5 books every mom should read

I am a big reader, I always have been. When I learned I was pregnant with my first son, I read a lot of pregnancy books. Some were good, some were horrible. A lot of the pregnancy books I felt just made me anxious or question every feeling I was having as something horrible (I am also learning this about Facebook mommy groups because everyone apparently thinks they are doctors). It’s incredibly frustrating when all you want to do is educate yourself and most books just instill fear in you, especially for first time moms.

So, here is my top 5 pregnancy or parenting books that are actually good or helpful. Most of these books are humor and literally made me laugh out loud. I love books that make you laugh at things that are happening to your body or your life. It puts such a positive spin on things that are already going to happen to you.

1.Ina May’s guide to childbirth

Although this book is not a humorous book, it was one of the first books I read that didn’t make me freak out about everything. Basically she discusses childbirth through a serious of personal stories of women who have gone through labor naturally. She writes to try taking the fear out of childbirth by allowing women to believe in their own power with less pain and less medical intervention. When I was pregnant with my first, I was pretty adamant about doing everything naturally, which I did until my emergency c-section. It offered ideas and different methods to ease pain and help your mind focus elsewhere. It gave a lot of really good insight but definitely not a book that would keep you wanting to read and never put down. It took me quite a while to read because it wasn’t the most captivating (for me at least) but was definitely useful as a guide through contractions.

2. Jenny McCarthy’s: Belly Laughs

Before you judge who wrote this because let’s be honest such a weird person to read about for pregnancy but I am telling you this book had me laughing out loud on the bus. It put such a light on pregnancy annoyances — like peeing your pants. I thought it was so well written and so raw that I read it in about two days. I actually plan on gifting it to each of my best friends when they become pregnant because it really is that funny. She discusses things like hemorrhoids, body changes, peeing and the like. I highly recommend the read.

3. Rebecca Eckler’s series “Wiped!”

Another hilarious read about the joys of the 4th trimester (and onwards as the books progress). I started reading this series as my little guy was very little so it for sure had me laughing. So relatable. She refers to her new baby as the "tiny dictator" and how she didn't realize a lot of the things that came with having a new baby i.e. sweatpants, no sleep, and no sex. I find myself giggling throughout the book because it makes light of so many things. Another highly recommended book for a good laugh.

4. Joanna Faber’s: How to talk so little kids will listen

This is my current read and I am really enjoying it so far. Definitely not in the humorous category but absolutely amazing as far as parenting goes. It describes why a lot of the older methods don’t work and how different ways of speaking and reasoning with your toddlers will actually get you further with them. It is definitely a more gentle approach to parenting but there are so many success stories behind reasoning and decision making in the hands of the toddler. I am looking forward to finishing it.

5. Asia Citro’s 150+ Screen-free activities for kids

Not a novel by any means, and a new book in our house but it has over a hundred different activities for babies-young kids you can make easily to stimulate better imaginative play without a screen. We have done a couple of the activities in the book so far and he really loves them. Some examples are slime, sensory bins, and different paint making ideas. I am looking forward to working through the book this winter and finding out what his favorite activities are.

What are some of your favorite books as a parent or for pregnancy? I would love some other recommendations!

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