The Perfect Pregnancy Books for New Mums & Dads

Preparing for your new arrival can bring joy and tears (and a lot of emotions you didn't expect to be feeling!). Pregnancy can be a tough experience for new mums and dads alike, and finding some good advice from experts and people who have been there before can be invaluable. So, before you take on the challenge of caring for a newborn, we have some great guides and reference books to tell you all you need to know about pregnancy and the upcoming childbirth. Check out our perfect pregnancy books for new mums and dads...

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1. The Pregnancy Countdown Book

Susan Magee

Starting on Day 280 and counting down from there, covering every milestone along the way, this book is a helping hand to lead you through every stage of pregnancy. There is a page dedicated to every single day of pregnancy featuring loads of advice from doctors, anecdotes from other mums and all the medical information you need to know. The Pregnancy Countdown Book also reminds you of important points like when you can no longer fly and when you need to start sorting your new baby's room. Perfect as a present or as a guide for yourself, you won't be lost with this pregnancy handbook.

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2. Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!

John Pfeiffer

Finding out you're going to be dad is an amazing, but equally terrifying, experience. Knowing what to say to make you sound smart, and helpful rather than annoying and clueless, can be tricky. Luckily John Pfeiffer has created the perfect guidebook for soon-to-be dads. With useful and hilarious advice, this book will see all dads through pregnancy too.

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3. Expecting Twins? (One Born Every Minute)

Mark Kilby

For soon-to-be parents of twins, you don't need to panic about having double the pregnancy stress with this brilliant reference book from the hit TV show, One Born Every Minute. With loads of information covering both identical and non-identical twins, how to deal with symptoms relating to twin pregnancy and how antenatal tests work, you'll want this book beside you throughout your whole pregnancy. Any questions or concerns you may have about having twins, including how to feed them, are answered by medical experts. If you're having twins, this is the perfect pregnancy book for you.

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4. The IVF Diet

Zita West

With an increase in people turning to IVF in recent years, finding a book that can give you tips to make your VIP treatment more successful is a great resource. The IVF Diet provides advice on nutrition and changes you can make to your lifestyle to increase your chances of successful IVF. Plus, with tips on how to prepare for IVF, this is a great book for anyone who is currently trying or planning to try IVF treatment themselves.

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5. Expecting

Anna McGrail and Daphne Metland

Using the facts, Anna and Daphne's useful book gives you lots of objective advice on how to deal with pregnancy. As many soon-to-be mums can't get appointments with the NHS until week 12, this book aims to help you through the early stage and then onwards right through to birth. With topics including when to tell your older children and whether to choose a caesarean, there are hints and tips covering everything you need to know to get you through your pregnancy.

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6. The Best Friends' Guide to Pregnancy

Vicki Iovine

Vicki Iovine, after four pregnancies, knows her stuff when it comes to dealing with pregnancy. She also knows that between your family and the doctors, the best people to go to for advice are your friends. But, what if you're the first of your friends to be starting a family? That's where Vicki's brilliant pregnancy guide comes in. Talking to you like best friend, this guide takes you through all aspects of pregnancy, from the morning sickness to the delivery; she'll hold your hand the whole time and keep you laughing throughout.

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7. Bump It Up

Greg Whyte

Professor Greg Whyte OBE, has worked as a consultant to many celebrities and sportswomen and now he's busting myths surrounding exercise and pregnancy. Greg shows you how to eat healthily and exercise safely in each part of your pregnancy without the fear of harming your baby. Plus, tips on how to keep up your diet and exercise after birth, even with your new bundle of joy to look after! With a foreword by Davina McCall and loads of expert advice throughout, this fun book will keep you fit and healthy throughout your pregnancy and after the birth too.

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8. The His and Hers Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

Dean and Steph Beaumont

Finding out you're going to be a parent and the next nine months of challenges it will bring is a very different experience for men and women. In this helpful guide, advice is split so that each parent is getting the information they need. Each chapter also features a 'Get Together' section which encourages bonding and ways the two of you can connect over the course of the pregnancy journey.

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9. How to Grow a baby and Push It Out

Clemmie Hooper

Clemmie Hooper is a midwife and mum of four so, when it comes to pregnancy, there isn't much she doesn't know. In her hilarious book she imparts her wisdom to you, and discusses the topics that aren't often mentioned like tearing during birth and the things you really need to take to the hospital. If you're seeking a pregnancy book with a lot of helpful advice and a big dose of humour too, then this is the book for you.

