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Books That Nurtured My Mind and Soul During Pregnancy

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

Pregnancy is a magical and transformative time filled with anticipation, joy, and countless questions. It's a time when we seek knowledge, inspiration, and guidance to nourish our minds and souls as we prepare to welcome our little ones into the world.

In this blog, I will be sharing a collection of books that accompanied me on this beautiful journey of pregnancy. From insightful guides to heartwarming memoirs and empowering narratives, these books provided me with wisdom, comfort, and a sense of connection.

1. Passport to Healthy Pregnancy by Dr Gita Arjun

Written by a leading gynaecologist it contains detailed information on what to expect during each week of pregnancy, and how the foetus develops at each stage. It also explains what physical and emotional changes we can expect in the body during each trimester.

It not only covers pregnancy but also debunks popular myths. It covers important topics such as complications during birth, birth control after delivery, and so on.

It prepares you for every stage of your pregnancy, as well as delivery and postpartum care. You can buy the book here.

2. "The Whole-Brain Child" by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

It is a book that explores the neuroscience behind children's development and provides strategies for nurturing their emotional and cognitive growth.

The book emphasizes the importance of integrating the different parts of the brain to promote healthy development in children. By understanding how the left and right hemispheres work together, parents can help their children develop better emotional regulation, decision-making skills, and resilience.

The authors advocate for the power of connection in parenting. Building strong relationships with children through empathetic listening and understanding creates a safe environment for them to express their emotions. Redirecting their behaviour and providing guidance becomes more effective within this connected context.

The authors provide practical strategies and activities to promote whole-brain development in children. These activities engage both the left and right hemispheres of the brain and encourage integration, such as storytelling, drawing, and role-playing. Take a look at the book here.

3. 5 love languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

Every child has a unique way of feeling loved. When you discover your child's love language and how to speak it you can build a solid foundation for your child to trust you and flourish as they grow.

This book is for parents, teachers, single parents offers practical advice for how to:

* Discover and speak your child's love language - in dozens of ways!

* Use the love languages to help your child learn the best

* Discipline and correct more lovingly and effectively

They explain how to identify your child's, primary love language and provides numerous examples of how to speak it through various actions targeting specific age groups.

Guidance is also given for using methods when there is a need to discipline and teaching life rules to young children. Find this gem here.

4. Our kids eat everything by Neelanjana Singh

A thoroughly detailed and compact handbook serves as an everyday guide for child/adolescent nutritional needs. Combining dietary expertise with a parent's understanding of the harrowing 'dining table' experience, this book sets itself apart from a sea of other helpful books on child nutrition.

'Our kid eats everything' makes a very strong case for why and how to cultivate gastronomically sound habits from childhood, smoothly outlining the relevance of 'you are what you eat' for the general reader.

A must-read for parents, guardians, and even independent adults looking for effective instructions for a more manageable transition from poor eating to a better diet.

As I conclude my blog on the books I read during pregnancy, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for the knowledge and insights I gained from these literary companions. Each book has contributed to my journey of becoming a parent, providing me with valuable information, emotional support, and a deeper understanding of the miraculous process of pregnancy.

I hope that my blog has served as a resource and inspiration for other expectant parents, helping them discover valuable books that can enrich their own pregnancy journeys. Remember, each pregnancy is unique, and finding the books that resonate with you is a personal and beautiful experience.

Thank you for joining me on this literary adventure, and may your own journey into parenthood be filled with love, joy, and the power of knowledge!

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