5 of the Best Books About Pregnancy That Actually Give Sage Advice

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5 of the Best Books About Pregnancy That Actually Give Sage Advice

Know someone having a baby? Instead of reaching for something cliched, why not give some of the best pregnancy books on the market, that they'll actually read. Instead of unrealistic parenting standards or frankly, cliched "perfect" stories, the following five novels shine light on motherhood (and babies) in brutally honest ways.

Pregnancy books are hard to find, or at least ones worth reading so scroll down to learn more about stories that are worth reading during a sensitive, exciting, and terrifying time in life.

1. And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

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I've written about Meaghan O'Connell's book before, and for good reason. I think for many women, having children is a no-brainer but for those who are apprehensive about becoming a mother, the life change can feel less celebratory and more worrisome. O'Connell describes her journey into motherhood with honesty; she narrates the not-so-great parts too, which, for some readers will be a refreshing introduction into a challenging chapter of life.

2. After Birth

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Motherhood can seem like a solo voyage but in After Birth, two women come together and embrace motherhood as a team. Elisa Albert's novel about motherhood, teamwork, the body, and sisterhood is poignant to women who are preparing for motherhood, or are in the thick of it. It comes as a necessary reminder that we shouldn't be so hard on each other, and ourselves, when bringing life into the world.

3. Body Full of Stars: Female Rage and My Passage into Motherhood

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For more honesty, turn to Body Full of Stars. Molly Caro May details motherhood in all it's reality; pain, beauty, ups, and downs. More importantly, she calls on society and why we sweep things involving motherhood under the rug. For a spiritual journey, gift this book about pregnancy and motherhood to expecting parents, they'll need it.

4. Motherhood

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Sheila Heti is a talented writer with many novels under her belt. She embarked on motherhood herself which led her to write this wildly successful novel. Motherhood touches upon a topic many women of a certain age deal with; not when they'll become mothers but... if. For those grappling with the idea surrounding parenthood and having a baby, Heti might give you some insight and guidance that most parenting books hide from.

5. Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood - and Trusting Yourself and Your Body

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In Nuture the reader will be met with a judgement free zone on pregnancy and motherhood. Erica Chidi Cohen uses her experience as a doula to prepare expecting mothers for change. Change in their bodies, routine, sleep schedule, and much more. She emphasizes self-care, holistic relief, and nourishing foods.

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