That’s a bold statement, but I think you’ll agree that this is a well-curated compendium of songs that capture the stages of the prenatal experience, with a bonus track to get you through the first sleepless nights. I was inspired by the main lyric of “S.O.B.” (see Month Nine), which I first heard around the same time of my own recent pregnancy. I hope you enjoy this list. Let me know what songs you would add in the comments!
Month One: Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Dusty Springfield
For most of us reading a mommy blog, the first month starts the waiting game where we cross our fingers and pray for the best.
Month Two: You Make Me Sick by Pink
No further comment needed, amirite?
Month Three: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
I had to include this – it’s such a beautiful song, isn’t it? The wait until the blessed 12-week mark (at least for me) felt like a thousand years, at the end of which you can breathe a tiny sigh of relief and announce your news across the planet.
Month Four: Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet OR American Boy by Estelle
I plopped the gender songs here, because you might find out the gender of your little bundle of joy closer to three months (if you are “advanced maternal age” like me and get the advanced genetic testing), or more traditionally, around five months with an ultrasound.
Month Five: Mirrors by Justin Timberlake
Usually around month five we all have had the opportunity to see our little growing babe through an ultrasound. And while I hope what you see in the ultrasound is not your mirror reflection (if it is, you are an alien), it is quite magical to get a glimpse of the being you have created. Check out the lyrics to this song and, although it’s typically attributed to a romantic relationship, think of it in terms of your baby and just try not to cry.
Month Six: I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
By now, you are likely feeling the affects of all the pregnancy restrictions. When you’re kicking and screaming on the grocery store floor, little cherubs, try to remember (and appreciate!) how your wonderful mama walked the line when you were growing inside her. I chose to link to the man in black’s performance of this song at San Quentin because doesn’t it sometimes feel like you’re a prisoner?
Month Seven: Tidy, Nice and Neat by The Streets
And so begins the nesting instinct…
Month Eight: Love on Top by Beyonce
Well, could there be a definitive playlist for anything without including Queen Bey? I chose this one because I like it and at this point, on top is probably the only way you’re getting any love.
Month Nine: S.O.B. by Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats
My inspiration for this post, sung with heavy enthusiasm and vibrato: “Son of a bitch, gimme a drink!” Seriously, if you haven’t heard this song and you can only listen to one song on this list, make it this gem.
Month Ten: Born To Be My Baby by Bon Jovi
I had to include something from the 80’s, but I linked to the modern iteration of lead singer Jon Bon Jovi because that’s what I prefer. Haha.
Bonus Track: All Night Long by Lionel Richie
Your bonus track! An uplifting song you can hum to yourself as you rock your new little one during the ungodly hours he remains awake.