With so many pregnancy books available, it can be difficult to know where to find the most reliable advice and information for expectant mums and dads. But not to worry: we've put together a list of comprehensive books on pregnancy and reassuring reads that will explain exactly what you can expect throughout this exciting time and beyond. See below for a list of the best pregnancy books.
Dr. Maggie Blott
Learn from world-class experts about everything from early foetal developments to how your hormones prepare you for birth. Plus, receive invaluable advice from obstetricians, midwives and parents on your baby's development, medical matters, your changing body, diet, fitness and much more. Be fully prepared for childbirth with information on pain relief and those first intimate moments with your baby, and find out what to expect in the first 12 hours post-delivery.
Expectant dads can get prepared with the down-to-Earth advice in Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad! Find out how to keep up with what's happening without having to ask stupid questions. Impress your partner with your pregnancy knowledge and prepare for the delivery of your new baby. Funny and realistic, this is the book for expectant dads who need a push in the right direction when it comes to understanding the tricky process of pregnancy and childbirth.
Dr. Chiara Hunt & Marina Fogle
When they set up their pregnancy course, The Bump Class, in 2013, Dr. Chiara Hunt and Marina Fogle wanted to help prepare new mothers thoroughly for their babies' births and show them the joy and happiness of birth, no matter what the method, time or setting. This book takes a pragmatic and honest look at pregnancy, giving pregnant women and new mothers sensible and practical advice on what is to be expected (including the often unexpected!) in a warm and friendly way. The writers believe there's no such thing as a 'normal' pregnancy; every woman is different and that should be celebrated, not ignored. Filled with charming illustrations, impartial advice and hilarious anecdotes, this book will provide every pregnant woman with essential support and reassurance.
The life of a first-time father will throw up new experiences every day, from cutting the cord to buying buggies. This engaging guide will show you everything you need to know during your partner's pregnancy and the first few weeks of your new life as a dad. Combining expert advice with first-hand accounts, it explains what's happening with her, what's going on with your baby, and what you should be doing every step of the way. With what-to-do explanations and fascinating facts, this survival guide will ensure you're ready for your new role as a father, from discovery to delivery and beyond.
This newly-updated pregnancy book is full of must-have information, advice, insight and tips. With its trademark warmth, empathy and humour, it answers every conceivable question expectant parents could have, including lots of new information on the ever-changing pregnancy and birthing practices. Advice for dads is fully integrated throughout the book, and all medical coverage is completely up-to-date, including the latest on prenatal screening and the safety of medications during pregnancy. Current lifestyle trends are featured, too: juice bars, raw diets, e-cigarettes, baby bump posting, grass-fed and organic, and so on! Plus, there's new coverage of IVF pregnancy, multiple pregnancies, breastfeeding whilst pregnant, water and home births and caesarean trends.
If you've discovered you're pregnant and you're feeling a bit lost, fear not: The Pregnancy Encyclopedia will answer all of your questions, including the ones you haven't thought of yet! Top experts offer their invaluable insight into absolutely everything relating to pregnancy and childbirth, from trying for a baby to caring for your newborn. With an accessible question-and-answer format, you'll easily find the answers to your queries, including information on morning sickness, caesarean sections, breastfeeding, baby clothes and even a due date calculator.
With 28 patterns for miniature mittens, baby blankets, hats, sweaters and so much more, this creative book is a wonderful treat for any expectant mother or father who enjoys knitting. The patterns featured are suitable for babies up to 12 months and there's even an illustrated guide to basic techniques for those new to the craft.
This beautiful book helps you capture all the memories of having your baby, from pregnancy to the age of two. With illustrations from children's classic Guess How Much I Love You, this is a gorgeous book for any parent to keep forever. You can log personal experiences and emotions as well as current events when your baby was born.
When health-mad chef Sophie Wright found out she was pregnant, she made it her mission to create easy, nutrient-rich and great-tasting recipes to enjoy throughout pregnancy. In this inspiring book, she shares her favourite dishes for every stage, from pre-conception right up until early motherhood. With the help of top nutritional therapist Henrietta Norton, Sophie carefully selects and combines ingredients to help nourish you and your baby. With beautiful photography and a stunning design, this gorgeous book features over 100 mouth-watering recipes, including Miso Salmon with Edamame; Super Seedy Soda Bread; Chicken Burgers with Avocado; Banana, Date and Coconut Energy Truffles, and lots more.
Joanne Stone, Keith Eddleman & Mary Duenwald
This reassuring and meticulous guide to a happy, healthy pregnancy features advice on the basics as well as information on considerations like age, multiple births, complications, illness, labour and delivery, postpartum care, and everything in between! Now in a trim, portable size, this comprehensive book is bursting with information, including on the latest developments in medical technology. It offers straightforward answers to all the questions you might have about pregnancy, including health risks, fertility problems and solutions, weight gain during pregnancy, ways to stay emotionally and physically healthy during pregnancy, and much more.