Top 10 Best Pregnancy Books

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.

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1. The Day-by-Day Pregnancy Book

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This fully-updated and detailed compendium features extraordinary photographs, 3D scans and illustrations which reveal exactly what's happening to you and your baby every step of the way. 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 two weeks of your baby's life.

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2. The Expectant Dad's Handbook

Dean Beaumont

Becoming a dad can be rather daunting - especially when most pregnancy and parenting information is targeted towards women. But this exciting new book doesn't side-line dads; instead, it provides a wealth of information to fully prepare men for their new roles as birth partners and fathers. You'll find practical answers to all the questions on the mind of a dad-to-be, from what to expect at each stage of pregnancy, to how to cope with any worries or fears you may have about becoming a dad. The book also reveals unique insights into a dad's role during labour, showing key strategies for assisting in the birthing process.

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3. The Bump Class

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.

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4. The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide

Rob Kemp

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.

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5. What to Expect When You're Expecting

Heidi Murkoff

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.

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6. The Pregnancy Encyclopedia

DK

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.

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7. What to Knit When You're Expecting

Nikki Van De Car

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.

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8. Your Pregnancy Companion

Zita West

This brilliant book provides detailed information on pregnancy, childbirth and your baby's earliest days. Discover Zita's unique methods and advice, including relaxation techniques to prepare for birth, simple mind-body-baby exercises to start bonding with your little one during pregnancy, and information on nutrition to help control morning sickness, sleep problems and energy levels. Discover stage-by-stage photographs of your developing baby; healthy eating tips; what to expect from antenatal care; how to prepare yourself physically and mentally for childbirth; information on genetics; sections for expectant dads; advice concerning IVF, high-risk pregnancies and multiple births; and guidance for the first few weeks of parenthood.

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9. Blooming Delicious

Sophie Wright

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.

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10. Pregnancy for Dummies

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.

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    This is the complete guide to pregnancy, day-by-day. Fully updated to reflect changes in medical practice, this new edition of the bestselling Day-by-Day Pregnancy Book provides comprehensive pregnancy advice from a team of experts. No other pregnancy book provides this level of detail, allied with such extraordinary photographs, 3D scans and illustrations which reveal in unprecedented clarity exactly what is happening to you and your baby every single day. From early foetal development to how your hormones prepare you for birth, learn from world-class experts. Plus, obstetricians, midwives and parents advise on your baby's development, medical matters, your changing body, diet, fitness and much more. The Day-by-day Pregnancy Book (previous ISBN 9781405332101) includes a special hour-by-hour rundown of what to expect during and immediately after birth, plus further reassurance for the first two weeks of your baby's life, will give a helping hand through the culmination of your pregnancy, from pain relief to those first intimate and unique moments between you and your child.
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    "Your Pregnancy Companion" is an informative and reassuring guide to pregnancy, birth and the first weeks with your baby. Full of the latest essential information and expert advice, it will help you to prepare yourself for motherhood and give your baby the best start in life. Zita also includes her own unique methods and advice which make her so successful with her clients' pregnancies, such as relaxation techniques to prepare for birth, simple Mind-Body-Baby exercises to start bonding with your baby during pregnancy, and information on nutrition to help control morning sickness, sleep well and feel more energetic. "Your Pregnancy Companion" includes: stage-by-stage photographs of your developing baby; what to eat to stay healthy and help your baby develop; what to expect from antenatal care; how to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the birth; information on genetics; sections for expectant dads and preparing for fatherhood; specific advice for mothers who have had IVF, have a higher risk pregnancy or who are expecting twins; Q&A sections to answer common questions and concerns; and essential advice to help you through the first weeks of parenthood, including breast- and bottle-feeding, promoting good sleep, keeping your baby clean and comfortable, 'baby blues'/ PND, understanding your baby's cries and having fun with your baby. This is the perfect companion to help you prepare yourself physically and mentally for the most incredible and unique time in your life.
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    Becoming a dad can be a daunting time - especially when most pregnancy and parenting information is targeted towards women. This exciting new book, from a leading expert in working with expectant dads, doesn't sideline or speak down to men. Instead it provides an array of targeted information to fully prepare men for their new roles - as both birth partners and fathers. The Expectant Dad's Handbook is a one-stop guide for men on their path to fatherhood. It provides practical answers to all the questions on the mind of a dad-to-be - from what to expect at the stages of pregnancy to how to cope with any worries and fears about becoming a dad. It also reveals unique insights into a dad's role during labour, showing key strategies for improving the birth. Both practical and accessible, this guide will provide all the information and advice fathers need for the journey ahead.
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    With 28 patterns for simple mittens, baby blankets, hats, sweaters and much more, Nikki Van De Car's What to Knit When You're Expecting is a wonderful treat for any expectant mother who enjoys knitting. The patterns featured in the book are suitable for babies aged up to 12 months and are relatively simple to make. There's even an illustrated guide to basic techniques for those new to the craft.

