The Best Pregnancy Books for Every Woman
Are you expecting and looking for the best pregnancy books out there? Look no further! Included in this post are the best books to read during pregnancy! Looking for the best pregnancy books for dads? This post has got you covered for that too!
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Maybe you just took a pregnancy test and it came back positive… Maybe you’re 35 weeks pregnant and stressed about labor and delivery. Whatever brought you to this post, welcome! Congratulations on your coming bundle of joy! Pregnancy is a crazy, magical, stressful, hormonal, wonderful, horrible season of life. You’re wondering what to expect and want information about all the things. You’re looking for the best pregnancy books out there and I’ve got you covered. I’ve collected eight of the best books to read during pregnancy for you to look over and decide which ones are right for you!
The Best Books to Read During Pregnancy
This book is written by my blog friend Chelsea from Life with My Littles and I can’t recommend it enough. I swear this book is like talking to your girlfriend! Preggers discusses everything from trying to conceive to labor and delivery and I fully expect to see it on a best sellers list someday.
If you’ve been around more than 2.4 seconds I’m sure you’ve heard of this book. It seems like it’s on the shelves of every pregnant woman’s house… and for good reason! What to Expect covers basically everything you’ve ever wanted to know about pregnancy, labor, and delivery… and then some! It’s laid out so you can follow along month by month and know just what your body is doing as you grow your little person.
I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t read this one all the way through. I still recommend it, though! Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is fantastic for anyone preparing for a natural childbirth. It’s full of birth stories, encouragement, and scientific information about the actual act of childbirth. I didn’t read it all the way through because it’s super long winded and offers way more information than I wanted so I skimmed it and got what I needed. If you want ALL THE INFORMATION about childbirth, you’re going to want to get this book!
I never thought I could laugh so much reading a book about pregnancy as I did reading The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy. While full of fantastic information, this book is written in such a way that you feel like you’re literally talking to a girlfriend over coffee. The book is full of all the things you didn’t know you wanted information on.
This book was recently published and my midwife asked me to read it since she wanted a mom’s perspective on it. I love the premise of this book – that women’s bodies are able to deliver in the way they desire and without trauma – even if the original plans have to change. It’s a very empowering book that is full of women-power while also discussing the nitty gritty of childbirth. The only thing I didn’t love about this book is that I felt as though it discredited medical professionals a little more than I would have liked. Some birthing women truly don’t know their bodies as well as medical professionals do and it felt like some women could make unsafe choices after reading this book. All that being said, I really enjoyed reading this and felt that I learned new things even as a third time mom.
I picked up Bringing Up Bebe because my mom had read it and thought it was fascinating. She was right! The book is written by an American living in France and shares about how typical French children are raised and, in turn, behave. Apparently French children sleep through the night early, eat everything put in front of them, and are relatively obedient. The tips and tricks she picked up from observing French families were fascinating and, although some are a little intense, I learned things I’ve already implemented with great success with my boys!
I know a lot of women enter into motherhood hoping and praying that they will be able to breastfeed their precious baby. Sometimes some in depth learning can help a mama succeed. I read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding while pregnant with Caleb, my first child, and I feel as though it certainly played a part in our breastfeeding success. Will it help every situation? Of course not. But it’s a great tool to have read if you’re hoping to breastfeed your baby.
Yes, this one is for dads… But moms definitely can learn from it too! Nate was actually given this book while I was pregnant with our oldest and felt as though it taught him a ton in a fun way! It’s definitely a humerous book but it’s also full of practical information. If you’re looking for the best pregnancy book for dads, definitely check this one out!
What books would you add to this list?
Any books you’re going to read now that you’ve hear about it?
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