Reading - all you need is a little light, and a bookmark! Reading is a great way to pass the time and educate yourself during your first pregnancy, particularly if you’ve had to give up some other hobbies. Here are the Bambino Tree's top picks.
Which books should I read?
If you want to find a simple book that will help with pregnancy you'll find there are hundreds of books on everything from pregnancy to childbirth and raising your newborn baby. You don’t need to read all these books, but it is not a bad idea to read a couple for reference and a couple just to enjoy. Many moms rate general pregnancy books highly and find them to be very helpful. If you want to read more in depth on a subject you’re concerned about. Whether it is going into labor, nursing, protecting your newborn, or anything else, there are many books for you.
There are so many books, how should I choose which ones to read?
The selection of pregnancy related books can be overwhelming. Some websites list 10 or 20 books that are “must reads,” but the truth is that you don’t need to read all of these to have a happy, healthy pregnancy. Here is a list of a few great pregnancy reads we recommend:
Expecting Better, Emily Oster: Dr. Oster's book is the best for empowering readers to make their own decisions when it comes to certain seemingly arbitrary rules and requirements of pregnancy, like coffee, alcohol, and prenatal testing. Oster's book is among the first to really challenge conventional pregnancy wisdom, and back it up with solid evidence.
Let’s Panic about Babies!, Alice Bradley and Eden M. Kennedy: This book will hold your hand through all stages of your pregnancy and provide relief through humor. You don’t even have to be pregnant to laugh with this book.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth: If you’ve never heard of Ina May Gaskin, she’s the Obi Wan of midwifery (I love that word). This lady knows her stuff and has been bringing babies into the world for over 30 years.
“Reading this book will make you feel confident about your body’s ability to give birth, as well as positive and excited about the birth experience.”
What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel: The number 1 selling pregnancy book is number 1 for a reason. This is a great reference tool that will help you understand your pregnancy and guide you throughout the journey
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From the trusted Mayo Health Clinic, this book has trusted answers to all your medical questions to help you have the most healthy pregnancy possible
Be Prepared, Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden: Probably better for the new dad, this is a handbook for everything he should expect for your newborn baby. This has less to do with pregnancy and more to do with raising your newborn, but it is funny and he will definitely enjoy it. Trying to get him involved and reading will be easy with this book.
The Yorkshire Pudding Club, Milly Johnson: A fun novel that tells a story about three friends and their unique experiences through pregnancy together.
From the Hips: This book features experiences from a whole collection of people (parents, doctors, midwives) so you’re not just getting one point of view. It’s praise for its non-judgement view on and friendly approach without sugar coating anything.
“The authors are clearly really funny, warm women who have BEEN THERE. They take their subject very seriously but are also capable of laughing at themselves and at this insane ride we call parenting.”
This blog post has been edited from an article originally posted on: https://www.oviahealth.com/guide/10376/books-to-read-while-pregnant