of pregnancy in a way that is both joyous and inspiring.

These pregnancy quotes are the ones that touched us the most.

“When you’re pregnant, you can think of nothing but having your own body to yourself again, yet after having given birth you realize that the biggest part of you is now somehow external, subject to all sorts of dangers and disappearance, so you spend the rest of your life trying to figure out how to keep it close enough for comfort.” – Jodi Picoult

“Carrying a baby is the most rewarding experience a woman can enjoy.” – Jayne Mansfield

“Feeling fat lasts nine months, but the joy of becoming a mom lasts forever.” – Nikki Bella

“A miracle is really the only way to describe motherhood and giving birth.” – Jennie Finch

“It makes me feel like a woman. It makes me feel that all the things about my body are suddenly there for a reason. It makes you feel round and supple, and to have a little life inside you is amazing.” – Angelina Jolie

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” – Eda LeShan

“My body has given me the greatest gift of my life.” – Hilary Duff

“It’s unbelievable how God has made us women and babies to endure and be able to do so much. A miracle, indeed. Such an incredible blessing.” – Jennie Finch

“There is something very beautiful about being pregnant. I think I enjoy being pregnant more than not being pregnant.” – Chrissy Teigen

“Imagine what might happen if women emerged from their labor beds with a renewed sense of the strength and power of their bodies, and of their capacity for ecstasy through giving birth.” – Christiane Northrup

“I love babies. I love being pregnant and I loved giving birth.” – Sadie Frost

“Pregnancy is a uniquely intimate relationship between two people. All of us luxuriate in this relationship once, and half of us are lucky enough to be able to do it all over again a second time, from the other side as it were.” – David Bainbridge

“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.” – Lin Yutang

“When I was pregnant, I felt filled with life, and I felt really happy. I ate well, and I slept well. I felt much more useful than I’d ever felt before.” – Suzanne Vega

“The wonder of life begins in the womb of a woman.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

“The child grows inside you and there is something mystical and mythical in that, but then you actually see that you are nothing more than the box in which they come. There is this total person, already formed, themselves.” – Glenda Jackson

“I love being pregnant. I have such an incredible connection with myself and with my body that I’ve never had before.” – Jessica Simpson

“Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever-fresh and radiant possibility.” – Kate Douglas Wiggin

“What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson

“Of course I can do this. I’m pregnant, not brain-damaged. My condition doesn’t change my personality.” – Christine Feehan

“Pregnancy was probably the best and the hardest thing I’ll ever go through.” – Mariah Carey

“It’s amazing, the mentality shift that occurs in pregnancy. All of a sudden, you want to be good to yourself.” – Elisabeth Hasselbeck

“Now my belly is as noble as my heart.” – Gabriela Mistral

“With every newborn baby, a little sun rises.” – Irmgard Erath

“If you are a mom, you are a superhero, period.” – Rosie Pope

“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” – Carl Sandburg

“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary—it’s an act of infinite optimism.” – Gilda Radner

“Pregnancy is the only time when you can do nothing at all and still be productive.” – Evan Esar

“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” – Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

“All the time we wondered and wondered, who is this person coming, growing, turning, floating, swimming deep, deep inside?” – Crescent Dragonwagon

“Think of stretch marks as pregnancy service stripes.” – Joyce Armor

“I find a pregnant body to be beautiful and an incredible reminder of what a woman’s body is made to do.” – Kourtney Kardashian

“Pregnancy has been a huge lesson in patience and in allowing myself to be open to whatever the day may hand me.” – Anna Kaiser

“Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body – meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit.” – Amy Adams

“A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.” – Amy Tan

Beautiful Pregnancy Quotes

These maternity quotes celebrate the beauty of pregnant women or the beauty of pregnancy itself.

Although it may not always feel like it, carrying a child is one of the most wonderful experiences a woman can go through.

