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The Top 9 Books I've Read About Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting

By caitlinhtp |

Raise your e-hand if you love books. Me, me, me! So, it only seemed natural that the day I discovered I was pregnant, I whipped out my Kindle and began to download every pregnancy book I could get my e-fingers on.

Some pregnancy books are amazing… some are not. Some share new and exciting information… some just make you feel anxious and scared (What to Expect When You’re Expecting, anyone?).

Click through to see my nine favorite pregnancy books, including the best breastfeeding guide, the best natural childbirth book, and the book that stopped me from becoming a paranoid basketcase.

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Nine books that I read while pregnant

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations

I thought "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations" was a very well-written book about issues surrounding vaccinations. The book was written by a medical doctor; I thought it did a good job of tackling a controversial topic without making black and white declarations. More than anything, I appreciated the tips on how to prepare your child for vaccinations and an alternative vaccinations schedule to follow.
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0 thoughts on “The Top 9 Books I've Read About Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting

  1. Mari says:

    The description of Origins kind of freaks me out. It sounds like it’s describing how anything and everything can potentially affect the baby’s future life and livlihood. But you don’t seem to have gathered that from the book, right? So, is it not a panic-inducing text about how something traumatic during gestation could affect the kid forever?

  2. Caitlin says:

    It really does end up being a hopeful and helpful message – not scary!

  3. Julie says:

    I second the vote to Origins – really very interesting and not panic-inducing. Another book I would highly recommend is Pushed by Jennifer Block. It lays out the spectrum of options within the current field of prenatal care in the US, from c-sections and inductions to birth center and home births. That one is admittedly somewhat depressing, but I think it’s better to know what the incentives working within the medical system are and how they may affect your pregnancy and birth. That book pushed me into choosing a home birth.

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