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Top 5 Books to Read While Pregnant

Published April 23, 2013        by Sarah

Image by kristinbanks on FlickrPregnancy lasts nine long months, and for many moms, it’s the perfect time to learn more about motherhood, parenting, and how to do what’s best for the baby. One great way to do just that is with a bit of light reading. Here are some fantastic books you shouldn’t miss while you’re carrying your little one. Even if you're not pregnant, these would make a great baby book gift for the mama-to-be.

  1. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth: What may be on your mind more than anything else during the course of your pregnancy is actually giving birth to your new little one, and whether this is your first child or your tenth, this text should certainly be on your list of must-reads. Written by Ina May Gaskin, a midwife for more than thirty years, the book includes both stories about births she has attended as well as some advice. Inside, there are tips to help reduce pain as well as a guide to labor itself. Even if you plan to give birth in a traditional hospital setting, this book should certainly be on your list.
  2. The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth: Written by Sheila Kritzinger, this book will take you through not only your pregnancy, but also the birth itself. It’s packed full of both diagrams and important inserts that may prove helpful over the course of your nine months. It’s perfect for those who want a natural birth experience, but it also has good information on birth positions and much more so you know exactly what you want as you head into the delivery room.
  3. The Happiest Baby on the Block: Even after your child is born, you may want a bit of advice and help, and this is exactly the book you may want to refer to. It’s authored by Dr. Harvey Karp, and inside, you’ll find tips to help create the environment your baby needs right out of the gate. It can be particularly helpful if your baby gets colicky in those early days.
  4. The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy: It can be a little boring to read what seems like a manual on pregnancy, and this one will give you the information you need without the textbook-like tone. Inside you get a rundown on what actually happens to your body as well as how to remain stylish during the long months of gaining more weight. It even has discussions on topics like in vitro, C-sections, and other technologies that often surround pregnancy. It’s perfect whether you’re a first time mother or not.
  5. The Diaper Diaries - The Real Poop on a New Mom’s First Year:  As important as the pregnancy is, the birth is what you’re really looking forward to, and this book will not only take you through birth itself, but the next twelve months that follow as well. In a hilarious tone, you’ll find great stories, cartoons, and tips that can help you get through those long twelve months ahead.

Pregnancy isn’t always the easiest time in the world, but with books like these, you (or your friend/family member if this is a pregnancy congratulations gift) should manage to make it through in one piece.