As I near the end of my pregnancy, I decided to look back and reflect on the sources that helped me out throughout this time. Being a reader, of course, 90% of my sources were books. Also, with being so young, I wanted to get my hands on every piece of information I could so I could better prepare myself for the big day.
Pregnancy and birth is such a whirlwind of emotions, and such an amazing thing to experience. It truly is life changing; it’s a miracle when you really think about it. Creating life simply from within us. I know for a fact that I would have not be able to get through my pregnancy as smoothly as I did without the help of my books. Lucky for me I didn’t get any morning sickness or horrible mood swings, just massive waves of exhaustion to say the least. Any changes in my body however, physically and emotionally, the books were able to help me realize why those things were happening and how to cope with them. There are so many options for books and information out in the world nowadays, that it’s hard to know what books to buy and what one’s are worth your time to read.
Hopefully, if any pregnant girls out there are struggling with what books to read (or know someone who is pregnant and loves information) this post will help you out a bit! Below I’m going to attach my favorite books that I read (and am still continuing to read since I’m not due for another 5 days), and what I found most helpful about them.
Taking on pregnancy in a fun way: Belly Laughs. Knowing nothing about being pregnant, I had NO idea where to even begin when it came to the books. Luckily, I had my mom with me while buying the first few books, she told me this book was a lifesaver. She wasn’t wrong about that. Jenny opens up about pregnancy in such a blunt, real way that may gross you out while reading it, but it’s so worth the read! She shares her experience in a funny, eye-opening way that makes you want to learn more and more about pregnancy. I definitely recommend this book as a first read!
A shocking choice: What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Such a cliché choice, I know, but it really has all the information you need to know! It breaks down pregnancy month by month, and includes common symptoms, how to cope with them, common questions girls frequently ask about pregnancy, different options during labor, and complications that could arise and how to deal with those. It’s a big book for a big amount of information, definitely worth a read throughout your pregnancy!
Really, you’re pregnant? Would’ve never guessed why you bought this book… I’m pregnant! I really enjoyed reading (and still continuing to read) this book because it breaks down pregnancy piece by piece. This book gives you the run down of what to expect at each and every stage of pregnancy. Taking it on week by week, you’ll never have an unanswered question about any symtom, what to expect at doctors appointments, food, excerise, labor & delivery, and even after the baby is born! If you’re someone who likes to know what is happening to your body every week, rather than just generalized information, then this is the book for you!
Baby Time: Yeah Baby! I’ll be honest, I bought this book not because I knew it contained good information, but because it said it was autographed by Jillian Michaels. Am I obsessed with Jillian so this was a big deal for me? No. Being honest, I didn’t even really know who she was when I bought the book! I had heard of her of course, but had no idea why she was famous. I had my moment of feeling like I was awesome because I owned an autographed book, but as I read it, I actually realized how much I loved it! Jillian herself didn’t have her baby, her partner, Heidi, did. “So then why did Jillian write the book if she doesn’t even know what it’s like to be pregnant?” I asked myself the same question. However, she had numerous professionals help her write it, and included Heidi’s take on pregnancy. This book contains so much valuable information from different nutrition and excersies to do before, and during pregnancy, along with symtoms and questions about what to expect, how to equip your home so it’s safe for a child, and the birth itself. All the information is too much to contain in a small blurb, but I can promise you, you won’t regret this buy! (Don’t be like me. Buy it for the information contained within, not because you found an autographed copy!)
The big day: The birth book. This book prepares you for EVERYTHING you need to know about what to expect on the big day. From what type of birth you plan to have to the different types of birthing options (natural, cesarean, epidurals, etc), this book gives you the low down on each option and what you can expect from each. It has pros and cons, different birth stories, and just a boat load of information that is really good to know if you’re stressing about the big day! Reading The Birth Book can put your mind at ease and help you make a birth plan that day fits you.
Pregnancy within: The Energy of Birthing. I absolutely love love love this book. It’s a quick read, but chalked full of information on birth in a more natural, holistic, spiritual way. It talks about chakras, essential oils, different practices that can help you during labor (reiki, acupuncture, etc) and focuses on your energy and how your mind and body being connected is a huge factor for having a safe and enjoyable birth. For myself, I believe in energy in your mind, body, and soul and doing everything in a natural and holistic way (as much as I can anyways). So if you’re like me and believe in chakras and essentials oils and such, then you won’t regret spending your money on this book!
Keeping your emotions and pregnancy in order: A pregnancy journal. Now this isn’t an essential item, nor does it have information like the books above, but it is something that I find really fun and good to have on hand. This journal (there are many to choose from, this was just my favourite from Chapters) contains a breakdown of the each trimester (then into week by week) and has areas for you to fill information about your pregnancy out. Such as, “Energy, Mood, Appetite, Cravings, Sickness, Notes”. This allows you to keep track of how you’re feeling each week, and it’s a good memory book to look back on one day! On top of that, it has areas to fill out more information such as: emergency contacts, the hospital you plan to deliver at, a hospital checklist, nursery checklist, a place for you to write name ideas down, baby shower guest list/gifts received, and so much more!
I hope this helped out some of you, and made your decision on what books to buy easier!