As a woman trying to get pregnant or as a pregnant woman already, most especially if you are a first-timer, you are sure to get curious and sometimes afraid about what’s going to happen, it is normal.
if you would want to learn more about what you already know and what you are yet to know, I advise you to go through this list of the Best Pregnancy Books and pick some of them to add to your bookshelf. Not just adding them to your bookshelf, make sure you read them. Let’s go.
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Top 50 Pregnancy Books to Read
1. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
This book is nicknamed “The pregnancy bible” and it is currently the best seller in Pregnancy books on Amazon. Written in English, What to Expect When You’re Expecting contains valuable information and very useful tips and advice on both home and medical that will be very beneficial to you as a pregnant woman. The book was authored by Heidi Murkoff, she is the brain behind the What to expect foundation.
2. The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
Best Seller in Psychologist Biographies, this book is more like a story book, not just any story book, but one that covers a lot about reality. Written by Michael Lewis, this 369 pages book is a fantastic read for any pregnant woman. The story centers on two Israeli psychologists, Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman and how their friendship changed the field of psychology, it sure teaches a lot about decision making.
3. On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
This book contains a lot of parenting advice that when implemented, your baby will sleep better, during both day and night time. It helps you organize your baby nap time and others through a schedule. Whether you are expecting a baby or you have one already, it would be worth it if you get this book. It worked for so many mothers.
4. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Read the description again, that’s what this book is, a “Guide to Childbirth” as written by Ina May Gaskin. It is divided into 2 parts, the first part contains birth stories that inspire mothers while the second contains medical information. This book will be more useful to first-time mom, it helps boost their confidence because first-time moms are usually very nervous about childbirth.
5. Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know
This is one of the most useful and educative books a pregnant woman needs to read. It does not only tell you what to do, but it also contains detailed facts about the decisions you make while pregnant and then gives you the opportunity to make your own decisions. The contents are really delightful and you would have a hard time trying to put this book down.
6. Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
Learn to take charge of your fertility, this book was written to empower every woman, it helps them to really understand their body. This book teaches you a lot of things as a woman, most of which you were never taught anywhere. It mainly covers areas on how to conceive and birth control. With this book, you not really too much on your pills as you would learn how to do it naturally. It is highly recommended especially for women trying to get pregnant.
7. The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People
The cover of this book is comical, just wondering what the crowd of people are looking at. As funny as the cover is, the content of this book is even more hilarious. It is an activity book so you have to fill out some spaces for pregnant memories but you will really be cracking up as you do. It is a nice way to feel relief and entertain yourself while pregnant.
8. The Whole 9 Months: A Week-By-Week Pregnancy Nutrition Guide with Recipes for a Healthy Start
Just as the description says, it is a Nutrition guide so it is centered on what you eat every day to stay healthy while pregnant. If you are a busy person, you do not have a lot of time to make your own research about what to eat, this book will really be useful in assisting you.
9. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Completely Revised and Updated 8th Edition
This book teaches a lot about breastfeeding. It is a very educating and supporting book you can turn to if you have any questions or issues with breastfeeding your baby. It also contains other useful information concerning pregnancy and life after childbirth. It is a nice book to read, you should get it and read it through before your baby is born.
10. Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Baby’s First Year
The Baby 411 is an easy to read book, it contains useful information that would be appreciated by both mother and father. It is divided into chapters with thoroughly explained newborn topics with advice and answers to questions. The book helps you understand a lot about infants behavior and how to handle them. The Baby 411 book is a must-have, especially for first-time parents.
11. Birth Partner 5th Edition
Here’s one book for Birth Partners and anyone playing a supportive role to any pregnant woman. With this book, you will get informed with everything you need to know concerning labor and childbirth. The book is not only meant for birth partners, parents trying to learn more about the demands of childbirth can get it and read as well. The Birth Partner book is not only educative, it is also enjoyable to read.
12. The Vaccine-Friendly Plan
When it comes to the health of babies, infant care, vaccinating is very important and this book helps you do it in a more safer way. The author, Dr. Paul is an experienced pediatrician and a parent too so he is well experienced in what he wrote. The book also covers areas on pregnancy and childbirth. As a pregnant woman, it is something you should add to your bookshelf.
