I’ve been meaning to write this post…well..since I was pregnant! During my pregnancy, I wanted to make sure I didn’t overwhelm myself with too much information. After all, your doctor will tell you the most important things and your pregnancy will go how it goes regardless of what you read.
So! I limited myself to only a few pregnancy books. I started with the obvious, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, & I ABSOLUTELY HATED IT. It was like a thrown together book of all things that would make a soon to be mom worry. It was full of information, but too much information and not enough encouraging. It was a reference book.
After that disaster of a read, I decided to just check out some pregnancy blogs for some reads, as I didn’t want to pay for something else I’d never read. One day, however, I was leaving Target and saw a copy of a pregnancy book I had never heard of. It wasn’t the prettiest, but it was $5.00 on clearance so I figured I couldn’t lose.
That book happened to be the best book I could have ever read. And, little did I know, it was written by Dr. Oz. Now, I love him, but regardless of what you think of him, he knows his stuff. He partnered up with Dr. Roizen, MD and created a book that gives you the useful information about your pregnancy. The information that will help you make healthy decisions for you and your baby.
—–>YOU: Having a Baby: The Owner’s Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy
Throughout the chapters (all of which I read in two days), they detail each step of the way and really explain what to expect. They talk about issues you may come across and best practices.
For me, this book was heaven sent, for a few of the conditions I browsed over at first, ended up occurring in my very own pregnancy, and while I was scared to find out they affected me, I was a little more at ease because I had already known they could happen.
The book gives details on thyroid issues, diastasis recti (for those of you who don’t know what this is, thank your lucky stars!! IT SUCKS!) and much much more without overwhelming you. They basically provide an easy to follow road map that will make you feel confident and equipped to handle the entire situation at hand.
After reading this book, I knew I didn’t need any others. I kept it in reach, filled it with tabs and post its, and referred back as my pregnancy progressed. I promise you, you will love this book, because it really changed my pregnancy.
The second book I read while pregnant was a life changer for me. I say this because I learned a new appreciation for my health and body when I was pregnant, as I know most moms do. I didn’t want anything going in that wasn’t healthy and beneficial for my growing baby.
After reading the first book, I learned a lot about the best foods to eat (it even has recipes for each meal of the day) but I wanted to learn more about ways to keep my baby safe. Que crazy protective mama syndrome. I started looking into diaper options and read about the diapers on the market today.
Now, I am not going to push you into the black hole I fell into (I’ll let you cross that threshold on your own) but I will say, its a scary world out there. I started researching diapers that would be best for my baby, and I came across the Honest Company.
I did use the Honest Company for the first year of B’s life, because it just gave me reassurance. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using regular brand diapers right off the bat, it just made me feel better to use their products and everything they have is super cute and smells great!
But before I even bought diapers, I bought Jessica Alba’s book; The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You.
I loved her already and liked what I saw in her products, so I decided to give it a go. & I’m glad I did. Now, everything she has in her book may not be for everyone. There are some things where I just can’t completely dedicate to, but for the most part, her book is completely eye opening.
She talks about how her own pregnancy made her go into defense mode and search out any bad that could come from the products she used. I liked to read and educate myself on these things, and for B’s first year, I enforced much of what I read. Again, it gave me the reassurance that I did everything I could while he was still so small and defenseless.
This book may do nothing more than open your eyes to the dangers that are around us, and ways to make our homes and lives the healthiest possible, for our children’s sake, and that’s okay.
But if you’re like me, and this book moves you to strive for an organic life, I’m happy to say it was one of the best things I’ve done for myself and my family. Where I can, I try to simplify what we use, what we eat, what we buy. It’s saved money for me but also shows B that you can do things on your own and they can work sometimes even better than the product from the store.
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On a side note, if you decide after reading that you want to take steps to provide your baby with an honest home, I highly recommend The Honest Company’s subscription service. They do sell the products at Target, but you end up paying so much more that it becomes out of reach for most. The bundles I’ve had were the essentials, Diapers and Wipes, and after I had to stop breastfeeding, the Formula bundle. All of these products were flawlessly delivered to my door and I loved each and every one.
Their cleaning products are great, their hand sanitizer spray is a must have for those new baby visitors, and their Healing Balm worked wonders on so many things, I keep it with me. They now offer vitamin packages which I think is a wonderful idea, and their shampoo and Body oil are still in my weekly routine.
If you’d like to give them a try, feel free to use my link and sign up! I loved the reassurance I got by using good quality products that we’re good for my family.
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After reading these two books, I felt I had all of the knowledge I’d want and need to fulfill my goal of a happy and healthy pregnancy. There’s nothing better than preparing for your baby’s birth and these books make me confident in the steps I took to do so. I am so grateful I came across these books by chance and would recommend them to anyone who is expecting.
There are a ton of books out there, but know that they are not all created equal, and you should read something that inspires you, gives you confidence on the journey ahead, and educates you on the important steps to come. I think these books do exactly that and more!
I hope you enjoy!
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Have any great reads you’d suggest? Comment below!
Thanks for reading,