During the first trimester I was constantly being referred to different books that “are the best ever” or that “I must read as a first time mom”. I have read a few, along with endless amounts of google searches and articles. I have found a lot of useful information, that I both agree and disagree with, that I am willing to try and could never see myself doing.
I want to share 3 books that were referred to me. Each of these books have different perspectives on pregnancy and childbirth, but all three informative in their own ways. So, I’d like to give you some details on the books to see if these would be a good fit for you to check out!
1. Mayo Clinic : Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
This book is very clinically based. Written, reviewed and edited by mainly doctors and nurses. The book is split up into different sections, from before to during pregnancy to after birth. There are sections that discuss pregnancy week-by-week, descriptions of your baby’s’ development as well as common symptoms and changes happening to your body. The authors also provide useful tips for overcoming some pesky symptoms common throughout pregnancy. Complications of pregnancy and birth are also written about such as what are the most common complications and how are they treated. Overall, a very informative book if you enjoy clinical based information from physicians and medical-based staff.
2. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
Tracy Hogg is a British nurse, and child care expert. Her whole message of this book boils down to treating your baby how you would want to be treated. She breaks down the different types of personalities in babies, from Angel, Textbook, Touchy, Spirited, or Grumpy and provides with tips on how to best interact with a baby’s personality type, as well as explaining how to interpret a baby’s communication to determine what exactly it is that they want. She also discusses the E.A.S.Y schedule that is to assist parents on how to get their baby to eat, play and sleep on a schedule. Tracy strives to help parents have a more relaxed household and happy baby through following these relatively simple programs.
3. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
The La Leche League developed this book to educate and empower mothers on the natural art of breastfeeding. While this book does provide research to back up its claims, the information is very naturalistic based, so if that is not really your cup of tea, I would probably not recommend this book for you. However, there is no-doubt this book is packed full of tons of information you would need regarding breastfeeding. The text discusses nursing positions, latching properly, guidance on breast health issues, postpartum depression, the importance of building a support network and much more.
I hope these short descriptions give you some insight on three, relatively popular, pregnancy books! I know I was bombarded with referrals so it’s always helpful to get truthful information on what the book is about before you decided to jump into it.
Let’s discuss it! Did you read any books while you were pregnant? What were some of your least and most favorite ones?