One of the first thing I did when I found out I was pregnant was order a pregnancy book. I know some people don’t agree and say they are a waste of money but I’ve really enjoyed flicking through different books and reading about people’s experiences through pregnancy and labour. I thought I would give you a run down of all the books I’ve read throughout my pregnancy so far and which apps I have used.
Truly Happy Baby//Holly Willoughby
This is the first pregnancy book I bought as I absolutely LOVE Holly and it does have some really useful tips and facts in. One thing that I really loved about this book was the detailed pictures showing the different breastfeeding and winding positions. As I am planning on breastfeeding I found this section really helpful. However, I got the feeling that this book was written as a way to please lots of people and not what Holly herself found helpful. Like she was afraid of being slightly controversial and rocking the boat. I also didn’t particularly like that she recommends ‘controlled crying’ from 6 months old. I just can’t imagine leaving my baby to cry themselves to sleep. Everyone is different though I suppose and may feel comfortable giving it a go.
My Baby & Me//Sam Faiers
I really enjoyed watching Sam’s ‘The Baby Diaries’ so when I found out she was releasing a pregnancy & baby book, I instantly pre-ordered. I love that Sam is such a strong advocate for breast feeding, it’s really helped me feel more confident and ready for what it will entail. I also love her opinions on co-sleeping, which I know isn’t for everyone and that’s fine, but it’s nice for a celebrity mum to finally hold their hands up and say ‘actually yes I do co-sleep’. If you are after an experts point of view, then this book definitely isn’t for you. However I found that I could relate to this writing style much more than Holly’s.
How To Grow A Baby & Push It Out//Clemmie Hooper
I absolutely love Clemmie’s Instagram page (@mother_of_daughters) and was so excited when I found out she was releasing a pregnancy/labour/baby book. Clemmie is actually a midwife so she definitely know what she’s talking about when it comes to birth in particular. Tips on how to prevent tearing during labour and what you REALLY need in your hospital bag. I loved Clemmie’s humour and wit throughout the book. My favourite thing about this book was the different birth stories written by lots of different women. It just proved that everyone’s labour is completely different and not to always believe the horror stories that people throw at you!
Happy Mum Happy Baby//Giovanna Fletcher
Giovanna is one of my all time favourite authors and I instantly buy any book she writes. She usually writes lovely fiction books but when she announced that she would be writing a book on her experience through pregnancy, labour and motherhood, I knew it would be amazing and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! One of the things I love about Gi is how honest, witty and open she is. She really tells you how it is and doesn’t try to sugar coat anything. That really reflected in Happy Mum Happy Baby. Some parts of this book were really heart breaking and so raw that I definitely cried a few times. This is different to all the other pregnancy books I’ve read as it’s Gi’s own personal stories and experiences. It’s like having a hot chocolate and cake with a friend.
Ovia Pregnancy & Baby Tracker App
Before I got pregnant I used the Ovia Fertility Tracker and Ovulation Calculator as a way to track my periods and also when I was at my most fertile, so as soon as I found out we were expecting I upgraded to the pregnancy and baby tracker. I love this app so much! I check it every week to see how Baby C is growing and developing and also see what changes I can expect from my body. I always send little updates to Aaron, just as a way to keep him involved. You can compare the size of your baby to fruits & veg, animals, toys. It’s really funny and interesting to see what your baby is being compared to each week!
Bounty Pregnancy- Pregnancy Birth & Baby App
The best thing about this app is definitely the step-by-step developmental 3D views and estimated foot size as baby grows. I love checking every week and seeing their little foot and wondering how accurate it actually is. It also updates daily with different articles about a variety of different topics, from healthy eating tips, different travel systems and special articles dedicated to the dads-to-be. You can also use the app to claim your free bounty packs, which has loads of amazing samples in and leaflets. I have collected all the new born nappies and wipes, ready for my hospital bag as they are such a useful travel size!