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Your Pregnancy Reading List

May 14, 2012

Some of you may have downloaded a library of pregnancy literature onto your Kindle as soon as you began trying to conceive. Others may have borrowed books from friends or family members, and a few of you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by the variety of choices available! Many books have been written about pregnancy, but you don’t need to read them all. You’ll probably need at least one basic pregnancy bible, and maybe one or two supplementary books if you have some specialized interests, but be careful not to overwhelm yourself, or your partner, with information!

First of all, if you’ve been trying to conceive for a little while and haven’t been successful, you may have a lot of questions. Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a guide that will teach you a tremendous amount about the way your body works and about the reproductive health of you and your partner. You’ll learn about your own body’s cycle and how to maximize your most fertile days. Some of the information in this book may surprise you and educate you about what’s going on in your own body!

Once you’ve gotten that magical test result, you’ll want to have a comprehensive, basic pregnancy book on hand to help answer your questions, interpret your symptoms, and manage your health during pregnancy. The traditional bestseller, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, is so prolific that a movie of the same name is being released this spring! WTEWYE is a lengthy book with a tremendous amount of information. It will answer every question you have, but it does contain a lot of information about rare conditions and low-likelihood afflictions that may scare those of you who are more anxiety-prone than others. Your Pregnancy Week by Week is another choice that may be a little less intimidating. This book maps out your pregnancy with an extensive timeline that will let you know exactly what’s happening in your body at every moment. And The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy is a great resource for those of you who like in-depth medical information and straight facts delivered in a friendly, easy-to-understand fashion.

And of course, you might want to buy an additional book or two if you have a special interest or focus during your pregnancy. If you’re interested in reading about natural childbirth, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way are both popular choices. If your baby’s father wants to read up on how he can contribute during pregnancy and childbirth, The Expectant Father may be worth looking into. And for those of you who need a dose of humor and candor during your pregnancy, The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy offers up advice and anecdotes in a fun, conversational way.

And if you’re one of those moms-to-be who can’t stop devouring books on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting, what are some of your favorites?

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