13. The Mama Natural Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
Written by Genevieve Howland, the Mama Natural Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth is a book loved and recommended by so many mothers. It helps you take a more natural approach on your journey to childbirth with its well researched and extensive information. It is a good book to read while preparing for the birth of your baby.
14. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Whether you are planning to get pregnant, or you are already pregnant, the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy contains helpful information for you. It gives you weekly updates on your baby’s growth and also monthly changes you should look out for. It also assist you in taking major decisions regarding pregnancy and it is easy to read with pictures too to make it fun.
15. The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
As a pregnant woman or a new mother, you would learn a lot from this book. Very educational and insightful, It talks more on nourishment, food to eat to keep mother and child healthy as it includes 60 different recipes. It is a book that even father’s can benefit from as it helps them to prepare the best meal for the women.
16. The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly
The Belly book guides you with guidance questions and has enough space for you to record thoughts for your baby. It is a journal but It also has few spaces for you to add pictures. The Belly Book is an ideal book to document and keep track of milestones during pregnancy, especially for first-timers.
17. What to Expect: Eating Well When You’re Expecting
Pregnancy can make you worry about what to eat, this book is available to make you worry less about that. It advices you in detail on what to eat and what to avoid as a pregnant woman. It includes recipes and whole meal plan you could stick to, highly recommended as a healthy eating guide.
18. The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide
This book is a postpartum guide that helps in healing your body and balancing your emotions. Most women often have a hard time trying to recover after giving birth hence this book was published with relatable materials that helps them restore vitality and teaches about motherhood. It is also a good read if you are still preparing to have a baby.
19. Real Food for Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition
The Real Food for Pregnancy is all about prenatal nutrition as a pregnant woman should be really informed about dieting in order to give birth to a healthy baby and be healthy herself. It teaches you how to eat quality meals and all the information contained in this book is backed with science and wisdom. You will enjoy reading this and will also learn so much from it.
20. It Starts with the Egg
In this book, Rebecca Fett is telling you how you can get pregnant naturally using the science of egg quality. It is still in its first edition but has become a customer’s favourite. It starts with an Egg contains worthy advice that can help you live a more healthy lifestyle especially for those dealing with infertility and miscarriages.
21. Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad
Now this one is for the men. Not only the mothers have to prepare during pregnancy, the fathers need to prepare and man up as well. This book teaches a lot of things most father’s do not know and it also contains light humor to put you at ease. If you are a soon to be dad reading, you have to get this book. Women are the ones likely to be reading this list so you should get one for your baby’s dad.
Have you heard the Carolyn And Sean Savage’s story before? The story of them giving birth to a baby boy sometime in September 2009, it was a widely covered story so it’s likely you must have heard of it. If you want to know the full story about what went down, this book should be in your hands. It is an inspirational story and teaches you how to handle challenges concerning pregnancy.
23. The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy
The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy is a book every pregnant woman would enjoy reading. The book tells you about all what to expect as a pregnant woman and the it is addressed in a light and not too technical manner. It is definitely recommended as it contains lots of useful tips, both father and mother can read it together.
24. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
Just like the title says, this book is straight forward and talks about pregnancy, giving birth and life with having a newborn. Notable among the contents is that it contains quotes from other mothers as they share their own experiences, giving you an insight on what to expect. There are pictures and illustrations too so you could understand what is being talked about better.
25. Essentials of Maternity, Newborn, and Women’s Health Nursing
What everyone who have bought this book will tell you is that it is easy to read, and it really is. It helps you learn how to take care of yourself as a woman and assists you in making the right decisions as a pregnant woman. The information contained are well explained and it features illustrations for better understanding. This book is number 1 best seller in Midwifery and recommended for use as a student book in Maternities.
26. The Sh!t No One Tells You About Pregnancy
I totally agree if you say that the title is a bit rude, I understand that it was meant to be hilarious but I think the author, Dawn Dais would have picked up a better title. That aside, this book will make a really good and easy read. There are so much information and advice in it that you could easily relate to as a pregnant woman. But I must warn you, it is a bit sarcastic.
27. Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood
This is an educative book for pregnant women and new mothers. The book talks about facing reality and how to be a better mother to your beautiful baby. It is well written and non judgmental as the author herself is a lactation counselor. It also contains various self care tips and nutritional recipes to stay healthy. If you get this book, you are sure to have an amazing birth experience.
28. Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
This book is more like an autobiography, as the author Angela takes you on a journey of her own experiences as a dentist mother. The Like a Mother book is blended with science and anecdote and it’s content is dished out with a non judgmental approach. By reading this book, you would learn so much about pregnancy and how to cope after your baby is born.
29. 50 Things to Do Before You Deliver: The First Time Moms Pregnancy Guide
The perfect pregnancy guide for first time moms. This book is very informative, you sure will learn a lot. Unlike most pregnancy books, it doesn’t have too much medical information and it contains quotes, stories and illustrations. This fun and easy to read book is definitely something you would love to have around. It is ideal for not only the baby’s mother but also for birth partners.
30. Strong As a Mother
The pregnancy journey could be tiring at times, this book is here to make you feel alive and strong as a mother you are. The author uses her own experience to give you an insight of the challenges you may face as a mother or mother to be and how to tackle them. The information it contains, combined with humor will make this book an interesting read.
31. Belly Laughs, The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Child birth
Belly laughs is a book highly recommended for first time mothers. The book is not really a guide, It just tells you a lot about pregnancy and does so in a funny way. There are very helpful advice contained in this book that you would really appreciate. Reading this book is a sure way to feel more relaxed while pregnant, What more, it is very easy and quick to read.
32. The Impatient Womans Guide to Getting Pregnant
Do you feel impatient while trying to get pregnant? Like you really want to conceive and give birth, then you definitely need this book to help you calm your nerves and assist you as well. The impatient woman’s guide to getting pregnant written by Dr. Twenge is a really informative and a bit humorous book. You are sure to learn a lot about fertility and how to plan to sex life if you want to get pregnant.
33. Bump to Birthday, Pregnancy & First Year Baby Journal
With so much information and spaces to document your baby’s growth, this book is recommended for purchase. It is easy to follow with weekly updates on what is going on with your pregnancy and there are pregnancy quotes to help you. This is a book to have from when you are pregnant up till the first year of your baby’s life. It can also serve as a keepsake for your baby.
34. The Babydust Method: A Guide to Conceiving a Girl or a Boy
This book takes just few hours to finish, it’s that easy to read. It talks about everything concerning pregnancy and trying to conceive and breaks it down in a really easy to understand and follow manner. The book is well researched and all tips and information contained in it are based on science. With this book, you get to learn how to conceive the baby of your choice, male or female. If that is what you want, then you should get this book, it worked for many so it would work for you.
35. Preggatinis™: Mixology For The Mom-To-Be
Thinking about what to and what not to drink as a pregnant woman, this book is here to help you. Women are usually afraid to drink when pregnant, especially alcohol as they are usually concerned with the effects it will have on them and the baby. With this book, you can drink again, it contains great recipes and how to mix them to make great drinks that would be healthy to take as a pregnant woman you are.
36. Case Files Family Medicine, Fourth Edition
This is a 60 case book that talks about family medicine and it contains very helpful medical questions. It is more of a clinical textbook or assessment book but still worth reading if you want to learn more about how to approach and deal with clinical problems. You would find this book really easy to read and understand as it is written in a very organized manner.
37. The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care
The Nourishing Traditions Book contains useful pregnancy tips especially on the issue of nutrition. The recipes and food instruction schedule contained is ideal for raising very healthy children. Other issues treated in this book includes vaccinations, nursing and child development. It teaches you how to deal with childhood illness by making use of natural methods.
38. What to Expect for First-Time Moms
A lot of talk and stories are usually associated with pregnancy that will leave you with great concern. Reading this book is a sure way to calm your self down and lessen some of those concerns. All information are well researched and not just on assumptions. The book does not instruct you on what to do, it tells you the truth and what you need to know and leaves you to do the decision making. It is a good read, especially for expectant mothers.
