Being a mom isn’t an easy mission, and the very idea of it may be quite frightful. As new responsibilities and lifestyle are imposed, you feel the urge to be fully informed and well-prepared. I hereby recommend to you these top 10 best pregnancy books at which you may want to have a look!
1. Mayo Clinic: Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Written by the most credible professional doctors and parents, Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy is a reliable reference for future moms. Although professional, its language is quite easy and intelligible. It is well organized, being divided into three main sections: pregnancy, childbirth and newborn. It provides thorough and detailed information about each stage, dictating what should necessarily be done in each.
In the first chapter, it puts forth the weekly changes that your body witnesses, providing a clear-cut explanation. Moreover, it also showcases to you well-illustrated stages of your baby development and informs you of the naturally expected emotional changes. By mentioning the possible problems you can face, and warning you about their danger- or comforting you-, it makes your experience more comfortable and less bewildering.
Towards the middle of the book, there is a ‘decision-making guide,’ helping you to make the best decision for each case. For example, whether or not to breastfeed, have another child, etc. Providing you with an objective examination, it lists the advantages and disadvantages of each without subtly orienting you in any direction. It is up to you to choose what you deem convenient.
The book is bulky; it needs to be read as a reference guide.
2. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is written by the leading midwife- Ina May- with experience as much as 30 years. The book advocates natural birth and was published in various medical journals. Promoting the natural way of birth-giving, the book firmly refutes the usage of any medicament and disapproves of C-section. You should remember this, but there is more to the book than these sections.
This book is read and chosen by many women, for it is made for both advocates and opponents of natural birth giving. Birth giving is such difficult and nightmarish an experience to undergo that frightens most women, for this exact reason the book is made: to loosen up your fear and comfort you. It also narrates the full stories and experiences of numerous moms. Nurses often recommend this book to future moms who are terribly afraid of birth giving.
The book also tackles the concept of orgasmic delivery.
It is divided into two major sections, and I reckon that you discover the second one first. This part thoroughly examines the process of childbirth, focusing upon the biological phase, which serves anyone, even those who opt for a hospital birth. Concerning the first part, it is kind of a narrative text, centering upon stories of moms who had natural births.
Briefly, the second section is the most exciting part of the entire book, especially for those who do not intend to have a natural childbirth, as it is entitled to everyone to read.
3. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is devoted to addressing the issue of breastfeeding, helping you make the best decision about whether or not to breastfeed. It also contains information about pumping breastmilk, which has become common among mothers nowadays.
The book answers all your questions and concerns and is perfectly specific and detailed. Peculiarly, it showcases equally common and uncommon scenarios, solving all your problems, even the weirdest! It is divided into chapters, each entirely covering a specific concern.
It is recommended to be read as a reference guide rather than cover-to-cover, going directly and quickly to the topic you want to learn about. Reading the whole book might be tiresome and unnecessary, as it is filled with details about which you are not necessarily concerned.
Unlike the previous book, this one is somehow a bit biased and judgmental. For instance, it conspicuously makes a stance against working mothers, insisting on the fact that they should stay at home, which is less likely to happen amid our contemporary demanding lifestyle.
The authors also advocate natural childbirth, and firmly criticize the use of medication and C-section.
4. The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dad-to-be
Best Pregnancy Books for Dad: Unlike other books, this one unexpectedly addresses future dads. There are few books for dad-to-be, and this one is quite efficient. It is written by a dad, which adds to its originality, reliability,and competence.
It is well-written, covers all the pregnancy process, and divided into sections, each focusing on a specific month and the physical as well as the psychological state of their partner. In a quite humorous language, it broadens your knowledge as a father, makes your mission easier and relieves your worries.
The last chapters of the book are about the labor and the delivery of the baby, along with the emergencies that may occur. It is meant to raise dads’ awareness about certain contingencies for them to be well-prepared.
The book can be read cover-to-cover, as it is funny and easy to understand. It is not full of information about the baby development. The book centers on the father’s side of the experience and is highly recommendable.
5. The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful advice, and Uncensored Truths
The Pregnancy Countdown Book is written by both doctors and parents and provides you with a detailed description and examination of the entire 280 days of your pregnancy.
It contains a monthly guide that informs you about all what you need to be aware of: the naturally expected events and changes your body undergoes. It neither hides any unpleasant detail or embellishes the truth, nor does it hyperbolically describe the pain. It simply puts forth an objectively detailed depiction and is loaded with invaluable pieces of advice and instructions.
Varicose veins, stretch marks, what food to eat, when to stop flying, and how and when to tell friends and family are all questions that bewilder you, but you may feel ashamed or afraid to ask. This book is made to answer all your questions and examines all the problems you are going to struggle with.
The author also devotes a part to talk about the significance of pregnancy to both parents, providing some tricks to dads, and pointing out how they can help deal with stress and struggle.
