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100 of the Best Pregnancy Quotes for Moms-to-Be

Parade logo Parade 11/11/2022 Maryn Liles

Inspiring and transparent quotes about the nine months of pregnancy.

Whether you're a first-time mom-to-be or are pregnant with your second child (or third or more!), those nine months leading up to birth are an undeniably wondrous and life-changing experience.

From funny quotes about being pregnant that acknowledge the ups and downs of your parenthood journey to sweet pregnancy quotes that could make you cry (thank you, hormones!), this big list explains what being pregnant and becoming a parent is all about.

These 100 best pregnancy quotes for moms-to-be will help capture the essence of that glorious feeling, in addition to commemorating this extra special time in your life.

100 Best Pregnancy Quotes

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

2. "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

3. “A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty.” — Unknown

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4. “People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.” — Leo J. Burke

5. “Motherhood: The only place you can experience heaven and hell at the same time.” — Unknown

6. “If your baby is beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time—you’re the grandma.” — Theresa Bloomingdale

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7. “Babies are always more trouble than you thought—and more wonderful.” — Charles Osgood

8. “What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all.” — Benjamin Spock

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

10. “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” — Franklin P. Jones

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

12. “You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you.” — Unknown

13. “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.” — Chinese Proverb

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

15. “We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” — Laura Stavoe Harm

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

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

18. “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

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

20. “Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born, I loved you. Before you were here an hour, I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother’s Love.” — Maureen Hawkins

21. “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

22. "Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain—your life will never be the same.” — Catherine Jones

23. “Baby in the tummy, it's all up to mommy. But once the baby's had, it's bragging rights for Dad.” — Unknown

24. “Honey is sweet. A little baby is even sweeter.” — Unknown

25. “A grand adventure is about to begin.” — Winnie the Pooh

26. “No matter how bad my day’s been, it takes one little kick to make everything feel alright.” — Author Unknown

27. “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

28. “And so in you, the child, your mother lives on and through your family continues to live… so at this time look after yourself and your family as you would your mother for through you all she will truly never die.” — Osho

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

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

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

32. “Giving birth is not a matter of pushing, expelling the baby, but of yielding, surrendering to birth energy.” — Marie Reid

33. “I love you bigger than the world and sky.” — Marty Klazmer

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

35. “A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.”— Unknown

36. “Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.” —Jane Weideman

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

38. “I’m never as happy as when I’m pregnant. I literally would have 10 babies if I could!” — Tori Spelling

39. “It’s an established fact. Some women can’t stand being pregnant, getting big and bloated, and hauling around a giant stomach, and some women, for reasons probably understood by Darwin, love it.” — Rich Cohen

40. “Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” — Albert Einstein

41. “You do a lot of growing up when you’re pregnant.  It’s suddenly like, ‘Yikes. Here it is, folks. Playtime is over.’” — Connie Fioretto

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

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

44. “Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” — Michael J. Fox

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

46. “Going into a pregnancy is a really challenging time for a woman, because it’s forever-changing, both mentally and physically.” — Brooke Burke

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47. “A strong intention, a relaxed body and an open mind are the main ingredients for an active birth.” – Janet Balaskas

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

49. “Words can not express the joy of new life.” — Hermann Hesse

50. “If you want to know the feeling, just take your bottom lip and pull it over your head.” —Carol Burnett

51. “Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.” – Sam Levenson

52. “Being pregnant means every day is another day closer to meeting the other love of my life.” — Anonymous

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53. “Children reinvent your world for you.” — Susan Sarandon

54. “When we encourage new parents to ‘treasure these moments because they don’t last forever,’ we need to remember to also reassure them that they will survive these moments because they don’t last forever.” — L.R. Knost

55. “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

56. “Get comfortable. Have to pee. Get really thirsty after you pee. Drink an entire cup of water. Get comfortable. Have to pee again. I give up!” — Unknown

57. “When your first baby drops her pacifier, you sterilize it. When your second baby drops her pacifier, you tell the dog: ‘Fetch!’” — Bruce Lansky

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

59. “The amazing thing about becoming a parent is that you will never again be your own first priority.” — Olivia Wilde

60. “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” — George Bernard Shaw

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61. “There are words in the soul of a newborn baby, wanting and waiting to be written.” — Toba Beta

62. “The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” — George Santayana

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

64. “We never know the love of a parent until we become parents ourselves.” — Henry Ward Beecher

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

66. “Still the most magical day of my life was the day I became a mom.” — Linda Becker

67. “A baby is a wishing well. Everyone puts their hopes, their fears, their pasts, their two cents in.” — Elizabeth Bard

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

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

70. “We can’t understand when we’re pregnant, or when our siblings are expecting, how profound it is to have a shared history with a younger generation: blood, genes, humor. It means we were actually here, on Earth, for a time—like the Egyptians with their pyramids, only with children.” — Anne Lamott

71. “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

72. “Birth takes a woman’s deepest fears about herself and shows her that she is stronger than them.” — Unknown

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73. “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” — A.A. Milne

74. “When I was pregnant, I was so huge and people on the bus would get up for me. That made me feel so precious and valued and valuable. I try to treat everyone like they’re pregnant.” — Mariska Hargitay

75. “My goal is to appreciate my body for what it has done.” — Sia Cooper

76. “Sometimes you don’t realize what is missing in your life until it arrives.” — Araceli M. Ream

77. “Sleep is like the unicorn—it is rumored to exist, but I doubt I will see any.” — Unknown

78. “Rigid plans work best if you’re building a skyscraper; with something as mysteriously human as giving birth, it’s best, both literally and figuratively, to keep your knees bent.” — Mark Sloan

79. “A new baby is like the beginning of all things—wonder, hope, and dream of possibilities.” — Eda J. LeShan

80. “A good way to prepare yourself for parenthood is to talk to rocks because they have similar listening habits.” — Rodney Lacroix

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81. “A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” — Emily Dickinson

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

83. "There are two things in life for which we are never fully prepared: twins.” — Josh Billings

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

85. “Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.” — Brooke Hampton

86. “I’m a mother, and I look like one.” — Olivia Wilde

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

88. “You are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars.” — E.E. Cummings

89. “You are proof that love before first sight does exist.” — Araceli M. Ream

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

91. “During my first pregnancy, the people I was around told me how great I looked, asked me how I was feeling, saved the comfiest chairs for me, and stocked the office with decaf tea. This time around, the person I spend the most time with—although she seems to think I'm swell—insists on eating my food and waking me up early every morning.” — Emily Fisk

92. “Three things remain with us from paradise: stars, flowers and children.” — Dante Alighieri

93. “For this child, I prayed and the Lord has granted the desires of my heart.”— 1 Samuel 1:27

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94. “Loving a baby is a circular business, a kind of feedback loop. The more you give the more you get and the more you get the more you feel like giving.” — Penelope Leach

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

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

97. "Pregnancy can be a time when you take tremendous pleasure in eating, not only because you may enjoy food more but also because you know that it is nourishing both you and your baby.” — Martha Rose and Jane L. Davis

98. “You never understand life until it grows inside of you.” — Sandra Chami Kassis

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

100. “The first pregnancy is the most self-indulgent thing in the world because you get massages and prenatal yoga and hypnotherapy CDs. During this one I forget that I'm even pregnant. I'm hoisting my 2-year-old around.” — Emily Blunt

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