Best Books to Read During Pregnancy
Are you picking up any books to read during your pregnancy? We asked Babylist parents which pregnancy books they would recommend to other families, and here are the seven most recommended books including a breastfeeding primer! Written by doula Erica Chidi Cohen, Nurture walks you through the months of your pregnancy and the early postpartum phase in a comforting but not condescending way. Cohen includes recipes and exercises physical and spiritual for each month to keep you going. A nice balance of hippie and brass tacks advice, this book is a welcome new addition to pregnancy lit. Many Babylist parents counted on this Mayo Clinic book because it was such a reliable source for guiding you through the first , second and third trimesters of pregnancy.
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I found they were either scary, patronizing or both, and none of them made me feel more prepared for the arrival of my son. Instead, they made me feel completely incompetent and overwhelmed at my inevitable failure as a mother. Well, if you run a pregnancy website for a while, you really get to see how fear based this industry is and many of the magazine headlines and website teasers are crafted to get your attention and often scare the shit out of you. Books like these give you the big picture. These are the books that remind you that women have been giving birth for a long, damn time and our bodies are set up to deliver a baby.
I read two books explicitly written for expectant parents when I was pregnant. The first was a worn paperback lent to me by my doula, which, through unflinching detail, prepared me for the natural childbirth experience I did not end up having. Here are some novels that can illuminate common truths about parenthood by exploring the joys, challenges and, often, spectacularly flawed dynamics of the family experience. In a story dominated by domestic violence and the endless tussling of three rowdy brothers, We the Animals offers a few of these shining moments. When the three boys, ages seven to ten, pin down their year-old mother and each one takes his turn blowing raspberries onto her belly, the scene exquisitely captures the intimacy that exists between bodies that were once connected as one. However, throughout the dark and deceptively slim novel Bad Marie , Marcy Dermansky manages to tease out so many of the more subtle challenges facing new parents and their relationships.