5 Great Books To Read Before & During Pregnancy

Nov 16, 2015

Whether you’re trying to conceive, or you recently found out you’re pregnant, you need the best pregnancy books to guide you on your journey to mami-hood. Reading books may make the weeks go by quicker, and prepare you for that impending bundle of joy. Of all the titles out there, here are 5 best pregnancy books.

  1. The Happiest Baby On The Block

    This book helps parents learn how to re-create the womb-like environment baby was in for nine months, sooth him and curb hours of crying. Its major principles include soothing your baby using the five “S’s”: Swaddling, Side/Stomach, Shushing, Swinging, and Sucking.

  2. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy And Childbirth

    One of the best pregnancy books uses humor to describe the nine months of topsy-turvy hormone-induced highs and lows that pregnancy brings. Former Playboy cover girl and actress Jenny McCarthy candidly shares her journey through pregnancy, poking fun at things like constipation and barfing (yes she actually has a chapter named Barf-O-Rama.). Her chapters have fun humorous names like Granny Panties, Psycho Chick, and Is that an Apple on Your Rectum, or Are You Just Happy to See Me? (hemorrhoids).

  3. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected

    This book is very inspirational. It is a memoir from blogger Kelle Hampton, who went through pregnancy and unexpectedly delivered a baby girl with Down syndrome. She writes about her painful journey of facing her newborn daughter’s diagnosis but ultimately finding the beauty in the cards that life dealt her. Bloom can help you too realize that this new bundle of joy may or may not come with unexpected complications, but you can always find the strength and courage to find the beauty in whatever life will bring.

  4. Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads

    This is one of the best pregnancy books for new dads.  It is written by a man, for men, so the writing speaks to them in their language of: What’s broken and how can I fix it?  Not only does it break down what impending fatherhood will entail, but it also gives them advice and tips on how to treat their partners should they develop Postpartum Depression. It also includes tips on feeding and bathing the baby, making them feel part of this special bonding experience.

  5. What To Expect When You’re Expecting

    This is considered the pregnancy bible that most recently inspired a Hollywood movie with the same name starring Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz. It breaks down exactly what women should expect every single month during their pregnancy. It also provides answers to many questions such as: Could using my smartphone be harmful for my unborn baby? and Can I use sugar substitutes? The book answers practically any question a soon-to-be mom may have, and then some.

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