It’s hard not to enter Information Overload during your pregnancy, especially with research a simple click away on your computer or smartphone. It’s good to know what your body’s going through and learn about your pregnancy. But there are a lot of great resources that often get overlooked because they don’t begin with “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”
I’d been officially planning my pregnancy since last April, so I’ve had a good amount of time for some reading. I find books to be much more soothing than Google searches, and over the past few months, a few favorites have emerged from the dozens. They’ve helped me understand what my body is going through, been a source of therapeutic journaling, and helped me come to terms with the very real possibility of having a C-section with my twins.
After the jump, check out 10 Pregnancy Books that (Almost) Everyone Should Read. And tell me: What books do you love?
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth 1 of 10This pregnancy stuff can be overwhelming at times. There's a ton of research and information out there. The author of this book does a nice job of sifting through it and putting it in simple terms that medical-dummies like myself can understand.
Buy on Amazon for $11.56
From the Hips 2 of 10I was initially interested in reading this book because one of its authors is also a contributing writer for Babble! The info provided is balanced and the authors create a total judgement-free zone, covering the pros and cons of circumcision, parenting styles, c-sections, and homebirths, as well as others.
Buy on Amazon for $14.93
Double Duty: The Parents’ Guide to Raising Twins 3 of 10This one's a newer addition to our collection, since we only found out that I'm carrying twins a few weeks ago. So far, it's been pretty helpful. It offers info to help figure out what we do and don't need with twins, and provides advice on how to cope with the tougher times of having twins.
Buy on Amazon for $13.22
Sacred Pregnancy: A Loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Moms 4 of 10This is my one-and-only pregnancy journal. This journal has allowed me to recognize pregnancy as a time for personal and spiritual growth. Its forward is by the beloved Ina May Gaskin, and the week-by-week chapters end with writing prompts.
Buy on Amazon for $12.96
What If I Have a C-Section? 5 of 10While I hope to be able to give birth vaginally, I know that my twin pregnancy greatly reduces the chance of that. So I've turned to this book to help me come to terms with the possibility of having a C-section. I've always wanted to give birth naturally, but I know at the end of the day all that matters is that my little ones arrive into this world safely.
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Confessions of the Other Mother: Non-Biological Lesbian Moms Tell All 6 of 10This book was actually given to us by another set of awesome moms, and my wife has read it cover to cover and has shared a few of the stories with me. It's a wonderful and honest book that shares the stories of what it's like to be a mom to a baby you didn't birth.
Buy on Amazon for $12.24
Gentle Birth Choices 7 of 10This is a great book that focuses on planning a family-centered birth with minimal medical intervention. It's slightly idealistic at least for my situation but I still find the information this book provides to be very useful.
Buy on Amazon for $15.59
Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth 8 of 10Sometimes, you've got to take a break from the seriousness of pregnancy. Not that I'm saying to abandon all care from from it but overloading yourself with heavy read after heavy read is enough to make you crazy. Belly Laughs is a step away from the traditional pregnancy book and covers the 9-month journey with humor.
Buy on Amazon for $10.98
Heading Home With Your Newborn 9 of 10Being pregnant is great and all, and it's easy for me to get caught up in the amazingness of growing two lives inside of me. Sometimes, I need to hone in on what exactly it's going to mean for my life after our munchkins are born. While I know nothing preps you like real-life experience, this book is very helpful and covers the first eight weeks of babies' lives outside of the womb.
Buy on Amazon for $10.85
Birthing From Within: An Extraordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation 10 of 10This is a great book to help tackle the fears of pregnancy, and while it focuses on alternative birthing experiences, it also offers sound advice for what to do after the baby arrives.
Buy from Amazon for $12.63
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