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Is this your first pregnancy? Are you a tad bit nervous? Why not get a pregnancy book? When I found out I was pregnant for the first time I was so nervous! And let me tell you I’m being completely honest with you, I’m pretty sure I went out a bought 3 different pregnancy books.
Yes, I understand I probably didn’t need them all but after I sat down to read and learned what going to happen to my body I felt a bit calmer and if you get a pregnancy book for yourself I bet you will too!
Mom’s and Dad’s when you purchase a pregnancy book, in just 9 months you can expect to learn about the first, second, and third trimester, safe medications you can take while pregnant, breastfeeding, symptoms you can or will have every month, the rollercoaster of emotions you will have, eating healthy while pregnant, healthy exercising, how baby is growing/developing every week, nat8ural labor, c-section, epidural, labor/delivery, and finally bring baby home,etc.
I know it really does seem like a lot but a pregnancy book will give you the knowledge and make you feel confident, prepared, and brave for when your beautiful baby arrives. I’m not going to leave you hanging though, so check out the top 10 best pregnancy books below!
- Top 10 Best Pregnancy Books For Mom’s And Dad’s
- #1 What to Expect When You’re Expecting
- #2 Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
- #3 The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Completely Revised and Updated 8th Edition
- #4 The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be
- #5 Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too!
- #6 Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong and What You Really Need to Know
- #7 The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy
- #8 Belly Laughs, 10th-anniversary edition: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth
- #9 The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
- #10 The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths
Top 10 Best Pregnancy Books For Mom’s And Dad’s
- Information on Zika Virus
- Prenatal Screening
- Postpartum Birth Control
- IVF pregnancy
- Breastfeeding While Pregnant
- Multiple Births
- Water/Home Births
- Medications During Pregnancy
- Lifestyle Trends (juice bars, raw diets, e-cigarettes, push presents, baby bump posting, the lowdown on omega-3 fatty acids, grass-fed and organic, health food fads, and GMOs).
The authors writing style is very childish like and that some moms felt there was just too much information in the book that didn’t need to be in there at all.
- In What To Expect When You’re Expecting the author Heidi Murkoff will explain the weekly changes your body will go through, some symptoms you might experience, and how much bigger your baby is growing.
- This is a great book to read if you are expecting a new baby because it’s not just for new mom’s but dad’s too!
- You are able to get a lot of advice and tips.
- This pregnancy book is great for any expecting mom or dad if you are looking for a book that has new/trending topics about pregnancy.
- Reducing the pain of labor without drugs–and the miraculous roles touch and massage play
- What really happens during labor
- Orgasmic birth–making birth pleasurable
- Episiotomy–is it really necessary?
- Common methods of inducing labor–and which to avoid at all costs
- Tips for maximizing your chances of unmedicated labor and birth
- How to avoid postpartum bleeding–and depression
- The risks of anesthesia and cesareans–what your doctor doesn’t necessarily tell you
- The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
- How to create a safe, comfortable environment for birth in any setting, including a hospital
Some mom’s feel a bit criticized by Ina May because she doesn’t believe in anything for pain (painkillers or epidural), she criticizes hospitals and doctors and is against C-sections. But the reason she thinks the ways she does is because she has 30+ years of experience of being a midwife and strongly believes in all natural birth.
- The author created 2 parts to this book that will give you a ton of do’s and don’ts
- The first part of the book is simply stories from moms that had a natural birth.
- The second half is about the birthing process.
- After reading this book not only will you feel calmer about the birthing process.
- Ina May is rooting for you because she encourages you that you are strong enough, you can get through the pain.
- Real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably—from avoiding sore nipples to simply enjoying the amazing bonding experience
- New insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and answers to the most-asked questions
- Strategies for moms who choose to breastfeed for a short time or who plan to nurse for a year or more
- Reassuring information on nursing after a C-section or delivery complications
- Recent scientific data that highlight the many lifelong health benefits of breastfeeding
- Helpful tips for building your support network—at home or when back at work
- Nursing special-needs infants, premies, multiples, and how to thrive no matter what curveball life throws
- Guidance on breast health issues, weight gain, day care, colic, postpartum depression, food allergies, and medications
The disadvantage of this book is that it can make some mom’s feel bad about having a C-section, getting medication for pain (painkillers or epidural), going back to work instead of being a stay-at-home-mom, and some other parenting choices.
- With this book, you will learn feeding cues, different nursing positions to try, and how to store breast milk.
- This is the perfect book for new moms preparing to breastfeed because it will answer all the questions and concerns you could possibly have.
