Since I knew I was pregnant I devoured the maternity book section either online or in store. I found really good books, therefore, today, I am going to share my absolute favourite and the best pregnancy books. Some of these are already in my book collection whereas some I haven’t got the chance to purchase or even read yet, but they are the best books to read during pregnancy.
This article is perfect for you if you are searching for some books to read during pregnancy and beyond.
So, in no particular order, here’s the compiled list of the best pregnancy books.
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1. Best Pregnancy Books
1. How to grow a baby and push it out
I loved this book so much! It’s written by a midwife who has given birth to 4 kids. How cool is that?
Think of it as your weekly pregnancy guide as it’s structured on all the stages of a pregnancy.
If you are in doubt of something pregnancy-related, this book will clear your mind and help you take a decision.
It also makes you understand what’s going on in your body week by week.
The only regret I have is that I didn’t purchase it sooner than I did!
2. Book of Children
If you’re not familiar with Osho, there’s something that you should know about him. He is a very popular speaker, and all his books were transcribed and written by his disciples. Therefore this is a book that will show you different aspects of parenting and childhood.
It’s a good book that puts your mind into action and makes you take a step back and think about all the things related to children and parenting.
3. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Author Heidi Murkoff
This is the best selling pregnancy book, you can find it in every corner. I never read it, but because it’s so popular, I can tell that’s a good book.
By the time I came across this book, I’ve already purchased a different book (the next one), which was very similar to this one.
4. The Day-by-Day Pregnancy Book
Editor Maggie Blott
This is exactly what its title says – a day-by-day pregnancy book. It’s a MASSIVE pregnancy encyclopedia. There’s a lot of information in it, and detailed explanations about what’s happening every single day in your body.
You’ll also read about your baby and what’s going on with him inside your tummy.
5. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Author Ina May Gaskin
Another book that was written by a midwife. It’s the perfect book to read if you plan on having a natural birth.
By reading this book you will learn what actually happens during labour, how to create a safe and comfortable birthing place no matter where you are, the risks of anaesthesia and caesareans that doctors won’t tell you and lots more.
In the beginning, you are going to find a selection of birth stories.
2. Best Motherhood Books
1. First-time mum
Author Hollie Smith
This is an extremely helpful book for first-time mommies and it’s just like the author describes her book: “Surviving and enjoying your baby’s first year”. OMG! This sentence is not far from the truth. It covers everything you need to know from what to buy for your baby to going back to work. You’ll get all your questions answered in this book! I love that it also has testimonials from other mommies who talk about their experiences.
Another cool thing about this book is that it makes a perfect baby shower gift.
2. The Danish Way of Parenting
Authors Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl
This is one of those books that’s been on my “To Read” list since I bought it, but just never had the time for it.
It’s a book that writes about the “parenting secrets of the happiest people in the world” – the Danish.
Can’t say more about this book because I haven’t read it yet, but I am so excited to start!
3. Parenting Without Power Struggles
Author Susan Stiffelman
If I were to describe this book into one single sentence this is what it’ll be – a guide that teaches parents how to raise adults that can succeed later on in life without their support.
This is a great resource for parents that wish to raise happy and resilient children.
4. The Wonder Weeks
Authors Hetty Van de Rijt, Frans Plooij and Xaviera Plas-Plooij
As a first-time mum, you’re constantly wondering what’s going on with your baby. It’s the best resource for you if you want to learn more about baby’s growth spurts, mood swings and lots more. I just love reading about babies development every day that passes.
I just found out about this book while doing my research for today’s article.
There’s also an app with this exact name that I installed right away.
5. How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way
Author Tim Seldin
This is one of those books that’s on my shopping and must-read lists.
Montessori is one of the things I never knew existed until my baby was about 4 months. And since I knew its meaning I was hooked.
Now I am constantly looking for resources and toys that are Montessori friendly.
6. How Babies Think: The Science of Childhood
Author Alison Gopnik, Andrew Meltzoff, Patricia K Kuhl
Interesting title. Another must-read in my opinion. I am always wondering what babies think and what they have in their tiny little brains.
7. Baby’s first skills
Author Dr Miriam Stoppard
It’s one of those books I wish I’ve read when my son was born. This is segmented month by month where you are going to find age-appropriate activities in order to develop certain skills that they are supposed to know at a specific age.
Extremely useful, especially for new moms who don’t know how to play with their child.
8. Brain Rules for Baby
Author John Medina
This is another best selling books. I have some mommy friends who have read it and they are so pumped about this book.
