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Recently updated on February 27th, 2023 at 04:10 pm

Since I knew I was pregnant, I devoured the maternity book section either online or in-store. I found surprisingly good books. Therefore, today, I am going to share my absolute favorite 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

Best Pregnancy Books

1. How to grow a baby and push it out

Author Clemmie Hooper

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 pregnancy.

If you are in doubt about 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! Check it out here.

2. Book of Children

Author Osho

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. Check it out here.

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’d already purchased a different book (the next one), which was very similar to this one. Check it out here.

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.

I used it to read more about my pregnancy. Highly recommend it. Check it out here.

5. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Author Ina May Gaskin

Another book 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 labor, how to create a safe and comfortable birthing place no matter where you are, the risks of anesthesia, caesareans that doctors won’t tell you, and lots more.

In the beginning, you are going to find a selection of birth stories. Check it out here.

Best Pregnancy Books

Best Motherhood Books

1. First-time mum: Surviving and Enjoying your baby’s first year

Author Hollie Smith

This is a beneficial 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. Check it out here.

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 and I loved it.

It’s a book that writes about the “parenting secrets of the happiest people in the world” – the Danish. Check it out here.

3. Parenting Without Power Struggles

Author Susan Stiffelman

If I were to describe this book in 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. Check it out here.

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 a baby’s growth spurts, mood swings, and lots more.

I just love reading about babies’ development every day that passes. There’s also an app in the same way, but I am not sure if these are related. 

There’s also an app with this exact name that I installed right away. See the book here.

5. How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way

Author Tim Seldin

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.

I am a huge advocate for Montessori education and everything that comes with it. We are trying to implement as many Montessori techniques as possible, but we are not solely Montessori.

There are a few articles on Montessori on this blog. I am constantly looking for resources and toys that are Montessori-friendly. Check it out here.

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.

Check it out here.

7. Baby’s First Skills

Author Dr. Miriam Stoppard

It’s one of those books I wish I’d 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 children. Check it out here.

8. Brain Rules for Baby

Author John Medina

This is another best-selling book. I have some mom friends who have read it and they are so pumped about it. I personally haven’t read it yet.

The author is a neuroscientist that uses his knowledge to make us, parents, understand how a baby’s brain works. See here.

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 here and I’ve seen amazing results.

I highly recommend it if you are searching for a no-cry sleep solution for your little one. If you’re wondering how I helped my baby to sleep through the night, follow this link, and if you want to know how I night-weaned (gentle technique) my baby check this out.

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. See here.

Best Pregnancy Books

Best Pregnancy & Baby Record Books

Best Breastfeeding & Weaning Books

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. See here.

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. Take a look here

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. See here.

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. Take a look here.

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 to 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 latter, 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. See here.

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. See here.

A final note

That’s everything I wanted to share with you today. I feel like this 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 make the best decision.

If you are already a mommy and you found other great resources, please share them in the comments!

Looking for what to read during your pregnancy? This is a great article that has 28 book titles of the best pregnancy books in 2018. Find books related to pregnancy, first time mom, baby record books, breastfeeding and weaning | what to read when pregnant? | #bestpregnancybooks

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