The Best Books to Read during Pregnancy

Knowledge is power and right now you may need to regain some control in your life.  Pregnancy, especially if you are expecting your first baby, induces many questions and fears about an aspect of your life you have never experienced before.  From all the changes to your body and health recommendations during pregnancy, to how to care for a newborn and ensuring your kids get the healthiest start in life, you’re probably swimming in unknowns.

Today we’re recommending the best books to read during pregnancy so you can arm yourself with knowledge…and a few laughs too:


The Best Books to Read during PregnancyMayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy (by the pregnancy experts at Mayo Clinic) – From one of the most trusted medical establishments in the country, this book takes you from pregnancy and childbirth through the newborn stage with professional, technical advice.  The book features a week-by-week guide to your pregnancy along with a reference guide to common “troublesome signs and symptoms” and how to handle them at each stage of pregnancy.  Additionally, this book offers different perspectives on parental decision making starting from day 1.

The Best Books to Read during PregnancyThe Mommy Docs’ Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth (by Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, Alane Park and Melissa Jo Peltier) – As an alternative practical step-by-step guide to pregnancy and childbirth, this highly regarded resource was written by OBGYNs who are also moms.  Their medical and first-hand expertise offers a comprehensive and thoughtful viewpoint in a friendly manner with sensible mother-to-mother tips.  It’s the next best thing to bringing your doctor and your best friends home with you.

WhThe Best Books to Read during Pregnancyat to Eat Before, During and After Pregnancy (by Judith E. Brown) – This nutritional guide to fertility, pregnancy and beyond helps hopeful and soon-to-be moms keep their diets on track for their best health.  With meal ideas, nutritional tips and advice on addressing common pregnancy and breastfeeding issues with a balanced diet, this book ensures wholesome nutrition for moms and babies.

The Best Books to Read during PregnancyThe Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy (by Vicki Lovine) – Fun, hilarious and not scary, this is a great light-hearted look at all the cool, weird and gross things that are happening to your body during pregnancy that your partner will never understand.  This book is like chatting with a girlfriend about her pregnancy while also learning things along the way.  If anything, it will make you laugh out loud and help you feel you are not alone in your pregnancy feelings.

The Best Books to Read during PregnancyBreastfeeding Made Simple (by Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC FILCA and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD IBCLC) – This book explores the miracles, challenges and logistical aspects of breastfeeding.  While some may find it “hard core” it is designed as a tool to help new mothers breastfeed and successfully navigate potential roadblocks without giving up.  It is well-organized and thorough, offering practical solutions to everything that may arise along your breastfeeding journey.

The Best Books to Read during PregnancyThe Happiest Baby on the Block (by Harvey Karp) – Now that you’ve read up on pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, you’ll need to know the basics of keeping your little one happy.  This book reveals the anti-crying techniques developed by Dr. Harvey Karp, which include the 5 S’s:  swaddling, positioning baby on his side, swinging, shushing and sucking.  Fussy babies can’t resist these and other soothing methods.



Prop your feet, grab a mocktail and enjoy the best books to read during pregnancy!