During pregnancy, a woman goes through a lot of mental and physical changes that she has never experienced before. During this time, it is important that she keeps herself engaged in activities that keep her relaxed and entertained. One such activity is reading books, which not only keep the mother busy, but also gives her the information she needs in terms of her baby’s growth, her health and parenting.
The following are our recommendations of books that a mother should attempt to read during her pregnancy.
1. The Mother of All Pregnancy Books (by Ann Douglas)
It’s not important to always get the knowledge and facts about pregnancy in a straight forward, informative kind of way. Sometimes, information given in a different style tends to retain itself more. This book tends to do just that by giving you all the information you need, while tickling your funny bone. So, you don’t just understand all there is to understand about pregnancy, but you also get to be entertained in the process.
2. The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy (by Vicki Lovine)
This is one book that you will definitely relate to, especially if you have had a bumpy relationship with your mother. This is an immensely hilarious guide to the entire 9 months of pregnancy, including morning sickness, maternity clothes and weight gain. A book like this keeps you entertained and gives you the information in a story telling manner that you can relate to.
3. What to Expect When You Are Expecting (by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel)
An all time favourite and a classic, this book has been read by mothers all over the world for the past 30 years and is still going strong. It has a format in a question-answer manner and is a know it all encyclopaedia, which consists of pictures of the changes in a mother’s anatomy duirng pregnancy as well. Reading this book will help you visualise the stages of pregnancy as time goes by and will give you remedies and tricks that you can apply for any given issue you may face.
4. The Bhagwad Gita
One of the ancient Indian texts, the Bhagwad Gita, not only talks about the philosophical aspects of life, but also helps with the practicality in life. It basically bridges the gap between being a mother and being a parent. Some people also believe that reading the Bhagwad Gita aloud during pregnancy helps in the development of the baby and improves the overall growth of their baby.
5. Love You Forever (by Robert Munsch)
The relationship between a mother and her child is a very important one. A mother’s love can never be put in quantifiable terms and yet, the mother too gets aggravated sometimes and sad because of her child. This book talks about the relationship between a mother and child from the mother’s perspective and is something that every mother will eventually feel. So, this book works as a buffer for the mother to understand what is about to come.
Having a healthy reading habit helps everyone in all fields of life. It often happens that people just don’t get time to make reading a habit. Developing reading as a habit during pregnancy will not only help you understand your child, but will also help you throughout your life.