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During your pregnancy, reading up helps you to relax, learn and prepare yourself for when your little one arrives. Taking the time to find out everything you need to know in your final few months of 'me time' will make you feel much more confident and comfortable.
There are such a variety of books about pregnancy on the market, so we've compiled a list of the top 10 best books to help you through your journey and to best prepare you for what lies ahead.
Kidadl Top Pick
Whilst all the great pregnancy books are highly recommended, if you're short on time, here's our top pick.
1. What To Expect When You're Expecting (5th Edition) by Heidi Murkoff
This is an extremely well-known book and even the name of a very funny pregnancy film, but most importantly it is an excellent read for when you are expecting. It has sold over 18.5 million copies worldwide, so you can be sure this is a good read.
With information, tips, tricks, advice and insight into the world of pregnancy, Heidi Murkoff brings you answers to any question new parents may have, to give you peace of mind along your new journey. In the newest edition, the medical aspects and advice have all been updated, with a new chapter on postpartum birth control. It has been updated and improved ready for a new set of expectant parents.
2. Expecting Better: Why The Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong And What You Need To Know by Emily Oster
From the award-winning author, Emily Oster, Expecting Better calls out all of the pregnancy myths so as to empower and encourage pregnant women when they are expecting. Emily points out places where the information given to pregnant women can sometimes be wrong, and how you don't have to follow every unwritten pregnancy rule if you don't want to.
Essentially, Oster provides real-world women with real-life advice, to help them feel much more confident and assured as they embark on the journey of a lifetime.
3. The Positive Birth Book: A New Approach to Pregnancy, Birth And The Early Weeks by Milli Hill
This cheery looking pregnancy book from Milli Hill provides a refreshing, witty read for any expectant parents. It has all the necessary information you could need, from building birth plans to decorating the perfect nursery, as Hill aims to help you find your perfect birth journey. It is a must-buy for any 21st-century mother, father or even grandparent, to keep you up to date and completely ready for whatever lies ahead.
The step-by-step guide to a positive birth with no surprises.
4. How To Grow A Baby And Push It Out: Your No-Nonsense Guide To Pregnancy And Birth by Clemmie Hopper
This pregnancy book won the Consumer Choice Award in 2017, at the Mumii Best Baby And Toddler awards. Clemmie Hopper is both a mum of four and a midwife, so you can be certain that she knows her stuff and the popularity of her book proved this too.
Hopper writes a selection of stories, compiles wisdom and knowledge, and gives her own viewpoints on birth, mothering and having young children. Mixing this with a bit of humour and light-hearted wit, this book tells you everything you need to know without being too serious.
5. Give Birth Like A Feminist: Your Body, Your Baby by Milli Hill
This is a very modern, up-to-date and super cool pregnancy book, and was named as one of the Independent's Top 10 Best Pregnancy Books for expectant parents. The message that Hill tries to convey is that, whilst a healthy baby is extremely important, a healthy mum is too. She states that birth is a feminist issue and that pregnancy, labour and childbirth are areas of female agency and empowerment.
You can be sure this book will completely shake up what you thought of pregnancy and empower any woman to take control of their body and their baby.
6. Mayo Clinic Guide To A Healthy Pregnancy
This is a classic guide to pregnancy that you don't often see in the newer market. Whilst it is now almost ten years old, you cannot fault this informative, accurate and reliable book outlining everything you need to know.
There are week-to-week updates on how you and your baby are developing, along with real-life birth stories, a 40-week pregnancy calendar and even a symptom guide to make sure you feel at ease throughout your journey. It can be a very nervous time, but it should be fun and enjoyable, so if you are well informed there is no need to worry.
7. 50 Things To Do Before You Deliver- The First Time Mums Pregnancy Guide by Jill Krause
This is the best pregnancy book for any first-time mums, dads and any expectant parents. When you are a first-time parent, there are plenty of things you need to prepare, some things worry about and lots to be extremely excited about.
The book by Krause compiles every piece of pregnancy advice into 50 proactive steps to fully prepare you for when your little one arrives. You won't need to crawl through pages and pages of information to find the most important; this book has done it all for you.
8. Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan: A Revolutionary Guide To Pregnancy, Birth And The Weeks That Follow by Rebecca Shiller
This new book from Rebecca Shiller brings a completely new guide to pregnancy and is a must-buy for any pregnant woman. It encourages you to take power entirely into your hands and revolutionise your pregnancy.
Focusing specifically on you and how your body changes, it highlights key changes in relationships, the body, the baby and the highs and lows of emotional fluctuations. There is no better way to prepare yourself for what pregnancy will throw at you. This is also a great baby shower gift or a nice present for expectant parents.
Best For Expectant Dads
9. The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide For The Dads-To-Be by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash
This book is the New York Times bestselling book for any first-time dads, expectant fathers or even grandfathers, who want to be fully prepared for what lies ahead. It is part of the New Father series, which has grabbed the attention of many dads from around the world, so you can guarantee this is a good buy.
Armin Brott is an American dad of three, and all the wisdom and knowledge he has accumulated from life as a father, he put into his book. He compiles not only his experiences but advice and information from other real-life dads, researchers and obstetricians, so you can be sure of a comprehensive guide to parenthood.
Best For After Pregnancy
10. What To Expect The First Year by Heidi Murkoff
From the authors of What to Expect When You're Expecting, this book follows your little one as they grow and develop over their first year. The What To Expect series is extremely popular, and is a definite must-buy.
The book is a month by month guide to the first year with your baby and will give you everything you need to know to thrive as parents. It has the most up-to-date medical advice, postpartum suggestions and plenty of invaluable knowledge for looking after your little one.
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