More interesting, in comparison to other books, is the author’s unbiased stance. It, indeed, does not impose ready-made decisions, but inform you with all that you need to know to make a healthy choice. It also contains funny quotes from moms, which adds to the book a humorous tone.
6. The Nourishing Tradition Book of Baby & Child Care:
The book focuses upon the healthy and nutritional facet of pregnancy, providing in-depth and well-researched information. However, The Nourishing Tradition Book of Baby & Child Care presents some unreasonable and, to an extent, ridiculous ideas. For instance, the author is firmly against vaccinations.
The book is a detailed representation of the core of nutrition, addressing everything from vitamins and minerals that are fundamental during pregnancy, to healthy fats and their importance. It also deals with the issue of every-day exposure to toxic chemicals, explaining its dangers, alongside infant formula and its nutritional values.
It is very rich and tackles many steps, from the very beginning of pre-gestation to the manner in which you should hold your baby, to its childhood. One of the most exciting parts is that devoted to baby stuff, for it lists specific information about baby safety, toxic crib mattresses, risky baby jumpers and walkers, tricks concerning childproofing, germs, and so on. This is what makes the specificity and originality of this book, as other books fail to address these details.
Although well-researched and full of nutritional and medical advice, the book does lack some references, so you may like to double-check.
All in all, it is a well-written book, loaded with all the information you need to know about pregnancy and parenting.
7. 40 Weeks + The essential Pregnancy Organiser
40+ Weeks is a sophisticated pregnancy planner neatly designed, researched and organized. Practical as it is, its size is so small that it can be put in your purse.
Unlike the previously mentioned books, 40 Weeks+ is not loaded with medical information, it is rather much like a tool to simplify your journey into preparing for your baby. Each section has, in the beginning, an introductory text which meant to make your access to information easier. It is loaded with helpful checklists, forms, and questionnaires that help you prepare the details for your baby’s first months.
The book is organized in a manner in which you can insert pictures and such things; nonetheless, it is primarily an organizer book, which perfectly serves its purpose. Highly helpful as it is, you may wonder if you could have succeeded without it. Fortunately, it is not filled with cutesy pictures.
It also serves you after pregnancy, providing you with the opportunity to note down things such as diaper changes, feedings and anything you’d like to immortalize about the experience.
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8. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: Complete Guide:
At the beginning of the book, the authors start with underlying the change and development of both the mother and the baby and mention some exciting and valuable tips and that other books fail to include such as diet and exercise.
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn centers around natural childbirth. Although the authors are plainly natural childbirth advocates, they do not reorient you into that direction. In fact, they tackle both natural and medicated childbirths, leaving you chose what suits you. In this sense, the book is quite relieving, as it does not overwhelmingly abhor medicated childbirth.
Interestingly, the book does not refer only to the typical husband-wife relationship; it also applies to same-sex couples and all mothers, fathers,and partners.
Towards the end of the book, the writers focus upon the first months of your baby’s life. It provides you with accurate illustrations as to how to hold your baby. It also covers the issue of breastfeeding, poop and diapers, and all that you should and shouldn’t worry about.
All in all, the book centers around pre-pregnancy.
9. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth
Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth is written in a practical, yet humorous language. The book is loaded with jokes, for it is meant to be primarily humorous. Its style is distinctive from other books, as it is not detached and clinical, but rather conversational and is much like a diary. While describing and informing about the struggles and sufferings during pregnancy, the author is entirely and straightforwardly franc and honest. Unlike the other books, it is not divided into chapters or organized; it rather jumps from topic to topic.
Bluntly, the book is not one of a kind, and it is not the best reference upon which you can rely, as it is written by an actress, Jenny McCarthy, who is not a professional, no is she an expert in the medical field. Nonetheless, regarding the fact that she is a mother, sharing her experience is always helpful.
Belly Laughs is undeniably an enjoyable and playful book, but it is insufficient to be read alone. You will certainly need to read more informative books, but with its joyful style, it is always good to read.
10. Preggatinis: Mixology for the mom to be
The book does not focus on pregnancy per se, but rather on moms. Preggatinis: Mixology for the mom to be centered upon alcohol-free cocktails. The recipes are classified according to each stage of the pregnancy and their symptoms. The very idea is funny, and the cocktails are really innovative and tasty.
The recipes are often based on fresh fruit and vegetable juice, herbs and home-made syrups, each coupled with its nutritional information.
It also provides tips on devirginizing alcoholic cocktails.
This funny and helpful book, though not informational, serves as a great baby shower gift.
Books that I Couldn’t Recommend
Let’s briefly cover the books I couldn’t recommend. What to Expect When You’re Expecting is a well-known series and is currently on its 4th edition. Personally, I found that it is not well-documented and lacks references. Most importantly, it develops a condescending and blameful tone and is not quite informative.