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Pregnancy Books - Great Books To Read When You Are Expecting

Updated on November 7, 2007

Having had four children, I know what it is like to be pregnant - and to wonder what is going on inside you and what the baby is up to, etc. So much of pregnancy is the unknown, especially if this is your first child. Having good books to read regarding your pregnancy is very helpful. Two books that I found to be a perfect fit for me were What To Expect When You Are Expecting and Your Pregnancy Week By Week. They are different enough to warrant having them both to get you through the nine months of waiting.

What To Expect When You are Expecting by Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, and Sandee Hathaway is a very good book, full of information about your pregnancy, your body and the baby. It breaks down the information by month and talks about what you might be feeling, how big you might be getting, how big the baby probably is, what parts of the baby are developing, what to expect at your doctor visit and much more.

There are pictures of what you might look like as well as what the baby might look like at each stage. One of the parts I liked the best is the question and answer section in each monthly chapter. These questions are very typical of exactly what an expectant mother would be wondering, and the answers are very informative. If I had a question during my pregnancy, I would immediately go to this book to see if it was addressed - and it usually was.

This book offers a good balance between what should be going on, what the baby probably is doing or looking like as well as what might go wrong. Of course there is always a possibility of complications with a woman's body or with the baby. What To Expect When You Are Expecting talks about some of the things that could go wrong, but in an informative and brief way, don't worry about the book scaring you, it shouldn't.

The first part of the book is broken down by month and from there it has chapters on nutrition during your pregnancy, what to expect during each stage of labor and delivery, what to expect after the baby is born, things that could go wrong as well as chapters devoted to the mom and dad separately about what they might be feeling and how to handle specific things that might come up. There are sections of breast feeding and bottle feeding, pros and cons are listed for each. It is very informative to help you make the best decision for you. The book even talks about how to start getting your body back into shape after you have the baby.

The other book that I really enjoyed during my pregnancies is Your Pregnancy Week By Week by Glade Curtis and Judith Schuler. The reason I like this book is because it is broken down into weeks. There is so much going on during pregnancy and the baby is changing so quickly that there really is new information each week. This book does a great job of outlining every little thing developing in the baby and has lots of pictures to show you.

The only drawback to this book is that each week it also talks about the things that could go wrong. This can be overwhelming and scary for an expectant mother, but as a reader you need to realize that the chances of anything going wrong are very slim. This book really only covers exactly the changes occurring in the baby and the mom's body. It does not have a question answer section or talk at all about what the mother may be feeling.

I really liked reading each week in Your Pregnancy Week By Week how my baby was developing and I found it to be a very good complement to What To Expect When You Are Expecting - which is full of practically everything you could ever want to know about your baby and your pregnancy. Reading these two books throughout your pregnancy should cover all you ever wanted to know about pregnancy and I highly recommend both. Enjoy!

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      Gabby McMahon 

      6 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland

      What to expect when you are expecting is a truly fantastic book. great article, voted up

    • moneycop profile image

      moneycop 

      7 years ago from JABALPUR

      Good store..really helpful

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      Clare 

      7 years ago

      The drawback for this article is it clearly explains almost every possible complication.

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      falisha  

      8 years ago

      i want to know about pregnaney

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      Tristen 

      8 years ago

      I found this book really helpful, although, I was online a lot too. www.pregnantchicken.com was an awesome site for the some of the things you're told not to do while you're pregnant and it's always up to date.

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      Margaret F 

      8 years ago

      It's too good to be true, originating from a 4 kids mothers. I think it is important to know and prepare for your pregnancy and delivery. Most of us find out from our parents and grand parents on know how but not exactly what happened. I strongly recommended anyone to read this book.

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      Indu SIngh 

      8 years ago

      Real Good!!!

    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      "What to expect when you are expecting" is a great book, and is their follow-up about a baby's first year.

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