There are soooooooooo many different books, blogs, articles, shows, documentaries, etc. that you can read when you are pregnant. It is overwhelming! When I was pregnant I barely read much of anything, because it was too overwhelming. Some pregnant women read EVERYTHING… to their detriment.
The following list of pregnancy books covers all your bases; specially formulated for those who read too much, or not enough.
The wealth of quality information in these top 10 best pregnancy books will set you on the path toward a healthy pregnancy, childbirth and transition to parenthood. Dig in, mamas (daddies too, of course)!
(Don’t forget to read the complete list of the books for the first trimester)
This book is perfect for:
•women who are thinking of becoming pregnant for the first time and wondering how to manage, decrease and even eliminate morning sickness symptoms
•women who are currently pregnant and are looking for relief
•women who have had morning sickness before and are hesitant to have more children because of morning sickness
•doulas and other members of the birth community
•care providers of women in the childbearing year
This book contains:
•The research behind morning sickness, including what it is, who can get it, and how long it lasts
•The theories on what causes morning sickness to get a better understanding of how we can prevent and treat it
•Practical and effective ways to prevent morning sickness or reduce the intensity of the symptoms you are feeling today.
•Non-pharmaceutical remedies from aromatherapy, to acupressure, ayurvedic, herbal and more!
•Common medications used for morning sickness; some old, while others I mention are quite new for use with morning sickness.
“The Wonder Within You” by Carey Wickersham is an awesome combination of week-to-week pregnancy information, what’s going on with the baby, “Did you know?” plus health advice about what to eat, cravings, nutrition, etc.
Also, it has awesome 3D/4D pictures and videos you can link or QR with your phone to see what your baby looks like each week. Even better than the typical week-to-week books, and so personal!
It’s got mom stories and even a journal/note section to write your personal memories and letters to your baby. The pregnancy information is as up-to-date as it gets and it’s such a great keepsake.
I want to get one for everybody I know who is expecting!
(Don’t forget to read this list of the best books to read in the second trimester.)
One of the stories is written by my very own dear midwife Diana Janopaul where she shares her journey to a successful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I love the stories because positive birth stories can be hard to come by and positive stories are what pregnant women need to hear the most.
The second part of the book is general childbirth education. You will LOVE Ina May’s “sphincter law” and how it applies to birth. If you get any book, get this one!
Birthing From Within is the childbirth education method I teach, and so I biasedly say this is the best childbirth education method out there. And of course, this is one of the best pregnancy books out there.
It is outstanding – a must read! It is full of left and right brain learning – so that what a reader actually learns and experiences throughout the book will be learned well enough to be able to use it while in “labor land”.
It covers birth art, the basics of childbirth, PAIN COPING!, and advice for partners. The chapters are short and there are lots of fun illustrations making it an easy read.
This book helps you figure out what YOU need to know to give birth as a mother or father, which often times it is different than what your friend, mother, nurse or doctor needs to know.
Want evidence based research to help you formulate your own ideas on birth and the medical options that accompany the process? This book is for you.
Need the information in an easy to read narrative with the citations at the end of the book? You’re in business.
This book covers cesareans, breech babies, inducing labor, electronic fetal monitoring, rupturing membranes, coping with slow labor, pain medication, episiotomy, vaginal birth after a cesarean, doulas, deciding on a doctor or midwife. You will learn something new by reading this book – guaranteed!
For Dads and Partners
(Before you go, check out this very detailed list of the best pregnancy books for dads.
This book is so good that it is required reading for new doulas. I even use the position illustrations in my childbirth classes.
Of course, you should read this book cover to cover, but on the off chance that you ran out of time it is extremely navigable so you can look up things like “emergency childbirth” in a pinch. Here is a list of even more pregnancy books for dads that you will love.
(Here’s a complete list of the best breastfeeding books to read during pregnancy.)
This book will explain the history of breastfeeding in America, how the formula industry impacted things and where we are today. Reading the history helped me to understand why such a natural and normal process can be far from natural and normal in our society.
Newman explains the foundation to a great breastfeeding relationship with your baby including how to get a good latch which so many hospital “lactation consultants” do not understand.
Read this book for a great start with breastfeeding!
For more ideas check out this list of breastfeeding books to read during pregnancy.
The day after my son was born he had very random breathing patterns. My husband was flipping out as this is not normal in adults. We opened this book up and we were very relieved to find out this was very normal!
This book can be read from cover to cover but I found it to be most helpful as a reference book for when things came up. It’s like having your very own pediatrician in your home which is so helpful especially for the new parent.
What I loved about this book was unbiased information that made it easy to formulate my own decisions on vaccines.
Throughout this book you will learn about diseases – what they are and how serious they can be, the vaccine – how it was made and administered, and the AAP recommended vaccine schedule.
This makes a tough topic a lot easier to digest.
If you’re wanting to learn gentle way to soothe your baby as it transitions to outside of the womb, this book is for you.
You will learn practical skills for soothing your baby that anybody can do – especially dads!
If you’re short on time, the DVD is great too.