Well before I started my long fertility journey, I was scouting out the books. It’s not surprising, given that I read 200 books a year and can rarely be found without a book or my Kindle in hand. So, when the amazing day came that I did find out I was pregnant, I already had a library full of books that had come recommended or that I had scouted from Amazon reviews. A library full of books I had mostly read through already, I might add.
And so I did what any obsessive reader does. I started rereading. And this time, now that I knew I was pregnant and had a due date in mind, I found that many of the books transformed within my hands. Some became better. Some became far worse. Some I couldn’t put down. And some I wanted to throw across the room.
At the end of the day, there were a few wonderful books standing. A few amazing books I knew that I would always-and-forever and until-my-dying-days recommend to any and every pregnant woman I happened to see on the street corner.
And so, without further ado, here are my top four books for pregnant women.
Although you should ideally read this book before the positive sign pops up on that pregnancy test, it has valuable information you can use both during this pregnancy and on your next one. It’s a hefty book, and like most on this list, it is one you should buy in paper, not on Kindle, as you’ll want to highlight and fold down page after page.
I would love this book even if one of its co-authors, Pamela Redmond Satran, wasn’t a favorite family friend. If you need to name your baby (and we all do, incidentally), you’ll need this book. You’ll also need to check out nameberry.com, the new brainchild of the brilliant authors.
I hope this book needs no introduction. The odds are that unless you’ve been living on a desert island during the last seven administrations, you’ve heard of this one. And I bet you can guess the thesis. It’s the be-all, end-all pregnancy book. It tells you what to expect. (Shocker.)
Some find this an off-beat book, and even though I was born and raised in Berkeley, CA, I tend to agree. That said, even if I may not be following too many of Ina May’s suggestions, if your aim is to be informed about different birthing practices, this is your go-to guide. Read it, and either follow it to a T, or run the other way.
So what other pregnancy books did I forget on this list? Any great ones you love? Leave a comment!