Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pregnancy & Childbirth - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Pregnancy & Childbirth. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. What to Expect When You're Expecting

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pregnancy & Childbirth - August 2021

America’s pregnancy bible answers all your baby questions. When can I take home a pregnancy test? How can I eat for two if I’m too queasy to eat for one? Can I keep up my spinning classes? Is fish safe to eat? And what’s this I hear about soft cheese? Can I work until I deliver? What are my rights on the job? I’m blotchy and broken out—where’s the glow? Should we do a gender reveal? What about a 4-D ultrasound? Will I know labor when I feel it? Your pregnancy explained and your pregnant body demystified, head (what to do about those headaches) to feet (why they’re so swollen), back (how to stop it from aching) to front (why you can’t tell a baby by mom’s bump). Filled with must-have information, practical advice, realistic insight, easy-to-use tips, and lots of reassurance, you’ll also find the very latest on prenatal screenings, which medications are safe, and the most current birthing options—from water birth to gentle c-sections. Your pregnancy lifestyle gets equal attention, too: eating (including food trends) to coffee drinking, working out (and work) to sex, travel to beauty, skin care, and more. Have pregnancy symptoms? You will—and you’ll find solutions for them all. Expecting multiples? There’s a chapter for you. Expecting to become a dad? This book has you covered, too.

  • Author: Heidi Murkoff
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing; 5th edition (May 1, 2016)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Women's Health
  • ISBN: 978-0761187486


2. We're Pregnant! The First Time Dad's Pregnancy Handbook

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pregnancy & Childbirth - August 2021

Become an excellent first-time dad and an all-time great partner Being a great first-time dad doesn’t mean being perfect; it means participating in the experience with empathy and confidence. From the basics of pregnancy, to designing a birthing plan, to tips on being helpful and supportive for your partner, We’re Pregnant! provides all the need-to-know information on how to be a fully prepared parent. Featuring must-ask questions for the doctor, milestone trackers, and more, this funny and friendly standout among pregnancy books also takes you beyond the due date, offering a helping hand on how to plan and perfect your own style of childcare. This essential guide for new dads help you: Focus on one month at a time ―Organized by each month in each trimester, you’ll know exactly what to expect and which milestones are coming up. Look forward to your growing family ―Keep your relationship healthy by setting family goals like creating a fun pregnancy announcement or planning a relaxing trip. Find insight on issues big and small ―Learn how to thrive as new parents with useful tips on everything from bottle temperature to bonding with your new baby. Become a pro parent with this relatable dad book that tells you everything you need to know.

  • Author: Adrian Kulp
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (April 24, 2018)
  • Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-1939754684
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches


3. Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know (The ParentData Series)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pregnancy & Childbirth - August 2021

“Emily Oster is the non-judgmental girlfriend holding our hand and guiding us through pregnancy and motherhood. She has done the work to get us the hard facts in a soft, understandable way.” —Amy Schumer *Fully Revised and Updated for 2021* What to Expect When You're Expecting meets Freakonomics : an award-winning economist disproves standard recommendations about pregnancy to empower women while they're expecting. From the author of Cribsheet , a data-driven decision making guide to the early years of parenting Pregnancy—unquestionably one of the most pro­found, meaningful experiences of adulthood—can reduce otherwise intelligent women to, well, babies. Pregnant women are told to avoid cold cuts, sushi, alcohol, and coffee without ever being told why these are forbidden. Rules for prenatal testing are similarly unexplained. Moms-to-be desperately want a resource that empowers them to make their own right choices. When award-winning economist Emily Oster was a mom-to-be herself, she evaluated the data behind the accepted rules of pregnancy, and discovered that most are often misguided and some are just flat-out wrong. Debunking myths and explaining everything from the real effects of caffeine to the surprising dangers of gardening, Expecting Better is the book for every pregnant woman who wants to enjoy a healthy and relaxed pregnancy—and the occasional glass of wine.

  • Author: Emily Oster
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group; 1st edition (June 24, 2014)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Women's Health
  • ISBN: 978-0143125709
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.44 inches


4. The First-Time Mom's Pregnancy Journal: Monthly Checklists, Activities, & Journal Prompts

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pregnancy & Childbirth - August 2021

Capture the joy of pregnancy with your own keepsake journal Your first pregnancy is an exciting time filled with moments and milestones you’ll want to remember forever. The First-Time Mom's Pregnancy Journal will help you record every precious memory as you prepare for the arrival of your little one. From finding out you’re pregnant to the moment you hold your newborn for the first time, this pregnancy journal for first-time moms guides you in chronicling and celebrating your pregnancy journey through: Inspiring quotes and supportive journaling prompts Trimester-by-trimester checklists Space to plan your nursery and brainstorm baby names Scrapbook pages for sonograms, belly photos, and more Appointment tracker and organization tools Plus, you’ll find prenatal size charts along with tips and suggestions for managing your symptoms throughout this pregnancy journal. Start telling your pregnancy story today and create a baby journal you’ll always treasure with The First-Time Mom's Pregnancy Journal .

  • Author: Aubrey Grossen
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (July 16, 2019)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Women's Health
  • ISBN: 978-1641524506
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.46 x 9 inches


5. Real Food for Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pregnancy & Childbirth - August 2021

Prenatal nutrition can be confusing. A lot of the advice you have been given about what to eat (or what not to eat) is well-meaning, but frankly, outdated or not evidenced-based. In Real Food for Pregnancy, you will get clear answers on what to eat and why, with research to back up every recommendation. Author and specialist in prenatal nutrition, Lily Nichols, RDN, CDE, has taken a long and hard look at the science and discovered a wide gap between current prenatal nutrition recommendations and what foods are required for optimal health in pregnancy and for your baby's development. There has never been a more comprehensive and well-referenced resource on prenatal nutrition. With Real Food for Pregnancy as your guide, you can be confident that your food and lifestyle choices support a smooth, healthy pregnancy.

