My Shortlist Of The Best Pregnancy Books:
Whether you’re trying to conceive or expecting your first child, pregnancy books can not only provide you with valuable information, but also ease some of the anxiety you may be feeling. Getting through a pregnancy and giving birth is no easy task, so the more you know, the easier it will be. I’ve compiled a list of the best pregnancy books to help you through all stages of pregnancy from conception to childbirth.
For Women Who are Trying to Conceive: Pregnancy Miracle
Fertility issues can be frustrating, but they’re not uncommon. Whether you’re trying to get pregnant for the first time or working on expanding your family, Pregnancy Miracle can help you overcome those fertility issues that are preventing you from conceiving.
The best part? The author recommends natural techniques that will not only help you get pregnant faster, but improve your overall health in the process.
Pregnancy Miracle focuses on using Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture to:
- Balance your hormones
- Eliminate any energy (qi) blockages that are causing fertility issues
- Boost his sperm count
- Reduce stress
- Eliminate toxins
- Improve blood flow
- Create a diet that supports a healthy pregnancy
In addition, you’ll also learn effective Qi Gong exercises to help ease tension, revitalize your qi, and eliminate stress.
All in all, Pregnancy Miracle is a comprehensive, well-rounded pregnancy guide that will help you and your partner put your fertility issues behind you.
I highly recommend this guide to any couple who is struggling to get pregnant and looking for natural, alternative therapies.
For Expecting Moms: Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
The Mayo Clinic’s Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy offers reliable and accurate information on healthy pregnancies. It also offers some fun extras, like weekly updates on your baby’s growth, a pregnancy calendar, and information on the monthly changes you’ll go through.
This is one of the best books on pregnancy if you’re already expecting.
Moms recommend this title over the wildly popular “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” because it’s all about the facts, and it’s not condescending in tone.
The book is broken down into different sections, including “decision guides for pregnancy”, “complications of pregnancy and childbirth”, and “pregnancy reference guide”.
Think of it as your roadmap to a successful birth.
For Anxious Dads: The Birth Partner
What’s the best pregnancy book for expecting dads? If you head out to your local bookstore, you’ll find that most of the books for men are, well, lame. Most use language and tone that assumes men are idiots.
The Birth Partner is different. This guide was not only designed for fathers, but for doulas and other labor companions. Basically, this book will prepare dads for the childbirth process if they plan on being hands-on. It’s the best pregnancy guide for dads who are a bit anxious about the birthing process.
Inside, the author describes what a woman will feel and go through during labor. The author has experience with natural birthing, too, but there is no bias or push to try and convince you that one birthing method is better than another.
If you’re a dad who’s concerned or worried about the birth of your child, this guide will bring you the comfort and the knowledge you need to get you (and mom) through the process.
For Pregnant Women Who are “Ready to Pop”: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
I’ve talked about a guide for dads on the birthing process, but what about moms? Labor is not a race – it’s a marathon. So, it’s best to prepare ahead of time. Knowledge is one of the best ways to prepare.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth will tell you everything you need to know about the birthing process, so you can have the best experience possible. It’s one of the best books for pregnancy if you’re in your final months and are anxious about giving birth.
The book is authored by Ina May Gaskin, a midwife with 30 + years of experience. This author is a proponent of natural childbirth, so keep this in mind if you’re considering other birthing options. She explains how women can use trust in the “ancient wisdom of their bodies” to enjoy a fulfilling and healthy birthing.
For New Moms: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
You’ve successfully given birth – congratulations on your new bundle of joy! If you’ve decided to breastfeed, you may still have unanswered questions. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding can answer those questions.
In this book, you’ll learn:
- How to prepare for breastfeeding
- How to pick up on feeding cues
- The best nursing positions
- How to properly express and store your breast milk
Illustrations are also included to make it easier to understand how to get into comfortable nursing positions.
There’s also helpful information on nursing after delivery complications or a C-section as well as how to nurse preemies, multiples or infants with special needs.
The only gripe I had with this book is that the author can be judgmental at times. They obviously have an agenda: they’re pro natural birth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping and staying home with your child.
Know this ahead of time, and don’t take these judgements too personally. The book is packed with great information on breastfeeding.
Being pregnant is an emotional roller coaster of a ride, and unless you’ve experienced it first-hand, you can’t possibly know what to expect. But reading books written by women who have been through it all can help bring you comfort and give you an understanding of what to expect. These books will provide you with the information you need to, hopefully, enjoy a happy, healthy pregnancy.