Maternity leave is a time of great change and adjustment, and new mums often have expectations about how they will spend their time during this period. I know I did!

I know some of you might see yourselves being constantly on the go with your new baby…..coffees, mothers group, pilaties etc, the reality is that a significant portion of maternity leave is spent at home recovering and getting used to life with a newborn.

During this time, it’s important to take the necessary time to rest and heal. However, it’s also an excellent opportunity to indulge in some much-needed relaxation and self-care, and binge-watching can be a great way to do just that.

Feeding, newborn cuddles, contact naps are some of the best things about maternity leave which gives you plenty of downtime! This lends itself perfectly to some quality TV time.

Now given that our postpartum hormones can affect mood, we are going to steer clear of shows that are too serious or dark. Instead, opt for light-hearted and easy-to-watch shows that are perfect for multitasking. Shows that can be watched while doing other tasks – such as cleaning bottles, folding laundry, or meal prepping.

With these factors in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite shows that are perfect for a cozy maternity leave binge-watch session. These shows are not too intense, and are perfect for watching while getting some much-needed relaxation and self-care.

So, whether you’re a new mum looking to take some time to yourself or simply in need of a good binge-watch session, these shows are the perfect choice. And with your newborn sleeping hopefully for long periods of time, you can enjoy some much-needed downtime while indulging in your favourite TV shows. So go ahead, grab some snacks, and settle in for some much-needed rest and relaxation.


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  1. Schitt’s Creek: A wealthy family suddenly finds themselves broke and move to a small town they once bought as a joke, where they must adjust to a new life and eccentric community.

  2. The Good Place: A woman who has led a less-than-virtuous life dies and finds herself in a heaven-like afterlife, but quickly realizes there has been a mistake and must hide her flaws from the all-knowing architect.

  3. Jane The Virgin: A devout young woman’s life is turned upside down when she is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine check-up, and must navigate the challenges of motherhood and complicated romantic entanglements.

  4. Grace and Frankie: Two women whose husbands reveal they are in love and plan to marry each other, forcing the unlikely pair to form an unexpected bond as they navigate their new lives and the challenges of growing older.

  5. Workin Mom’s: A group of working mothers in Toronto juggle the demands of their careers and personal lives, as they navigate parenthood, relationships, and the challenges of modern motherhood.

  6. The Crown: A historical drama that follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, from her ascension to the throne in 1947 to the present day, as she navigates political intrigue, personal relationships, and the changing times.

  7. Bridgerton: In Regency-era England, a wealthy family’s efforts to marry off their daughter are complicated by the arrival of a mysterious and desirable suitor, and scandalous secrets threaten to upend high society.

  8. Gilmore Girls: A fast-talking single mother and her teenage daughter navigate life in a quirky small town, as they form close bonds with family and friends, pursue their dreams, and experience the highs and lows of love.

  9. Cheer: A documentary series that follows the ups and downs of the Navarro College cheerleading team as they prepare for the national championships, showcasing the athleticism, dedication, and drama of the sport.

  10. The Let Down: A new mother struggles to adjust to life with a baby, as she confronts the challenges of parenthood, postpartum depression, and the strains on her relationship.


Do you have any other suggestions? I would love to add them to the list!