I have read countless numbers of pregnancy books during my three pregnancies. Some were amazingly helpful and some weren't at all. Everyone develops a love for one book or another. I think a very important thing to remember is that new books will always come out and we should always be open to reading them! I had the opportunity to review a fabulous book called The Baby Bump: 100s of Secrets to Surviving Those 9 Long Months by Carley Roney. Carley Roney is also the co-founder and editor in chief of The Knot, Inc.
I know most women have browsed either www.theknot.com or www.thebump.com. I currently get weekly emails from www.thebump.com for my pregnancy!
The Baby Bump has given me everything I want in a great pregnancy book. I never liked the books that made me feel like I was talking to a doctor. I felt they were boring and I didn't always understand everything they were talking about. If you are like me and would rather hear about everything pregnancy related from a gal pal, then The Baby Bump is for you. I love the frankness and the openness to talk about issues that effect a more modern mom!
I do feel like this book is best purchased with one of those boring medical-like pregnancy books, just because there are some things you will want to know more about. This book discusses the more personal aspects of pregnancy and doesn't go into great details about tests performed during your nine months, but this isn't written by a doctor either!
One of my favorite parts of this book are the baby size comparisons. I loved being able to look at how big my baby is getting each week. This week(week 19) baby is the size of a mango. I also adore the charts to help figure out when you are due and the Chinese lunar calendar to see if you are having a girl or boy(though this is just for fun! It was wrong with both of my other children).
In the back of the book Carley includes helpful resources like items to keep in your diaper bag, a pregnancy timeline, a checklist to help you budget for baby, breastfeeding/formula feeding trackers, and a sleep tracker. She has included worksheets that all new moms wish came with every pregnancy book! I also love that there are a whole slew of helpful resources in the back if you are looking for more information. Scattered throughout the book are also quotes from real moms who have been there done that. I always think it is so reassuring to find moms having the same crazy dreams or cravings I am!
This is by far one of my must have pregnancy books and I will recommend it to any preggo out there! It is helpful, informative and loads of fun! The Baby Bump sells for $12.89 on amazon.com and is worth every single penny!
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I want to say a HUGE thank you to the lovely people behind The Baby Bump and www.thebump.com for outstanding pregnancy resources and for this fabulous review and giveaway opportunity!
Disclaimer: I received free product to review. I was not paid to write this and all opinions are my own.