My Top 10 Favorite Pregnancy Books
Monday, September 23rd, 2013
As a writer, I love books.
And as an OB nurse, I have a special passion for pregnancy, of course.
So today, I am pleased to combine two of my most favorite things and bring you…
My top 10 favorite pregnancy books! Beyond the typical “What To Expect When You’re Expecting,” here are a few of the books I have read and loved during my pregnancies.
“Belly Laughs” by Jenny McCarthy. Whatever your thoughts about Jenny McCarthy, love or her hate her, her book is absolutely hilarious. Honestly, I had never even really heard of her when someone passed her book onto me, but I laughed out loud during the entire book. Her frank and funny confessions about pregnancy fears, eating a pan of brownies by herself, and her post-baby body are well worth a read.
“Great with Child: Reflections on Faith, Fullness, and Becoming a Mother” by Debra Reinstra. I found this book at a garage sale, ironically before I even became a mother, and have read and re-read it with each of my three pregnancies. I love this book so much. It provides a look at pregnancy through a historical context that binds all mothers in the ancient mystery that surrounds birth. It’s interesting and thought-provoking and provided me with new insight every time I opened it.
“The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. This book, although not technically about pregnancy, is a fascinating look at the history of women and their fertility. It follows the ancient Biblical family of Jacob and the customs and practices that women followed–such as the “red tent” where women would be confined during their periods.
“Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born,” by Tina Cassidy. Ok, so by now, it’s pretty clear that I am a bit fascinated by the historical aspect of childbirth, and while this book has it all when it comes to looking back at the history of childbirth, it’s also a very easy and fun read. It’s eye-opening for any pregnant woman and may help her make some choices about her own birth.