We bookworms would love any opportunity to read – hi-fi if you read the labels of shampoo bottles in the loo! So if you are pregnant, that’s another reason to go book shopping! Here we present to you new gems to read and enjoy!
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Revised)
This book by Sheila Kitzinger is an academic, textbook style, a fact-filled contribution that lays out everything with precision and lots of pictures. Although this book slightly leans towards natural births, the author has explored all other options without bias. It’s a great read that gives you knowledge about the various procedures and treatments.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
If your fears about pregnancy keep growing day by day like your tummy, this book is an essential read for ya. Many other moms-to-be recommend this book saying it helped them ease their fears of if they were capable of pushing their little one through. The author has also spoken to over a hundred women on their childbirth experiences in this book and opens up childbirth in a new light, rising above the pain and negativity.
Dad’s Playbook to Labour & Birth: A Practical and Strategic Guide to Preparing for the Big Day
Dads, hear, hear! This one is for you. This book is a very light read for heroic husbands to arm them for the big day. It does not contain any significant explanations or gory details – if your wife is delivering in a hospital with an epidural, you are a perfect candidate for this book. If you want to study serious obstetrics, skip this one.
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Written by doctors who are also parents, this book is perfect for reference without information overload. It does not alarm you, yet does not omit any detail – the precise balance makes this book a must-have. The author touches all aspects and does not promote one thing over the other, (like breastfeeding over formula), delivers facts in a straight professional tone rather than a ‘going to be a mommy’ tone and has included a huge section of pregnancy symptoms of when to worry and when not to.
Kids are Worth It!
Kids are Worth It is an absolute parenting gem by the author Barbara Coloroso. Many of us have been brought up in dysfunctional families where we were overly punished; some of us were pampered too much and not set any boundaries at all. This book will help you break the cycle and help you set a healthy balance for your little ones to flourish. It also educates parents on tactics to solve problems leaving you and your kids’ dignity intact.
Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
There are lots of books that explain in depth about the physical changes in pregnancy, but very books talk about the emotional journey. Birthing from Within is a gentle guide to self-awareness and spiritually satisfying birth. If you regard your pregnancy as a natural body process rather than a medical condition, this book is excellent for you. Another added plus is that the author never goes black/white regarding opting for epidurals or choosing to deliver in a hospital. She never judges you and urges you to have a positive empowering childbirth.
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong – and What You Really Need to Know
From the moment you announce that you’re pregnant, an endless cacophony of advice will begin to flow to you from everywhere – some logical, some downright odd. In this book, the author, economist Emily Oster trusts you with accurate, specific data so that you can make your own decisions. How much alcohol/coffee is fine? How likely are you to go into labour every week? Will Sushi really harm your baby? – This book answers these with studies and statistics. (The only tiny little minus I felt is that she kind of concluded that yoga/exercise does not make an incredible difference when you’re preggers, but it totally helped kick away cramps for me. Umm, probably there’s lack of studies in the area, I guess.)
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
This is a great book that explains a great technique for keeping your newborn calm, but with loads of fillers. You might want to go through this book, mark the pages that are good, imbibe the message and keep it for reference. A good book that will save your sanity once your little one arrives screaming.
DADspirations: The 1st 100 Days of Fatherhood. Tips for Parenting Every New Dad and Dad-to-Be Should Know
A light-hearted quick read that will make the perfect gift for any new dad-to-be, this book is a quirky, original and creative journey of the new father penned down in an easy to follow relaxed style divided into digestible, manageable chunks. Great for new dads!
The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths
Written in a countdown style, this book also qualifies as a light read with a touch of humour. This book has been designed for you to read a short page each day. One little complaint is that this book can get too simple at some places – it is perfectly suited for you and your husband reading together, a short fun page a day.
We’ve listed our favourites for you – tell us which one you liked!