- It gives a ton of advice and tips that you can experience the first time when breastfeeding.
- Breastfeeding has so many benefits as your baby grows, this book empowers you so that you won’t give up because it can be a bit tricky at first but with some help, tips, and advice you will get the hang of it in no time.
- What’s going on with your partner, emotionally and physically?
- How to stay involved: specific ways you can help (and feel included), from attending birthing classes with your partner to starting a college fund.
- More information about adoptions, multiples, infertility and assisted reproductive technology, and dads in the military
- A special section on labor and delivery: what to expect on the big day
- What’s going on with the baby, every step of the way from fertilized egg to a newborn?
- A special section on what comes next, in the first few months after the baby’s arrival
- A handy resource section, connecting you to the best information on every topic related to pregnancy and fatherhood
- What’s going on with you, as you adjust to the new life stage of fatherhood?
It mainly explains to dad what mom will go through each month, but doesn’t give much information about how the baby is developing.
- All the knowledge you need to know about pregnancy for the next 9 months is in one single book called The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be.
- Perfect for any first-time dad who is nervous about being a new dad in just 9 months.
- When you read this book you will learn everything there is to know every month of your partner’s pregnancy.
- Every month the soon to be dad will now also know along with the mom what to expect.
- Most dads are confused about the different emotions, cravings, and physical changes the mom goes through and are nervous throughout the 9 months, but with this book, dad can be more calm about any changes mom will go through.
- A month-by-month look at mom and baby
- Week-by-week updates on baby’s growth
- 40-week pregnancy calendar
- Symptoms guide, and a review of
- Important pregnancy decisions
- Selecting a health care provider
- Prenatal testing options
- Pain relief for childbirth
Very repeating, a lot of information is outdated and worries some moms because it talks a lot about dangerous/potential risks.
- Divided into 3 sections.
- Super easy to flip to that section of the book and be able to look up information either about Pregnancy, Childbirth, or Newborns.
- Is a great, easy to read, a reference guide that new expecting moms will not only enjoy reading but will also learn so much from.
- You will learn how your body will change, how your baby is developing, and what kind of emotions and symptoms you may have every week.
- 40-week pregnancy calendar.
- Healthy/delicious meals for mom and baby.
- section of questions and answers you might be too embarrassed to ask your doctor about.
#6 Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong and What You Really Need to Know
- In The Beginning
- Prep Work
- Data-Driven Conception
- The Two-Week Wait
- The First Trimester
- The Vices: Caffeine, Alcohol, Tobacco
- Misscariage Fears
- Beware Of Deli Meats!
- Nausea And My Mother-in-law
- Prenatal Screening And Testing
- The Surprising Perils Of Gardening
- The Second Trimester
- Eating For Two? You Wish
- Pink And Blue
- Working Out And Resting Up
- Drug Saftey
- The Third Trimester
- Premature Birth (and the Dangers of Bed Rest)
- High-Risk Pregnancy
- I’m Going To Be Pregnant Forever, Right?
- Labor Induction
- Labor And Delivery
- The Labor Numbers
- To Epidural or Not To Epidural?
- Beyond Pain Relief
- The Aftermath
- HomeBirth: Progressive or Regressive? And Who Cleans The Tub?
The disadvantage of this book is that the author mentions that drinking coffee, drinking alcohol lightly, and eating sushi is perfectly fine even though it’s not.
- Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know has everything you need to know if your a first-time mom, and I mean EVERYTHING.
- This great for you because it teaches you to make your own decisions about your body/your pregnancy.
- The author is basically telling first time expecting mom to stand up for themselves and makes choices on there own.
- This book is great, empowering, and strengthening to all expecting moms.
- Make your own choices instead of always following the rules.
- What really happens to your body—from morning sickness and gas to eating everything in sight—and what it’s like to go from being a babe to having one.
- The Many Moods of Pregnancy—why you’re so irritable/distracted/tired/lightheaded (or at least more than usual).
- Staying Stylish—You may be pregnant, but you can still be the fashionista you’ve always been (or at least you don’t have to look like a walking beachball)—wearing the hippest designers and proudly showing off your bump.
- Pregnancy is Down To a Science—from in vitro fertilization to scheduled c-sections, there are so many options, alternatives, and scientific tests to take that being pregnant can be downright confusing!
Many women feel offended when reading this book because the author states many times that when woman are pregnant they look fat and disgusting. She also states that she thinks pregnant women are by nature gross to look at.
- You will love it because it’s not only hilarious, it’s like talking to your best friend (you could probably let your best friend read this and they would also enjoy it.).