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10. The Irish Dad's Survival Guide to Pregnancy & Beyond

David Caren

From David Caren, the founder of, comes this brilliantly helpful dad's guide to pregnancy. Written in a very honest and easy-to-read style, this pregnancy book will leave no stone unturned in telling dads-to-be all they need to know before welcoming their new baby into their lives. With tips on medical issues, finances and mood changes, you'll become an expert in all the things dads should know just in time for your new arrival.

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If you haven't yet found the perfect pregnancy book for you, explore our full selection of pregnancy books.

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    More and more couples are turning to IVF each year to help them conceive, and yet there are still many questions to be answered. "What makes IVF succesful?" and "what else can we do to support our treatment?" are two of the most important queries couples can have, and here, Zita West offers solutions. Nutrition and lifestyle advice, psychological and emotional support and a positive mindset all play an important part in helping couples conceive, and can even make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful outcome. This book not only advises how to prepare for IVF, but why it's so important, and the step-by-step diet and lifestyle plan is a clear way to support your treatment.
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    Written by a team of experts, this is the ultimate reference for the expectant mother of twins, explaining everything a parent needs to know for the pregnancy, birth and first year. The book describes the fascinating ways that identical and non-identical twins are conceived, how your pregnancy might develop and how to deal with the extreme symptoms often associated with a twin pregnancy. There is up-to-date information on current antenatal tests and how they work and are performed when two babies are being carried. How your babies present in the womb can affect your options of delivery. With contemporary artworks this is fully explained, as well as the birth itself and what happens if you go into premature labour. Many expectant mothers worry about how they will feed two babies; the book provides all the information to enable a mother to understand her options fully. Subjects such as whether the babies should sleep together or apart, how to manage getting out and about and looking after yourself in this busy time are also covered. There are case studies from real parents and medical advice from twin consultants making this a practical, emotional and professional guide to support you in this joyous yet overwhelming time. One Born Every Minute is a Bafta award-winning Channel 4 reality TV series documenting the day-by-day experiences of pregnant mothers and their families in the labour ward of a major teaching hospital. The 4th series of the show is currently on air, regularly attracting viewing figures of almost 3 million. The 5th series is already commissioned for broadcast on C4 in January 2014. The UK series is shown on two channels in Australia and franchise series have been sold to France, the US and Germany so far.
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    Everything you wanted to know but were too embarrassed to ask - a guide to pregnancy and birth straight from the midwife's mouth. Mum to four little girls and midwife to many, Clemmie Hooper wants to share her knowledge, wisdom and stories about pregnancy, birth and mothering young children that aren't so widely talked about - straight from the midwife's mouth. From how to prevent tearing during birth to what you really need in your labour bag, Clemmie reveals everything pregnant women and new mums need to know with a good dose of humour and wit.
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    Mums - and dads-to-be both want the best for their baby, but often their experiences of the journey to parenthood can be quite different. In this book, leading antenatal teachers Dean and Steph Beaumont offer a new way to prepare for your new arrival. Covering everything from first finding out you are pregnant to the early weeks with your baby, you'll find practical advice, reassurance and guidance on how you can support each other as well as your growing baby. Divided into sections with targeted information for mum and dad, addressing their concerns and questions, The His and Hers Guide to Pregnancy and Birth will support you as individuals, giving you the confidence and knowledge you need. Each chapter also includes a 'Get Together' section, which provides ideas for bonding, advice on what dad can do to help and ways to connect with and understand each other.
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    A consultant to numerous sportswomen and celebrities, and the performance expert behind the incredible Comic Relief and Sports Relief challenges, Professor Greg Whyte OBE is well known for his innovative fitness programmes which are regarded as the gold standard when it comes to healthy living. In BUMP IT UP, Greg clears away the confusion and dispels the many myths surrounding exercise and pregnancy to offer invaluable guidance on how to exercise safely and eat healthily through each trimester and beyond. Describing pregnancy as a two-year journey, not merely one that lasts for nine months, Greg, a father of three, also explains how the right exercise and a healthy, balanced lifestyle will: boost your chances of conception; help you to be fit and relaxed through each stage of your pregnancy; reduce your stress levels as you prepare for labour; and, keep you energized and active as you adapt to the demands of motherhood. Guiding you through each trimester, Greg provides an easy-to-follow, fully illustrated exercise programme suitable for all levels of fitness, and a healthy eating plan, which includes expert guidance on nutrition and a range of delicious and adaptable recipes created by an award-winning food writer. Designed to keep you feeling on top form, and with an inspirational foreword by mum and celebrity fitness expert Davina McCall, BUMP IT UP is both practical and empowering - a one-stop-shop for essential advice on how to be fit, active and healthy before, during and after pregnancy.