“A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart until the day you die.” – Mary Mason

“Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have.” – Robin Lim

“It is the most powerful creation to have life growing inside of you. There is no bigger gift.” – Beyoncé

“Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be.” – Carrie Fisher

“Pregnancy is a process that invites you to surrender to the unseen force behind all life.” – Judy Ford

“Babies are like little suns that, in a magical way, bring warmth, happiness, and light into our lives.” – Kartini Diapari-Oengider

“We should recognize that women become mothers the moment they are pregnant.” – Alveda King

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The life of a mother is the life of a child: you are two blossoms on a single branch.” – Karen Maezen Miller

“All pregnant women are warriors. It takes strength just to get up and go to work.” – Camilla Luddington

“You are the closest I will ever come to magic.” – Suzanne Finnamore

“Let us make pregnancy an occasion when we appreciate our female bodies.” – Merete Leonhardt-Lupa

“A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman are the handsomest two things that can be seen common.” – Benjamin Franklin

“I usually claim that pregnant women should not read books about pregnancy and birth. Their time is too precious. They should, rather, watch the moon and sing to their baby in the womb.” – Michel Odent

“When you moved, I felt squeezed with a wild infatuation and protectiveness. We are one. Nothing, not even death, can change that.” – Suzanne Finnamore

“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Pregnancy and motherhood are the most beautiful and significantly life-altering events that I have ever experienced.” – Elisabeth Hasselbeck

“Suddenly many movements are going on within me, many things are happening, there is an almost unbearable sense of sprouting, of bursting encasements, of moving kernels, expanding flesh.” – Meridel Le Sueur

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” – Rajneesh

“Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God. Lucky is the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star.” – Larry Barretto

“If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.” – Erma Bombeck

Funny Pregnancy Quotes

Sometimes we need reminding that there is a funny side to pregnancy. It can be hard to see it at times, but it’s there.

So, we’ve rounded up our favorite funny pregnancy quotes for you.

“Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.” – Rita Rudner

“Everyone knows food is important to pregnant women. But what the uninitiated might not realize is that time is of the essence. The bottom line is, when she says she’s hungry, she means it. Feed that woman immediately or she will eat your f***ing face.” – Aaron Gouveia

“People always say that pregnant women have a glow. And I say it’s because you’re sweating to death.” – Jessica Simpson

“By far the most common craving of pregnant women is not to be pregnant.” – Phyllis Diller

“My wife and I don’t understand couples where the woman is pregnant and they don’t want to know the sex of the baby. ‘Oh, we want it to be a surprise.’ I mean you have caller ID but don’t want to know what’s popping out of your vagina?” – Andrew Ginsburg

“Being pregnant is an occupational hazard of being a wife.” – Queen Victoria

“Every four weeks I go up a bra size … it’s worth being pregnant just for the breasts.” – Natasha Hamilton

“People expect all women to react the same to pregnancy. But anyone who’s been around pregnant women knows that it’s not all cutesy and sweet. You spaz out and you’re angry and you have tantrums.” – Keri Russell

“At 41 and a half weeks pregnant, I started to have second thoughts about becoming a mother.” – Jenny Mollen

“Your pregnant elephant ankles will return to normal. Just hang in there.” – Adriel Booker

“Pregnancy is getting company inside one’s skin.” – Maggie Scarf

“Being pregnant was a lot like being a child again. There was always someone telling you what to do.” – Emily Oster

“If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.” – Nora Ephron

“I’m convinced that whatever state you’re in during your pregnancy has a huge influence on the baby’s personality – so I hope we haven’t produced a little serial killer!” – Helena Bonham Carter

“I usually have lots of energy, so I couldn’t believe how pregnancy put me on my butt.” – Brie Bella

“Being pregnant was the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. Except for the cupcakes.” – Ashlee Simpson

“It’s a great thing about being pregnant, you don’t need excuses to pee or eat.” – Angelina Jolie

“Everybody thinks for one moment when they’re pregnant that they’re actually carrying the spawn of the devil.” – Tilda Swinton

“I feel like I have a bowling ball sitting on my hoo-ha.” – Jessica Simpson

Unexpected Pregnancy Quotes

An unexpected pregnancy can be a joy or a calamity.