- Everything you need to know about your body, emotions, cravings, and even looking cute while having a baby bump you will find in this book.
- This book is straightforward but it’s also funny.
- This book isn’t boring, it won’t make you scared, or even nervous.
- Morning Sickness
- Hormonal Rage
- Pregnant Sex
- The Torture And Sweet Relief That Is Delivery
Doesn’t give a whole lot of information about what expecting mom and baby will go through like other pregnancy books so you may need to get another book to read along with this one.
- The Naked (no not really naked) Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth is absolutely hilarious, you will love it.
- You will learn a ton of stuff about emotions, symptoms, and having sex while pregnant all while trying not to pee yourself because you’re laughing so hard and you baby is sitting right on top of your bladder.
- All your fears and worries will be turned into bursts of laughter.
- Your perfect pregnancy diet (with weekly recipes)
- How to ditch toxins in your beauty & cleaning routine
- Natural remedies for common pregnancy symptoms
- The truth about epidurals (and other interventions)
- How to create your birth “dream team”
- How & why to eat your placenta (or not)
- Natural pain relief during labor
- What to do during each stage of labor
- Tips to navigate all those newborn interventions
- How to start breastfeeding on the right foot, er, boob
The author encourages other expecting moms not to vaccinate their kids, and about how prenatal vitamins are dangerous. She also gives misleading information about some medicine.
- A weekly guide to pregnancy/childbirth instead of a monthly.
- Great for expecting moms who want to have an all natural birth.
- Perfect for moms who aren’t sure they want to have an all natural birth.
- Expecting moms will learn about dieting while pregnant, removing toxins from your body.
- Benefits of eating the placenta after the baby has been born.
- Learn about all things natural you can do while pregnant such as pain relief and home remedies for pregnancy symptoms you have.
#10 The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths
- The First Trimester (4-13 Weeks Pregnant)
- The Second Trimester (14-27 Weeks Pregnant)
- The Third Trimeter (28-39 Weeks Pregnant)
- The Fourth Trimester (1-14 Days Past Due Date)
Many women felt like the information that the author gave was basic common sense and that they really didn’t learn much information from it at all, and a lot of the information is outdated.
- This book is a lifesaver for all you expecting moms.
- As most of you know when you have a baby your pregnant for 9 months or a total of 280 days…unless you go past your due date.
- A week-to-week look at what changes your body will go through and how your baby is developing.
- Countdown of not only how many weeks you have left but also how many days you have left.
- And what’s even better is this is a book that also gives dad tips and advice so both parents are up to date about what is going on with mom and baby.
There are so many amazing pregnancy books for new expecting moms ( and dads too) on this list…and some not so great. One of the three pregnancy books I actually had was the “What to Expect When Your Expecting” book (not the 5th edition) and, I loved it! I learned so much from it but reviewing these top ten pregnancy books I now realize there was probably a couple more things I could have learned before having my son. It’s really hard to pick just 3 that I personally like, but In my opinion, if I had to choose my top 3 favorite books from this list they would be: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, The Expectant Father, and Belly Laughs.
Even though I didn’t breastfeed when my son was born I really do like number 3 The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Completely Revised and Updated 8th Edition. Personally, I chose not to breastfeed because it was painful for me, honestly it was a bit worse than labor but luckily I didn’t feel anything during labor not even most of my contractions, but some of my other mom friends do and they have said it can be a bit hard at first if the baby won’t latch on right so they have to try different positions and different tips and tricks until they get it right. I believe this book can help many expecting moms who plan on breastfeeding.
Book number 4 The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be really just popped out and grabbed my attention, I guess maybe because most of the time you see parenting books for moms but not dads. Something like this would have been great for my sons dad to read while I was pregnant because most of the time when I was trying to explain what was wrong or how I was feeling he went into a nervous wreck because he didn’t understand all that my body was going through or all the new pregnancy terms I was learning from reading my pregnancy book. It’s great for dads to be able to sit down and read about what to expect the full 9 months.
I like number 8 Belly Laughs, 10th-anniversary edition: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth because pregnancy can be a stressful time, you go through a million different emotions all day long ( I use to cry when the Johnsons baby lotion commercial would come on). Sometimes moms just need a good laugh.
First off let me say congratulations! Having a baby is an amazing feeling, the fact that your growing life inside you, sometimes it may feel like your due date will never be here but don’t rush it take the time to read, learn, and prepare for your baby’s arrival. Now that you have a list of amazing pregnancy books you can choose from and can learn similar/different things from each book, you should now feel more confident about what kind of pregnancy book you want to read more about before your little one arrives.
Last updated : 5/2019