What to Read When You're Expecting

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When they find out that they're pregnant, some people immediately start reading books on how to be a good parent or books that tell you everything you need to know about pregnancy and child birth. When I found out that I was pregnant, I started reading books about how to prepare to be parents together and maintain a strong marriage relationship. One of my favorites so far has been Expectant Parents.

One of the first things that caught my eye when I picked up this book was the back cover. On the list of topics covered, the first one is "making your marriage a priority". Obviously, I couldn't not read it after that! I love that Expectant Parents has tips and lessons for keeping your marriage strong from conception to after your bundle of joy arrives but also covers the basic need to knows about pregnancy and childbirth in general. This is definitely a book that you'll want to add to your nightstand and read with your husband while you are pregnant.

Some of my favorite things about this book include the following:

Dad Extra andJust for Him -  Little boxes of information throughout the book especially for husbands who want to do everything that they can to help their wife out while she is pregnant and after she becomes a mother. My favorite was a 10 item list of ways to affirm your wife during pregnancy.

Personal Stories - Every chapter in this book is full of  lessons and insight from other couples who have already taken the journey to parenthood. This isn't just based on fact, research and observation, the information given to you is taken from the personal experiences of other parents who know.

Reminders - All of the information, advice and insight is great, but I loved that this book reminds you to make parenthood what you want it to be. The traditions that your family has, the way you parent, the focus that you put on your marriage, everything is your choice. This is your journey and you have to make it your own.

I loved Expectant Parents and I can't wait to read some of the other books that people have recommended to me, knowing that I would appreciate books that focus on the marriage relationship part of parenthood. On my list to read still is Now What? by Gary Chapman, Babyproofing Your Marriage and And Baby Makes Three by John Gottman.

What are your favorite parenthood books to read?