GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — If you are jumping into the world of becoming a parent the extensive compilation of books offered can be daunting. A quick Amazon search reveals 71,333 pregnancy books currently on the market. You might find yourself asking, “where do I begin?” How can you filter through all the options and find the best fit for you and your family?
Newly expecting parents can only make informed choices when they are able to find comprehensive information that is up to date. We have come up with a great list of pregnancy reads to help you find the right one for you and to make the journey a bit easier to manage.
Top 3 Recommended Books for Expecting Moms
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin is the fundamental guide to all aspects of birthing. This is a highly recommended, essential book for expecting moms and those who love them! It is a clear, thorough book with evidence-based information and lots of diagrams. This books provides expectant couples with valuable information that enables them to be informed decision makers and is beautifully organized with presentation that is crystal clear.
This book offers the latest medical information and advice and has recently been redesigned so that is it more reader-friendly featuring more photos, illustrations, and boxed features that allow for important information to be highlighted. Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide will nurture, enlighten, and inspire you as you take this step into parenting.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International is the book to own if you are considering breastfeeding. This book offers real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably, new insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, and answers to the most-asked questions.
This bestselling guide has been updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles. Stay-at-home moms, single moms, working mothers, and mothers with multiple children will all benefit from the range of advice and information offered from this book.
Preparing for a Healthy Baby is the go-to book to get quick answers to your most common questions. This book is an easy to read and easy to understand quick reference guide available at your fingertips so that when a question just pops into your head in the middle of the night you can find your answer.
Your questions will be answered in a way that you can understand while providing great relief. This book is perfect for any mother-to-be because it is actually used by Universities, doctor’s offices, clinics and by other professionals. This classic offers answers about odd pregnancy-related symptoms, diet, exercise, and what medications are safe to use.
Top 3 Recommended Books for Expecting Dads
The Expectant Father presents a collection of information on pregnancy and life after baby. It is a well-written, month-by-month explanation of what is going on both emotionally and physically with the mother and the father. This book incorporates advice from top experts in the field, from obstetrician and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists.
It is chock full of sound advice and practical tips for dad, including how to afford a pregnancy, how to juggle work and family roles, how to make sense of your conflicting emotions, ways to support and encourage mom throughout the pregnancy, and what childbirth classes don’t teach you. Not only are you provided with thorough information, it is illustrated with delightful cartoons that will keep even the most anxious fathers-to-be laughing and smiling.
Finally, here is a book that teaches dads all the things they really need to know about fatherhood. Be Prepared by Greenberg and Hayden does a great job of easing any new dads fears with a comedic twist. A wide range of topics are discussed from basic baby care to picking the right stroller to making your baby laugh. This book is filled with advice that will appeal to the solution-centered male perspective, from step-by-step swaddling instructions to a guide for identifying six distinct infant crying patterns.
Alongside silly illustrations, ideas are presented for other “manly” duties such as changing a diaper at a sporting event, baby proofing the house, and camping with a baby. This book is packed with useful diagrams and detailed instructions to help the sleep-deprived dad-to-be feel confident.
Dad’s Pregnant Too! is a uniquely written guide for expectant fathers, but also intended for couples. Cohen offers practical advice on what men should and shouldn’t do to help out. From the first positive test to the first week home following the birth, this book explores everything an expectant dad needs to know. It dives into topics about labor and delivery, early days of parenting while providing sensible information that is easy to understand and quick to read.
It is the most comprehensive guide to help fathers understand the mothers, themselves, and what’s really going on insider her belly. This book is built on personal accounts and real-life anecdotes from hundreds of interviews to support any expecting dad on this journey.