The first trimester pregnancy books should be devoted to:
general pregnancy information
morning sickness remedies
a good pregnancy journal and
After reading these books you will be up to speed on what’s happening to your body, how your baby is developing, ways to feel your best, grow a healthy baby and to decide where and with who you would like to give birth. Here are the top 10 best first trimester pregnancy books.
General Pregnancy Information
This book is comprehensive, well organized and very affordable. I think that if every OBGYN could give out a free pregnancy book it would be this one. As usual, one of my favorite things about this book (and others) is the weekly baby update. I just LOVE seeing the small, yet drastic changes in my baby every week. For mom they have monthly pregnancy updates (not weekly like the baby updates). This book can be used as a reference guide that is easily navigated to find just what you’re looking for.
This might be my favorite general pregnancy informational book out there. The biggest reason I loved it so much is that there was a page for every day of my pregnancy. So often books will be organized by trimester, which always left me wanting more. I usually didn’t want to know what was going to happen in three months, I wanted to know what was happening RIGHT NOW. A lot can change in a whole trimester, so breaking it down day by day made so much sense to me. I love the fetal development updates, it gave me a way to visualize what was so hard to conceptualize from the outside. Love this book!
If there’s one thing the first two general pregnancy information books above don’t do well, it’s focus on how to be healthy – truly healthy- before, during and after pregnancy. We all want to stay healthy, and have healthy children, so the focus of this book is extremely important. But don’t worry, this book won’t give you more mommy guilt. We already have enough of that on our own! This book is not condescending, but written in a way tat presents all angles and leaves you, the parent, to make the best decision for you and your family.
If you are wanting to eat healthy, but not lose any flavor this book is for you. From herbed chicken to salmon to cookies to soups, you’re bound to find new, delicious foods that suit your pregnancy needs. The neat part about this book is that it will help you create variations in the recipe to suit your moods, nausea (boo morning sickness!) and cravings. Also, the book was written by a woman who has been pregnant before which really shines through in her book. Love it!
When I had my first pregnancy appointment at the OBGYN I was handed a piece of paper about nutrition; things to eat and foods to avoid. There was no conversation, which was so sad to me. This book will definitely fill that gap. My favorite part about this book is that it explains WHY we need to eat certain foods, vitamins or minerals which really helps the information to stick! The book is broken down by trimester, highlighting different nutrients that are needed at those times. That can be helpful if you can only read a little bit at a time helping you to make small changes at a time. By the way, small changes over a longer period of time tend to create permanent changes in the long run. A good thing!
If you are looking for some relief from morning sickness, look no further, this is your one stop resource. This book is broken down into two main sections – things to do before you get pregnant and things to do when you’re already experiencing morning sickness. One of my favorite things about this book is that you can learn ways to prevent, or eliminate morning sickness by making changes before you get pregnant. Simple changes in diet and lifestyle will set you up to rock that first (or second) trimester! Quit wasting your time scouring the internet for morning sickness remedies, this book has them all right here.
I own this book and I love it. The photos will knock your socks off. In fact, if I am doing a private childbirth class, I will bring this book to explain anatomy, to show weekly baby development and it even has great visuals on “how birth works”. If you are curious about what your baby looks like “right now” this book is for you. If you’re looking for a maternal narrative and a pep talk about pregnancy, buy another book. Bonus: The book comes with a DVD with really amazing animations of the mother baby unit.
Many first time moms have never heard of this documentary, but for mothers who have “been there, done that” this film is a common household name. What this is, is a documentary about how the maternity healthcare system in the US works (and doesn’t work) for new moms. It covers the history of maternity care to better show why we are where we’re at. By watching this DVD you will have a better idea of who you would like your care provider to be and where you would like to give birth. Many people who have watched this film learned a thing or two. You won’t regret it! (If you have Netflix you can watch this online.)
Want evidence based research to help you formulate your own ideas on birth and the medical options that accompany the process? This book is for you. Need the information in an easy to read narrative with the citations at the end of the book? You’re in business. You will learn something new by reading this book – guaranteed! Love, this book as it “awakens” the huntress in mamas. This book covers cesareans, breech babies, inducing labor, electronic fetal monitoring, rupturing membranes, coping with slow labor, pain medication, episiotomy, vaginal birth after a cesarean, doulas, deciding on a doctor or midwife.
Because of its personal nature, it’s hard for me to pick out one pregnancy journal for you, someone I’ve never met. Check out this page for more ideas and options for pregnancy journals if the one below doesn’t seem like a good option for you.
How The Belly Book stands apart from the other pregnancy journals:
•It has a blue elastic band that wraps around the book ensuring it stays closed and secure.
•It is broken down into three trimesters making it easy to organize and use.
•This pregnancy journal stays lighthearted and fun with writing prompts like “Days I have been wearing sweatpants in a row:____”. So funny!
•Looks modern and upbeat.
•Lots of places to post belly and ultrasound photos.