  • Author: Lily Nichols
  • Publisher: Lily Nichols (February 21, 2018)
  • Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-0986295041
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.78 x 9 inches


6. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth "Updated With New Material"

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pregnancy & Childbirth - August 2021

What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you. Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention. Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes: • Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play • What really happens during labor • Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable • Episiotomy--is it really necessary? • Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs • Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth • How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression • The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor doesn’t necessarily tell you • The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers • How to create a safe, comfortable environment for birth in any setting, including a hospital • And much more Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.

  • Author: Ina May Gaskin
  • Publisher: Bantam; Illustrated edition (March 4, 2003)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
  • ISBN: 978-0553381153
  • Dimensions: 5.99 x 0.79 x 8.9 inches


7. It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pregnancy & Childbirth - August 2021

A practical and evidence-backed approach for improving egg quality and fertility. The latest scientific research reveals that egg quality has a powerful impact on how long it takes to get pregnant and the risk of miscarriage. Poor egg quality is in fact the single most common cause of age-related infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and failed IVF cycles. Based on a vast array of scientific research, It Starts with the Egg provides a comprehensive program for improving egg quality in three months, with specific advice tailored to a variety of fertility challenges— including endometriosis, unexplained infertility, diminished ovarian reserve, PCOS, and recurrent miscarriage. With concrete strategies such as minimizing exposure to common environmental toxins, choosing the right vitamins and supplements to safeguard developing eggs, and harnessing nutritional advice shown to boost IVF success rates, this book offers practical solutions that will help you get pregnant faster and deliver a healthy baby.

  • Author: Rebecca Fett
  • Publisher: Franklin Fox Publishing; 2nd ed. edition (February 23, 2019)
  • Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-0999676189
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.82 x 8.5 inches


8. Growing You: Keepsake Pregnancy Journal and Memory Book for Mom and Baby

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pregnancy & Childbirth - August 2021

Your pregnancy story is a special one. Document your most precious moments from this season of life in this elegant keepsake journal and memory book. Growing You is a place to celebrate and chronicle your pregnancy journey, reflecting on the growth, anticipation, and memories that you want to hold onto as a mother. This heirloom-quality book, created by the author of the popular baby book As You Grow , is designed with a timeless look and archival paper so that you can one day pass it along to your child. Growing You includes:    •   Space to journal your feelings and experiences about pregnancy and your birth story    •   A section to document your prenatal appointments and growth    •   Writing prompts to record precious milestones such as baby showers and prepping your nursery    •   Pages to document your baby's birth day    •   Pocket folder for sonogram photos, letters from loved ones, and other mementos    •   And more! Special Features:    •   Chic, gender-neutral design    •   Elegant linen cover    •   Acid-free and archival paper    •   Generous trim size offers ample space for photos    •   Lay-flat design created by a beautiful gold spiral binding allows you to easily write in the book

  • Author: Korie Herold
  • Publisher: Paige Tate & Co (March 17, 2020)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Women's Health
  • ISBN: 978-1944515973
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.45 inches


9. What to Expect: The Congratulations, You're Expecting! Gift Set: (Includes What to Expect When You're Expecting and What to Expect The First Year)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pregnancy & Childbirth - August 2021

The perfect gift for expecting parents: a slipcased set of the bestselling pregnancy and parenting guides. Gift set includes What to Expect When You're Expecting, 5th Edition and What to Expect: The First Year , 3rd Edition , the most beloved and trusted guides. An ideal baby shower gift, these books answer all the questions of mothers- and fathers-to-be and new parents. What to Expect When You're Expecting is the choice of 93% of women who read a pregnancy book, is the book most recommended by doctors, and was named one of the "Most Influential Books of the Last 25 Years" by USA Today .

  • Author: Heidi Murkoff
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Revised edition (June 14, 2016)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Women's Health
  • ISBN: 978-0761189329
  • Dimensions: 6.13 x 2.88 x 9 inches


10. Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Pregnancy & Childbirth - August 2021

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, a thoroughly revised and expanded edition of the leading book on fertility and women’s reproductive health. Since the publication of Taking Charge of your Fertility two decades ago, Toni Weschler has taught a whole new generation of women how to become pregnant, avoid pregnancy naturally and gain better control of their gynecological and sexual health by taking just a couple minutes a day using the proven Fertility Awareness Method. Now, this 20th Anniversary Edition has been thoroughly revised and fully updated with:  the latest medical advances in assisted reproductive technologies (ART) more in-depth coverage of women’s gynecological and sexual health  new illustrations, photographs, and an expanded color insert new sample charts an expanded appendix Six new chapters including:                       Three Prevalent Conditions—Endometriosis, Ovarian Cysts and                       PCOS                       Natural Ways to Balance Your Hormones                       Preserving Your Future Fertility                       Miscarriages                       Idiopathic Infertility                       Causes of Unusual Bleeding   Clear and comprehensive, yet warm and approachable, Taking Charge of Your Fertility is one of the most universally lauded health books on the market today. It is an essential reference for every woman of reproductive age.

  • Author: Toni Weschler
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 20th Anniversary ed. edition (July 7, 2015)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Diseases & Physical Ailments
  • ISBN: 978-0062326034
  • Dimensions: 7.38 x 1.4 x 9.12 inches