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    Your doctor gives you medical advice. Your mother buys you baby clothes. But who can give you the real story when you're pregnant? Your best frends, of course - at least, the ones who've been through the exhilaration and exhaustion, the agony and ecstasy of pregnancy. Four-time delivery room veteran Vicki Iovine talks to you the way only a best friend can - in the book that will go the whole nine months for every mother-to-be. Now, in this newly revised and updated edition, get the lowdown on all those little things that are too strange or embarrassing to ask, practical tips, and hilarious takes on everything pregnant. From learning that you're expecting ('Oh my God, how do I get out of this?') to the day your newborn arrives ('You mean I have to take it home with me?'), Iovine gives you the low-down on: What Really Happens to Your Body -- from morning sickness and gas to eating everything in sight The Many Moods of Pregnancy - why you're so irritable/distracted/ tired/light-headed (or at least more than usual). Staying Stylish - cautionary style tips from your best friend, who really would tell you if your perky new-mum haircut makes you look like a pinhead whale Pregnancy Is Down to a Science - from in vitro fertilization to scheduled C-section, the latest technology provides so many options, alternatives, and tests, it can all be downright confusing...and much more!
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    There are approximately 3,712 ways for a man to look stupid during pregnancy - "Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad" is here to help readers avoid all (most) of them. True, it's the women who do the heavy lifting between the stick turning blue and the delivery room, but that doesn't mean men can't find a way to screw things up. With informative and entertaining dad-to-dad-to-be advice, author John Pfeiffer makes sure expectant fathers aren't caught slacking. "Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad" tells guys to man up and teaches them a thing or two on how to make the entire process go much more smoothly. After reading, they'll know what's going on, what they should be doing, and what mistakes to avoid, and she will be happy because her man is just so smart and cares so much about her and his soon-to-be stork-delivered boss.
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    Writing in his trademark light and accessible style, the founder of delivers a practical guide for expectant dads which offers an honest and modern account of pregnancy from a dad's perspective. Combining real-life experiences from a fraternity of Irish fathers and an expert panel of midwives, obstetricians, psychologists and family finance advisors, Irish Guide to Pregnancy for Dads will accompany the expectant Dad throughout each trimester, mood change, the labour ward and those first few months of new family life. * Includes technical, legal, medical and support issues. * Full of guidance from midwives, obstetricians and psychologists. * Deals with the financial impact of becoming a father. * Contains sections of advice from experienced fathers.
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    "The Pregnancy Countdown Book" starts on Day 280 and counts down all the major milestones - with one page of helpful information for each day of pregnancy. Here are tips from doctors and midwives, amusing anecdotes from new moms, and occasional icky-but-important medical information (if you're familiar with lochia, you know what we mean). Every page offers interesting revelations. On Day 231, your baby will be the size of a blueberry - but by Day 168, she'll be the size of a large avocado. By Day 124, you'll need to stop sleeping on your back; by Day 90, air travel becomes a dicey proposition. And if you haven't planned the nursery by Day 45, you're playing with fire. The perfect gift for expecting moms, "The Pregnancy Countdown Book" will help women navigate the most bewildering but exciting forty weeks of their lives.
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    Anna and Daphne have combined their many years of experience, producing an interesting and well written book based on fact rather than opinion, covering conception to postnatal. Most expecting mothers will not be seen by the NHS until around 12 weeks of pregnancy, and this book provides the advice and reassurance needed during this time. It also features a 'read your week of pregnancy', which offers mothers the opportunity to monitor symptoms that can indicate different things at different stages of the pregnancy. Issues broached in the book include: conception difficulties, what tests to opt for, how to break the news at work, when to tell an older child, taking your partner to the scan, opting for a caesarean.