    The projects are organised according to how far the mother is along in her pregnancy and the projects range from clothes for girls and boys to quick and easy knits for when the arrival looms.
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    From buying buggies and cutting the cord to dealing with your wife's breastfeeding in public - the life of a first-time father will throw up new experiences every day. "The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide" tells 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 from midwives, psychologists and obstetricians with first-hand accounts, it explains what's happening with her, what's going on with your baby, and what the hell you should be doing every step of the way. With tips from those who know, what-to-do explanations and fascinating facts, this survival guide will ensure you're armed and ready for your role as a new father - from discovery to delivery and beyond.
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    The reassuring guide to a happy, healthy pregnancy This new edition offers soon-to-be moms and dads detailed, friendly information on preparing and planning for pregnancy. You'll find guidance on the basics, as well as special considerations like age, multiple births, complications, illness, labor and delivery, postpartum care, and everything in between. Now in a portable, handy trim size that makes it easy to keep with you on the go, Pregnancy For Dummies, 4 th Edition is your go-to guide on everything you'll encounter during the first, second, and third trimesters-and beyond. Packed with new information and the latest developments in medical technology, it puts your mind at ease by offering straightforward answers to all the questions you may have about pregnancy, including health risks during pregnancy, fertility problems and solutions, "on demand" cesarean sections, weight gain during pregnancy, the correlation between mercury and autism, ways to stay emotionally and physically healthy during pregnancy, and much more. Includes a complete guide to pregnancy, through all three trimesters and beyond, including a week-by-week account of what to expect during pregnancy Covers the latest information related to healthcare and pregnancy, including the latest on vaccinations, fertility problems, and prenatal diagnoses Offers advice on picking a doctor, planning prenatal visits, and designing a birthing plan Explains the stages of labor and how to care for yourself and your newborn after childbirth If you're an expectant parent, Pregnancy For Dummies, 4 th Edition covers everything mom and baby experience before, during, and after childbirth.
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    When Sophie Wright, an outstanding chef with a passion for healthy and delicious food, found out she was pregnant, she decided to make it her mission to create easy, nutrient-packed and great-tasting recipes to enjoy during pregnancy. In Blooming Delicious, Sophie shares her favourite recipes for every stage, from pre-conception right through to early motherhood. With the help of top nutritional therapist Henrietta Norton, Sophie carefully selects and combines ingredients to nourish you and your baby at each crucial stage. Beautifully photographed and designed, this stunning book includes over 100 mouth-watering recipes that deliver on taste and nutrition. Divided into trimesters, pre- and post-pregnancy, recipes include: Miso Salmon with Edamame, Super Seedy Soda Bread, Chicken Burgers with Avocado, Banana, Date and Coconut Energy Truffles, and more!
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    Just discovered you're pregnant? Feeling a little bit lost? The Pregnancy Encyclopedia has the answers to all your questions, including the ones you haven't even thought of yet. Top experts in the field offer up encyclopedic knowledge of absolutely everything you need to know relating to pregnancy and birth, from trying for a baby right through to caring for your newborn up to 3 months and everything in between. Set out in an accessible question-and-answer format so you can find the answer to your burning questions, including information on morning sickness, c-sections, breastfeeding, baby clothes and even a due date calculator. Arranged by theme, so you can find the information you need regardless of what stage of pregnancy you are at, while being able to dip into a section or devour the whole encyclopedia. The Pregnancy Encyclopedia is the trusted back-up you need at one of the most important times in your life.
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    With 18.5 million copies in print, What to Expect When You're Expecting is read by 93% of women who read a pregnancy book and was named one of the 'Most Influential Books of the Last 25 Years' by USA Today. This cover-to-cover (including the cover!) new edition is filled with must-have information, advice, insight, and tips for a new generation of mums and dads. With What to Expect's trademark warmth, empathy, and humour, it answers every conceivable question expectant parents could have, including dozens of new ones based on the ever-changing pregnancy and birthing practices and choices they face. Advice for dads is fully integrated throughout the book. All medical coverage is completely updated, including the latest on prenatal screening and the safety of medications during pregnancy, as well as a brand-new section on postpartum birth control. Current lifestyle trends are incorporated, too: juice bars, raw diets, e-cigarettes, push presents, baby bump posting, the lowdown on omega-3 fatty acids, grass-fed and organic, health food fads, and GMOs. Plus expanded coverage of IVF pregnancy, multiple pregnancies, breastfeeding while pregnant, water and home births, and cesarean trends (including VBACs and 'gentle cesareans').
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    Fed up of advice that did not take into account a less than perfect pregnancy, Dr Chiara Hunt and Marina Fogle set up their pregnancy course, The Bump Class, in London in 2013. They wanted to help prepare new mothers thoroughly for the birth of their babies and instil in them the joy and happiness of birth, no matter what the method, time or setting of the labour. This book is a pragmatic and honest look at pregnancy, giving pregnant women and new mothers sensible and practical advice on what is to be expected (as well as the often unexpected!) in a friendly and open manner. Chiara and Marina believe that there is no such thing as a "normal" pregnancy or birth - every woman is different and that should be celebrated, not ignored. The Bump Class is filled with charming illustrations, impartial advice, style tips and hilarious anecdotes from both of the authors, as well as personal stories from the women who have been welcomed onto their course. This book will provide every pregnant woman with the support and reassurance that is so essential at the most crucial time in any woman's life.