Books for Pregnancy and Parenting

I am passionate about books – reading, buying, hoarding, recommending, even decorating my house with books (much to my non-reader husband’s dismay)! When I am in doubt, I pick up a book on the subject (apart from Googling). So, when I discovered my pregnancy, I hunted widely and extensively for best books to guide me in my journey of those 9 months and later.

Books for Pregnancy and Parenting

When I was done dealing with pregnancy and realised the enormity of being a parent, I started looking out for good Parenting books. Divya has already recommended a few of the good books; here is a list of some more books which I found useful:

On Pregnancy and Early Child Care

What to Expect when You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff has become kind of a Pregnancy Bible for most parents. I also had that on my bedside table during my pregnancy (and have ‘The First Year’ and ‘The Toddler Years’ in the series). But I also wanted a book from Indian perspective.

After extensive research, I got myself these two books by Indian authors, and even if you don’t read ‘What to Expect…’, both are sufficient to answer all your queries.

1. Passport to a Healthy Pregnancy – Dr. Gita Arjun

Passport to a Healthy Pregnancy by Dr. Gita Arjun

Dr. Gita Arjun is an eminent obstetrician and gynaecologist. In an easy, reader friendly way, this book attempts to explain how pregnancy happens, counselling for to-be-parents, various myths, foetal development, various tests in different stages of pregnancy, about the entire nine months, labour, delivery and post-natal care. I found this book deeply insightful and extremely useful, and most importantly, it addresses the Indian context well.

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2. PREGNANCY: What the Indian Woman Always Wanted To Know But Was Afraid To Ask – NutanPandit

PREGNANCY: What the Indian Woman Always Wanted To Know But Was Afraid To Ask by Nutan Pandit

Nutan Pandit is a natural birth therapist and an expert on pregnancy. You might ask, why another book when the first one is pretty exhaustive? This book is a little different. It starts with dealing with a lot of common myths around pregnancy. The book has several illustrations to facilitate understanding. Apart from usual discussions on conception, pregnancy, labour and delivery; the book takes a look at how labour has come to be associated with ‘pain’, understanding the process of natural child birth, understanding and dealing with various problems or discomforts during pregnancy through home remedies, exercises, issues related to feeding, etc.

The language is lucid and illustrative, and everything has been discussed in an interesting way. It will make an excellent gift for expectant mothers in your circle.

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On Parenting and Child Development

1. Who Do You Think You’re Kidding – Lina Ashar

Who Do You Think You’re Kidding by Lina Ashar

Lina Ashar is the chairperson of Kangaroo Kids Education Ltd (KKEL), a leading education chain, which has schools such as Kangaroo Kids, Billabong High International School, and Brainworks. In this recently released book, the author attempts to address the challenges of new-age parenting. She discusses several issues which play on our minds like over-exposure to different media, competition, stress, selecting school, learning, career choices, and what not!

Read my complete review of the book here.

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2. Raising Boys – Steve Biddulph

Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph

Steve Biddulph is a popular author on parenting. I am all for gender equality but the truth is girls and boys are wired differently. And by learning more about it, we equip ourselves to deal with the challenges of raising a boy (or a girl for that matter). This book at 200 odd pages, attempts to help us understand boys, so that we help them develop into happy individuals. It covers the three stages of boyhood, the role of dads, mothers and sons, developing a healthy sexuality, sports, etc. I recommend it strongly. (There is another book Raising Girls too but I have not read it, so would not be able to comment).

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More book recommendations on Parenting, Child Care, Development and Psychology are welcome!

Reema Sahay is a stay-at-home mom who spends her days running around her very curious toddler, ‘the star’, and catching up on books when he naps. She writes about charms and challenges of life at Pen Paper and shares her passion for books at Recommend Books. She sometimes feels that her 5.5 years stint in Marketing Communication was in another life.

  • Good ones Reema !!

    • Hey, thank you! from one reader to another 🙂

  • Wow! I have just been on WTE and Baby center website. Other books I havent really read! The two I read give me enough to worry already 😛 Maybe I should get into some Indian Baby books too.

    • I know! Sirisha, a lot of things in those books can be worrying, so I did not read quite a few sections in What to Expect or complications and stuff! You have to read books like you take advice, don’t agree with everything 🙂
      I am happy to discover good books in the Indian context. This ‘Who do you think you’re kidding?’ is quite good and apt for us.

  • Nidhi

    I had read ‘Secrets of the Baby whisperer’ by Tracy Hogg – when I had a was quite helpful 🙂

    • Oh, I did not know about this one. But too late now 🙁

  • Anjali

    I have read Nutan Pandit’s “Pregnancy” & it was wonderful experince knowing the logics & tips & facts shared in the book.

    • I agree. It is a wonderful book, especially since it has an Indian context. I recommend it all the time 🙂

  • Jane

    I used The Pregnancy Pocketbook, slightly more expensive, but worth it, good for pregnancy and newborn period….best book! It’s on amazon…

    • Really? Need to check it out. I can atleast suggest to someone 🙂

  • soumya

    which one of the two authors wud u suggest and wud be helpful for me as this is my first pregnancy?

    • Soumya, both are very good. I suggest both of them if you can. They are quite well-priced. You can get both put together for Rs 300, at the moment. But if you still want to go for one, I suggest, have a look at Landmark or Crossword.