What books have you found useful during your pregnancy?
All my new-Mum friends recommended What to Expect when you’re Expecting - a weighty tome that covers all the developmental stages, emotional ups and downs, and the questions you want to ask, but don’t think it’s worth bothering your midwife with.
For a bit of light relief (there’s only so much a girl can read about colostrum), I really enjoyed Mel Giedroyc’s From Here to Maternity – warm, honest and properly laugh-out-loud funny.
On the more academic side – how to deal with the little blighter when it makes its entry into the world – it’s definitely worth ready Oliver James’ How not to F*** them up. He looks at three broad mothering styles; the Organiser, the Hugger, and the Flexi-Mum, and (gently) outlines the pros and cons of each style. As a natural Organiser, it definitely made for some uncomfortable reading, but the research is thorough, the tone non-judgemental, and personally I like knowing all sides of the argument, even if you end up disagreeing with them. Plus, I’m such a HUGE fan of his previous book Affluenza (read it, now! I’ll lend you my copy!) that I respect pretty much all his work.
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