Most of us share the news with our loved ones as soon as we find out that we are pregnant. The exhilaration and the excitement is much stronger to control. As soon as a pregnant women lets her family know that she is carrying a baby, she is showered with love, care, affection and a long list of advises. Everyone you know will be eager and ready to guide you about your coming nine months journey.
Most women listen to all the advises with attention, as they want no harm on the baby. You’d say, ‘why not? After all they were talking from experience!’ But after some time you may realize that most of the advises are very far from being scientific and is of no use at all (except being a great deal of annoyance). In order to solve all the question which will pop every day in your mind, a pregnancy book would be great! You can mix and match Indian and international books on pregnancy, to get a bit more of Indian and international know-hows. We have shared our best picks of pregnancy books by Indian authors here. And below, we have complied some interesting and informative pregnancy books by foreign authors. So, to make your life a little bit easier, and put those numerous advises at some rest!
Top 10 Pregnancy Books By Foreign Authors
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too! – The pregnancy experts at Mayo Clinic
This book is a good source for fundamental knowledge and covers all the information required for a healthy pregnancy. For a women who wants to learn about how her body is changing and functioning Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy is great book in imparting month-by-month pregnancy information, questions and complications. They provide accurate and thorough answers and emphasize on practical suggestions. It is well indexed and easy to use
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth:Ina May Gaskin
If you are thinking of reading only one book regarding childbirth than Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is the one I recommend. Starting of this book contains birth stories of many women which will help you learn that you are not alone in this journey, women give birth and so will you. By their intense experience you can gain tremendous practical knowledge which can be put into the action when you really need it. And the rest of book is all educational and covers everything you need to know
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide:Penny Simkin, April Bolding, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, Janet Whalley
This is the book which is actually designed to be “the one book you need,” as it cover all the aspects from pregnancy through postpartum recovery. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn is effective childbirth class which you will find between the covers of a book. It also includes advice apart from the informational material which will help you to make decisions
Belly Laughs,The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth:Jenny McCarthy
Belly laughs, The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth is a refreshing and absolutely true to its title. This is not an educational book but it is one of those books which tells you that you are not alone in this experience. It is an honest, and blunt book. In this author Jenny recounts her all “pregnancy discomforts and humiliations”. While reading it I had many “YES!” moments when she described a symptom or emotion that I’d been feeling, but wasn’t sure was normal.
The book is written in a conversational tone which is easy to understand and can be finished in one quick sitting
Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be:Natalie Bovis-Nelsen
This is a fun book for moms-to-be. This is a recipe book of potions, one that you can drink without alcohol. It has some simple but tasty cocktail alternatives to enjoy during pregnancy. They are even delightfully named like Mamarita, the Momjito and the Cosmom. The drink recipes are organized by symptoms and stages of pregnancy like pre-pregnancy, first, second & third trimesters, and post-pregnancy (while breast feeding). They also include recipes for Preggatini Parties with several themes. All in all it’s a very refreshing book
What to Expect: Eating Well When You’re Expecting:Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
Eating Well When You’re Expecting is your complete guide for healthy eating. It covers many useful tips to encounter many conditions of pregnancy like nausea and food allergies. It can help you to adopt a healthy diet into your lifestyle. It gives you the thorough idea of food and calorie intake during pregnancy
The Essential Pregnancy Organizer: 40 Weeks + :Dani Rasmussen, Antoinette Pérez
There are numerous reasons which make this book a must to have during your pregnancy, the number one reason would be its size, it can be easily accommodated into your purse, you can carry it with you and check the list anywhere anytime. All the checklists provided in the book are well researched and easy to use. For example baby shopping list is divided into “basics” and “helpful extras” which makes it easy to distinguish that what you need to buy on priority basis. The book is full of many such checklists, pointing out the things that are important and must be remembered. It does a great job in organizing everything in well planned manner
Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond:Françoise Barbira Freedman
This book is best suitable for all moms to be as it explains benefits of yoga during pregnancy along with a little bit description of body changes which occurs during pregnancy. The whole book is dived in four sections: early pregnancy, mid pregnancy, late pregnancy and post-natal. There are lots of pictures inside the books which makes poses and postures easy to understand
There are also some special poses for most common discomfort during pregnancy like back pain, pelvic pain and sciatic pain. It includes sequences of exercises for the postnatal period which helps the mom getting back to their healthy form.
Reading a good pregnancy book not only can make you more aware and prepared for childbirth but it also make the weeks go by in quicker pace. So, just relax and read the book which interests you more.