Jan 152022
What to read when you are expecting…? Our kbc members share their recommendations!
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What we love the most about kbc facebook group is our members’ recommendations. So when folks ask about parenting/books about pregnancy, we rely on their reviews and recommendations. Here is a curated list:

Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy

What to expect when you are expecting Many members recommend this book.

What to expect is the pregnancy bible ..(I referred to it so much that my husband asked me if I was preparing for an exam ) and also went on to buy ‘what to expect – the first year’ later which was also excellent. The only book I would recommend in addition to it is ‘pregnancy notes’ by Rujuta Diwekar .. it helped with lot of desi home remedies for things like heartburn and gave a good diet which we could follow during as well as post pregnancy

-Nimisha Daharwal

What to expect the first year recommended by Nimisha

Pregnancy notes by Rutuja Diwekar Prerna and Nimisha have this book.

It’s specially helpful about the diet changes required as per your pregnancy stage and even for the 4th trimester. Also, has suggestions about recipes and kind of exercise that one should do. 

-Prerna Agarwal Patnaik

Belly Laughs, 10th anniversary edition: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth recommended by Varsha Jha

 A little research led me to a funny yet informative book “Belly laughs “ and trust me, it’s an amazing book.

-Varsha Jha

Your Pregnancy Bible Shipra recommends this book

My brother gifted me this book and I loved it. It’s a detailed book.

-Shipra

Spiritual Pregnancy suggested by Sabah

My Pregnancy Journal by Alison Mackonochie – Achira and Shipra recommend it.

The Light at the End of the Diaper Pail: Inspiration for New Motherhood recommended by Namrata

if you’re looking for a lighthearted read to accompany the more serious read, I suggest this one. It’s a kind book, reminding yourself to take care of yourself and uplifting you.

-Namrata
pc: amardeep

Passport to a Healthy Pregnancy (Revised and Updated) recommended by Anubhuti Agarwal

What I loved about this book is- it’s in Indian settings, you can relate to everything-it has a section of myth busters- helping you get relaxed about the outdated, ancient “wisdom”-segment on how dad’s can help mom- talks everything pregnancy related- gestational diabetes, amniotic fluid, delivery methods, times where emergency C-sec is required

-Anubhuti Agarwal

I’m Pregnant Not Terminally Ill, You Idiot ! by Lalita Iyer

 This is an absolute hilarious read.

-Amardeep

Nine Months in my Mommy: Autobiography of an Unborn Baby

The Conscious Parent – Recommended by Asma

Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Pregnancy bible

Pregnancy Notes

The Essence of Motherhood by Radhika Jindal who is a kbc member. Aditi was sent a review copy and she has shared a detailed review here in the fb group. Excerpts:

Calm, patient, very informative without getting too technical holding your hand through the ups and downs of this incredible journey and beyond. Along with discussing trimester wise issues and events it also provides healthy diet plans, exercises and even a note on how to pack ones hospital bag. The post partum section gives insights on parenting for both Moms and Dads.

The journey for a first time Mom is overwhelming to say the least. What I liked the most about this book is that it covers all the physical, emotional aspects and must-do lists in a very easy to understand and practical to follow language. Equipped with tremendous excitement and a plethora of information we embark upon this roller coaster ride. However down the line most of us get lost in the dos and don’ts. The author has relived her own journey as well as the useful knowledge imparted through family elders and interviews with Doctors. I loved that it showcases the very important but majorly overlooked dental care regime important for mums-to-be.

The diet charts suggested are only vegetarian and may not be fully helpful for someone who has non-vegetarian fare. However it’s a super informative and super easy book that’s a must buy for one’s own self or a wonderful gift to a would-be Mommy.

Many thanks to Amardeep, Shipra, Sabah, Nimisha, Prerna, Asma, Namrata, Anubhuti, Achira, Aditi and Divya for sharing their recommendations/reviews and helping us curate this post.

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