My Favorite Preparing For Baby and Parenthood Resources

Once the excitement of being pregnant slowly dissipates you become slapped with the reality that there are so many things to do and so many things to learn about pregnancy, birth and having a newborn in your life that you can’t help but feel beyond overwhelmed and unprepared.

Once I was hit with that reality I started searching for what books I should buy to help prepare me for the coming months/years.

There are literally thousands of resources out there for new and expecting mother’s but I have found some of them to more useful than others. I decided to highlight some of my favorite ones thus far in the hopes that it makes someone else’s search a bit easier.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting:

what to expect

I actually purchased this book prior to getting pregnant. I knew Jeff and I were going to start trying and I found it at a used book sale for $2 while visiting my friend in Maryland.

This is probably one of the most popular books when it comes to new mom’s figuring out what the heck their body is about to go through. For the most part I have found this book to be extremely useful and accurate. A few of my pregnant friends and I have laughed at how each trimester has been pretty spot on to what the symptoms should be, it seemed like the day a new trimester hit I was hit with the a few of the symptoms that were suspected to come up during that time. They also discuss a lot of things that I didn’t know about or wouldn’t have occurred to me to know about. I felt very prepared for every doctor appointment I had and for the most part felt like I had a good sense of what to expect during each stage of pregnancy.

The Parents Pocket Checklist: An Essential Guide to Pregnancy:

parent checklist

I learned about this book when I went to a meet the Doula’s night at a local mom venue called “Mamma and Me.” As we were walking around talking to Doula’s I noticed that just about every mom to be there had this book and I came home to Jeff and cried about how overwhelmed I felt and that all these women had this book and I knew nothing about this book. His response to my tears was order the book then! So, obviously I did!

This book is full of researched based to do lists that get straight to the point of what you need to know about pregnancy, what you need to prepare for baby, what to do, what to avoid and what to buy. The book was a tad mundane at times but I found it extremely helpful when it came to planning out the baby registry and about knowing exactly what we will need to bring with us in our hospital bags. It also talks about financial planning, writing your will ya know cause now you have a small child so that is pretty important. It is a great reference book for both mom and dad’s to be.

The Sh!T No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year:

shit no one

Every women’s pregnancy is, every birth, everyone’s idea of how their birth should go is going to be different and the way everyone raises their child is going to be different and this book offers a glimpse into parenthood with a few perspectives on how things went/are going. While the main author shares most of her story on pregnancy, birth and parenthood at the end of each chapter her mom squad chimes in and comments on how things went for them. I enjoyed this book because it is blunt with a purpose. It’s real and down to earth and sets any parent to be up with a few ideas of how the next coming days, weeks and months might look like for them.

Coffee and Crumbs Podcast:
I highly recommend this podcast for moms and moms to be!

coffee and crumbs

This podcast has been exactly what I need some days. It is great for people who are already mom’s but as someone who thinks about the future and worries about things it has been a very reassuring podcast to listen to. It has mostly helped me realize that we are all figuring it out and that we won’t have it all together all the time. No topic is off limits, they discuss pregnancy, infertility, toddler stages, how to be a work from home mom while being a stay at home mom, anything you think of they probably talked about it. I was sad to learn about it after the podcast ended but glad I can still stream them on my podcast app.

What are some of your favorite pregnancy and mom to be resources?

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