25 Best Pregnancy Books For All New Mommies And Daddies

Best Pregnancy Books For All New Mommies And Daddies

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“Being pregnant and giving birth are like crossing a narrow bridge. People can accompany you to the bridge. They can greet you on the other side. But you must walk the bridge alone.”

This African proverb beautifully sums up the most important phase in a woman’s life.

Pregnancy gives you new hopes but also brings with it some fears. It makes you feel proud, but the condition can be despicable as well. Pregnancy is joyful, but its pains make you sad. It leaves you with unforgettable memories but before that with many questions. You wish you had an expert by your side to comfort you and reassure you when you are pregnant.

That is precisely why MomJunction has come up with a list of books to read during pregnancy, some of which are essential guides while some are humorous narrations. Read on.

Books With Pregnancy Humor

Do you know what one of the most important things in pregnancy is? Humor and having a good time laughing.

The growing baby picks up these cues from the mother and imbibes them in his personality. You do want a happy baby, right?

1. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth

Belly Laughs

Author: Jenny McCarthy

The author tells you about her pregnancy experiences in a hilarious way. She covers every pregnancy symptom from gas to nausea and intercourse to exhaustion in a casual and honest tone. A funny and breezy take on pregnancy. Something every woman should read. Just for laughs!

Available here

Price: $10.06

2. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Author: Ina May Gaskin

With almost 30 years of experience as a midwife, Ina May Gaskin, explains all the joys and benefits of natural labor. She gives out the examples on how nutrition, support, emotions and everyday choices in connection with their bodies provide a healthy birth experience.

This funny pregnancy book gives you comprehensive information on the mind-body connection of giving birth without any intervention of the technology. She speaks with humor and proves her knowledge in the field. It is just that book which removes the fear of labor by restoring a woman’s faith in their will power.

Available here

Price: $10.39

Pregnancy Books For Dads

The earliest weeks of fatherhood are seriously confusing and nerve-racking. This book for dads-to-be will help to make the journey little easier.

3. The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be

The Expectant Father

Author: Armin A. Brott

This is the fourth edition of this well-written, best-selling and information-packed book for expectant fathers. The updated, expanded and revised edition is one of the most informative and reassuring books for dads-to-be. The author brings out new insights of physical, emotional and financial effects of nearing parenthood.

This reference would surely help them support their partners during the exciting and anxious journey. The author not only draws out on his experiences as a father but also incorporates the top practitioners’ expertise in the fields of obstetrics, gynecology, sociology and psychology. This is the best pregnancy book for men who want to seek guidance, joy, and confidence.

Available here

Price: $10.87

Books On Pregnancy Health

There would be many conditions during pregnancy, which you may not know but need to know for a healthy pregnancy.

4. Pregnancy Blues: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Depression during Pregnancy

Pregnancy Blues

Author: Shaila Kulkarni Misri

Depression during pregnancy is rarely discussed and mostly misunderstood. This groundbreaking book by Dr. Shaila Kulkarni Misri, a reproductive psychiatrist, uses her 25 years of clinical practice and research to write about this problem.

Misri says that around 70% pregnant women experience depression symptoms to some degree. Pregnancy Blues talks all about this heartbreaking illness and how it is treatable. It refers to all alternative treatments from therapeutic options to acupuncture and more. It challenges the underlying beliefs and traditions regarding pregnancy and parenthood and explores the myths.

Available here

Price: $13.48

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5. Fearless Pregnancy: Wisdom and Reassurance from a Doctor, a Midwife, and a Mom

Fearless Pregnancy

Authors: Victoria Clayton, Stuart Fischbein and Joyce Weckl

Fearless Pregnancy is one of the best books for pregnancy that will put an end to the fear-inducing hype and misinformation found all around.

It shares the first person advice from a new mom and includes medical information from a specialized doctor and a midwife. This book covers everything from the beginning to the end of pregnancy and provides complete information on diet, fitness, weight gain, miscarriage risks, testing options and more. There is also a chapter on conquering the fear as new parents. It is a reassuring and informative read.

