Pregnancy books are the best escape for bookworm mamas. Not only do they keep the mother positively entertained but it also is a means of gathering a lot of candid, verified information as the baby bakes in one’s stomach. While the internet could also help you with possibly everything you might want to know, pregnancy books are always more recommended because books, at large, don’t run a risk of flawed information.
On that note, having our nerdy mama's back, we read tons of reviews to compile this list of some of the best pregnancy books to read during pregnancy!
1. Nurture A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood - and Trusting Yourself and Your Body
Priced at $15.95, this best pregnancy book for first time moms is written by Doula Erica Chidi Cohen, a doula herself. Each page of the book holds your hand and acts as your companion through your pregnancy. Apart from comforting information on pregnancy right from the early days of conception, all the way to the early postpartum phase, it also includes some easy recipes and physical as well as spiritual exercises to keep your spirits up high.
2. The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy
A rather witty and untraditional pregnancy guide, The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy could be regarded as a brutally honest and one of the best pregnancy books for first time moms. Written in an unabashed, unapologetic, and unfiltered tone, this book helps you look at your pregnancy in a fun yet reassuring way. For mothers who have been feeling the pressure of having the ‘perfect’ pregnancy, think no more, add this to your cart, and thank us later! Priced at $10.48.
3. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Parents absolutely love this book for how accurately it guides parents through the three trimesters of pregnancy. Since it comes from the Mayo Clinic, you need to have no doubts about the authenticity and genuineness. It also includes a fun 40-week pregnancy calendar activity! At just about $10, this arguably is the most reliable guide to pregnancy you can find.
4. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Authored by a seasoned activist and priced at $13.69, Gaskin in this book guides you through childbirth but does so while criticizing the traditional medical establishments and doctors. However, when some readers rightly pointed out that mothers should not be made to feel guilty if they end up needing a medical birth, Gaskin did address the issue on one of her podcasts and clarified how that was not her intention. Though controversial, it also is an interesting read as it vividly describes the physical sensations women could expect while giving birth. One of the reviews we clearly remember said “helps you feel more optimistic about labor,” now is that not a viable selling point?
5. Expecting Better
Well, you already know the kind of a positive experience a book would be if it is titled ‘Expecting Better!’ Written by Emily Oster, this book is authored in an unconventional approach and It reviews pregnancy health studies, evaluating the quality of their methodology at the end of each review. Emily’s goal, essentially, is to help the readers make informed decisions through the pregnancy. A data-driven book, this one also smashes some common misconceptions about foods to eat and foods to avoid during pregnancy. For example, Emily actually shares viable evidence to prove that very light drinking is fine during pregnancy! While some people absolutely love this book and some others heavily criticize it, in our opinion, you definitely should give at least the sample chapter a try! Priced at $12.79.
6. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Focusing on a particular niche, as the name suggests, Womanly Art of Breastfeeding could prove itself as an ultimate guide to breastfeeding, especially for parents who wish to exclusively breastfeed. At about 19$, it does not just provide in-depth information on the nuances and recommended techniques of breastfeeding but it also goes a step ahead to empower new mothers and reassures that all will fit in just right.