Congrats! You are expecting a baby! You’re excited, happy, nervous and overwhelmed because you have no idea to what to do once the baby comes! I definitely know the feeling! I decided during my pregnancy to read as much as possible so that I can feel a bit more prepared. Though nothing will ever prepare you for motherhood, at least I felt like I had a bit more knowledge that I did before. Plus, reading was one of the few activities that didn’t exude much energy. When you’re 9 months pregnant, that’s exactly the type of activity that you want!
So the first thing I would say is to definitely NOT get the book that tells you what to expect when you’re
expecting having a baby. It provides too much information which can be extremely overwhelming especially for a first time mom. Also, it lists everything that can possibly go wrong. I don’t know about you but I would rather focus on the positive than the negative.
So below are my recommendations on the three books that I read, love and still recommend to my girlfriends. Happy Reading!
- The Baby Whisperer: If you could only buy one book, this would be it! I absolutely love this book because it covers all things baby like proper sleeping, creating great eating habits and taking care of mommy which is very important. The best part is that it does it with a simply, back to basics philosophy. It’s also a nice easy read which is great especially when you have pregnancy brain. I have suggested this book to many of my girlfriends and they all agree that it’s the absolute best book to prepare for baby. Hope you enjoy it as well!
- Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy: I love this book because it discusses everything that you could experience during your pregnancy but in a fun way. The book answers embarrassing questions that you would probably wouldn’t ask one of your actual girlfriends. It also gives you practical tips and advice including what to pack in that hospital bag. You would never think to do it but packing chapstick was a lifesaver during my 29-hours of labor! Definitely a great book to get!
- Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: Now if you are like me and want to know all the scientific things that are going on with your body while pregnant, then this is the book for you. It explains what is going on with your body and baby during every week of your pregnancy. It also has great features on meal planning and proper exercising. Definitely an essential for an expectant mommy!
And since we are in the modern age of technology and apps, I would suggest that you download a pregnancy app. These types of apps are fantastic because they give you weekly updates on your baby’s development. I used to look forward the weekly updates alerts telling me that my baby was the size of (insert some type of fruit or veggie here) and what was being developed that week. It’s also a great way for your partner to feel involved as well. My hubby downloaded the app as well and he loved being able to know what was going on with the baby as well without needing to ask me or the doctor. It became an amazing bonding experience for the both of us. There’s so many different apps out there so chose one that best fits your lifestyle.
Hope you find these suggestions helpful to get ready for your baby. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need clarification on anything. I would love to help!
What are your favorite pregnancy books?
Let me know because I would love to hear from you!
Remember you are simply EXTRAORDINARY!