While I was pregnant in 2013, I read A LOT of pregnancy books, blogs, magazines, and articles. There was so much literature out there, it was nearly overwhelming. I’ve compiled a list of pregnancy books I found most helpful during my pregnancy and I hope these will work for you, too!
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting. This book was awesome because it chronicled the entire nine months of pregnancy week-by-week and included information on trying to conceive and labor & delivery. It was an all-in-one pregnancy necessity! This book is probably the most well-known and most-read pregnancy manual. What to Expect is not only a book series, which includes What to Expect the First Year among others, it’s also a brand! Heidi Murkoff created the books, a website and social media accounts for expectant mothers (and moms in general!) to refer to as needed. It’s a one-stop-shop for everything pregnancy, baby and motherhood! **Be sure to obtain the latest edition of the WTE books to get up-to-date information!** (WTE Before Expecting, WTE Eating Well, WTE Expecting, WTE First Year, WTE Second Year)
- The Pregnancy Journal: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Happy & Healthy Pregnancy. Some may not consider this a book, but it really IS a book + journal! I used this throughout my pregnancy and I was able to journal about my experiences AND read information day-by-day on my growing baby! It’s a wonderful daily guide to your baby’s growth! Highly recommend!
- Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week. I used this book from the start as well. It was fun to read each month and learn how my baby was developing and how my body was changing – and what to expect in months to come!
- The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy & Early Parenthood. As I said, I ready A LOT of pregnancy books while pregnant. Even though this book mirrors a lot of other month-by-month pregnancy books, they’re all different. This one contained information the others didn’t. I really enjoyed this read!
- The Mother of All Pregnancy Books. As their tagline states: “The Ultimate Guide to Conception, Birth & Everything in Between.” That’s what this is – an all-in-one guide to getting pregnant, being pregnant, and giving birth. I read this from cover-to-cover as well! Definitely recommend!
- The Pregnancy & Postpartum Anxiety Workbook. Although I didn’t find this book until after I gave birth, this would have been at the top of my must-read list during and right after pregnancy. I suffered from a bit of PP anxiety in the month following O’s birth and this looks like a great tool to assist with anxiety before and after birth. This is a book I would definitely purchase in the future!
- Your Pregnancy & Childbirth: Month-to-Month. This is a great read, written by The American College of OB/GYN. Another month-to-month book, it gives information on every month of your pregnancy from experts!
- Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother’s Soul. This is a great read for when you’re expecting. It tells stories of expectant mothers, expectant fathers, veteran moms and more! Warning: emotions may become uncontrollable while reading this book. 🙂
- Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. Written by the pregnancy experts at the world-famous Mayo Clinic, this book chronicles the ways in which to have a healthy pregnancy. It provides tips on exercise, eating right & which medications are safe for pregnancy – among many other topics relating to pregnancy! A wonderful read!
- Relieving Pelvic Pain During & After Pregnancy. As I’ve already mentioned in a previous post, I suffer from Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction. Unfortunately, I was not aware of this awesome book until recently. If I had this book during pregnancy, I may not have suffered such a painful labor and continuing pain thereafter (and still today!). Most women DO suffer from some kind of pelvic or pubic pain during pregnancy, but generally it goes away or is relieved after birth. A small percentage of mother’s continue to suffer for months and years after pregnancy. This book is a great resource for relieving pelvic pain and maintaining a healthy pelvic area.
Which books on pregnancy did you enjoy reading while pregnant? Let me know! I’m always looking for amazing pregnancy reads to pass along to friends, family & my readers! -themidwestmama