The sheer amount of books out there for expectant mothers is staggering. Â To help you wade through all of the literature, here is a list of five of the best pre-pregnancy books to read when you are thinking of having a baby or if youâ€™re already pregnant. Â These books provide a wealth of information for expectant mothers and fathers: from the weekly changes of the fetus itself; to the physical changes that moms-to-be go through; to the emotional and financial effects that having a baby can bring.
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Best Pre-Pregnancy Books to Read
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â€œMayo Clinic Guide To A Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too!â€ by the pregnancy experts at the Mayo Clinic
If youâ€™re looking for up-to-date and accurate information on your pregnancy, look no further than this acclaimed book by the Mayo Clinic. Â This book was my pregnancy bible four years ago, my go-to when I was pregnant with my son. Â The amount of detail in the book makes it clear that it was written by health professionals, and is full of facts about your pregnancy; while the text makes it easy for the average Jane (and Joe!) Â to read with ease. Â Â A must for any expectant parentsâ€™ book collection! Â Get it from Amazon.
â€œBelly Laughs:The Naked Truth About Pregnancy And Childbirthâ€ by Jenny McCarthy
This is one of the best pre-pregnancy books to read if you need a laugh. Every mom-to-be needs a funny and honest book about what to expect during pregnancy. Â Luckily, McCarthyâ€™s book fits the bill perfectly. Â Some of the things that happen to our bodies can be very strange, very confusing and downright frightening when we’re pregnant. Â McCarthy helps put you at ease in realizing that although not all women talk about that kind of thing: not only do we all experience it, but itâ€™s also completely normal. Â A must read for first-time moms! Â Available on Amazon.
â€œIna Mayâ€™s Guide To Childbirthâ€ by Ina May Gaskin
A great book by renowned midwife, Ina May Gaskin. Â For expectant mothers seeking out as much information as possible on the benefits of natural childbirth, this book is a must read. Â The book also contains an entire section on birthing stories, which shed light on how many different ways our bodies may go into labor – there is no right way to give birth. Â An informative book that will amaze you by helping to take some of the fear out of natural childbirth. Â Buy it here.
â€œThe Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide For Dads To-Beâ€ by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash
Most pregnancy books focus on the mom-to-be, so it is truly refreshing to read a book which focuses on what a father can expect as well. Â Chock full of information regarding the babyâ€™s weekly growth, this book also includes details about Â the financial and emotional implications of having a baby. Â Full of funny New Yorker cartoons and Brottâ€™s tongue-in-cheek writing style, this is an absolute must-read for expectant fathers! Â Find it here.
â€œThe Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice and Uncensored Truthsâ€ by Susan Magee and Nara Kakisbendi M.D
This great book literally counts down every single day of your pregnancy, giving expectant mothers a descriptive guide of what to expect during their nine months. Â Each day is full of medical information, as well as tips from mothers, and relevant anecdotes and quotes. Â The book emphasizes that although pregnancy is wonderful and exciting, it also very hard work on moms-to-be. Â A must-read for expectant mothers! Â Available on Amazon.
As an expectant mom, itâ€™s important to read pregnancy books that address the specific questions and concerns that each of us has. You really canâ€™t go wrong with any of the above best pre-pregnancy books, as they each contain a wealth of information about what to expect when youâ€™re pregnant. Â I am positive that you will find at least one of these books helpful on your journey into motherhood!