Perfect Poems for Expecting Parents

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Whether silly, sentimental, or spiritual, poems for and about expecting parents help express all the emotions a couple goes through as they are preparing to welcome a child into their family. Here are some original poems for parents-to-be that would be perfect to use as a verse for a greeting card, a scrapbook page accent, or wall art for baby's nursery.

Funny Poems for Expecting Parents

Pregnancy is serious business, but that doesn't mean you can't find some humor in the situation. Take a breath, relax, and contemplate some funnier aspects of pregnancy.

We Weren't Expecting to Be Expecting

By Kelly Roper

We weren't expecting to be expecting,
But low and behold, here we are.
This is the biggest and, frankly, scariest
Surprise we've ever had by far.

I mean, can you imagine the two of us
Responsible for nurturing a child?
We're kind of slackers when left to ourselves,
So this is going to be wild.

But I'm sure we'll rally and rise to the occasion
And we'll love this baby too.
And when the going gets too rough,
We'll just call for help from you!

Pregnancy Cravings

By Kelly Roper

Cravings, cravings for strange and delicious food.
My pregnant belly dictates my appetite and my mood.
Pickles and ice cream are my tamest choice yet,
Here's are the crazier combos baby's daddy has had to get.

  1. Cheesecake and fried okra
  2. Lemon pie with a mocha
  3. Pizza topped with Cheetos
  4. Chocolate dip and Fritos
  5. Peanut butter and mayonnaise
  6. Nothing but olives for three whole days
  7. A donut covered in ketchup and mustard
  8. Chicken nuggets dipped in custard
  9. Sardines fried in pancake batter...

Hey, you look kind of green.
So what's the matter?

Squirting donut with ketchup and mustard

Poems for an Expecting Mother From a Friend

If you have a friend who's pregnant, you might need a little help to say what you want to say. Maybe one of these poems will work for you.

A Little Advice

By Kelly Roper

As your friend and a mother myself,
Let me offer a little advice.
Take time to savor these months of pregnancy
Because they are the calm before the storm.
Not that having a baby isn't a joyous experience,
But life gets hectic and your time is no longer your own.
Pamper yourself while you can.
Get plenty of rest.
Enjoy preparing your child's nursery and picking out clothes.
Make sure you have a good camera for all those precious photos to come.
This time will seem brief once the baby arrives,
So don't let it rush by you.
Savor every minute, every experience of this miracle in the making.

Call Me Anytime

By Kelly Roper

No matter what time of day or night,
You can call me anytime. You know that, right?
Once baby arrives, you'll need lots of help.
Who better to do that than your best friend - myself.
You can ask me to pick up stuff from the store.
If you're exhausted, I'll come over and help with the chores.
If you need a nap, I'll take care of the baby.
I'll hold it close and cradle it safely.
The two of you won't have to do this all alone,
Whenever you need me, just pick up the phone.
No matter what time of day or night,
You can call me anytime. Remember that, alright?

Pregnant woman with friend in park

Waiting for Baby to Arrive

Sometimes it seems like the pregnancy will never be over. These poems share some perspective on what it can be like when you're waiting for your new baby to arrive.

Creating Life Takes Time

By Kelly Roper

Days to weeks to months,
Time passes oh so slowly
Waiting for baby.

The Wait Is Almost Over

By Kelly Roper

Hour by hour,
Minute by minute,
Labor's progressing,
You're totally in it.
Anxiously waiting for baby to appear,
With each new pain
The moment draws nearer.
Now it's time to really bear down
The doctor says baby's starting to crown.
A few more pushes and lots of heavy breathing,
With the very next push, you and baby will be meeting.

Ready pregnant woman in hospital bed

Pregnancy Announcement Poems

One of the major joys of pregnancy is telling everyone you're expecting. Use one of these short pregnancy announcement poems to make the moment even more special.

A Pregnancy Announcement Limerick

By Kelly Roper

There once was a couple who wanted a child
And so they let their imaginations run wild.
They tried their best
To conceive, and the rest
Is history waiting to unfold.

We're pregnant!

Our Dream Is Coming True

By Kelly Roper

Our biggest dream has been to create a manifestation of our love.
It has begun...
We are expecting a baby.

baby coming soon sign on chalkboard

Having a Baby Together

Having a baby together is one of the biggest events in any relationship. Include one of these poems in a love letter to your partner.

We're Having a Baby

By Kelly Roper

We're having a baby together,
And it's the best thing we've ever done.
We've taken our love,
And created a life
Made from the two of us.
What could be more beautiful than that?

More Love on the Way

By Kelly Roper

I love you and me,
And I love this sweet baby
Growing inside me/you.

Happy pregnant woman with partner

Famous Poems for Expecting Parents

There's nothing new about writing poems on the topic of pregnancy and what it's like for the parents. Here are some of the most famous ones from the past and present.

Miracle of Life

Maureen Hawkins' Miracle of Life is one you might already be familiar with. In just seven short lines, she reveals the full depth of an expecting mother's love starting even before conception and extending to a lifelong commitment.

"Before you were conceived,
I wanted you..."

With Child

Genvieve Taggard's With Child describes a woman's feelings about her changing body as her pregnancy advances.

"Now I am slow and placid, fond of sun,
Like a sleek beast, or a worn one..."

Morning Song

Sylvia Plath's Morning Song is an elegant poem about a new mother's thoughts at the moment of birth and those first hours together.

"Love set you going like a flat gold watch.
The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry
Took its place among the elements..."'

Infant Joy

William Blake's Infant Joy is is aptly named and is about a very sweet, imaginary conversation between a newborn and its mother.

"I have no name
I am but two days old.
What shall I call thee?
I happy am
Joy is my name..."


Kevin Young's Expecting is a modern classic is about those breathless moments between searching for a baby's heartbeat and when it is finally found.

"Grave, my wife lies back, hands cross
her chest, while the doctor searches early
for your heartbeat..."


Paul Muldoon's Sonogram is another modern poem that compares a baby's first sonogram with one done later in the pregnancy.

"Only a few weeks ago, the sonogram of Jean's womb
resembled nothing so much
as a satellite map of Ireland..."

Write Your Own Poems

While there are many online resources offering poems for expecting parents, you can also try writing your own poem whether it's a rhyming poem, a haiku or free verse. Even if you don't consider yourself to be a very creative person, writing poetry may not be as difficult as you expect. If you speak from the heart, your poem is sure to become a special keepsake.

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