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Finding the best books for expecting moms can be such a relief during your pregnancy. It is an excellent way to about your growing body, baby, and tips to help prepare for your pregnancy and the following stages after your baby is born.
As a Calgary maternity and newborn photographer, I have talked with 1000s of local parents, hearing their favorite books and resources that help them throughout pregnancy.
I have gathered the top 9 recommended books for expecting moms.
What To Expect When You are Expecting By Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel was the book I read when I was pregnant with my first. It is one of the most read pregnancy books; some studies say it is read by over 80% of expecting parents and even has a movie made after it. It was fun to turn to each new month and read about what was going on with my body and my baby. It is also perfect to use as odd pregnancy symptoms arise with various aches, pains, and signs symptoms to learn what is expected when to be concerned, and how to help them.
What To Expect The First Year By Heidi Murkoff is a companion book to What To Expect When You Are Expecting. It is written in a similar fashion divided up into months to learn about new milestones to look for. As well as to learn about finger foods, feeding schedules, developmental cues, and anything else you may run into during that first year.
Mayo Clinic Guide To Pregnancy breaks down baby’s growth by week and mom’s changing body by month. It also includes a 40-week pregnancy calendar, symptom guide, and more. It is highly respected since doctors wrote this book at the Mayo Clinic.
Many pregnancy books are stiff and feel more like reading a textbook, but The Girlfriends Guide To Pregnancy By Vicki Lovine reads like a confident BFF who knows all the ins and outs, pregnancy dos and don’t hilariously and directly. It offers brutal honesty with reassurance while talking about common insecurities that may come up during pregnancy.
The Fourth Trimester By Kimberly Ann Johnson is a postpartum guide to healing your body, balancing your emotions, and restore your vitality. I have not personally read this book after my kids, but I wish I had! The most common difficulty so many moms have (including me!) is that no one talks about them after having a baby. There is SO much that goes into healing yourself. This book explores what you may do ahead of time to prepare for after having your baby, ways to take care of your baby to reduce stress on your body, and other helpful tips for problems you may run into.
Before having a baby, I NEVER thought I would log how much a person eats, sleeps, and poops, but when I was holding my firstborn baby, it became necessary. Some people use apps or notebooks, but journals are super helpful for me. It was super helpful in the early days, like your days and nights run together in a sleepless haze. It was super handy to have when I was at their pediatrician when they asked about their sleep, eating, and bowel movements to have it handy.
Expecting Better: Why The Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong and What you need to know by Emily Oster takes a no-nonsense approach that cuts your anxiety about pregnancy by debunking myths, breaking down the “rules.” And offering honest advice for a relaxed and peaceful pregnancy. It talks about the science of standard “rules” and myths so you can decide for yourself how you want to approach your pregnancy.
What No One Tells You: A Guide To Your Emotions From Pregnancy and Motherhood by Dr. Alexandra Sacks and Dr. Cathrine Birndorf is different from so many others because instead of focusing on your developing baby and your body, it talks about the profound mental changes that come from becoming a mother and no longer responsible for yourself. It talks about the typical experience many moms feel about the complex emotions that come.
The Belly Book by Amy K isn’t necessarily a medical need-to-know pregnancy book but offers a nine-month journal for you to reflect on. Pregnancy is such a short time. It can be amazing to have a designated book to look back on and see what you experienced throughout your pregnancy. It can also be a great resource if you have future children to reflect on what you shared with your previous pregnancies.
I’d love to capture your growing family and newborn memories. If you’re interested in booking a Calgary Luxury Photography session for your baby or family please give me a call or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss the details for your customized newborn experience. Newborn Portrait Sessions are best held within the first 2 weeks from birth. Let’s create lasting memories together!
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