Keeping yourself informed throughout your pregnancy leads to empowerment and reduces fear of the unknown. Although your doctor or midwife will be available to answer any questions that you may have throughout your pregnancy, it is also nice to have a few reliable books on hand to refer to. Having books that focus on your spirit and address pregnancy in a comedic way are also extremely helpful.
A wonderful book for general information is, The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too! By: The Pregnancy Experts at Mayo Clinic. Roger W. Harms, M.D., Editor in Chief. This book is extremely informative without being too pretentious. Easy to read and very direct, The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy explains pregnancy in detail, week to week, trimester to trimester covering all information regarding prenatal procedures and tests. It also includes great information on the various stages of your child in the womb and what is happening to your body throughout your pregnancy. Nutrition and exercise are also addressed in this magnificent read.
A book that will allow you to reflect on your personal experiences throughout your pregnancy is, Sacred Pregnancy: A loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Moms, By: Anni Daulter. This book addresses individual growth throughout pregnancy through journaling, art projects and reflection. Sacred Pregnancy tracks your evolution as a parent to be week to week. It is introspective and provocative. A great aspect of this book is you can choose the projects that truly speak to you, while moving past the ones that do not. It provides support and remains open to however the reader chooses to birth their child; hospital birth, natural birth or birthing center birth. This unique look at a woman’s spirit throughout her pregnancy makes this book a one of a kind for all mothers to be.
A book that skips all the technical or spiritual information and goes straight for laughs is, What to Expect When You're Expected: A Fetus's Guide to the First Three Trimesters, By David Javerbaum. This book was clearly written as a parody of the well known, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, By: Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. While settling into the idea of pregnancy and reading everything you can get your hands on to prepare yourself, it is also helpful to read a book that takes a lighter approach to the whole process. Laughter is so important throughout pregnancy and What to Expect When You're Expected is written from the fetus’s perspective. It is cleverly written and at times down right crude, though this book is full of ridiculously humorous information and can really help lighten any mood.