Lets face it… When it comes to books on pregnancy, and childbirth… there are a ton! And that means there are just as many crappy books out there that really shouldn’t be on the shelves, as good reads. But weeding through the titles can sometimes be a project, especially for a new mother who may not exactly know what she should be looking for.
With my oldest, I read some of the worst pregnancy books out there which scared the living crap out of me, and forced me into the train of thinking that every little bump, or movement I felt was something going extremely wrong.
So the books I think pregnant women should be skipping?
1. What to Expect While Expecting – This one scared me the most! I always thought there was something wrong. Every condition in the book my baby must have because it is in this super popular pregnancy book. Not only that, but it gives horribly inaccurate information about things like VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) even in their more up-to-date and revised copies.
2. The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy – No thanks! I read this and while at the time I thought some of it was cute, it basically beats you up if you have any interest in a natural childbirth, or something that may not be mainstream for this circle of women.
3. Belly Laughs – Anything by Jenny McCarthy when it comes to pregnancy and birth is really not worth the time of day. As most tongue in cheek books by celebrities. It should be used as comic relief, if that… not a pregnancy gospel, or learning tool.
4. Hands Off My Belly – While this book is about pregnancy and birth myths, after reading it… it really ranked up there with What to Expect because of the amount of information in there that is really backed by the way most Doctors practice today, and not real evidence based medicine.
5. Pregnancy for Dummies – Anything from the “Dummy” series should really be avoided when it comes to something like childbirth. I know that the series itself is really popular, but the books aren’t something we should be doing to as a guide for pregnancy and birth.
For a great list of recommended reading, check out 10 Best Pregnancy and Childbirth Books