Sunday, March 23, 2014

8 Must Have Books on Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting

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There are so many books out there that focus on pregnancy, birth, and parenting related issues.  If ever there was an over-saturation of a market with a product that covered so much of a spectrum, these topics are it.  What other issue can have twenty-five books promoted a particular practice (such as cry-it-out) and then twenty-five more books discouraging that very same practice.  It can be so overwhelming.  So I thought I'd make the choices a bit easier for you, no matter what season of parenting you're in.  Here are a few books on pregnancy, birth, and parenting that I consider to be must reads.

Pregnancy & Birth
The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy

This is the book to read if you want an honest and very candid look at all things pregnancy.  I laughed while I learned, that's for sure.  Many of the other pregnancy and birthing books out there discuss aspects of pregnancy in very clinical ways.  Though there is health information in this book, it's given in a more informal way.

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth
Jenny McCarthy is her usual funny self in this book.  Along The Girlfriends's Guide, her book was the one that I got the most out of.  Her humor is sometimes tongue in cheek, but it's honest and feels as though you're reading an email from a friend.

Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
This book is what prepared me for birth.  I honestly believe that my son's natural birth would have been impossible without the knowledge and techniques found in this book.  Though everyone's needs are different, it replaced taking a Lamaze or birthing class for me as it really spoke to my independent nature.

Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions
This book packs a punch.  It's based on research done by George Barna of adults that can be considered "spiritual champions".  He's taken the information that the "champions" have shared on their upbringing to address key things that parents can do to help their children grow up strong in their faith. 

Playful Parenting
Play is vital in the life of a child.  This book explains what roles play actually serves for little ones and gives ideas on how parents can relate to their children through play.  I love everything this book presents and think that it's invaluable to all parents.

The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night's Rest for the Whole Family
Sleep (or lack thereof) seems to be one of those constant issues that plagues parents.  Dr. Sears became a quick favorite for me when I began reading this book.  He breaks through the notion that "every baby should " and instead addresses how to address sleep issues based on your baby/child's temperament.  This way of thinking gave affirmation to me in regards to what my gut was telling me.

The Love Dare for Parents
This is my current read.  It contains 40 days of devotionals for parents to read, reflect on, and then apply to their relationship with their children the next day.  The challenges presented in this book are Biblically based and help parents find ways to strengthen their relationships with their children.

The 5 Love Languages of Children
I haven't actually read this book yet.  However, it is next on my reading list and comes highly recommended by several people.  I've just recently began reading about the different love languages, and it really intrigues me.  I'll share more on it after I read it!

 What's your favorite book on pregnancy, birth, or parenting?

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