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Don't Want To Ask Your Doctor? Get Pregnancy Books!

When you’re pregnant, you’ll definitely have lots of questions – especially if this is your first pregnancy. Of course, you should have a health care provider that you feel comfortable sharing your questions and concerns with. But there may come a time when you have questions you don't want to ask your doctor for a variety of different reasons. You may feel uncomfortable discussing certain bodily functions or you may not want to trouble your doctor with what you believe to be a small, unimportant question. In these situations, a good pregnancy book can give you the answers you want and need.

If you just go into a bookstore, however, you’re likely to be overwhelmed at the sheer number of books you have to choose from. The following are some of our favorites, all of which are written by knowledgeable, well-respected authors in the pregnancy field.

Our first recommendation is The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America's Baby Experts by Martha and William Sears. Dr. William Sears is a pediatrician and his wife, Martha, is an RN and lactation consultant with labor and delivery experience. Between the two of them, they have raised eight children, two of whom are now practicing pediatricians as well. The Sears' books are written from the perspective of trusted friends who just happen to be medical professionals. Their other books come highly recommended as well.

Another excellent pregnancy book is Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley and Ann Keppler. The book covers your pregnancy from conception to those first few postpartum weeks – and just about everything in between. Penny Simkin is another author whose complete works we recommend wholeheartedly.

Next up is The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, written by Sheila Kitzinger. If you’re looking to prepare for pregnancy and childbirth or to understand the “hows and whys” of the way pregnancy and childbirth are managed, then this book is a good choice for you. This is also a good book for understanding the many emotional changes a woman experiences during pregnancy.

Managing Morning Sickness: A Survival Guide for Pregnant Women by Miriam Erick MS RD is considered one of the definitive books on handling morning sickness. If you’re experiencing morning sickness, this book can help you choose the right kinds of foods and learn how to deal with this very common pregnancy side effect.

And while you may be a long way from thinking about delivery, we strongly recommend you read the book Husband Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth by Dr. Robert A. Bradley early in your pregnancy. This book contains tons of valuable information on diet and exercises that can help you stay healthy and low risk throughout your pregnancy, regardless of whether or not you plan un-medicated childbirth. In addition, the diet recommended in this book (the Brewer diet) is the only pregnancy diet with medical research backing up its claims of preventing certain pregnancy complications.

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