Whichever one of the two it is for you, there’s an appropriate unexpected pregnancy quote out there.

“Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain – your life will never be the same.” – Catherine Zeta-Jones

“Part of being a parent is rolling with the punches, so consider an unexpected pregnancy the universe’s way of helping you to learn to do that.” – Heather Wittenberg

“Unplanned pregnancy is an equal-opportunity affliction.” – Ann McLane Kuster

“How can you be a physics major and be shocked when you get pregnant from having sex?” – Sister Souljah

“A woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy also deserves to experience unplanned joy.” – Patricia Heaton

“A wanted pregnancy as much as a dreaded pregnancy can play differently than all one’s previous imaginings.” – Susie Orbach

Pregnancy Quotes for Dads

Just because dads can’t carry the baby in their belly doesn’t mean they don’t have their own hopes, worries, and fears.

In recognition of this fact, here are our pregnancy quotes for dads.

“There are no words that can describe the euphoria you feel when your baby recognizes you for the first time and smiles.” – Jared Padalecki

“I, as a man, don’t even pretend to know what a woman goes through during pregnancy.” – Nick Lachey

“Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.” – E.B. White

“There is no such thing as a perfect parent, so just be a real one.” – Sue Atkins

“A man is not complete until he has seen the baby he has made.” – Sammy Davis Jr.

“When your wife is pregnant and you’re expecting, everyone is like, ‘It’s incredible. Get ready, it’s magic. It’s the most life-changing experience you’ll ever have. Brace yourself for heaven.’ And then the second the baby comes everyone is like, ‘WELCOME TO HELL.’” – Andy Samberg

“Ah, babies! They’re more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts.” – Tina Fey

“In the pregnancy process I have come to realize how much of the burden is on the female partner. She’s got a construction zone going on in her belly.” – Al Roker

“I’ve got seven kids. The three words you hear most around my house are ‘hello,’ ‘goodbye,’ and ‘I’m pregnant’.” – Dean Martin

“Life doesn’t get more real than having a newborn at home.” – Eric Church

“Knowing someone else is going through the bizarreness of pregnancy with you makes it feel a little less impossible.” – Elisabeth Hasselbeck

“Pregnancy is difficult for women but it is even more difficult for men.” – Susan Cheever

“During the pregnancy and stuff, I knew I had a daughter coming but when she finally got here that is when it really hit me. Ever since that day, I look at life a lot differently.” – Lonzo Ball

“Babies are always more trouble than you thought ― and more wonderful.” – Charles Osgood

“My third album, that will definitely be about this little girl and the process of watching your wife get pregnant. It’s crazy.” – Andy Grammer

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” – Eda LeShan

“Having a baby is like falling in love again, both with your husband and your child.” – Tina Brown

“I was 20 when my daughter was born, and making all these plans during my wife’s pregnancy. I was going to be the perfect father. Once she was born, it was suddenly, ‘Oh, my God! I’m a parent!’” – Kiefer Sutherland

“It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask for directions. This is a biological thing. This is why it takes several million sperm cells … to locate a female egg, despite the fact that the egg is, relative to them, the size of Wisconsin.” – Dave Barry


If You’re Ever In Any Doubt

Each pregnancy is a unique event and nobody sails through from beginning to end without any fears or doubts.

Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful experiences a woman can go through in her life. Whenever you’re feeling any doubt, dip into our pregnancy quotes and be reassured, you are not alone.

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About the Author

Patricia Barnes

Patricia Barnes is a homeschooling mom of 5 who has been featured on Global TV, quoted in Parents magazine, and writes for a variety of websites and publications. Doing her best to keep it together in a life of constant chaos, Patti would describe herself as an eclectic mess maker, lousy crafter, book lover, autism mom, and insomniac.
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