Pregnancy Books for First Time Moms

pregnancy books for first time moms

Pregnancy books for first time moms should be easy to understand and include detailed information on all aspects of pregnancy. You'll find helpful advice on every aspect of your pregnancy, from dietary changes to birthing options. The best books will be written in an easy-to-understand style that supplements your relationship with your healthcare provider. This is an excellent choice for parents-to-be. 

These books cover a wide range of topics. Many will address nutrition, so you'll have a comprehensive guide for planning your meals and preparing yourself for a new baby. A few will also cover relationship issues, assembling your support team, and dealing with the emotional stresses that accompany a new motherhood. And you'll find a wealth of advice on how to bond with your partner during pregnancy. Regardless of your preference, the right pregnancy book can ease your nervousness and reduce your anxiety.

It Wasn't Supposed to be Like This: A Postpartum Depression Survival Guide With Over 100 Ideas to Manage Loneliness, Sadness and Guilt So You Can Begin to Enjoy Motherhood
Author: Varga, Laurie
Published at: 14/04/2021
ISBN: 099481593X

As someone who faced postpartum depression and anxiety with her firstborn, I wish I had a guide like this to walk me through the fog. I saw myself reflected in the pages, reminding me how hard this was, not only for me but for my partner and family. This book could very well serve as a "Rosetta Stone" of sorts for loved ones trying to navigate the murky realm of PPD: a mechanism for your partner or family member to offer support when words fail you (as they did me then). I appreciated the short-form, a-la-carte presentation of the book. The freedom that comes with the "use any way that fits you" approach is perfect for PPD sufferers. The humor sprinkled about the book added that necessary lightness while not discounting the seriousness of the topic.

In truth, we don't have enough materials that talk about PPD in the first-person experience. We could use more voices like this in mental health overall, to be honest. I underestimated the power of storytelling -and problem-solving- coming from someone who *actually* went through the experience! The ally is a veteran, understanding the ins and outs of this period in my life. I give this all the stars I have to share!

Self-Care for New Moms: Thriving Through Your Postpartum Year
Author: Crossley, Corinne
Published at: 20/04/2021
ISBN: 1510755152

The role of motherhood is one where women are continuously asked to focus on the needs of everyone else but themselves. This is a significant issue in the arena of self-care, where we often ignore our own hunger, energy levels, and emotions in the pursuit of taking care of others.

Written from the perspectives of both therapist and busy mom, Self-Care for New Moms features several eye-opening exercises, interviews from a village of experts (who also happen to be moms), and helpful interventions to help you get through the chronic depletion common to the postpartum year.

Yes! You WILL be a Good Mom! The 9-Step Guide to a Happy, Positive, and Worry-Free Pregnancy for First Time Moms and New Parents
Author: Preston M.A., Kelly
Published at: 09/06/2021

For starters how can you not love this amazing book? I'm currently pregeant for the first time and let me say I have worries all over going thru my mind Reading this book i found so many enlightening helpful things that made me realize it's ok to worry but how to handle it better In the book it Talked of things for how to prepare and have a happy healthy pregeqncy.

This book helped me to breathe and to not feel so anxious. I am a pregnant woman who has had a hard time enjoying my pregnancy because of fear. This book gave me facts and reassurances. I now have the coping skills and knowledge that I need to enjoy the remainder of my pregnancy.

A Heart So Full: Inspirational Messages for New Moms
Author: Wait, Jenessa
Published at: 12/10/2021
ISBN: 1950968448

The first few months with your baby are filled with lots of feelings and life changes. A Heart So Full offers encouragement to remind you that you have all the wisdom, strength, and resilience you need to be a great mom. Thoughtfully written by author Jenessa Wait, this book gently guides you through your fourth trimester and empowers you to give yourself grace, accept your changing body, and trust your mothering intuition. Whether you're a first-time mom or having your next one, this book is the perfect pick-me-up whenever you need reassurance that you've got this. A great baby shower gift for anyone that wants to help mom and baby adjust to their beautiful new life together.  

A Heart So Full features:   

  • Comforting daily reflections for the first 12 weeks after birth
  • Encouraging messages touching upon everything from bonding with your baby to accepting changes to your body
  • Stylish hand-drawn lettering and illustrations
  • Beautiful soft-touch cover and original art work

The New Mom Code: Shatter Expectations and Crush It at Motherhood
Author: Tice, Amanda
Published at: 11/01/2022
ISBN: 1954801289

Being a mom is hard, finding a tribe to support you in the journey is hard and trusting yourself to be the best for your kids everyday is hard but when I read this book it helped me put it all into perspective. It’s truthful and real. I love that it related to me now just as much as it would have when my first was born. This life raising kids is so special and I love it but in those hard moments or moments you feel alone this book helps you know you aren’t alone and to live by this new mom code! I’ve already told all my mom friends to read it- including my 62 year old momma!!! It’s a book for us all!

The Pregnancy Guide For Men: The ultimate first-time dad’s handbook on what to expect having a baby and becoming a new father (The New Dad and Baby Book Series)
Author: Nero, John
Published at: 09/07/2021

Nero's book illustrates these [newer] responsibilities for the modern Father. From my own experiences, so much of what he offers is spot-on truth. It's important for us men/Fathers to understand that we SHOULD be actively involved, not just AFTER the baby comes, but from the beginning of Family Planning. The detail Nero goes into will help any Father-to-be. I read many things in the book that I wish I knew before the birth of my first child. These were things that I'm sure most women/Mothers think of- but I guarantee only a small percentage of Fathers-to-be do.

It's like sure, we would have thought about it and researched it... had we known we needed to. This book provides an accurate guide for what to expect and begin researching NOW. This book successfully captures and lays out the information and general concepts we should expect in Fatherhood/Parenthood. 

Bumpin': The Modern Guide to Pregnancy: Navigating the Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Journey From Conception Through Birth and Beyond
Author: Schrock, Leslie
Published at: 17/12/2019
ISBN: 198213044X

The book is practical and tactical. The book is broken up into 5 sections mapping to Trimester-Zero (a.k.a. making the baby) all the way to Trimester-Four (a.k.a. welcoming your new roommate). You learn about what happens during each trimester, the choices your family will need to make, and the helpful checklists to make life a bit easier. It is just the right length and the words just flow, so you can get through the entire thing on a flight. Even though each section includes a chapter for the dad/partner, the book is written for the mom carrying the baby, which is key. To be a great partner, you need to have empathy and really understand what is happening to the mom and baby.

Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month
Author: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Published at: 26/01/2021
ISBN: 1934984906

Your Pregnancy and Childbirth encourages you to

  • learn about prepregnancy health and planning, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period
  • use the information you learn to talk with your ob-gyn and others who may care for you during pregnancy
  • be an empowered, active decision-maker in your care

Medical information has been updated, and new illustrations have been added. A chapter of Frequently Asked Questions also has been added in response to reader feedback. And new for this edition are important tools that you can use when talking with your ob-gyn, including

  • a medical history form to review before your first prenatal care visit
  • a form to track possible exposure to toxic or harmful things at home or work
  • a checklist for tracking symptoms or concerns during the postpartum period
  • a chart to note contact information for friends, family, and health care providers who will help you during the postpartum period

Pregnancy is a life-changing experience. Get the answers and support you need from Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month.

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
Author: Simkin, Penny
Published at: 18/09/2018
ISBN: 0738284971

Parents love this book because it puts them in control; experts love it because it's based on the latest medical research and recommendations from leading health organizations. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn provides the information and guidance you need to make informed decisions about having a safe and satisfying pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period decisions that reflect your preferences, priorities, and values.

Unlike pregnancy guides that can overwhelm and alarm by telling you up front all the things that can possibly go wrong, this book first describes normal, healthy processes, their typical variations, and the usual care practices for monitoring them. Only then does it cover possible complications and the care practices and procedures for resolving them. Throughout, the presentation is crystal-clear, the tone is reassuring, and the 

What to Expect When You're Expecting
Author: Murkoff, Heidi
Published at: 01/05/2016
ISBN: 0761187480

This is one of the best Pregnancy Books for First Time Moms. As you will read you will feel it gives u a nice heads up on what to expect week to week. The Q&A part is also great, as there are many questions on there that we can relate with, and we get giggles out of some of the Dad components, which are really a nice add-on and make this book feel like its made for all participating members. Pregnancy really is wonderful thing, but there are so many unexpected and unknown components to it, it can get really intimidating and scary.

Reading what others are going through or have done through is really comforting, and it helps us get our questions ready for our monthly doctors visit (there are so many things you don't even think about asking!). Its also been great to truly have a reference guide on what to expect, and what tests are coming up, so when they do happen, we are better prepared and can get to the core questions answered by our OBGYN.

Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Mothers
Author: Kleiman, Karen
Published at: 01/03/2019
ISBN: 1641701307

As a survivor of maternal mental health disorders and an advocate for maternal mental health, this is a book every mom needs. While new moms will especially benefit from the invaluable information in this book, ALL moms will have "aha" moments while reading this book. It does a great job of letting moms know they are not alone in their struggles. Karen Kleiman is the BEST in this field because she gets what moms are feeling and thinking and always does an amazing job of validating their struggles. Get one today and every one of you mom friends!

The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
Author: Howland, Genevieve
Published at: 25/04/2017
ISBN: 150114667X

Such wonderful huge book. I love every bit of it. I wish that book was given at the doctor's office instead of some adds loaded crap. I got it at 13 weeks and read through everything. I wish I had access to it from the beginning as it explains everything very well. Gives peace of mind and faith in human body. The book is very practical but also inspirational 

The Pregnancy Encyclopedia: All Your Questions Answered
Author: DK
Published at: 02/02/2016
ISBN: 1465443789

I would recommend this book to all new parents-to-be. So much useful information, great layout and organization, colorful pictures/diagrams, Q/A format that covers conception through postpartum. I highly recommend this book for prenatal education, especially for those who are self-directed learners and too busy to attend prenatal classes. And the price on Amazon were very affordable.

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