5 Books to Read While Pregnant
April 6, 2016
If every woman’s pregnancy was exactly the same, I suppose there wouldn’t be a need for the vast array of pregnancy literature available. But I think it’s safe to say that no two pregnancies have ever been just alike. From feeling the first kicks, deciding on a name, making plans with your partner and preparing for the delivery, there are a lot of big moments and decisions, and even more options and ways to experience them. So here is a round-up of some good reads for you and your partner as you prepare to welcome your baby into the world. Don’t forget to let us know your favorites in the comments if we missed any must-reads or top books to read while pregnant. Oh, and since we already know you’re going to be the greatest parent in the world, you deserve a little something extra for all of this researching, like… an Owlet gift card for $100?! Enter to win at the bottom of this post!
- Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy – by Jena Pincott
This may be the most entertaining book you read during your pregnancy. This book is basically answers for all of those random thoughts and curiosities you have during pregnancy. Some of questions explored include:
- Does stress sharpen your baby’s mind–or dull it?
- Can you predict your baby’s temperament?
- How can the cells left behind by your baby affect you years later?
- Why are your dreams more vivid?
- Do fidgety fetuses become feisty babies?
- Where does maternal instinct come from?
- Can men breastfeed?
- Do mommies have better brains?
The author cites extensive research and you will be the sharpest pregnant woman on the block with all of the interesting facts you’ll learn from this book. Just make sure make this book a supplement read to some more on-topic books about pregnancy so you don’t miss some of the more relevant issues going on with your pregnancy. You can find this book on Amazon here.
- So That’s What They’re For: Breastfeeding Basics by Janet Tamaro
Don’t you just love all of the recent movements to “normalize” breastfeeding?! Because hello, it IS normal. And this book is a must for learning all about breastfeeding. Whether you’re already confident in your breastfeeding skills, having a hard time breastfeeding and getting discouraged, or trying to learn more about it, this book is for you. Just go read the reviews on Amazon. This book helped some women through their breastfeeding fears, and even convinced some women who were weirded out by breastfeeding and set on bottle-feeding into trying and succeeding in breastfeeding. Order this book here.
- Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who are Parents, Too!
This is your go-to book for anything you probably shouldn’t “google.” It includes a week-by-week pregnancy guide, symptoms references, and even advice for handling difficult decisions including breastfeeding, circumcision, going back to work, etc. When you want accurate information from a reputable source, this is your book. It was written by doctors who are also parents, so they know their stuff and are passionate about it. You can get it here.
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting – 4th edition OR 5th edition by Heidi Murkoff
In May, the newest edition of What to Expect will be released, but if you need an absolutely thorough and friendly resource for almost everything you can think of pregnancy-related, you need the current edition TODAY. This edition includes an expanded chapter for preconception information and a new section for mothers who are carrying multiples. This book is constantly updated to include information about the newest trends that could affect your pregnancy, so it’s worth buying the most recent edition. It’s a New York Times bestseller and one of USA Today’s 25 most influential books of the past 25 years, so if you order no other books, this might be a good one to have. You can purchase it here.
- The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp.
There’s been a lot of hype about this book lately, because it is said to hold the key to calming ANY crying or colicky baby. The author is a renowned doctor who says he’s found the perfect combination of “The 5 S’s: the simple steps (swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking) that trigger the calming reflex.” I’ve heard great things about this book myself and that even if you don’t feel like reading the whole thing, it’s a great resource to have not only for yourself but for the grandparents or any babysitters who many need help calming your baby in a safe and healthy way. Order it here.
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