Pregnancy is one of the most special times in the life of any woman. Her body goes through a myriad of changes–a full-on, non-stop package of changes for 9 months.
It comes with both anxiety and the unbounded joy of bringing forth a fresh new life into this world. We also find out the growing discomfort of all the body changes presents an additional set of challenges throughout the pregnancy.
No woman will forget these 9 months of her life ( I know I never will!), no matter how many times she goes through it. This can also be a time filled with questions, anxiety, and nervousness for the father-to-be. So what’s the best way to deal with all these changes to your physical and emotional body? The answer is simple: Information. You’ll want to be backed with all the information and support you can get. Now, the online revolution has made everything, including pregnancy information, very “digital”. But I’m still going to say, nothing can beat a good old book, packed with wisdom and advice of childbearing. So grab a copy, curl up with your partner, and settle down for a peaceful evening with two steaming mugs of coffee (decaf, of course for the mom to be)!
To help you with some great information, we’ve put together our Lil’ Baby Cakes list of the 10 great pregnancy bestsellers (definitely not to be missed):
1. What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi E. Murkoff
This one just had to make it to the top of our list. It’s a book for the new moms of the new era. It’s THE most thorough pregnancy book written in a friendly voice. Dozens of questions like week-by-week fetal growth, pre-conception, and carrying multiples are answered. Even issues with current trends in lifestyle like belly piercings, tattooing, and aromatherapy, are discussed in relation to your growing baby.
2. Your Pregnancy Bible by Anne Deans
It’s been around for years, and now it’s available in a new and revised version! It’s been written by an accomplished team of specialists and is filled with basically ALL that parents-t-be need to know – from the first trimester right down to the birth and care of your beloved newborn. Emma’s Diary calls it, “The most comprehensive pregnancy manual on the market.”
3. The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Lovine
In this one, the gun-loving author shares with her readers her personal experiences with pregnancy and also relays parts of her friends’ pregnancies. Definitely a good read if you’re looking for something a little toned down, yet still informative. She believes the best way a woman can learn and cope with all the challenges that come with pregnancy is through a fellow woman who has gone through the same process. Any questions an expectant mother may have from morning sickness to tender breasts have been answered.
4. Maitland Maternity by Marisa Carroll
This is a fictitious and exciting story about a a mother and her pursuits for love. If you’re looking for a change from the regular informational tone, you should try this novel. It tells the tale of a stubborn protagonist who ignores letters and heartfelt mementoes from a mother who gave her and her brothers and sisters up to adoption, 25 years too late. Simultaneously, Lana’s tribulations with raising her child with a foreign lover teach her how the decisions made in love aren’t necessarily easy all the time.
5. Baby 411 by Denise Fields and Ari Brown M.D.
This book is in its’ 4th printing. It contains over 500 pages of useful information to guide the new mom in the care of the newborn . Tips about health, sleep, and nutrition are covered using a question and answer format which makes it easy to maneuver through the book and pick out the most timely topics. You’ll keep this as a ready reference as you begin the transition from being pregnant to becoming a mom. Lastly, the book features a decent glossary of terms and some reference pages that contain growth charts and additional recommended reading material.
6. Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy
You’ll simply adore this Jenny’s tone of writing. Fun, yet jam-packed with everything you need to know about pregnancy and child birth. Furthermore, this book has made it possible for women to discuss issues problematic issues such as hemorrhoids and bowel movements that occur during childbirth. Such topics have always been left unspoken in the dark ages, as it was not “lady like” or proper.
7. The Pregnancy Journal; a Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy by A. Christine Harris
This book gives mothers the opportunity to write down their experiences right from conception to birth. You get to see the physical changes as well as those of the unborn baby on a daily basis. I know women have different opinions about keeping a journal so this may not be the best choice for everyone. But for me, I personally think over the years, this can be a timeless resource to go back and read to revisit some years down the road.
8. The Bloke’s Guide to Pregnancy by Jon Smith
Finally something for our expecting daddy! If you or your partner are looking for some information and advice from a male point of view, this is your book. It’s been based on real-life stores and interviews from more than a 100 fathers. It’s going to teach the father-to-be what to expect, how to deal with it, and maybe even love the experience along the way.
9. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
In this book, Ina May Gaskin, one of America’s top midwives, shares with you all the hidden secrets and wisdom relating to childbirth. Sharing a treasure box full of information that only comes from 3 full decades of experience, Ina gently takes you through everything from why the natural birth method is preferred to realizing the beauty of the experience. It tells you the true facts about what happens during labor and gives you invaluable tips. If you’re looking for those things your doctor didn’t necessarily tell you, this is a must-read.
10. What to Eat When You’re Expecting by Dr Rana Conway
With the help of this book, women learn more about the best foods to eat during pregnancy, not only better for her, but also to the advantage of the unborn baby. I know that nutrition can be hard to focus on when your body is doing “flip-flops” all the time but with some effort this book can really help with a critical part of your pregnancy.
I hope that these fantastic top-selling pregnancy reads help you and your partner to make your pregnancy journey as smooth and easy as possible. Maybe your favorite book is not on the list. If not, feel free to add a comment with your favorite and let’s make this post grow to be a resource for all the new moms-to-be out there. I know I had plenty of resources to read when I was pregnant, so I wanted to at least try to offer a starting list based on today’s most popular reads. Happy reading!