Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Best Books on Pregnancy

If you're pregnant, you may already have one or two books that you refer to when you have a question or concern. Some of the most popular books, the classics if you will, have been around for a while but have been updated for modern times. Still, there is a huge selection of pregnancy books out there-- enough to make your head spin. Here are some of the best pregnancy books for you to check out:

"What To Expect When You're expecting" by Heidi Murkoff. This is one of those classics I was telling you about and this book has gotten many women through that long nine months. Broken down by each trimester, this book has informative question and answer segments and clearly written, no-nonsense advice. This is one of those books that should be required reading for all pregnant mom's.

"Your Pregnancy Week by Week" by Gladys B. Curtis. This, however, was my personal favorite book on pregnancy. Why? Because I really liked the week by week approach. It was so exciting to read what to expect for each week. I found this book had great information and some sections were more detailed that "What to Expect When You're Expecting".

"The Girlfriend's Guide to pregnancy' by Vicki Iovine. This book is a hoot. If you're looking for a lighthearted, humorous book this one will give you a chuckle. It also included s some important information, although it's not nearly as detailed as the books I mentioned above. Still, this book is a nice change from the more cut and dry pregnancy manuals.

"Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth" by Jenny McCarthy. This book is more in the style of "The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy"-- it's a humorous and sometimes crude look at pregnancy sans the detailed medical information. The author of this one, Jenny McCarthy, is no stranger to crudeness but I find her to be likeable enough. Some of the stuff in this book I could do without, but it's a slim volume and more of a quick read than a reference book.

"Denise Austin's Ultimate Pregnancy book' By Denise Austin. I like Denise Austin, that bubbly blonde fitness queen who motivates even me. Austin was undeniably fit before she became pregnant, but this book is a great testament to how good you can look during and after pregnancy as well. I like that this book was written by someone who exercised and ate healthy during her pregnancy and the book contains some good fitness and nutrition tips.

"The Pregnancy Book: Month by Month Everything You Need to Know From America's Baby Experts" by Martha Sears. The Sears', William and Martha, are renowned baby care experts. While some of their methods are controversial, I find this book to be right on the mark. As a pregnant woman, you will find comfort in reading this book which was written by two experienced physicians and parents. The Sears' have also penned informative books about childbirth and infant care.

Also, to lighten things up (as if the Jenny McCarthy book isn't enough) read a few baby name books during your pregnancy. Even if you're sure you're naming your baby Ashley, a quick flip through one of the many baby name books on the market may provide you with alternatives that had never crossed your mind.

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