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The Pregnant Librarian Recommends

NanorAs the resident pregnant librarian at my branch, I am constantly aware of my altered state, especially when baby girl is kicking my insides like a ninja while I’m working. In addition to the smiling glances from patrons at my belly and comments like “When are you due?!” there are also other internal side effects such as pregnancy brain which includes forgetfulness, moodiness, alongside feelings of anticipation and excitement of what is to come. I also have occasional physical ailments such as fatigue and headache.

But enough about poor old me! This time in my life made me realize that finding the right reading material and entertainment is necessary during these nine months, considering that there is a substantial amount of nesting time at home. Luckily for me, I am a librarian surrounded by endless resources!

There is a lot of information out there about pregnancy on the Internet, but it is important to be properly informed through appropriate books on the subject that you can pick up at your local branch and also articles that you may find in our articles and databases. Besides the obvious pregnancy guides and such, soon to be parents may also want to read fiction and watch movies, which is why I compiled this list.

Here are some of the most recent Nonfiction books on pregnancy that the library currently offers, to keep you informed on topics ranging from general health information to cookbooks, wellness, sex, and humor. When you need an escape, there is plenty of new fiction about pregnancy and also hilarious movies to keep you laughing and to help you forget that sometimes you want to cry at everything.


Funny Little Pregnant Things
Ultimate Guide to Sex Through Pregnancy and Motherhood
Pregnancy Encyclopedia
What to Expect
Yoga Mama
Natural Pregnancy Cookbook
What to Eat When You're Pregnant

Funny Little Pregnant Things: The Good, the Bad and the Just Plain Gross Things About Pregnancy That Other Books Aren't Going to Tell You by Emily Doherty
Funny and easy to read, Funny Little Pregnant Things is full of helpful information about all the stuff people don’t tell you about pregnancy: basically the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Ultimate Guide to Sex Through Pregnancy and Motherhood by Madison Young
For the woman who wants to know how to negotiate sexual desires safely during pregnancy, learn how to unleash her inner pregnant sex goddess, and discover the best sex positions for all stages of pregnancy.

The Pregnancy Encyclopedia consultant editor, Paula Amato, M.D.; editor-in-chief, Dr. Chandrima Biswas
The Pregnancy Encyclopedia is a straightforward question-and-answer guide to some of the most commonly asked questions about pregnancy, with full-color photographs and illustrations.

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
An updated version of the classic pregnancy go-to guide.

Yoga Mama: The Practitioner's Guide to Prenatal Yoga by Linda Sparrowe; photography by Sarah Keough
For yogis who want to learn how to do yoga to accommodate a growing belly, this title offers advice and inspiration to continue leading a healthy and spiritual lifestyle.

Natural Pregnancy Cookbook: Over 125 Nutritious Recipes for a Healthy Pregnancy by Dr. Sonali Ruder
Provides over 125 delicious and healthy recipes that benefit both the expecting mother and her baby.

What to Eat When You're Pregnant: A Week-by-Week Guide to Support Your Health and Your Baby's Development During Pregnancy by Nicole M. Avena, PhD; recipes by Georgie Fear, RD
Instead of telling you what not to eat, this book focuses on all the good things pregnant women should eat to stay healthy for themselves and for the nutritional benefit of the infant.


Dear Thing
The Secrets of Midwives
Eleven Hours

Dear Thing by Julie Cohen
This book is about a woman who becomes a surrogate for her best friend and then struggles with her decision, which causes friction with her friendship and threatens a marriage.

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth
This book is about three generations of midwives and their secrets that pull them apart and then eventually bind them together.

Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens
Eleven Hours is about two expectant mothers who, in the midst of a difficult labor, are forced to face their pasts and re-create their futures.

Snatched by David Saperstein
This sci-fi book is about six older women who vanish from a beach road, only to reappear three years later on the same road, thirty years younger and pregnant!


Friends With Kids
Knocked Up
What To Expect When You're Expecting
Baby Mama

Friends With Kids
Two friends decide to have a child together, but want to avoid getting into a relationship to avoid becoming like their unhappy friends with marital problems.

Knocked Up
A one night stand leads to an unwanted pregnancy, and with it a hilarious rollercoaster of relationship ups and downs.

A teen girl gets pregnant by her high school boyfriend, then decides to give up the baby for adoption to a seemingly perfect couple who are struggling to have children of their own.

What to Expect When You're Expecting
Five couples cope with pregnancy and all the unexpected aspects of it.

Baby Mama
A successful businesswoman hires a working-class girl to be her surrogate in this hilarious comedy.


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two more book recommendations

Great post! I also recommend The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians by Rachel Pepper and The Hip Mama Survival Guide by Ariel Gore.

Reliable Information

On the Internet there is a lot of information, but also a lot of misinformation. It is very important to know how to look for information so as not to be a victim of the myths and urban legends of the internet

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