Whether you’ve been waiting for just the right moment or praying that this moment won’t happen for many years to come, unexpected pregnancy happens. It happens in 45% of all U.S. pregnancies, affecting over three million women per year. This list of books will help you find hope and humor in a less-than-ideal pregnancy. Perhaps even take you down the road you are meant to walk.
1. Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy by Leslie Leyland Fields
Unexpected pregnancy doesn’t only happen in your twenties. The author wrote this book after experiencing two unexpected pregnancies in her forties. This book is a month-by-month guide as you follow several women adjusting to pregnancy at hard times in their lives. Every year, over three million women find themselves pregnant at the wrong time in their lives. The author walks you through her journey as one in three million.
2. Accidentally on Purpose: A One-Night Stand, My Unexpected Parenthood, and Loving the Best Mistake I Ever Made by Mary F. Pols
The author takes a humorous look at her unexpected pregnancy in her late thirties. Making an unconventional decision after a one-night stand with an unemployed man ten years her junior, the author takes you through telling her father as she faces his very conventional ideals and upbringing, to navigating an unconventional parenthood with the father of her child. In the process of trying to change and control everything, she stumbles upon the meaning of life.
3. A Bump In Life: True Stories of Hope and Courage During an Unplanned Pregnancy by Amy Ford
This book is a collaboration of stories of unexpected pregnancy. It walks us through the life and discovery of each pregnancy and how each girl made the right choice for them and their child. It walks us through joy, grief, adoption, parenting, and love. This Christian-based book will help anyone struggling through an unexpected pregnancy to find hope and healing after reading this collection of inspiring stories.
4. Oops! How to Rock the Mother of All Surprises: A Positive Guide to Your Unexpected Pregnancy by Tracy Moore
This book is a collection of stories written by Jezebel.com blogger Tracy Moore. This humorous book helps you navigate unexpected pregnancy in the funniest of forms. Whether you are struggling through a party as the lone sober person or stockpiling baby supplies. This author helps you feel less alone through her personal experiences and her headlong plunge into parenthood.
5. Choose Zoe: A Story of Unplanned Pregnancy and a Case for Life by Laura L. Hughes
In this poignant book, the author creates a guide for navigating unexpected pregnancy at a very young age. Not only does she share her own story but those of others who have suffered loss, infertility, and the grief of placing a child for adoption. The author allows us to witness redemption out of ashes. This author writes this guide as a tool to help others move past survival to reaching a full and complete life after an unexpected pregnancy.