Best Books to Read When You’re Expecting
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is written by Ina May, who is well-known midwife. If you are thinking about a natural birth this is your book. If you are giving birth, you should read this book. Though it talks about no-intervention birth, it also about giving birth in general and provide alot of positivity and empowering no matter how nervous, excited, or apprehensive you are about giving .
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy is written by doctors who are parents as well. This book is very straightforward and very informative. In fact, many people described this book as “informative without being scary” and “no fluff.”
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The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy is a book that very light hearted and chatty about pregnancy from a girlfriends point of view. This is an easy read without being to medical textbook of pregnancy.
Belly Laughs is written by celebrity Jenny McCarthy. This is supposed to be the funny side of pregnancy and some very true things about pregnancy that we are too embarrassed to share. This is a great gift for showers *hint hint* This is not an advice book so do look for advice in this book. (Check out the updated 2015 version here)
The Happiest Baby on the Block is written by Dr. Harvey Karp and gives you a better understanding of your new baby and ways to calm your baby and techniques that work to put them to bed as well. Honestly, if this is your first time hearing about this book, you should get this book.
(Check out the updated 2015 version here)
The Baby Owner’s Manual is written by a board certified pediatrician and it’s a manual for your baby. This book can be described as informative, funny and highly recommended. Another great baby shower gift *hint.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is written by the La Leche League. If you are considering breastfeeding, wants to breastfeed, is breastfeeding, or having trouble breastfeeding should read this book.
Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple is written by IBCLC Nancy Mohrbacher. Mothers who are going back to work and wanting to breastfeed after the return to work.
Are there any books you would recommend?
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