So, you have finally seen the two lines on the pregnancy test. Positive. You Are Pregnant.
If it is your first pregnancy, you will have a million questions, thoughts, worries, and general confusion when it comes to all the changes to your body – and instant concern for the growing baby inside you. Here are 3 pregnancy books that we found helpful and will hopefully get you through the next 40 weeks, and some will also hopefully give you a laugh here and there!
The Best Pregnancy Books – Our Top 3:
1. UP THE DUFF by Kaz Cooke
If you choose only 1 pregnancy book to read your entire term – choose this! I laughed, I cried and I really felt like someone truly understood me week by week throughout my pregnancy. Kaz Cooke gives a candid explanation throughout her first pregnancy, a week at a time and also manages to supply some creditable medical knowledge. “Kaz is Australia’s #1 trusted advisor for pregnant women. Her books have sustained two generations of Australian women with useful info and advice, backed by expert medical and other consultants delivered in a fun, friendly way”.
Find it here: Up The Duff by Kaz Cooke.
2. SAVE OUR SLEEP by Tizzie Hall
If you are the ‘organised’ type of mum-to-be and like to plan ahead and take control of a situation, then motherhood will be interesting!! So to learn the ropes and get some kind of perspective of what life with a new baby is like and the types of daily routines you will be encountering with Baby number #1, I suggest keeping a copy of Save Your Sleep handy.
I wouldn’t read it cover to cover (because even without my first baby I couldn’t sit down for that long!), but have a look through and refer to it now and again (especially once baby is born and you need some sleep advice). This book is extremely structured and gives you a minute to minute routine for your baby. Personally I would read and take from it what I believe suits my child and our lifestyle.
Otherwise I find it a little too military and that’s not my parenting style. Saying that though, the strict routines have worked for MANY mum’s out there, and of course Saved Their Sleep! A great Pregnancy Book and Parenting Book either way.
Find it here: SAVE OUR SLEEP by Tizzie Hall
3. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARE EXPECTING by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
This Pregnancy Book is very well known and is a bible to concerned mums throughout their 40 weeks. I found having a copy of this in the house very useful as during my pregnancy, certain issues and questions would arise that I did not want to immediately call my Obstetrician or Midwife for.
I didn’t know what or was not normal during pregnancy, and referring to this Pregnancy Book for answers on small pains, feelings, baby movement, swelling or other changes to my body was a great and useful resource.
Find it here: WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARE EXPECTING by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel