Whether you are still planning or already expecting, it is always best to have references. It is advised that you read to succeed. Educating yourself is the best way to be prepared. For mothers, for fathers, and from pregnancy to childbirth, here are 8 books that you may want to get a hold of and nourish from.
Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception by Amy Ogle, Lisa Mazzullo and Mary D’Alton
A great book for the planning stage. It has information on the preconception and inter-conception stage. It guides couples on what should be their well-being to ensure a healthy conception. It even tackles physical, mental, emotional and financial readiness of the couple.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
This book is considered the pregnancy bible. New York Times longest best-selling book which has been revised a number of times, too. It has the most current information on pregnancy and childbirth. Very helpful for parents-to-be as it has information on lifestyle, pregnancy stages, birth options, sex during pregnancy, birthing alternatives and even choosing the right practitioner.
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too! by the pregnancy experts at Mayo Clinic
This book has a complete and accurate guide for a healthy pregnancy. It includes the week by week development of your baby. It also has expert advice on how to get pregnant, fertility, birth decisions and parenting. Mayo Clinic being world class plus parent-doctors give this book a more authoritative significance.
The Expectant Father by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash
It is not only the mother-to-be who goes through a lot of changes. This is a ground-breaking book that tackles the different changes a father-to-be may go through during his wife’s pregnancy. It also provides tips on how to deal with these changes. The book assures that information come from medical experts.
Eating for Pregnancy: The Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today’s Mothers-to-Be by Catherine Jones and Rose Ann Hudson
What pregnant mothers eat affects the baby’s development. This book not only provides sumptuous and healthy recipes but it also provides a guide for both the baby and the mother’s nutritional requirement in every stage of pregnancy.
Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by Dr. John Medina
The author is a brain scientist with the initial purpose of letting the parents know how the baby’s brain develops. The book is a fun and informative way to learn the connection between brain development and raising a smart and happy child in a scientific and practical way.
DADspirations: The 1st 100 Days of Fatherhood by Pete Densmore
Let us not forget that dads also play a vital role in parenting. This book provides tips for fathers and fathers-to-be on how they can have a huge impact on the first 100 days of their child as well as their wives and family.
The 5 Love Languages of Children Book by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell
Every child is unique and has her or her own way of expressing and understanding love. This book guides every parent on how to effectively express and receive love very unique way that their child understands.
There are still hundreds of books to choose from, out there. You may also ask your friend to recommend a great book. Read and learns as much as you can. Also, make sure that you and your partner have discussed and agreed on every decision that needs to be made along the way.
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