One of the first things that parents do when they find out that they’re expecting is hit the books.
Birthing techniques, yoga for mom-to-be, list of names, everything you need to do once baby arrives home, what to eat during your pregnancy, and everything in between!
Since there are so many to choose from, we’ve narrowed down the options to the ten best pregnancy books.
Out of all of the information available, these have proven to be the most resourceful tools for parents as they wait for the arrival of their baby.
How to Choose?
Each parent or couple approaches pregnancy in a different way. Whether you feel more guided spiritually or religiously, you prefer modern methods or traditional methods, there is a book out there for that matches your preferences. It just takes some careful searching to find it!
The suggestions in our guide are wildly popular among parents in this day and age, and since you’ll most likely have more than one book on pregnancy, this is a great place to start if you don’t know where to start!
In general, it’s always great to have a book on hand that helps you understand the following:
- What to expect physically and emotionally
- Scientific explanation (what exactly is happening inside mom’s tummy!?)
From there, you might want to add in a few books that help you laugh a bit and that put a comical spin on your pregnancy experience.
Remember, how you approach your pregnancy is a very personal choice, so find the books that will help you seek the answers to the questions you have.
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If you’re looking for an academic approach to pregnancy with quality, detailed imagery, this book is an excellent educational resource. Both parents and students alike will benefit from this book!
From conception to birth, this gives you a more scientific explanation of baby’s development. It helps you understand what changes your body is going through (as the mother) and the parts of baby that are forming at each stage.
A very useful resource to those who want to understand every aspect of pregnancy. Moms and dads will both benefit from this resource, but if you’re looking for additional info, we have many great books on our list so keep reading!
This book starts out by offering you suggestions on how to stay healthy during your pregnancy.
Diet, exercise, medications and illnesses and things you should avoid or be careful of while pregnant. There are also many hypothetical situations that will answer any unasked questions that you may have.
From there, this book progresses into a day-by-day break down of what you and your baby will be experiencing throughout each phase of pregnancy and development, up until labor and birth.
Next it transitions into what you’ll expect once baby is at home with you, and finally is discusses any concerns and complications that may possibly arise both during and after pregnancy.
A very informative book that will help prepare you for the exciting road ahead of you! It’s one of the best pregnancy books on our list, so be sure to pick up a copy.
If you’re looking for a clear professional guide to help you understand the various stages of pregnancy, then the Mayo Clinic has what you’re looking for.
This guide walks you through the stages of pregnancy, just as the others do, and it also contains various sections on problems and complications that you may face. A thoughtful and useful suggestion that the author provides is not to read the sections about such problems and complications unless you feel that you are experiencing them.
One of the biggest mistakes that expecting parents make is to let the fear of something they have read overwhelm them. It is good to be informed and understand what you can expect (to know the good and the bad), but as the author suggests, you should read a little bit of everything and find a balance as you learn about both.
Another thing you’ll love about this book is how easy it is to follow. The information is organized clearly and you can navigate your way through each section with ease.
This provides you with plenty of hypothetical scenarios and how to deal with them.
This is a favorite among many, great for both first time parents and experienced parents, so we wouldn’t be surprised if you have a copy on your coffee table for daily reading as you prepare your “nest” for a little one!
If you already have a book that explains what’s going on scientifically in your body and baby’s development, then this is a great book to add to the collection.
It touches lightly on the above topic, but focuses more on quality advice about how to deal with the questions and concerns you’ll have about pregnancy.
Naturally, the first section introduces you to the initial things you’ll probably focus on or need to consider once you find out your pregnant.
From there, it takes you through the natural decision making process that you’ll face from start to finish. It helps you compare and contrast the common choices you’ll have to make, diet, fitness, how to deal with pain, labor techniques and everything in between.
It takes you through the whole process and goes right up to your second pregnancy!
First time parents, this is a great book for you.
If you wanted a comical book with a blunt approach to describing pregnancy, Jenny McCarthy will have you laughing from your belly with Belly Laughs.
This book isn’t for everyone, but Jenny herself even warns you of this at the beginning of the book! She swears throughout and gives you all of the details plain and simple; a frank yet realistic version of pregnancy based on her own personal experience.
If you can get past her sometimes rude and crude approach, you’ll probably greatly appreciate her funny and candid way of explaining pregnancy.
Many women may feel alone or not feel comfortable sharing their feelings about pregnancy in fear of being judged, so Jenny’s book helps put you at ease and offers you a “girlfriend’s” perspective that will have you giggling your way through the book.
We know that moms aren’t the only one to experience pregnancy. Dad-to-be has an important role in things, too!
We’ve included a few books that will also help prepare dads for baby’s arrival and help them to understand what mom will be going through before, during and after baby arrives.
Read some portions of the books on our list to see if they’re right ones to answer your questions and concerns about pregnancy.
By empowering yourself with knowledge, you’re taking a step in the right direction when it comes to parenting! The rest is just gut instinct, so have a little faith in yourselves along the way!