The 15 Best Songs for Pregnant Women
Music is life. Maybe not for you, maybe not for everyone, but that's okay. There are men and women out there whose very livelihood has been changed for the better by music.
For some people, however, it is just the background noise in the car on the way to work. It is what you listen to on the dance floor at a friend's wedding. It is what blares through the speakers at the bar. It is the beat that pulses through your veins when you're working out.
Music plays a role in most people's lives, sometimes large, sometimes small. But if you've ever put together a playlist for a road trip or a party, you know that sometimes finding the right songs for the right moment is hard. Some of the lyrics apply, but some of them don't. The beat is great, but I can't really understand the singer. We can't dance to this; should it even be on the playlist?
When I was pregnant with my son in 2011, I searched far and wide for songs that related to pregnancy and life with children. I've always found community in music. You never know who out there has cried over the same song as you, who's fallen in love with Brad Paisley playing in the background, whose world was changed by a few simple lyrics that nobody else heard in the same way. Music is a sort of therapy for me, and during my pregnancy, I found solace in the arms of men and women who'd been through the journey long before I'd even thought about it.
With no further introduction, I present to you the list of songs that I listened to at 2 am during my pregnancy, that helped me through labor, that gave me insight into motherhood and parenting before my little bundle of joy was even born. Hopefully, you find a little community in these songs the same way that I did.
Darius Rucker—"It Won't Be Like This for Long"
Steven Curtis Chapman—"Cinderella"
Chuck Wicks—"Stealing Cinderella"
Kenny Chesney—"There Goes My Life"
There Goes My Life - More for those who are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, much like I was when I found out that I was pregnant with my son. He wasn't even on my radar when I tested positive, but that didn't make him unwanted. He's three years old now and the light of my life.
Rodney Atkins—"Watching You"
Chris Young—"It Takes a Man"
Creed—"With Arms Wide Open"
Rodney Atkins—"He's Mine"
Carrie Underwood—"All-American Girl"
A fun little take on role reversal. Usually, the mom stays home and takes care of the kids, but Lonestar really hit the nail on the head when they took a stay-at-home-father and put him in his wife's shoes for a day. Not really about pregnancy, but definitely about the chaos that is, some days, having kids.
George Strait—"I Saw God Today"
Gary Allen—"Tough Little Boys"
Bob Carlisle—"Butterfly Kisses"
There are dozens of songs out there that will tell you about the experience that is parenthood. There have been billions of men and women who've gone through it before, and many of them have put their thoughts into writing, art, photography, and music. Some will speak to you. Some won't. Maybe these will, maybe they won't. You're welcome to continue your search for the perfect song, the one that speaks to your soul, because I believe that every moment and experience can be summed up by music. If these aren't your cup of tea, don't be disappointed. Someone out there has felt the same way you're feeling right now, whatever it is, and will have written those words out. You just have to keep searching.
Oh, and congratulations!