updated 07/04/20 by Mellindi
My preferred style of play is legacy style which means there’s almost always someone in my sim family having a baby. Pregnancies, as-is, are a little lackluster to me so here are a few of my favorite mods and some extra tips using MC Command Center and Wicked Whims (18+) that I think makes the whole pregnancy experience much, much better.
Note for Beginners: If you’re new to installing custom content, check out this step-by-step guide.
MC Command Center and MC Woohoo by deaderpool
If you’ve read any of my other mod suggestion articles, you know that MC Command Center and often MC Woohoo is almost always included in the list. This is because it has so many useful features that enhances and improves pretty much every aspect of the game. In regards to pregnancy, with MC Command Center you can:
- Customize the pregnancy duration (tutorial towards the end of the article)
- Enable “pregnancy mood swings” which allows your pregnant sim to experience various pregnancy related moods
- Start a new pregnancy for any sim with any partner without needing to woohoo or try for a baby first
- End any pregnancy
- Change or pause the pregnancy phase at any time
- Alter the number of babies as well as choose the gender of babies for any active pregnancy
- Turn on aging for pregnant sims
With MC Woohoo you can:
- Enable autonomous Try for a Baby
- Enable Risky Woohoo for surprise pregnancy possibility
- Enable teen pregnancy
Wicked Whims (18+) by turbodriver
Wicked Whims is a sex mod, yes, but it’s so much more than nowadays. For the purpose of this article, let’s talk about what it can do for pregnancies:
- There’s detailed menstrual and fertility cycles that determine when your sim can get pregnant. To keep track of their cycle, your female sims can take a fertility test using the toilet (just like the pregnancy test) or use the app in their phone.
- If you’re not a fan of the menstrual cycle, you can use the simple pregnancy mode instead where a chance of pregnancy (percentage set by you) could result with each act of unprotected sex or even protected sex if you choose “Realistic Mode” in the birth control settings.
- When your sim goes into labor, their “water breaks” and a puddle appears on the floor beneath them.
If you’re interested in using Wicked Whims but can do without all the autonomous sex stuff, check out my article, Making Wicked Whims a Little Less … Wicked, for a step-by-step guide to toning down the settings. (I’ll be updating that article very soon to match the current set up of the Wicked Whims setting menu along with steps to toggling off additional settings not covered originally so be sure to watch this space 😊)
Slice of Life by kawaiistacie
This is another mod that comes up quite frequently here because it adds so much to gameplay. When it comes to pregnancy, there’s a chance your pregnant sim may experience various emotions related to pregnancy and once the baby’s born, the memory system kicks in to make sure both parents always remember that special day.
Pregnancy Overhaul by littlemssam
This mod does so much for pregnant sims and has a little something for all kinds of players. Some of the highlights include:
- Smaller or larger pregnant bellies
- Disabling the pregnant walkstyle
- Unlocked interactions such as yoga, swimming and dancing for sims in their first and second trimesters
- Optional add-on for the possibility of death after childbirth
Small Pregnancy Overhaul by bienchen83
This mod is a small one that comes with two packages. One that allows pregnant sims to age (you don’t need this if you have this setting enabled with MC Command Center) and another that adds a cute little idle where your pregnant sim randomly rubs her belly.
scroll down to or search for “smallpregnancyoverhaul”
Risky Woohoo and Try for Baby Chances by PolarBearSims
For those of you who don’t use MC Woohoo, this mod allows you to have risky woohoo and adds some other interesting additions such as: custom fertility levels for each sim, possibility of infertility and pregnancy difficulties for those who want even more realism with pregnancies.
Ultrasound Scan by littlemssam
I ALWAYS want to know the gender and number of babies before they’re born so I can start picking out names and decorating nurseries but I hate having to cheat using MC Command Center. With this mod, once your sim reaches the second trimester, you can send them and their partner to the gynecologist (rabbit hole location) to find out the gender. When they return, about 1-2 sim hours later, the pregnant sim will have a copy of the ultrasound in their inventory that reveals both the gender and number of babies. It functions as an in-game photograph and can be hung on a wall. They even receive a special happy moodlet whenever they view it and copies can be made to give as gifts to relatives. The cost of the ultrasound visit is $75.
No Gender Chance (Pregnancy) by littlemssam
Prevents certain actions such as eating specific fruits or veggies and listening to specific music stations from influencing the gender of your sim’s child. Super helpful if you want to be surprised at the birth or if you just don’t want to end up with a house full of girls because mama has a thing for strawberries and Pop music, lol.
Power Napping on Sofas by littlemssam
Pregnant sims get tired very easily but unfortunately, just like in real life, they still have responsibilities to take care of. Most sims don’t have time for 3 hour naps in the middle of the day so this mod fills their energy up just enough to make them functional without ruining bedtime in only 30 sim minutes. Also useful for toddlers who also need frequent naps during the day as well.
Parenting Skill for Teens and More by littlemssam
This one technically isn’t related to pregnancy but is important if you want to have teen pregnancies or if you have a teen in your household that helps care for younger siblings. Also unlocks parenting interactions for other family members such as: grandparents, cousins, step-siblings, aunts, uncles, etc…
Family Matters by bienchen83
Currently, a special happy moodlet is only given to the child’s other parent whenever the pregnant sim does the “share big news” interaction. I always thought it was odd that siblings or grandparents didn’t receive one as well. This mod changes that and allows everyone to be happy about the big news.
scroll down to or search for “familymatters”
Customizing Pregnancies with MC Command Center
If you like to play with custom age spans, the default three day pregnancy length may feel a little too short. If that’s the case, you can customize this using MC Command Center to fit your needs.
To do this: Click on any computer then “MC Command Center”. From there, click on “MC Pregnancy” > “Other Pregnancy” > “Pregnancy Duration”. Here, you can enter the number of days that works best for you. I tend to switch between 3 and 6 days based on the number of days I have set for YAs, just as an example.
Customizing Pregnancies with Wicked Whims
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I like a little bit of realism when it comes to my sim’s pregnancies so I use the menstrual cycle option in Wicked Whims to achieve this. Just like in real life, sims will have a menstrual cycle that determines their fertility levels and when they can get pregnant. You can customize this as well as the effectiveness of birth control for a “risky woohoo” kind of situation.
If you have Wicked Whims installed, menstrual cycles are usually enabled by default but just in case they aren’t: click on any surface or sim then click the “Wicked” option then “Settings”. From the main “Wicked Whims Settings” screen, click “Sex Settings” > “Pregnancy Settings” > “Pregnancy Mode” > “Menstrual Cycle”.
Sometimes, in real life, birth control can be a little tricky. If you want the same for your sims, you can customize the effectiveness of birth control when used. From the main “Pregnancy Settings” menu, click “Birth Control Mode” then choose “Realistic”. This is another option that is usually enabled by default so if you don’t want any unplanned pregnancies on your hand, be sure to toggle on “Perfect Mode”.
These are just a few of my favorite ways to customize pregnancies that I hope you find useful for your game.
credits: littlemssam, biechen83, deaderpool, turbodrivr, polarbearsims, kawaiistacie (for their awesome and absolutely necessary mods!)