Pregnancy Books

Pregnancy books have a variety of useful information for women experiencing a first-time pregnancy, which can be an exciting yet occasionally unnerving time. Many first time mothers do not know much about pregnancy and the physical and emotional changes that will affect them for nine long months.

Even though talking to their obstetrician, friends and family members with children may provide the answers for the questions they ask, pregnant women may want answers to questions they feel embarrassed to ask or are afraid to ask as they seem too silly or inconsequential.

Fortunately, several excellent books have been published both recently and over the past 20 years. They give advice and straightforward information regarding the pregnancy experience and how new mothers can better deal with the medical and psychological issues linked to pregnancy.

The Natural Pregnancy Book ($25)

Written by Jill Romm Aviva, M.D., "The Natural Pregnancy Book" examines the role of herbs, good nutrition and holistic medicine in regard to the health of the mother-to-be and her baby. Starting at conception, Dr. Aviva describes medicinal properties of various herbs that promote relief from morning sickness, anxiety, tiredness, sore muscles and other ailments suffered by pregnant women. The book discusses adequate nutrition, with an emphasis on fresh vegetables and fruits as well as the importance of receiving sufficient amounts minerals and vitamins necessary to maintain a health pregnancy for nine months.

The Everything Pregnancy Book ($10)

Written by Paula Ford-Martin, "The Everything Pregnancy Book: All You Need to Get You Through the Most Important Nine Months of Your Life! " explains all the changes your body will experience during a typical nine-month pregnancy such as hormonal fluctuations, mood swings, weight gain, breast enlargement and urinary problems. As one of the most thorough pregnancy books, "The Everything Pregnancy Book" also answers questions about diet, prenatal screenings, blood tests, labor pain options and delivery methods. It discusses yoga exercises that may facilitate labor and delivery, in-depth explanations regarding epidurals and what to expect if electing to have a “natural” delivery.

"The Everything Pregnancy Book" explores practical matters concerning finances, budgeting after baby and what items you need to properly care for a new baby. The author also provides blank budgeting sheets to help you with financing the birth of your child.

The Pregnancy Book ($14)

Co-authored by childcare experts William and Martha Sears, "The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America's Baby Experts" provides details of what occurs to a woman and her baby during each month of her pregnancy, starting in the womb and ending in the delivery room. As with other books on pregnancy, this volume discusses the physical and emotional changes shaping a pregnancy and how the pregnant body reacts to hormonal changes occurring as the baby grows in the womb.

"The Pregnancy Book" also includes information about genetic counseling, how to work and be safe while pregnant and bonding with the child while he or she is still in the womb. A glossary of terms that obstetricians frequently use and a chapter about postpartum depression is included in the book also.

What to Expect When You're Expecting ($15)

The newspaper USA Today named the recently revised "What to Expect When You're Expecting,” co-authored by Sharon Mazel and Heidi Murkoff, as one of the most influential books published over the past 20 years. This book presents a question and answer format with many new questions added to the new edition as well as relevant information regarding belly piercing, tattooing and receiving Botox injections while pregnant. Sections presented in the new edition discuss how fad diets such as low-carb, high protein and vegan diets may affect a pregnancy, so you know what to expect when expecting.

Other popular books like" The Mother of All Pregnancy Books" and "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide" can also give a new mom encouragement, support and accurate answers to questions she may otherwise find difficult to ask.

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