5 Pregnancy Books You Should Be Reading

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When I was pregnant for the first time, I had a thirst for all things pregnancy. I wanted to know it all — what to expect, what to worry about, and how this whole life-changing thing was going to go down. I hit the bookstore and chose the popular pregnancy books that we all hear about. 

As I sat down to read them, I was a little taken aback because they just seemed to really drill the negatives of pregnancy. I worried about what I had gotten myself into and found myself constantly checking for the symptoms we're urged to watch out for. I felt so much anxiety that pregnancy and, unfortunately, that didn't get too much better when labor, birth, and postpartum came around. 

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I have read a lot of books on pregnancy over the past 8 years. There are some I'll never pick up or recommend again and others that I think are the best I've read. If you're on the lookout for a book to read yourself, or as a gift for a pregnant woman in your life, here are my top 5 pregnancy books I'd recommend:

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1) The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, by Ann Douglas

During my first pregnancy I had the first edition of this book and since the second edition release, it's just even better now. This book touches on all those important subjects without using any scare tactics you find in other pregnancy books. This has been a common “congrats on your pregnancy” gift I give to friends and family.  

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2) Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Jenny McCarthy

 I read this book for the first time when it first came out back in 2005, when I was expecting my first child. Even if you're not a fan of Jenny McCarthy, I bet you'll smile and laugh at least once while reading this book. It's full of those truths about pregnancy — the ugly ones — that no one really talks about. 

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3) From the Hips, by Ceridwin Morris and Rebecca Odes

 If you want a book that doesn't make you feel pressure to choose the “right” way to give birth, plus gives you the basics without scaring you or leaving out important information, this is the book for you. Written by two smart women, this is an honest look at all facets of pregnancy and parenting. 

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4) The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman

 You may not think you need to worry about breastfeeding until after your baby is born, but if you want to have the best start possible, read this book while you're expecting. This book offers both real-mom perspectives and medical anecdotes on preparing for the best breastfeeding relationship, so that you are set up to get just that. 

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5) Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin

 Who better to look to for childbirth advice than the nation's leading midwife? This book is all about natural childbirth — the joys, the worries, and the way to prepare yourself for the birth that you've always wanted. It will teach you to trust your body and the process, and won't scare you to death when it comes to having a natural, technology-free birth. 

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5 Pregnancy Books You Should Be Reading

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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5 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    good information

  2. John Haley says:

    Going to have to get the Belly Laughs for my wife!

  3. Brandi says:

    When I was pregnant I read What to Expect When You are Expecting and Belly Laughs. Truthfully, What to Expect was very difficult to get through because most of it is common sense and you would have to have never been around someone who is pregnant to not know most of the information. On the other hand Belly Laughs is a hilarious way of looking at pregnancy and all the uncomfortable and most of the not-so-often problems that are talked about during pregnancy. Jenny McCarthy does not hold back. It is truly a good read.

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