Available here

Price: $0.78

6. The Baby Bump: 100s of Secrets to Surviving Those 9 Long Months

The Baby Bump

Author: Carley Roney

This is a comprehensive guide to ease all your worries as an expectant mother.

The Baby Bump covers an experienced mom’s advice on pulling through the nine full months. It features tips and suggestions to future mothers who want to know about their diet, week-by-week baby development, and what to expect during labor. The lively tone makes you feel like your best friend is talking with you. It also features fun pieces such as kick count tracker, birth plan checklists, and more. An excellent resource for any expectant mom.

Available here

Price: $12.47

7. Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds

Natural Hospital Birth

Author: Cynthia Gabriel

The author, Cynthia Gabriel, claims in this book that women can have a natural childbirth with medical intervention. She explains about what expectant moms can do to prepare for the kind of birth they want. There are also inspiring stories from other mothers who had natural childbirths.

Available here

Price: $11.52

8. Pregnancy Miracle Book

Pregnancy Miracle Book

Author: Lisa Olson

The ebook helps you address infertility issues. This book talks all about clinically proven, holistic and natural methods of getting pregnant.

Pregnancy Miracle Book explains the reasons why couples fail to conceive and offers help to the couples to break from infertility issues. The book addresses the issue in detail with each section dealing with a particular problem experienced by couples.

Available here

Price: Free download

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Diet And Nutrition Books On Pregnancy

Diet and nutrition play a major role when you are expecting. Knowledge on what to eat and what to avoid is critical.

9. The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care

Author: Sally Fallon Morell and Thomas S. Cowan

This book on health and nutrition is well-researched. It covers about vitamins and minerals, healthy fats and their importance, and also about infant formulas. It also talks about chemical exposure and its risks. The book thus has everything from pre-conception to raising a newborn.

Though it gives splendid info on nutrition and medical advice, it lacks references for some. Also, you need to follow the advice judiciously. For instance, the author says no to vaccinations, but your case could be unique, and you may have to follow what your doctor says.

Available here

Price: $17.89

10. What to Eat When You’re Pregnant: A Week-by-Week Guide to Support Your Health and Your Baby’s Development

What to Eat When You're Pregnant

Author: Nicole M. Avena

A trimester-wise guide which explains to you what to eat and what not to eat, to support both you and the baby. It also contains 50 healthy recipes.

Foods you eat during pregnancy are known to have lasting effects on the development and behavior of the baby, and also your waistline. Drawing the knowledge of nutrition, medicine, and psychology, it provides 50 recipes.

Available here

Price: $11.55

11. Eating for Pregnancy: The Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today’s Mothers-to-Be

Eating for Pregnancy

Authors: Catherine Cheremeteff Jone and Rose Ann Hudson

The Winner of Mom’s Choice Award in Pregnancy/Childbirth category, this book offers you information about nutrition before conception, during pregnancy and postpartum. It lists 150 nutritious recipes for you and your family, menu plans, and vegan recipes, with illustrations.

Available here

Price: $13.11

12. Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-to-be

Preggatinis

Author: Natalie Bovis-Nelsen

This little book contains recipes for potions, which you can drink during pregnancy.

Even with the baby-bump, the modern mothers can stay in a social swing of things with these lip-smacking and alcohol-free beverages designed by Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, also called ‘The Liquid Muse’.

The recipes highlight fresh juices, garnishes, herbs and ideas for Preggatini Parties. The book also includes an exclusive recipe by Celebrity Chef Michel Richard, author of Happy in the Kitchen, and recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Chef James Beard Award and owner of the legendary Citronelle restaurant in Washington, DC.

The drinks mentioned in this book are accompanied by delightful photographs.

Available here

Price: $12.26

Pregnancy Books On Development

You need to know the week-by-week, month-by-month, and trimester-by-trimester changes happening during your pregnancy.

13. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Author: By the pregnancy experts at Mayo Clinic

If you are looking for reliable, accurate and authoritative information on pregnancy, you would appreciate this piece from the Mayo Clinic.

The Guide tells you about the week-by-week growth of the baby, month-by-month changes a new mother will expect, 40-week pregnancy modifications, symptoms and an overall review of pregnancy decisions. You can get pieces of advice on getting pregnant, diet, nutrition, and medication. This is more than a reference book created by a collective team of pregnancy experts.

Available here

Price: $14.69

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14. The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths

The Pregnancy Countdown Book

Authors: Susan Magee and Kara Nakisbendi M.D

The average pregnancy will last for 280 days, and this book gives you a detailed experience along the journey.

The Pregnancy Countdown Book tells you the biggest milestones you can expect and the changes your body undergoes. There are tips and suggestions from doctors and parents, quotes, and anecdotes all of the uncensored details. The great thing is they talk about many of those pregnancy issues you are likely to undergo which you may not ask your friends and family. It has got some advice for dads-to-be also about what kind of stress and trials the partner will face. The funny quotes for mom offer a lighthearted feel when you read the book.

Available here

Price: $10.38

15. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

Authors:  Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, April Bolding

This book on pregnancy and childbirth covers all the aspects of childbearing, from getting pregnant through early days of babyhood and what you can expect. It offers detailed information on things such as diet and exercise.

The updated and revised version of this book includes information about pregnancy tests, infections, and complications, drugs and medications. There is an additional chapter on how to create a detailed birth plan.

Available here

Price: $23.68

16. A Child is Born

A Child is Born

Author: Lennart Nilsson

This is the fourth edition, a completely updated and revised classic book.

It was first published 40 years ago, offering a beautiful glimpse of life inside the womb. The latest edition uses the revolutionary photographic technology and art. The never-seen-before photographs are breathtaking and are accompanied by new text. This is certainly a masterpiece for the present generation.

Available here

Price: $18.12

17. Pregnancy Day by Day

Pregnancy Day by Day

Author: DK Publishing

Want to know how your baby would develop at every stage? This is the right book as it provides a daily countdown until the due date. It covers each day of pregnancy, labor, baby’s birth and life with the newborn.
The updated and revised copy comes with medical practices, prenatal imagery, and technological advances.

Available here

Price: $0.59

18. 40 Weeks +: The Essential Pregnancy Organizer

40 Weeks +

Author: Dani Rasmussen and Antoinette Pérez

It is a pregnancy planner that is well-researched, organized and helpful. It will reduce your stress by giving out everything you need in the next 40+ weeks in an easy-to-read style.

Unlike other planners, The Pregnancy Organizer is not full of information but just has a small text in each section, which tells you how to simplify the process of preparing for the baby. It offers quick access to checklists, questionnaires, and forms, which help in managing the pregnancy and baby’s arrival.

With spaces to stick pictures and answer questions, this book is an ultimate record of your amazing pregnancy journey. You cannot wait to share the mini-journal with your child as she gets older. A great trip down the memory lane!

Available here

Price: $196.36

19. Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 8th Edition

Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 8th Edition

Author: Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler

This best selling pregnancy book is doctor-authored and is organized week by week.

This book features the information in a medically appropriate and comprehensive way. Weekly chapters consist of illustrations, baby’s growth and developmental milestones, mother’s weight gain, what she might feel during each week and the corresponding medical tests. The new features in the edition include the cutting edge obstetric technologies, latest nutrition and fitness recommendations, overdue pregnancies, pregnancy glossary and a handy due date prediction calendar.

Available here

Price: $11.10

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Pregnancy Journals

Pregnancy journal books and keepsakes are a great way to track the changes, cravings, feelings and more. You may choose any of these books if you want to express the beautiful journey of your pregnancy.

20. Sacred Pregnancy: A Loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Moms

Sacred Pregnancy

Author: Anni Daulter

The book is a fantastic four-color edition specially created with pictures corresponding to each topic. It also features space where the mom can pen down her feelings and thoughts. It reflects on different issues such as fears about childbirth, sexuality, courage, turning to a mother, adornment, body image and more.