39. Cherish the First Six Weeks
Talk about what to expect in the first six weeks of your baby’s life, as a first time mom, you have not experienced it before and you won’t know what do. To get yourself ready and prepared, you should get yourself a copy of this book. It advised on it are spot on and there are suggested schedule you and your baby could follow to make the first six weeks really amazing.
40. Maternal & Child Nursing Care (5th Edition)
The Maternal & Child Nursing Care is a well written and easy to understand boom for pregnant and nursing mothers. It contains medications applicable in caring for babies, before and after they are born. This is one of those books you use in nursing schools and it is mainly recommended to be used as one.
41. Where Did I Come From?
Sometimes, somehow, your kids will be curious and asking where they came from, or how were they made. This book helps give you the perfect answer, it explains all that happens accurately and in a friendly tone too so you can read to your kids and they will understand. You too will learn and understand how important it is to be close to your partner.
42. Olds’ Maternal-Newborn Nursing & Women’s Health Across the Lifespan
This book will tell you all you should know about maternity care and nursing of your child after birth. It is a book recommended for nursing students, but as a pregnant woman, you can still get it and read to learn more about conception and childcare. Family members and birth partners can also learn a lot about the pregnancy process from reading this book to make them help better.
43. Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally (Non)
Active Birth, the name says a lot about what to expect from this book. It is a book for those mother looking to give birth naturally and actively. The book contains helpful exercises to help prepare you for childbirth. It tells you so much about labor and how to go about to have a less painful one. Active birth is recommended not only for mothers but for nurses, midwives and birth partners too, everyone will learn from it.
44. Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility
Making babies, once again the name of this book says a lot about what to expect from it. The book is a guide to prepare your body for pregnancy, to prepare your body to “Make Babies.” Your practitioner won’t tell you everything meanwhile this book covers all you need to know about the changes you experience in your body and how to go about to have a healthier pregnancy.
45. Supernatural Childbirth
Here we go into the spirit, into the supernatural. Not meant to scare you, the book Supernatural Childbirth is all about building your faith in God that he can help you become a mother. It gives confidence and inspiration, most women often lose confidence when they can’t get pregnant, and the doctors usually don’t help matters. This book would have been OK for any religion, but it contains bible verses so we can say it is meant for Christians.
If you want to know how capable your body is to give birth, then you must get this wonderful book written by Marie Morgan. This book teaches you to know how strong you are, how not to be scared and how to reduce the pains related to labor. After you must have given birth, this book will help you recover quickly and how to relate with your baby to create that strong mother and child bond.
47. Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
Birthing from Within is a very supportive book if you want to have an awesome birthday experience. It takes you through exercises and activities to help you face and deal with all your pregnancy fears. It covers areas on the responsibility of everyone, you as the mother, the father, doctors, nurses, and midwives. The book also takes you on what to expect after childbirth.
48. Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies
This book is all about oils to be used for pregnancy, during childbirth, and on your baby too. It teaches you which oils are perfect for use and also how to use them to get your desired result. The author Stephanie Fritz appears to be a bit biased on this one as it is focused on doTERRA’s essential oils. Notwithstanding, it is still a great read.
49. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth is a book that teaches a lot about decision making while pregnant. It covers a lot of areas in the medical field and helps you understand the child birthing process better, so you don’t get carried away by pregnancy myths.
50. The Complete Book of Baby Names: The Most Names (100,001+)
Had to make this one last because it is different from every other book in this list. It doesn’t teach you how to get pregnant; it doesn’t teach you how to nurse a child, it is a book where you find up to 100,000 baby names, both male and female. Picking a name for a child is one task that parents take very seriously. This book helps you understand different names and helps you pick the perfect one.
It is a common saying that knowledge is power, you can never go wrong with the right information. Reading any of these books will help keep you informed about all that goes down with getting pregnant, being pregnant, giving birth and taking care of your child and yourself.