Pregnancy is one of the most common conditions on the planet. It makes sense that there are hundreds of books to read about pregnancy. Today, we’re explaining some of the best books to read while you’re pregnant – and what you’ll learn in those books.
What To Expect When You’re Expecting
There’s a reason this book is consistently the top seller in Amazon’s “Pregnancy & Childbirth” category. It’s a classic book for expectant mothers, and it’s been a classic book for several decades. Today, the book is in its fifth edition. It continues to be an all-encompassing guide that explains everything you need to know about the changes your body is going through.
The book covers pretty much everything – from conception to birth. It’s a genuine pregnancy bible. With 18.5 million copies in print, What To Expect When You’re Expecting continues to be a popular tome for expectant mothers (and yes, expectant fathers).
Today, “What To Expect” is a series of books with versions available for everyone from babysitters to dads. There’s even a “What To Expect” app. So if you want to buy into a lineup of pregnancy books, then What To Expect certainly has options available.
On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
Whether you’re a baby or an adult, sleep is a crucial part of human health. This book, written by infant management expert Dr. Robert Bucknam, is marketed to new parents who want to optimize sleep cycles during the early years of parenthood.
You’ll learn how to naturally synchronize your baby’s feeding time, waketime, and nighttime sleep cycles, for example, which means the whole family can sleep through the night.
Other crucial resources in the book include how to take care of the new baby and mom, a timeline of what to expect and when, and a guide to solving common baby sleep problems.
Most of the information is built around helping your baby sleep more efficiently, but it easily applies to all of parenthood. The book wants to teach you how to be a better parent – it’s as simple as that.
For what it’s worth, On Becoming Baby Wise currently holds the #2 spot in Amazon’s “Pregnancy & Childbirth” category behind “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”.
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too!
Most baby care book authors are doctors or medical professionals. This Mayo Clinic-published text, however, comes from a diverse range of reputable medical professionals who are also parents. Some of the most valuable parts of the book include a medically-based, week-by-week explanation of your baby’s development, a description of exactly what to expect during each week of pregnancy, and how to know when something is wrong during your pregnancy.
Yes, this book can be frightening for new parents to read. However, it’s also an important book to read: not all pregnancies go smoothly. By reading this book, you can learn when you need to call your doctor. The sooner you spot symptoms, the sooner a medical professional can take action. In many cases, this book is the reason parents were able to have a healthy baby.
The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People
Pregnancy is serious business. But it doesn’t have to be serious all the time. This book is one of the most popular gifts given to pregnant women. It’s particularly popular during baby showers – so don’t be surprised if you receive multiple copies from your friends (like the other books on this list, it’s also a top seller on Amazon).
Don’t expect lots of CrossFit-style exercise advice in this book. Expect pregnancy-related humor that can help you survive the frustrating, painful, and frightening days of your life when you were growing a human being inside of you.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility
Interested in a natural birth? Taking Charge of Your Fertility is often seen as a must-read. The book explains how to have a safe and easy (as possible) natural birth. It explains your reproductive health in a no-nonsense way, and breaks down whether or not you really should have a natural birth.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Today, the book covers popular concepts like its Fertility Awareness Method, a technique that can be completed in just three minutes a day. There’s also a detailed explanation of the latest advancements in assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and an explanation of women’s gynecological and sexual health.
You’ll also learn when to visit a doctor, how to preserve your fertility in the future, and how to safely balance your hormones to minimize pregnancy symptoms. If you want to give birth naturally to a healthy child, then Taking Charge of Your Fertility may be the right choice for you.
Preggatinis: Mixology for the Mom-To-Be
Pregnancy isn’t all doom and gloom. But for social drinkers, it can certainly feel that way. Weekends become a lot less fun when you’re pregnant. Thanks to Preggatinis, you can discover pregnancy-friendly cocktails made using a surprisingly diverse range of fresh juices, herbs, and garnishes. You’ll feel like an expert bartender – even though you’re not adding any alcohol.
The collection of drink recipes was put together by Natalie Bovis-Nelsen. There are 75 drink recipes in total – including plenty of healthy options to keep you and your baby in optimal condition while still fitting in at the party.
What to Eat When You’re Pregnant
Written by Nicole M. Avena, Ph.D., What To Eat When You’re Pregnant is subtitled, “A Week-by-Week Guide to Support Your Health and Your Baby’s Development”. The book explains the best things to eat when you’re pregnant or nursing – including foods you should avoid.
There are 50 recipes in total. In addition to being a research neuroscientist, Dr. Avena is the mother of a six year old daughter. Like all dieting advice, there are some who agree and others who disagree with Dr. Avena’s approach. There’s no perfect pregnancy diet. Foods that some people see as toxic, others may see as perfectly fine. Nevertheless, Dr. Avena stays away from editorializing and bases the book on research and facts as much as possible.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
This popular book starts with 127 pages of personal birth stories. If you want to know what giving birth to a child is really like from a no-nonsense point of view, these stories will prepare you. The book also features plenty of information about lowering your chances of worst case scenarios – including health complications and alternative delivery methods. Whether you’re looking for peace of mind or you’re preparing for the worst, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth can help you.
The book, however, isn’t for everyone. It’s written by a self-described hippy who founded a community with like-minded people in the 1970s. It emphasizes natural birthing techniques, and recommends certain natural products others may not believe in. Ina May Gaskin, however, is a Certified Professional Midwife – so she draws her experience from real life.
Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
Currently in its 5th edition, Husband-Coached Childbirth advocates the Bradley method, created by Dr. Robert Bradley in the 1960s. Dr. Bradley was a big fan of giving birth naturally. Through this book, you’ll learn how to prepare yourself for a natural birth through diet, exercise, breathing exercises, and pain management techniques. The book also teaches your husband how to become your most valuable pregnancy coach. Together, the two of you can give birth to a healthy baby.
Pregnancy will never be easy. Fortunately, you’re not the first person to go through it – and you won’t be the last. Reading the pregnancy books listed above will help you understand what you’re going through – and ensure you have a healthy baby at the end of your pregnancy.