So now you’re pregnant. Congratulations! Like most excited pregnant women the first thing they usually do after looking at magazines to choose baby clothes and furniture is to scour the bookstores to buy pregnancy related books. Preparing yourself for your impending birth can help have a healthier baby and a safer pregnancy. Pregnancy books can cover a multitude of topics ranging from conception to birth to baby clothes and the dangers of pregnancy. Topics aside, the focus of pregnancy books are usually to arm mothers and fathers what to expect during the 9 months of a typical pregnancy.
The bookstore is one of the best places to look for resources and books on pregnancy. One of the most popular books ever written is “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff, spent 9 years on the New York Times Best Seller’s List. 90% of pregnant women in the United States buy this book! This is a good read especially for first time moms as it outlines the various stages of pregnancy and what to expect during each one. It also expands to cover multiple births, what to do after baby is born, possible complications, a section for the dads and even coping with pregnancy loss.
Another one of the highly recommended pregnancy books is “The Thinking Woman’s Guide To A Better Birth” by Henci Goer. This book is ideal for women who want to take control of their pregnancy. It covers most aspects of a pregnancy including bodily developments. This book talks about almost all elements of a pregnancy with all the facts included.
A must have for every expecting parent is “Best Baby Name Book” by Louise Nicholson. As the title suggests, it lists names for girls and boys including origin of the name. This is one of the best baby name books out there. Names come with a detailed history and exact meaning.
If you’re a dad or birth partner planning to assist during the childbirth then Penny Simkin’s “The Birth Partner” is a must read. It’s one of the best available resources covering information on what to expect during childbirth and what one needs to know when assisting the mom through the birth.
Ebooks are now the norm as technology has provided us the convenience of the internet. If you are too lazy to go to the bookstore, there are downloadable ebooks, audio recordings and even DVD versions of pregnancy books available in the internet. Aside from ebooks, cyberspace is also a good place to find forums, tips and advice on pregnancy and childbirth.
If you’ve finished reading all the pregnancy books out there, a good source for pregnancy information is our parents! Remember that they have gone through the whole process at least once. They are some of the best people to interview as they can provide good first hand information not only about the pregnancy but also about the birthing process. Siblings and friends who have had kids are also good sources of information.