One of the first things many women do when they find out they are expecting is read about pregnancy. Likewise, it is not uncommon for female friends and family members to start handing over their favorite pregnancy book for their enjoyment. (Oh, in case you haven’t noticed, your friends and family will probably have lots of advice for “your” pregnancy). Anyhow, expecting moms have so many choices when it comes to reference literature. However, there are some books that standout among the stacks of books available, each for its own unique reason. With these thoughts in mind, I wanted to share my list of 5 must read books during pregnancy.
Free Stuff for Baby
There is so much to buy when you are pregnant and money can be a huge stress factor, that is why Free Stuff for Baby by Sue M. Hannah makes the list. This book is updated on a regular basis and it contains all the information you need to find and take advantage of freebies you can get on the web, in stores and by mail. It also has a comprehensive list of web resources and support groups for parents.
Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts
Often when a woman gets pregnant, she has a ton of questions she needs answers for. For this reason, Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts by Elisabeth Aron M.D. makes the list. This book is the ultimate pregnancy related FAQ. It covers every question imaginable in an easy to use guide. From questions about the third trimester to questions about labor and delivery this book has it all.
Healthy Eating During Pregnancy
This book, written by W. Allan Walker, M.D. and Courtney Humphries, is one of the best when it comes to pregnancy and nutrition. This book helps you prepare your body for pregnancy, nourish it during and replenish it afterwards. It also covers healthy recipes and dietary supplements. Whether you pick this one up when you are trying to conceive or when you are in your third trimester it is filled with useful advice.
The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy
A funny and eye opening read for expecting mothers. This book, written by Vicki Iovine, is candid, honest and reassuring. It covers what you doctor won’t discuss and your friends are embarrassed to reveal. What’s more, is that it does it in terms that the average women can understand. This book will get you from morning sickness to the third trimester and having you laughing all the way.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
By far, one of the most popular books written about pregnancy. Authored by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, this is the pregnant woman’s bible. This comprehensive book is read by an astounding 90% of pregnant women in the United States alone. This book takes you month by month and even week by week through your pregnancy. From the first to third trimester, this book is filled with useful tips, hints and explanations to get you from conception to delivery.
You can find these through your favorite local bookstore or online. I hope you find these enjoyable reads and a welcome addition to your library.