2019 Best pregnancy books for first time moms
You just found out you're pregnant! Congratulations! You're in for an amazing experience. Is it your first pregnancy? We can imagine that you have lots of questions. What is happening inside your body? What do I need during this time? If I start to feel some discomfort, what can I do to relieve it? What should I name my little one?
The list can go on an on, there are some good sites on the internet where you can find reliable information, but don't forget that your best friend to answer to those questions is a book. We know, it may seem so old fashioned, but there's something very comforting about having a stack of books to flip and reread all through your pregnancy.
There are some very good pregnancy books out there, with all kinds of information for you and your partner. It may be that once you read them, you may not agree with the advice some of them give you, but we're sure that you're going to find nuggets of information that'll come very handy during this time.
If you're a first-time mom, pregnancy books could be your new best friends. Your body is about to experience a lot of changes, in ways we're sure you never imagined. We're also sure you're going to receive advice from every woman of your acquaintance, that has been pregnant. Separating facts from tales could be hard, so a book about pregnancy could be your guide through the next nine months.
A good pregnancy book can entertain you while helping you to eliminate all the stress and jitters that could plague a new mom-to-be. Let's take a look at some of them.
1. Pregnancy: For the First Time Moms, What They Don't Tell You
This book was created to tell and prepare you for the not so pretty parts of pregnancy, labor, and post-pregnancy. Pregnancy can be wonderful until it's not, and this book dares you to explore that. You may think it's kind of scary, but it turns out it's exactly what you need to know.
If you're going to be a first-time mom, this book is for you because it'll tell you exactly what to expect during the next months. Check it out,
2. The Panic-Free Pregnancy: An OB-GYN Separates Facts From Fiction on Food, Exercise, Travel, Pets, Coffee, Medications and Concerns You Have When You Are Expecting
Most pregnancy books address facts about your baby's development, what's great about this book is that it focuses more on what is going on with you.
It comprehensively covers your lifestyles issues and questions that you must be having. You just announce that you are pregnant and instantly everyone starts bombarding you with what you can do and what you can't. It will get very confusing. This book separates fiction from facts and it could help you have an axiety-free pregnancy,
3. 50 Things to Do Before You Deliver: The First Time Moms Pregnancy Guide
It could be kind of scary becoming a first-time mom, right? You don't know how to prepare for something you haven't experience before. This is why this book is so useful for this journey you're about to start. It centers on what's most important to expectant moms like you.
The field of pregnancy is vast but this book narrows to 50 specific and proactive steps you can take before your baby arrives. This will give confidence and peace of mind. It will guide you and prepare for your pregnancy and beyond.
4. Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 8th Edition
This book has been around for 25 years and with more than a million copies sold... they must be doing something right. It stays relevant because it has been updated to cover the most recent information regarding pregnancy (trends, safety recommendations, and medical concerns).
You can follow your baby's development based on the same weekly schedule used by doctors. With this weekly guide, written in a caring and conversational style, will provide you with all you need to know.
5. Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? The Surprising Science of Pregnancy
This book by science writer Jena Pincott, is for moms-to-be that have a very curious mind? Are you one of those? Have you been asking yourself how your lifestyle is affecting your baby's development? Then this book is for you. The author spent her pregnancy asking those same questions, (questions that doctors don't answer), so she decided to answer those questions based on science.
She writes about the "hidden" side of science. She explores questions like, "Does stress sharpen your baby's mind or dull it?" or "Are bossy, dominant women more likely to have boys? This book is filled with information you won't find anywhere else. Check it out.
2019 Best pregnancy books for dads
The arrival of a baby is exciting news to the dad too, right? Mom may be carrying all the weight, but she'll need all the help she can get during these 9 months and of course for all that comes next. What can dads do to help mom? Get themselves prepared. Pregnancy books for dads are a great tool to achieve this. There are a lot of books out there that can guide you on this journey.
We know that there some books that, trying to be funny, portray the dad as an eye-rolling condescending clown, you definitely won't need one of those. You'll need a book that can provide useful information that you can put to practice so you can be the strong helper your baby's mother needs.
Here's a list of some books that with that goal in mind.
6. The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-be
This is a favorite among dads. It's been around for 20 years and this edition is fully revised and updated. It's a guide that would inform and reassure dad about what's happening with his partner (emotionally and physically), with the baby (every step of the way), with him (all the adjustments he's going through), and how can he stay involved (so he can help and feel included). No lame jokes here, just useful information.
7. Great Expectations: Becoming a Dad: The First Three Years
David Carr, a social worker and psychotherapist and father of three, writes not just about the psychological development of the baby, he writes about the transformation in the psyche the father will go through, you know, that elusive emotional part. He discusses how the dad's presence in the child's life from the very beginning is crucial.
This is a well-rounded book for dads to read, they will find reassurance, as well as insights and the skills needed to manage work, family and his own needs as they adapt to this new role.
8. Dude, You're Gonna be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months
This book can help you avoid fathering fail. She may be having the baby but you have responsibilities too. It's written by a coach, John Pfeiffer, and in an entertaining way, it can guide you on what you can do for your partner during the whole nine months. From the visits to the doctor to morning sickness to choosing the color of the baby's room, the author shares how he stayed positive and responsive, but also assertive and how you can do it too.
9. Your Pregnancy for The Father-to-Be: Everything Dads Need to Know about Pregnancy, Childbirth and Getting Ready for a New Baby
This book covers what's happening with mom and baby throughout the pregnancy, so dad can understand and support. It has a resource section and medical information but what stands out for this book, and why fathers like it, it's because it covers lifestyle issues like how the pregnancy can impact your relationship and how to handle it, how to make a budget for baby expenses, how to be a great labor coach. It's a book written with the needs and concerns of the dad-to-be in mind.
10. The Pregnancy Book for Men: From Dude to Dad in 40 Short Weeks
This book is funny, urbane and full of wise information, just what dad needs. All the information that you thought you didn't need is here with illustrations that create a very realistic (but not terrifying) roadmap to fatherhood. It shows dad how to follow his own calendar plan so he can be ready when the baby makes his or her appearance.
Top 3 Free downloads pregnancy books that are worth your time
There are some free e-books that could be useful to you during your pregnancy. Here are some that you can download for free.
1. A Healthy Start for Baby and Me
This book aims to help you take care of you and your growing baby. You can read it with the father of your baby so both of you could discuss it among yourselves or with your doctor.
2. Easy Steps to a Safe Pregnancy
This e-book makes emphasis on the importance of taking care of yourself during pregnancy because you're your baby's first home and the source of everything he or she needs to grow and develop. It offers advice on what you can do to really take care of your baby's first home: you.
3. Eating Well for a Healthy Pregnancy: A Practical Guide by Dr. Helen Crawley
If nutrition during your pregnancy is a concern of yours, then download this ebook. It's a practical guide that'll tell you why it's important to eat well during your pregnancy and it also offers practical advice, like example meals and snacks.
When you're pregnant (especially if you're a first-time mom) you need advice and you may need at the craziest of times. That's what pregnancy books are there for, to give you advice, answer to some crazy questions and to, in some way, reassure that you're doing fine and that you can do this (both of you).