There are so many options out there in terms of what you can read during your pregnancy. Now at 40+ weeks, looking back on this wonderful and joyous experience, I feel like I’m coming from a pretty good perspective to give you my opinion of what was helpful to me during this journey. So for what it’s worth here are my picks for my top pregnancy reads. If you are going to read nothing else but a handful of things during your pregnancy, then these are the reads I would recommend going with:
- CHILDBIRTH/CONFIDENCE: — Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth — Read this book to gain confidence in your body and in the fact that your body knows how to birth your baby! Even if you don’t agree with all of the “crunchy” ideals, I think this book will be of great benefit to you and your psyche as you prepare for birth.
- BREASTFEEDING — The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding — If you read one book on breastfeeding, I’d recommend this one.
- CONNECTING WITH YOUR BABY — Meditations for Pregnancy — Hubby and I read these weekly meditations throughout my pregnancy, taking turns reading each week. While again a little crunchy, I don’t think it would be off-putting to the “non-crunchy” crowd and I think it’s a great way to connect with your partner (if you have one/if possible) and your unborn child. It was written by the creator of the hypnobirthing method. If this book doesn’t resonate with you, I would suggest finding one that does. We looked forward to this time every week.
- PREGNANCY — Babycenter updates — I do NOT recommend What to Expect When Expecting or any similar book. I was unable to find one that I didn’t feel was alarmist; they all seemed to focus a great deal of energy each chapter on the things that could be going wrong, and that wasn’t the tone I wanted to set for my pregnancy. I had a basic awareness of issues that I needed to be aware of, and beyond that I didn’t think it would be healthy for me to focus on the potential negative. Instead, I found that the weekly pregnancy updates from Babycenter.com were actually very mother- and baby-friendly, and informative.
- BABY CARE — Dr. Sears’ The Baby Book — Again, this book is not fear-based and is breastfeeding and attachment parenting friendly. If you are interested in those concepts, I would absolutely recommend exploring this book.
What books did you enjoy during your pregnancy?