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Pregnancy Books


Pre-Pregnancy Care
Week By Week Guides
Pregnancy For Men
For Kids

Guides For Pregnant Women

The following is a list of books on pregnancy, covering pre-conception health, prenatal care, the three trimesters and childbirth. There are also a list of books for men and supportive partners, as well as resources for those seeking natural births and planning to use doulas or other birthing assistants. We also provide a list of books on nutrition and exercise as well as books for children whose moms are expecting.

Pre-Pregnancy Care

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Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception by Amy Ogle, Lisa Mazzullo and Mary D'Alton (2011).
Get Ready to Get Pregnant: Your Complete Prepregnancy Guide to Making a Smart and Healthy Baby by Michael C. Lu (2009).
Making a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant by Debra Fulghum Bruce, Samuel Thatcher and Britt Berg (2010).
Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Prenatal, Labor, and Postpartum Practice (LWW Massage Therapy and Bodywork Educational Series) by Carole Osborne (2011).
What to Expect Before You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel (2009).


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Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy (2005).
Everything Guide to Pregnancy Over 35: From Conquering Your Fears to Assessing Health Risks. All You Need to Have a Happy, Healthy Nine Months by Brette McWhorter Sember (2007). See also, pregnancy after 35.
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by Mayo Clinic (2011).
Pregnancy Do's and Don'ts: The Smart Woman's A-Z Pocket Companion for a Safe and Sound Pregnancy by Elisabeth A. Aron (2006). See, pregnancy tips.
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (4th Edition): The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin, April Bolding, Ann Keppler and Janelle Durham (2010).
Taboo Secrets of Pregnancy: A Guide to Life with a Belly by SLP, Michelle Smith MS, Chris Smith and Leslie Fossen (2010).
The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth: More than 900 tips that 60 doctors who are also mothers use during their own pregnancies and births by Rallie McAllister MD MPH and Jennifer Bright Reich (2010).
The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: The Ultimate Guide to Conception, Birth, and Everything In Between by Ann Douglas (2002).
The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices by Aviva Jill Romm M.D. and Ina May Gaskin (2003).
The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood by Joanne Stone MD and Keith Eddleman MD (2008).
The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths by Susan Magee and Kara Nakisbendi M.D. (2012).
The Whole Pregnancy Handbook: An Obstetrician's Guide to Integrating Conventional and Alternative Medicine Before, During, and After Pregnancy by Joel Evans and Robin Aronson (2005).
The Working Woman's Pregnancy Book (Yale University Press Health & Wellness) by Marjorie Greenfield (2008).
What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel (2008).

Week by Week Pregnancy Guides

Pregnancy Day By Day by DK Publishing and Maggie Blott (2009).
The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: A Week-by-Week Guide to Everything You Need To Do for a Healthy Pregnancy by Robin Elise Weiss (Feb 15, 2009)
The Pregnancy Calendar: Your 40-Week Guide to Prenatal Care and Fetal Development by Marion Finholm Jones, Beth Rumbach and Julie Linden Frazier (2011).
Your Pregnancy MD: The First Trimester by James, MD. Brann (2009). See, first trimester of pregnancy.
Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 7th Edition (Your Pregnancy Series) by Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler (2011).

Pregnancy Journals

The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly (Potter Style) by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (2006).
The Pregnancy Journal: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy by A. Christine Harris (2009).
The Ultimate Pregnancy Journal by Alex Lluch (2010).

Pregnancy For Men and Others

Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden (2004).
Dad's Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies by Matthew M. F. Miller and Sharon Perkins (2010).
Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months by John Pfeiffer (2011).
The Caveman's Pregnancy Companion: A Survival Guide for Expectant Fathers by David Port, John Ralston and Gideon Kendall (2006).
The Couple's Guide to Pregnancy & Beyond: He Says, She Says by John Zakour, Shannon Duffy and Dr. Joanne Hessney (2012).
The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be (New Father Series) by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash (2010).
The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine (Jan 9, 2007).
The New Dad's Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers by Scott Mactavish.

Pregnancy Nutrition

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Eating for Pregnancy: The Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today's Mothers-to-Be by Catherine Jones and Rose Ann Hudson (2009).
Expect the Best: Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, and After Pregnancy (American Dietetic Association) by ADA (American Dietetic Association) and Elizabeth M. Ward (2009).
The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Pregnancy: The Surprising Unbiased Truth about Foods You Should be Eating During Pregnancy but Probably Aren't by Jonny Bowden Ph.D. C.N.S. and Allison Tannis MS (2009).
The Well-Rounded Pregnancy Cookbook: Give Your Baby a Healthy Start with 100 Recipes That Adapt to Fit How You Feel by Karen Gurwitz and Jen Hoy (2007).

Exercise In Pregnancy

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Fit Pregnancy For Dummies by Catherine Cram and Tere Stouffer Drenth (2010).
How to Exercise When You're Expecting: For the 9 Months of Pregnancy and the 5 Months It Takes to Get Your Best Body Back by Lindsay Brin (2011).
Super Fit Mama: Stay Fit During Pregnancy and Get Your Body Back after Baby by Tracey Mallett (2009).
Yoga for Pregnancy: Ninety-Two Safe, Gentle Stretches Appropriate for Pregnant Women & New Mothers by Sandra Jordan (2005).

Childbirth Books

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Choosing Waterbirth: Reclaiming the Sacred Power of Birth by Lakshmi Bertram, Sandra Amrita McLanahan and Michel Odent (2000). See, waterbirths and our article on home births.
Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth by William Camann and Kathryn Alexander (2006).
Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality by Laura A. Jana MD FAAP and Jennifer Shu MD FAAP (2010).
How Big is a Placenta Bowl? And Other Weird Questions You'll Ask When Planning a Home Birth by Renee Moilanen (2012).
Husband-Coached Childbirth (Fifth Edition): The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth by Robert Bradley, Marjie Hathaway, Jay and James Hathaway (2008).
HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing (3rd Edition) by Marie Mongan and Lorne Campbell (2005).
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (2003).
Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds (Non) by Cynthia Gabriel (2011).
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition) by William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears and James Sears (2003).
The Big Book of Birth by Erica Lyon and Donald Matheson (2007).
The Birth Partner, Third Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions (Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, &) by Penny Simkin (2007).
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Natural Childbirth by Jennifer West LM CPM HBCE and Deborah Romaine (2009).

For Kids

What's Inside Your Tummy, Mommy? by Abby Cocovini (2008).
What to Expect When Mommy's Having a Baby (What to Expect Kids) by Heidi Murkoff and Laura Rader (2004).

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