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Pregnancy Books to Read...and to Skip
With so many options to choose from, picking a pregnancy book that works for you can be overwhelming. Mom and CEO Amanda Duff of Duff PR recommends to take information from multiple resources and put your own spin on it to match your personal parenting style. To get you started, here are some of the best pregnancy books.
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Best Pregnancy Books #5: Bringing Up Bébé
When Pamela Druckerman, an American journalist, has a baby in France, she sets out to learn the secrets to French parenting. She finds that French parents are extremely strict about some topics and relaxed about others, and that French parenting isn’t a different kind of parenting, but a different parenting philosophy. ($8, barnesandnoble.com)
Best Pregnancy Books #4: The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be
This best-selling pregnancy book is a guide for the dad-to-be. Answering common questions that expecting fathers have, this book is a friendly and readable companion for new dads who are embarking on the next chapter in life. With insight into the emotional, financial, and physical effects of parenthood on men, this guide will help prepare soon-to-be dads for parenthood. Tip: It makes a great gift for an expecting dad on Father’s Day! ($7+, amazon.com)
Best Pregnancy Books #3: The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
This week-to-week guide is perfect for any mama who’s thinking about a natural childbirth. From natural remedies for common pregnancy symptoms to pain relief during labor, this book from Mama Natural helps you prepare for your new baby. Funny but informational, this book is a good reminder that women’s bodies are biologically prepared for pregnancy and childbirth and features advice from an expert midwife, registered nurse, doula, and lactation consultant. ($13, amazon.com)
Best Pregnancy Books #2: The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths
The Pregnancy Countdown Book provides a day-to-day countdown for your pregnancy. Each major milestone is documented and each day brings a new page filled with advice and anecdotes to help you learn what your body (and baby!) is experiencing throughout pregnancy. Most recommend this book as a great gift for new moms, but veteran mothers have also enjoyed its light-hearted perspective on pregnancy. ($12, target.com)
Best Pregnancy Book #1: From Conception to Confusion
This funny memoir from Julie Davidson is a collection of stories about her real life. From trying to get pregnant to hiding the good chocolate from her kids and husband, Davidson doesn’t hold back in sharing her journey through motherhood. Soon-to-be moms and veteran moms alike will love these stories from a mom who’s been through it all. ($10, barnesandnoble.com)
Pregnancy Books to Skip
Parenting isn’t a one-size-fits-all job, and every parent is looking for something different out of a pregnancy book. New moms may benefit from a week-to-week guide to learn what they should expect from pregnancy, while veteran moms may relate more to a humorous memoir. Whatever book works for you and your parenting style should be your best pick, and if you ever find one that doesn’t jive with you, don’t feel like you have to finish reading—just skip it!