First trimester books
07 May

Preggo book round up: First trimester

I thought it would be helpful to share with you the books that I enjoyed reading throughout my pregnancy.

The first trimester is a funny time. You’re not really sharing news of your pregnancy and you spend an inordinate amount of your day thinking of unsuspicious excuses as to why you aren’t drinking (“I’m on antibiotics”, “I’m on a detox”, or perhaps “I’m trying out a new religion”). I kept forgetting which excuse I’d told which person, giving credence to the Mark Twain quote: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” But of course, the truth isn’t really an option in the first trimester.

So you and your partner are left to sizzle privately in the excitement of conception. I found the best outlet for this was to read books about other women’s pregnancies. It’s too early to start reading about what kind of birth you want to have; that’s months away and, frankly, you’ll be more preoccupied with what meal you’re going to try to keep down that night.

These are the books I bought in my first trimester:

Jools Oliver Minus Nine to OneDespite her issues with exclamation marks and the complete lack of any editor input in the text, it’s a good read.

The Secret Diary of a New Mum (aged 43 ¼) - This book is well written and entertaining. Although I’m not quite 43 ¼, I’m also no spring chicken when it comes to giving birth to my first child.

Mylene Klass My Bump and MeShe wrote a book about her pregnancy and I bought it. I actually stopped reading it because I didn’t really like her style. But you can have a go.

What to Expect When You’re ExpectingThis isn’t a diary style book, but rather a reference for what’s happening to you on a weekly basis as you go through your pregnancy. Every week, I would look forward to reading about Abdul’s progress and the changes experienced by my body. A great resource.

Gentle Birthing Method - Although this book was recommended to me in my first trimester, I didn’t buy it the end of my second and I wish I had bought it sooner, as it gives you month-by-month advice. It’s good for getting your head around the more spiritual side of birth and has recommendations for diet and relaxation.



  1. 07 May


    It should be noted that the mum-to-be isn’t the only one reading books about pregnancy and birthing. As Julia found a chapter that she liked or even just a few chosen words of wisdom, the book suddenly landed on my ‘books to read immediately’ pile on my side of the bed. After a while I managed to blag my way through the daily test, checking if I’d read said tit-bits, having read the box-out at the end of each chapter. I am utterly convinced that the sole purpose of being of the box-out is to help out Dads-to-be when they’re put on the spot. All the other NCT dads do the same. Except for Jonny, who has read and absorbed more baby related knowledge than all the NCT mums put together. He is now on my number 1 speed dial and is listed as BABY ORACLE!

    On the point of pregnancy and baby books for Dads. I’ve looked at a few of them and generally they seem to be a bit patronising, likening pregnant women to cars or football teams in the hope that they can get the attention of the Dads for 2 mins. I have yet to find one that I like and any suggestion would be most welcome :-)

  2. 07 May

    Julia from ICAWatermelon

    Uh oh. So you are reading my blog. Does that mean you saw my comment about Chris Hemsworth’s chest yesterday?

    Love you!


  3. 07 May


    I love reading your blog Julia and will be thinking of you both over the next few exciting weeks!

    Dave felt the same about the baby book situation – most of them merely illiciting a tut or deep sigh when I happened to utter the words “oooo – let me read you this bit”. The only one that got him to even vaguely open a cover voluntarily was the ‘Haynes Manual of Babies’, but let’s face it, it wasn’t the most helpful of the pile that grew on the floor!

    My favourites were the Vicki Iovine series starting with “The Best Friend’s guide to Pregnancy” which was brutally frank but made me laugh out loud at the same time. >:o)

  4. 07 May


    With our first baby I spend an incredible amount of time in the bathroom so the majority of my books were in there. I found that they made their way out of there via my husband. He was especially “fascinated” by What to Expect when You’re expecting. Each week he would say to me, “So, the baby is this big….”.

  5. 08 May

    Bev Downie

    I love your blog – you should write a book for first time Mum’s (in your spare time between work and looking after Abdul!) My friend is expecting her third baby the same day as Abdul is due to arrive so I’ll have two little bubs to look out for!

  6. 08 May

    James's mum

    Oh dear. I have a confession to make as James’s mum.
    I didn’t read a single baby book either before or after he was born. I remember burying myself deeply into The Tropic of Ruislip by Lesley Thomas and laughing like a drain. Does that count? Think I also read the entire works of Anya Seton. Oh well, James. You survived. I’m very sorry. Love you X Mum

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