Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy is no excuse to go through the duration of pregnancy unprepared. In fact, going into labor without knowing what to expect is probably a bad idea. Whether you are planning on parenting your baby or are considering relinquishment, reading up on pregnancy facts is a good idea. If you have access to a library or if anyone asks you if you need anything, consider one of these few books.
1. Your Pregnancy Week By Week by Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler. This was my personal favorite when pregnant with my two (parented) boys. It is a positive, encouraging look at how your body is changing through each week of pregnancy. I like facts. I also like to be encouraged. This book had the best of both worlds. I found it helpful, interesting and easy to read.
As an aside to that particular book, they also have a book for fathers by the same authors. If your baby’s father is involved, consider picking it up for him.
2. What to Expect When You’re Expecting by by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. Society seems to love this book. I will be honest: it has a lot of information. It is not my favorite book but I do see the benefits in this particular read. It’s a little harder to navigate than the week-by-week book but has some things that the previous one doesn’t offer. They’ve recently redesigned the cover to feature an expectant mom, not bound to a rocking chair like before, sporting some modern maternity clothes.
3. Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by by Nancy Mohrbacher. Even if you are considering placing your child for adoption, pick up this book. It’s a quick, easy read about the subject of breastfeeding. Usually books on this topic are long, hard to read and somewhat difficult to digest, pun intended. This book is the most encouraging, most uplifting book on the market. I loved it. I suggest it to everyone. I buy it for friends. This book takes the negativity and judgment out of breastfeeding. As I said, even if you are considering placement, pick up this book. Should you choose to parent, breastfeeding is the best start for your baby (and the cheapest!). Furthermore, don’t let an agency, attorney or potential adoptive parent discourage you from nursing even if you are intent on placement. You can breastfeed your baby in the hospital! Some birth mothers even choose to pump breast milk for their babies after relinquishment. Read up on the subject.
4. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy. Mothers experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, especially those who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, need to laugh. Grab this book. Laugh. It’s important to laugh.
There are many books on the market. It can be overwhelming to pick and choose. If this list doesn’t sound like it is right for you, visit your library or a local bookstore and locate the pregnancy section. Leaf through the pages and find one that you think speaks to you. Pregnancy books are written in all different manners, from funny guides to super serious how-to’s. There are books on diet and nutrition and books on how to babyproof your house before hand. There’s a book on everything. You can find one to help you make sense of this journey that you are on.
In my next post I will share with you a few books to read if you are considering placement.