I am one of those people that once I have committed to doing something then I completely immerse myself in it. Pregnancy has been no exception and since I started the road to pregnancy I have really upped my reading game. The baby books I have been reading throughout my pregnancy and which have really helped educate me are listed below. I’m not saying you need to go out and buy every one of these books. Like I said, I am a person who likes to educate myself to the max:
How To Grow A Baby… And Push It Out by Clemmie Hooper
This was of the first baby books I bought myself. The author is midwife/ Instagrammer Mother_of_Daughters. It’s well written and very informative. Written in a tone of voice where it’s like a friend giving you advice, it covers a broad range of topics like how to dress the bump, to perineum massage and the early days post baby.
Hypnobirthing by Katherine Graves
I was given this book when I took my hypnobirthing course. It wasn’t something I’d ever really heard about before. I found the book to be not only enlightening but empowering too and has totally got me ready and excited for labour. The book includes lots of meditation exercises to help with an easier birth. These are something that Mark and I have been practising regularly throughout my pregnancy. Bonus, it also includes a free medication MP3 download too!
The Day-by-Day Pregnancy Book by Dr. Maggie Blott
This was another ‘first buy’ book for me after the 12 week scan. Hardback, it is quite a hefty book, but with good reason. There is a page dedicated to every single day of pregnancy, from conception to delivery. It details what the baby is doing and what it looks like along with advice on exercises/ tips etc. It also has information on labour, birth and beyond. I have loved reading a page a day, and Mark loved reading it too. Full colour pages with lots of photos is always a winner for me!
What To Expect… When Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
Classed as the pregnancy ‘bible’ I have only ever picked this up when I’ve wanted to find out information on a certain subject of pregnancy. I found it to be extremely detailed and informative. It’s not as easy on the eye as the others on this list as it features lots of text and no colour images! It is a ‘great to have’ but not a necessity as in my opinion there are better pregnancy books out there.
The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill
This was the only pregnancy book I couldn’t put down. I finished it in less than a week. Not only is it informative but it also looks at birth in a completely different light to what you’re probably used to. It is trying to change the way birth is perceived by many (with a woman on her back on a bed, screaming in agony) and make birth more… well, positive! It also includes a great guide on how to write an easy to follow birth plan with downloadable images to use. If you only have time to read one book then I would definitely recommend this one!
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