The ‘We’re-Pregnant’ Library: 15 Books Every Expecting Parent Needs To Read
One of the first things that parents do when they find out that they’re expecting is trying to get as much information as possible about this exciting new stage in their lives – like hitting books on the topic! But when it comes to pregnancy books, the choice is unlimited and a tad bit overwhelming. Ranging from hilarious to educational, there is so much information out to sort through; you may not know where to begin!
We know that navigating pregnancy and the earliest weeks of mommy-hood can be confusing for even the most excited of us. So we’ve rounded up a few pregnancy books that can help make your journey a little bit easier to manage!
The acclaimed national bestseller from actress Jenny McCarthy is a no-holds-barred account of what you can really expect when you're expecting. From the gassiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion, the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry - no woman is spared the discomforts and humiliations of pregnancy!
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The author of this book is a doctor who affirms newborns are in the 'fourth trimester' and gives you tools on how to help a newborn be more comfortable. He introduces the 5 ‘S’s that trigger a calming reflex in newborns. From swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking, this book gives you a comprehensive guide on how to comfort baby. We loved the insight this book offers because it has helped calm a crying newborn many, many times. It also offers a lot of insight into what colic is and why some babies have it.
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This 20-year-old classic is filled with hands-on practical advice for the dad-to-be in your life. There’s a chapter devoted to each month of baby’s first year and the new & exciting things that you can expect during those times.
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Having sold more than 50 million copies in 42 languages, Dr. Spock's book was the first widely read parenting manual that indulged both the hearts and minds of new parents. A must-have!
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For the mama-to-be that wants to learn about how her body is functioning, or needs answers to a question, Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy is simply great. It includes month-by-month pregnancy information as well as a reference section on concerns, questions, and potential complications.
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If you buy only one childbirth book, this is the one...It is the comprehensive, authoritative book which gives you a wealth of information about pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period and how to care for your newborn baby. The Most Complete: covers all aspects of childbearing from conception through early infancy. It tells what to expect during pregnancy and birth and how to work with your carers to make it a happy and healthy experience.
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Just found out you’re pregnant? Then you know it’s both incredibly exciting and just a bit overwhelming. You need a pregnancy book to help ease your worries and answer your questions. The Baby Bump: 100s of Secrets to Surviving Those 9 Long Months by Carley Roney is a comprehensive guide that includes not only expert advice, but also real-life advice from moms who have been there, done that.
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The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, covers just about every topic from conception to postpartum that you could possibly want to know about. This one-of-a-kind guidebook series from Ann Douglas is celebrated worldwide for delivering the information parents want and need with warmth, support, and a healthy dose of humor.
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The book is basically a bible to breastfeeding, answering all the questions and concerns you might have. It’s well organized into chapters on each subject, and they’re all covered comprehensively. If you are decided to breastfeed your baby, this is your book!
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The Mommy Plan, Restoring Your Post Baby Body Naturally, Using Women’s Traditional Wisdom by Valerie Lynn is a clear standout in the category on post-pregnancy care. This book has information on how your diet, activities and lifestyle can aid your postpartum recovery. There is also a nice section on ways dads or partners can best support and help with mom’s recovery on a physical and emotional level.
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You are what you eat, and that starts in the womb. “What to Eat When You’re Pregnant” teaches parents-to-be how to eat for mom’s health and baby’s development, throughout pregnancy and beyond. The nutritional guide breaks down which foods are beneficial and which ones to avoid. It even includes 50 easy-to-follow recipes!
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This handy on-the-go guide tackles pregnancy’s important questions in alphabetical order. Should you eat cookie dough ice cream? Can you wear an underwire bra? Is it safe to fly during your second trimester? “Pregnancy’s Do’s and Don’ts” answers these questions and more.
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A great resource for moms, dads, labor coaches, doulas, etc. Make your husband and birth team (abuela, cousin, BFF) read this book - so they won’t say things like “ssshhhh… it’s ok, don’t yell,” in transition.
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Humorous and honest, this must-read gives you tips on how to alleviate the dozens of discomforts associated with pregnancy and tells you what money traps to avoid. It feels like you're actually getting advice from a real mom and not a doctor!
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Another must-read pregnancy book, it's packed with information grounded in fact, with lots of great nutritional tips, exercise suggestions, and explanations of fetal development, all by the famous team of Dr. Sears!
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