Pregnancy is an exiting, overwhelming, and downright emotional time! There are so many questions that most women have, and it really helps to do your research. Fortunately for the women of 2017, there are nearly infinite resources out there to teach us about what to expect when pregnant. In fact, there are so many resources that it can be hard to know where to start. There are a lot of great books for pregnancy out there. Let me make it a little easier on you with this list of 5 books that every pregnant woman needs to read.
You can also check out this list of resources for breastfeeding to get prepared for your feeding journey.
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1. A book about all things pregnancy
A book like The Real Deal Guide to Pregnancy will help you to know what to expect while you are pregnant. There are so many things that happen to your body, and it will help you to know what’s coming next. Every pregnant body is different, but this book does a great job of telling you about the things that could happen and why. The approach behind it is very casual, friendly, and practical. It feels almost like reading a really great blog post as opposed to some of the stuffy, boring, factual books out there.
Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months is what I would call the dad equivalent of “The Real Deal Guide to Pregnancy.” My husband is not a book person, but he was so excited about having a baby that he bought a couple of books to learn more as soon as we found out. “Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad” (subtitled “How to get both of you through the next nine months”) went into just enough detail about the development of our baby and my pregnant body. It’s a great book that helps men know how to be a great partner during mom’s pregnancy.
2. A book about childcare
It’s really easy to get caught up in the fun of pregnancy and forget to plan for what happens next – you’re going to have a baby to take care of! That thought can be extremely overwhelming, so it’ll help to read a book or two to help you prepare. My mom bought me a funny take on this genre called The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year If you are a worrier, this may not be the book for you. Dawn Dais does a great job of explaining the reality of parenting…and that reality is that parenting can really suck sometimes! This book will help prepare you for the hardships that come along with parenthood. It is a funny retelling over her time as an infant mom.
A lighter take on this subject may be Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby’s First Year. I can’t vouch for this one myself, but it does have great reviews. If you are looking for more of a resource guide, you may opt for this instead of “Sh!t No one Tells You.”
Be Prepared is like an owner’s manual for new parents (I say parents because I definitely read and loved this book too!). It’s a great how-to guide for everything from diaper changing, to swaddling, to playing with baby. The bulleted lists and large images make it a fun, easy read. It’s a great overview for even the most clueless parent.
3. A book about fitness
Staying (or getting) fit while you are pregnant will not only make your pregnancy easier, but it will help with labor and postpartum recovery. The Everything Guide to Pregnancy Nutrition & Health: From Preconception to Post-delivery, All You Need to Know About Pregnancy Nutrition, Fitness, and Diet! (Everything®) was the first pregnancy book that I read. It really is an everything guide starting with preconception and ending postpartum. I would highly recommend this book for everyone! This book answers the questions of “What is safe to do during pregnancy?” and also includes some great exercises.
If you are not really interested in nutrition, you could call this book a 2-in-1 and skip the next category. The Everything Guide to Pregnancy Nutrition & Health: From Preconception to Post-delivery, All You Need to Know About Pregnancy Nutrition, Fitness, and Diet! (Everything®) goes just enough into nutrition to give you a good base knowledge.
4. A book about nutrition
While you are not eating for two, you are eating to nourish the growth of both yourself and your unborn child. I read
What to Eat When You’re Pregnant: A Week-by-Week Guide to Support Your Health and Your Baby’s Development It is great because it is very thorough, but that also means that it is dense. “What to Eat When You’re Pregnant” includes a week-by-week analysis of your pregnancy and how to support your growing baby. It will teach you the best superfoods at each stage of your pregnancy and includes some great recipes.
5. A journal
This one may be a stretch because you are going to write in it and not write in it. Either way, a pregnancy journal is important to have. I think that we all tell ourselves that we will go back and look at old journals, but then don’t always do it. Maybe that’s true, but keeping a journal will help you to enjoy your pregnancy and bond with your baby. The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly (Potter Style) is a cute, easy to fill in option. The writing prompts are written so that you are writing to your baby, so that makes it feel a little more conversational and fun.
If you are an avid journaler, Love Letters to My Baby: A Guided Journal for Expectant and New Mothers seems to go more in-depth and has some great reviews on Amazon. I haven’t seen this one myself, but it looks very sweet.
Experienced mamas – what were your favorite books for pregnancy?
As you are preparing for your new baby consider creating a new baby checklist or building a diaper stockpile.
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