Best Pregnancy Books For Expectant Parents

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During pregnancy, many questions can arise, and you may find yourself wondering if what you are experiencing is normal. There may be some things you’re too embarrassed to talk about, or you may think no one else would be able to relate. Having a few quality pregnancy books can give you the advice you’re looking for and provide entertainment to help you realize you’re not alone in many of your experiences. If you are searching for a few pregnancy-focused books to read but don’t know which ones to choose from, here is a list of fun and educational options you will love! 


Written by a doula named Erica Chidi Cohen, Nurture is an excellent option for women looking to take a calm and peaceful route to their pregnancy. Nurture goes through each month of pregnancy, including post-delivery, providing exercises and recipes to make the most out of your and your baby’s development. You can also establish labor and birth goals and follow a “birth letter” exercise to help you get the most out of your pregnancy and delivery. There is also a strong focus on postpartum nurturing, which many women find helpful and encouraging. 

The Girlfriends Guide To Pregnancy

Written by Vicki Iovine, The Girlfriends Guide To Pregnancy is a fun, tongue-in-cheek book focusing on all aspects of pregnant life. It is a hilariously raw guide written as though you were talking to your best friend. Vicki is brutally honest about her pregnancy experiences which can help expectant mothers feel at ease. You can easily relate to her in-depth view on emotional insecurities while pregnant and how they affect your relationships. If you’re looking for a book that is a bit more formal, this may not be for you. But if you want to laugh along as you relate to your shared experiences,​​ The Girlfriends Guide​​​ To Pregnancy is a great choice!

The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide To Pregnancy And Childbirth

Genevieve Howland’s The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide To Pregnancy is an excellent resource for expecting mothers. Follow along every week as you discover what your little one is doing and how they are developing. This book is a modern take on natural pregnancy and childbirth and is well-researched with many helpful studies to reassure your mind. Along with developmental explanations, there are tips and advice that correspond to the weekly stage of your pregnancy. You will also read positive and encouraging birth and pregnancy stories from other women who are happy to offer advice and insights based on their experiences. 

Hypnobirthing: A Natural Approach To A Safe, Easier, More Comfortable Birthing 

If you’re considering a water birth, Hypnobirthing by Marie F. Mongon is a great resource. You will read how hypnobirthing can help reduce the pain of labor and childbirth, making pain medications unnecessary. You will also discover how it decreases your risk of needing a cesarean or other intervention procedure. If you feel fearful about the birthing process, Marie will help put you at ease as she explains how delivery doesn’t have to be painful and scary but can be an amazing and bonding experience. Using her method named, ‘The Mongon Method,” Marie believes your baby will sleep and eat better post-delivery as they don’t enter the world in a traumatic way, which can happen with traditional hospital births.

First Time Dad: Pregnancy Handbook For Dads-To-Be 

Dads need support and education too, and First Time Dad by Steven Bell will give him the help he needs as he navigates his new life as a dad. From finding out their partner is pregnant to after the baby is delivered, this book will help walk your partner through the ins and outs of what they need to be the best man they can be for you and your baby. Men can often feel overlooked during pregnancy, help them get the advice and instruction they need to feel less alone and overwhelmed, and instead have confidence knowing they are a vital part of the process. 

Once you find out you are pregnant, you want to find out all the information you can on your developing baby and what to expect as time goes on. If you’re looking for books that will help you, why not try one of the ones listed above. You’ll love learning more about the miracle of pregnancy and finding support and humor along the way!