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My friend just recently shared that she is pregnant with her first baby! I immediately started brainstorming resources for her that helped me through my pregnancies. This is what I came up…here’s a collection of pregnancy and motherhood books that hopefully other expecting mothers will enjoy reading.
10 PREGNANCY AND MOTHERHOOD BOOKS
What to Expect When You’re Expecting was my first go-to book when I found out I was pregnant. It gives monthly updates about how you might feel, all about your baby’s growth, and what to expect at doctor’s appointments. Many of my friends read this book and someone purchased it for me as soon as I shared I was pregnant.
Eating Well When You’re Expecting is another great book! This one gives a ton of information about staying healthy as your body is changing and growing a baby! Eating Well When You’re Expecting provides moms-to-be with a realistic approach to navigating healthily and deliciously through the nine months of pregnancy—at home, in the office, over the holidays, in restaurants. Thorough chapters are devoted to nutrition, weight gain, food safety, the postpartum diet, and how to eat when trying to conceive again.
I love that the authors of this book are doctors and parents! Pretty cool perspective! Some of the features are:
- week-by-week updates on baby’s growth and month-by-month changes for mom
- 40-week pregnancy calendar
- symptoms guide
- review of important pregnancy decisions
- advice on how to get pregnant
- advice on meal planning, exercise, medication use and parenthood.
- AND find answers to those embarrasing questions!
This book is from a natural childbirth perspective, Ina May draws upon her thirty-plus years of experience, as the nation’s leading midwife, and she shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience.
Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience
Your Best Birth is a great book to help prepare you for childbirth (whether natural or not). The authors want you to know all of your options, discover the natural choices, and take back the birth experience. What you will discover is that you have a choice, and you have the power to plan the kind of birth that’s right for you-whether it is at a birth center, a hospital, or at home.
There comes a time in every new mother’s life when she finds herself staring at her screaming, smelly “bundle of joy” and wishing someone had told her that her house would reek of vomit, or that she shouldn’t buy the cute onesies with a thousand impossible buttons, or that she might cry more than the baby. This is a great book for a mom-to-be friend with a funny approach!
This is a great book for when baby is here and you have developmental questions. This book describes how to stimulate your baby’s mental development and help him turn his 10 predictable, great, fussy phases into magical leaps forward describes the incredible mental developmental changes (leaps) and regression periods that all babies go through. Understanding the real reason behind crying, eating and sleeping problems is the only real solution every parent needs.
Are you looking for a good book for your partner to read to prepare him for becoming a daddy? The Expectant Father by Armin Brott and Jennifer Ash covers many topics that new dads want, and need, to know before Baby arrives.
Revealing the naked truth about the tremendous joys, the excruciating pains, and the inevitable disfigurement that go along with pregnancy, Jenny McCarthy tells you what you can really expect when you’re expecting! From morning sickness and hormonal rage, to hemorrhoids, granny panties, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery. It is a great book to buy yourself or for a friend who is expecting!
This is not a book to read but it’s a wonderful way to collect those memories with this one-of-a-kind family journal. Together with your partner, record your journey through parenthood and your child s transformation from baby bump to first birthday and beyond. A quirky, colorful memory book for the whole family, this keepsake will have you laughing, reflecting, and reminiscing for years to come.
I hope this collection of pregnancy and motherhood books helps some of you mamas-to-be prepare for your little bundle of joy to arrive. I know reading helped me so much throughout my pregnancy. I would love to hear any more of your baby book suggestions. Leave your favorite in the comments below.