The Best Audio Books on Pregnancy

April 13, 2011

Even those who want to know what to expect when they’re expecting may not have the time to read every book on the shelf.  If you’re a soon-to-be mom who is trying to carry on a normal life until your due date, then you likely have a whole slate of personal and professional obligations to attend to in addition to the new worry of getting the house ready to accommodate a baby.  So if you’re looking for a way to get the info you need in an easily digestible format, here are just a few great audio books that you can listen to while you’re on the go.

1.       Your Pregnancy Week by Week: Updated 6th Edition, by Dr. Glade Curtis and Judith Schuler.  You can pretty much assume that they’ve got it down pat by the sixth edition, so don’t hesitate to pick up this audio book that offers answers to commonly asked questions in a week by week format that will leave you well aware of what’s happening to your body (and your baby) every step of the way and even provides baby girl names and baby boy names for the expectant mother that can’t decide.  If you’re the type that will compulsively dial the doctor each time you feel a twang or twitch, this addition to your collection will answer many of your questions and help you prepare for each phase of your pregnancy.

2.       Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Jenny McCarthy.  Before she started writing about her son’s struggle with autism, funny lady McCarthy was just an expectant mother, like any other.  If you want to hear all the details of pregnancy and labor that no one else will tell you (from hemorrhoids to heartburn to hot flashes), then this is the audio book for you.  Both funny and frank, McCarthy talks about the worst of pregnancy in a way that will not only prepare you, but help to make the embarrassing and uncomfortable moments a little more bearable.

3.       YOU: Having a Baby: The Owner’s Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy, by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz.  If you’ve ever watched the Dr. Oz show on Fox, then you are familiar with at least one of the authors (and narrators) of this audio book.  The nice thing about this work is that it not only tells you what to expect, but also how to deal with it in fairly common-sense terms.  If you’re looking for advice on how to approach your pregnancy (and why), this book will shed some light on the subjects of nutrition, hormones, exercise, and epigenetics (the ability to influence your child’s genetic future), among other things.

4.       The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, by Ann Douglas.  As promised, this book start with considering pregnancy (before you ever conceive) and ends with breastfeeding.  Not only will Douglas help you understand what’s coming, she offers up easy-to-follow advice, a trouble-shooting guide, and a “complaint department” full of common ailments and how to handle them.  Also included is an expansive resource guide for every imaginable topic related to pregnancy.

5.       The Expectant Father Audiobook: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-be, by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash.  It’s sometimes easy to forget that men have to deal with pregnancy, too (albeit in a totally different way than women).  This audio book from the New Father Series offers advice to men to help them get through this sometimes difficult and totally life-changing experience, as well as how to best help the mother of their child.

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