It makes you look deeply at each and every issue during pregnancy, helps you visualize your baby’s birth and look at various possible birthing options.

Available here

Price: $15.62

21. My Pregnancy: A Keepsake Book of Memories

My Pregnancy

Author: Dan Spellerberg

This is a blank journal for the expectant mothers to document their journey through pregnancy.

The Keepsake Book of Memories will, therefore, help you track your pregnancy and create memories, which you can share with your baby when she is grown up. Document all your feelings, thoughts, cravings and moods you undergo during the phase. It will become a great journal of life growing inside you.

Available here

Price: $1.46

22. The Pregnancy Journal: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy

The Pregnancy Journal

Author: A. Christine Harris

With around one million copies sold worldwide since 1996, this is an essential tool for expectant families.

The revised edition includes the most current information on the health of the mother and baby. It also features daily entries that will guide the expectant parents from conception to the baby’s birth. It offers a clear picture of baby’s in-utero development and about giving the baby every advantage in the womb.

Available here

Price: $33

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Pregnancy Books On Yoga and Ayurveda

Natural practices like yoga and ayurveda bring in a healthy and holistic experience during pregnancy.

23. Yoga for Pregnancy: What Every Mom-to-Be Needs to Know

Yoga for Pregnancy

Author: Judith Hanson Lasater

The book is a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide on yoga postures and breathing techniques. Judith Lasater is an experienced mom, physical therapist, and a yoga teacher.

Yoga for Pregnancy helps the mom-to-be stay healthy and flexible which is important through the pregnancy as well as during the postpartum period. The author has also created an additional section known as “Mantras for Mom and Baby,” where the expectant mom can focus on one of the heart-centered practices every month through pregnancy and the baby’s first year.

Available here

Price: $1.46

24. Ayurvedic Garbh Sanskar: The Art and Science of Pregnancy

Ayurvedic Garbh Sanskar

Author: Balaji Tambe (Ayurvedic doctor)

From grandma’s conventional tips on pregnancy care to medical research, this book has everything that will clarify your pregnancy related confusions.

The Book focuses on the traditional Ayurvedic approach which will help the couple conceive soon and have a healthy pregnancy. It has got all the information on herbal combinations, yoga, breathing exercises, meditation, Ayurvedic diet, Vedic chants and music that help both the mother and the growing baby. These holistic methods offer you essential tips as you travel through your pregnancy. If you are an Ayurvedic maniac, this should be a must buy for you.

Available here

Price: Rs.670 (approximately $9.9)

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25. The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices

The Natural Pregnancy Book

Author: Aviva Romm

Reading through the book gives you a feel of having a personal herbalist or midwife with you. It lists down all the common ailments in pregnancy and their treatment with herbs and nutrition.

Right from the conception to baby’s birth, herbs aid in promoting a healthy pregnancy. The book covers common issues such as fatigue, anxiety and stretch marks. It discusses how a healthy diet needs to emphasize on natural foods. The comforting voice and detailed information make the expectant mother visualize a safe and natural pregnancy.

Available here

Price: $12.61

Most of the books on our list have Kindle/eBook options as well, which may be more convenient for you. Pregnancy is the time to relax, both physically and mentally. Then why wait? Grab a book and begin reading.

Have you read any of these pregnancy books? What did you like the most about it? Let us know in the comments section.

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  • Kalpana Nadimpalli

    Thanks Hanna for that helpful information on ‘Pregnancy Sucks For Men’.
    That would help other pregnant moms.

    • Hanna

      You are always welcome! Women must help each other) I think such blogs and various forums just exist for such aims. People can communicate and help each other. People can share own experience. Very often, women find needed solution just using such blogs) So, wish you all the bets! Let everything will be great in your family!

      • Kalpana Nadimpalli

        Very true Hanna!
        Thanks once again.