5 Books to read while pregnant (and a couple that your husband will like, too!)

Reading a few baby books made me confident before becoming a mom, and help me to feel empowered to make decisions on how to get through pregnancy and beyond. This short list of really good books will help you feel the same.

  1. Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong-and What you Real Need to Know by Emily Oster – Rather than listening to people (doctors, mother-in-laws, overstepping co-workers) telling you can’t do this and you definitely should do that, many women may prefer to empower themselves to make they own decisions. Emily Oster, an economics professor at Brown University, lays out the stats and facts so you can make educated decisions for yourself. Husband approved! My husband tore through this book.
  2. Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster – Another data-driven guide to the early years of parenting. Husband approved!
  3. Moms on Call – Basic Baby Care: 0-6 months by Laura Hunter and Jennifer Walker – Have you ever wished there was a baby handbook? This is it! ALL you need to know for your baby for the first 6 months is right here. It even has some extremely useful example schedules towards the back. It’s the type of book you will turn back to often for answers. Husband approved!
  4. The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mother’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Success After Baby by Lauren Smith Brody – A tell-it-like-it-is guide that helps working moms cope with the demands of the real world during the “fifth trimester”. – This book is honestly fantastic. While a lot of us aren’t going back to work the way we imagined pre-pandemic, this book is an incredible handbook on just how to start feeling like yourself again. Complete with a ton of mom-hacks, this is a must-read towards the end of your pregnancy or right before you head back to work.
  5. Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman – An American parent living in France discovers the secrets to bringing up well-adjusted children. This book is a good reminder for the naturally high-strung parent to take a chill pill.  

What other books would you recommend to a parent-to-be or new parent?

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