4 Pregnancy Books That Won’t Terrify You (+ 1 for Your Marriage)

As a writer and book-lover, I spend hours wandering the aisles of the used bookstore down my street, perusing Goodreads, and even scrolling Amazon, weighing what book belongs between my fingers next with the same scrutinizing spirit I approach a showcase of flaky French macaroons. (FYI: The best one, no matter the bakery, is always pistachio. At the very least, save pistachio for last.) Meanwhile, strategic mass marketers have interrupted my organic book hunt, filling my laptop screen’s adspace with, “If you liked _____, then you must read_____!” But often the big-brother-robots don’t know me better than I know me, and I’m left with a stack of more misses than hits.

And if there’s ever an era of your life you’d like to avoid investing money and time on something that proves fruitless, it’s during pregnancy. There’s just too much to do. Too much to research. Too much to buy. Too much to plan. (Too much to already wear you down and piss you off.)

Ever the school girl type, during my first tri, I flew through What to Expect When You’re Expecting, The Healthy Pregnancy Book, and a random (spider-webby) prenatal medical textbook I found in a box in our basement. Soon after this read-a-thon, I grabbed lunch with some pals, and discovered that those pregnancy books (and ones like them) freak out A LOT of women. Also, admittedly, they’re dry, technical, and (dare I say) humorless.

In an effort to shed light on some less traditional, less earnest, less official pregnancy texts, I give you these great reads. Check ’em out, laugh, relate, then pass them along to a friend.

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