Do you know what a bibliophile is? It’s a fancy word that means book lover. I know because I Googled it when I was pregnant with Abbey and the lady checking me out at the bookstore said to me “either you’re pregnant for the first time or you’re a bibliophile with a pregnancy fetish.”
I don’t know if I could have made it through my first pregnancy without pregnancy books. Late at night in my first trimester, I poured over every pregnancy book I could find. By my third trimester, a few friends had recommended childcare books to add to the mix. I amassed quite a collection, and here is a list of six of those that were well worth the read:
1. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: This book is informative, objective, and thorough… in short, everything you want from a pregnancy book. The Mayo Clinic Guide was a great place to start my pregnancy journey, and throughout my pregnancy it managed to alleviate my fears and recognize what symptoms were normal parts or pregnancy.
2. Baby Bargains, 8th Edition: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture, Gear, Clothes, Toys, Maternity Wear and Much, Much More!: Taking care of a baby can be expensive business, and this book saved me serious money. Now I always buy it as a shower gift for my friends.
3.The Nursing Mother’s Companion: Revised Edition The Nursing Mother’s Companion: Revised Edition: If you’re planning on breastfeeding (and the majority of pregnant moms-to-be do plan on nursing their baby), this book is a great read to prepare you beforehand and act as a reference after your baby is born.
4. Eating for Pregnancy: The Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today’s Mothers-to-Be: This is a great resource book and cookbook for pregnant moms and their families. I enjoyed many recipes and the information was clear and thorough.
5.The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be, Second Edition: OK, this one is actually for the soon-to-be dads. It’s an extremely readable book with honest observations and advice. And unlike many other books for expectant dads, it manages to explain what’s happening with the pregnant mom-to-be without sarcasm or exaggeration. Most importantly to me, this book managed to make my husband more excited and less nervous, and I couldn’t really ask for more than that.
6. The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer: I have friend that would describe themselves following traditional parenting methods, I have friends that would describe themselves as following “attached” parenting methods, and I have friends that don’t like to read parenting books by principle. All of them recommended this book to me (actually, the anti-book parents recommended the DVD). This book focuses on newborn needs and offers real techniques to calm fussy babies, and I can say honestly it gave my husband and I more confidence the first time we held our little girl.
My name is Molly and I’m mommy to Abigail, 12 months old and wife to Matt. I joined APA in August 2008 when I was expecting my first baby, and look forward to expecting my second APA baby in the ear future.
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