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.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations 1 of 9I 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.
$10.19 from Amazon.com
Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth 2 of 9This humorous take on pregnancy was a nice change from the more serious reading... Although I didn't agree with everything Jenny McCarthy did (why complain about your excessive weight gain and then tell me that you ate a batch of brownies ever night?!), she did make me giggle. And that, my friends, is very, very good.
$10.98 from Amazon.com
The Panic-Free Pregnancy 3 of 9EVERY PREGNANT WOMAN should read "The Panic-Free Pregnancy: An OB-GYN Separates Fact from Fiction on Food, Exercise, Travel, Pets, Coffee, Medications, and Concerns You Have When You Are Expecting." After spending the first month of pregnancy constantly talking myself off the crazy ledge, this book calmed me and washed away my fears. I have had a panic-free pregnancy, thanks largely to this book.
$11.29 from Amazon.com
How to Exercise When You’re Expecting 4 of 9As an active pregnant lady, I loved and appreciated the balanced advice in "How to Exercise When You're Expecting: For the 9 Months of Pregnancy and the 5 Months It Takes to Get Your Best Body Back." The book is broken down by trimester and offers sample at-home workouts. I am especially looking forward to do the post-pregnancy 'stroller' workout with my little one!
$10.88 from Amazon.com
Husband-Coached Childbirth 5 of 9Alright - I'm cheating. I have not personally read "Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth." My husband, however, is currently engrossed in the book, which promotes techniques for helping your wife have a medication-free labor. He is really enjoying the book and constantly approaches me with fun and interesting factoids.
$10.36 from Amazon.com
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way 6 of 9If you're interested in natural childbirth, the ONE book I highly recommend you read and memorize is "Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way." The book is so clear and easy-to-understand; plus, it comes with 'coaches tips' for the husband/birth partner to learn, too. I appreciated the pictures and diagrams and will definitely be returning to this book immediately before delivery - probably two or three times.
$12.19 from Amazon.com
Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives 7 of 9While not technically a 'pregnancy' book per say, "Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives" is an interesting mish-mash of non-fiction and memoir. The book discusses how a mother's lifestyle choices impact her unborn child's health and personality. From the Amazon.com plot summary: "[The author] discovers dramatic stories: how individuals gestated during the Nazi siege of Holland in World War II are still feeling its consequences decades later; how pregnant women who experienced the 9/11 attacks passed their trauma on to their offspring in the womb; how a lab accident led to the discovery of a common household chemical that can harm the developing fetus; how the study of a century-old flu pandemic reveals the high personal and societal costs of poor prenatal experience." Interesting, to say the least!
$17.16 from Amazon.com
The Green Pregnancy Diet 8 of 9As a vegetarian momma-to-be, I was initially very concerned about how my diet would impact my growing baby. "The Green Pregnancy Diet," which is targeted at vegetarians but can really be used by anyone interested in eating a cleaner diet and living a more chemical-free lifestyle, gave me good tips and reduced my overall anxiety.
$13.95 from Amazon.com
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 9 of 9The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is the La Leche League's official handbook for breastfeeding. I'm currently halfway through but am already so glad I picked this book up. It's easy to read and understand and FULL of useful tips.
$13.60 from Amazon.com