The author is a neuroscientist that uses his knowledge to make us, parents, understand how a baby’s brain works.
9. The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
Author Elizabeth Pantley
This is the no1 book that you must-read when it comes to sleep teaching your baby. I implemented some of the strategies mentioned in this book and I’ve seen amazing results. I highly recommend it if you are searching for a no-cry sleep solution for your little one.
10. The Baby Book – Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
Authors William Sears MD, Martha Sears RN, Robert Sears MD, James Sears MD
Just as its title says – all you need to know about your baby from 0-2 years old. It’s the perfect resource to have on hand and reach out to it whenever you have a question regarding your little one. This book focuses on the essential needs of babies eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort.
3. Best Pregnancy & Baby Record Book
1. My Pregnancy Journal
2. Bump to Birthday – Pregnancy & First Year Journal
A great one if you want to have both pregnancy and baby journals into a single book. Such a clever idea. Plus, the inside of the book looks lovely.
3. My Wonder Weeks Diary (Diaries)
Looks like there’s a theme going on with the Wonder Weeks books. They have an app, books and baby diaries. So if you want to match out all your books you can definitely do so!
4. Sophie la giraffe Baby Record Book
Sophie the Giraffe is a popular teething toy for babies and looks like they also have a matching baby record book.
5. Orla Kiely Baby Journal
This is the most “serious” baby record book from the market, at least that’s what I think. Love it though! I find that anything baby related is too colourful and bright. This is just the perfect design for mommies. Also good if you like minimalism.
6. Baby B Baby
Another cute little baby record book. Inside it’s so so cute.
4. Breastfeeding & Weaning Books
For sure you are thinking that you wouldn’t need a breastfeeding book because breastfeeding is the most natural thing to do.
Don’t worry, you’re not the only one thinking this way. I used to think that!
Let me tell you, I was REALLY wrong!
As natural as breastfeeding can be, it can be really hard and challenging for new mommies. You learn TOGETHER with your newborn about it. He’s struggling to learn how to feed and you are struggling to learn how to nurse him.
Don’t panic! It’s all about practice and perseverance and if this is truly what you want for your baby you will succeed.
So don’t give up so easily!
That’s why I included some books that you can use for reference and learn as much as you can about breastfeeding.
1. Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
Author Nancy Mohrbacher
It teaches mothers-to-be seven natural laws for successful breastfeeding. It also offers guidance for proper attachment of your baby to your breast, how to breastfeed without pain, understanding breastfeeding patterns, milk production, weaning and lots more.
2. Baby-led Breastfeeding: How to make breastfeeding work – with your baby’s help
Authors Gill Rapley, Tracey Murkett
This book covers everything you need to know about breastfeeding. Thinking about breastfeeding, how milk production works and how to breastfeed are just a few of the topics covered in it.
3. The Positive Breastfeeding Book: Everything you need to feed your baby with confidence
Author Amy Brown
Another breastfeeding book that covers everything you need to know to get started.
4. Weaning: What to Feed, When to Feed and How to Feed your Baby
Author Annabel Karmel
This is your perfect weaning guide divided by the weaning stages. It covers everything you need to know on the subject. Just as you would expect from a weaning book, it comes with recipes too.
5. Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food
Authors Gill Rapley, Tracey Murkett
If you are thinking about starting baby led weaning with your baby, this book is definitely for you! Before I purchased this book, I wasn’t sure if BLW is for us, I was so afraid, but after reading this book, I gain confidence and transitioned on BLW. I highly recommend this book.
6. The Baby-led Weaning Cookbook: Over 130 delicious recipes for the whole family to enjoy
Authors Gill Rapley, Tracey Murkett
This is very similar to the previous one, but I noticed that the later, besides the fact that it has recipes, is kind of a summary of the other one. Even so, I’d still buy them both as the first one goes a little bit into the history of BLW as well.
7. Truly Scrumptious Baby: My complete feeding and weaning plan for 6 months and beyond
Author Holly Willoughby
If you are searching for a cookbook for your little one, this is definitely a good one! It’s full of recipes and ideas. Whenever I feel stuck and don’t know what to cook, I always turn to this book for inspiration.
That’s everything I wanted to share with you today. I feel like this is article contains the best resources you need for your new role as a mommy.
I added a variety of books just so you choose what’s best for you. Hopefully, my little description will help you take the best decision.
If you are already a mommy and you found other great resources, please share them in the comments with us!
Until next time take care & stay beautiful!
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