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I will be honest and admit I’ve already plowed through probably 4 or 5 expecting books. My inner nerd has had a chance to shine. That being said, I’m not going to go crazy and post a million books on here… I am going to keep it simple and do my top three recommendations.

1) I recommend picking a general pregnancy book that covers all the topics. I trotted off to the library to find “What to expect when you’re expecting” pretty much the day after the test showed positive. Well, I made it two pages into the book and the Question and Answer layout of the book wasn’t my style at all. After putting that away, I really enjoyed “You having a baby” by Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz. I wish I could remember exactly how I came upon this book, but to my best recollection I’m pretty sure it was at a church rummage sale. The men at my church are super sweet to me and know I’m a reader, so they often let me fill a big box at the annual spring sale and will give me a pretty good discount. I’m spoiled! This book is just a great overall read, keeps you interested, and provides a lot of supplemental information about fertility, conception, and of course having a baby. It is a good, fast paced read with a good sense of humour.

2) I felt like I had landed on the jackpot of pregnancy books when my girlfriend handed me this next book. “The Happiest Baby on the Block” by Harvey Karp, M.D. My strong feelings toward this book probably stem from the fact that the friend that put it in my hands actually has the happiest baby! Yay, for baby Sophie! It feels like the proof is in the pudding. What parent doesn’t want to know how to calm a screaming baby? This book goes through all the tips and tricks on how to calm crying babies. The part of this book that I appreciated the most, especially as a nurse, was at the end, the author provides an appendix of Red Flags and goes through different medical issues of why your baby could be crying, what it could be, and when to seek medical attention. How handy. The only downside to this book, is by the end if felt it was getting repetitive, but very much worth the read. I am also going to use You Tube and search google to find videos of parents using the techniques described by the author.

3) My last endorsement, which was recommended by a friend and a co-worker, is Emily Oster’s “Cribsheet”. Emily Oster also wrote the book “Expecting Better”, which I will look into getting. Full disclosure, my husband and I didn’t read this book, we listened to it on audio recording. We downloaded “Audible” so that we could listen to parenting books in the car, I actually really enjoy Audible and use it a lot.

I like how the author provides the research on all parenting topics with an unbiased approach. I recommend this book for couples, you can read or listen to the research on a particular issue and then discuss together. This one is a real winner. It also comes recommended by Harvey Karp, the author of the second book I recommended.

One of Brad’s questions for the OB on our first appointment was ‘What books or periodicals do you recommend reading’…I’m NOT MAKING THIS UP. To which my OB responded look for books written by MDs. I just wanted to add this here because it is important to make sure you are getting your facts from a credible source. It’s so easy to google or run to your girlfriends, I am just as guilty of this, but in terms of where you are getting your information, make sure it’s from a medical source. If you have any concerns, don’t be shy to call your family doctor, MD, midwife, or Telehealth (which is what we call the medical phone service in Ontario, that you can call to be put in touch with a nurse).

Any women Trying to Conceive (TTC), currently expecting, or parents with good books suggestions, please give us a shout! We would love to hear from you.


Gen and Chrissy

PS: Looking for copies of these books? Check out Amazon.ca and Indigo.ca!


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