10 Best Pregnancy Books Reviewed in 2019

Pregnancy is so much more than gender reveals and baby showers. For nine months, you will be growing a human inside of you. In order to make sure you are providing your little mini-me with everything they need while in the womb, you’re going to have to crack open a few pregnancy books. In addition to providing you with information on caring for your baby, the books will also help you understand how your body will be changing and how to overcome the most dreadful pregnancy symptoms. There are thousands and thousands of pregnancy books available for soon to be parents. We figured the news of being pregnant was overwhelming enough so we created a list of the ten best pregnancy books to help you on your journey. Many of the authors are professionals and some are even parents themselves. Whichever book or books you decide to buy, we’re confident that they will fully prepare you for parenthood. Remember to enjoy your pregnancy journey.

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For this update, we focused on removing products that were outdated or no longer available and replacing them with the top-rated Pregnancy Books for 2019. We also added more inclusive titles to cover a wide variety of parent/child relationships.

10 Best Pregnancy Books Reviewed

 

1. What to Expect When You're Expecting

1. What to Expect When You're Expecting
Authored by Heidi Murkoff with contributor Sharon Mazel, What to Expect When You’re Expecting has received over 4,000 online reviews from readers. This 656-page book is offered in hardcover, paperback, Kindle, and digital formats and is considered the pregnancy bible of America.
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It is the New York Times longest-running bestseller ever and has over 18.5 million copies printed in circulation. This fabulous tell-all pregnancy book is read by more than 93% of all women who read pregnancy books and was named by USA Today as one of the “Most Influential Books of the Last 25 Years.” It is packed with plenty of tips, insight, must-have-information, and advice for new mothers and fathers, plus filled with empathy, humor, and warmth. Hundreds of questions are answered that will satisfy almost any question you can think of about pregnancy. It even gives help for dads. Medical topics include prenatal screening, the Zika virus, and medication safety. Lifestyle subjects such as GMOs, juice bars, fads of health foods, raw diets, organic and grass-fed, e-cigarettes, omega-3, push presents, and posting of the baby bump are neatly featured. It also contains advice and information on cesarean trends, breastfeeding, home and water births, IVF pregnancy, and multiple pregnancies. This is a necessary book for anyone trying to get pregnant or who is already pregnant and would make a fantastic gift for a baby shower.

Benefits
This pregnancy book is hugely popular and considered the go-to book for any question you may have about the subject. It has certainly earned its place in the best-selling books list across the country.

What We Like About It
Everything couples would want to know about pregnancy is in this wonderfully informative book. It is jammed with information about every topic related to pregnancy that you could imagine and then some.

Cost and Value
While this great book is over the average paperback price, it is not the highest-priced book on this list. It definitely is worth it for the huge amount of practical advice and information about pregnancy.
Pros

Considered the pregnancy bible of America

Is read by more than 93% of all pregnant women

Packed with plenty of tips, insight, and advice

Hundreds of questions are answered

Contains medical and lifestyle topics

Cons

Was contradictive in the reading topics

Some said it was too elementary in information

2. Belly Laughs, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Naked Truth

2. Belly Laughs, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Naked Truth
Belly Laughs is written by the famous Jenny McCarthy, who is an actress, celebrity TV host, and former playmate. This wonderful book tells of the pregnancy ups and downs of her first child in 2002. It is offered in Kindle, hardcover, and paperback forms and is the tenth-anniversary edition of this title.
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The 194-page book gives the basic truth about childbirth and pregnancy, plus tells of the pains, joys, and disfigurements in an interesting, funny, entertaining way. Topics include delivery, pregnant sex, hemorrhoids, hormonal rage, granny panties, and morning sickness. McCarthy is crass, candid and honest about pregnancy. Each chapter tackles a particular topic and is loaded with plenty of personal experience and stories from the author. This is a fabulous book for anyone who has been, is, or is thinking about becoming pregnant.

Benefits
Informative and funny, this pregnancy book tackles some wild topics that most books will not touch. The author is perfectly open and honest about her own experiences with her own pregnancy.

What We Like About It
We often would like to hear from celebrities about their very personal family life and personal struggles. This book does just that with Jenny McCarthy. We find out that they are just like everyone else, even during pregnancy.

Cost and Value
Priced at below the average for such books in paperback, this witty book gets its great qualities from the many personal stories and hilarious format.
Pros

Offered in Kindle, hardcover, and paperback forms

Gives the truth about childbirth and pregnancy

Crass, candid and honest in the dialogue

Loaded with plenty of personal stories

This tells of author’s real first child pregnancy

Cons

Some parts may be boring

Some felt that a few areas were over-exaggerated

3. Dude You're Gunna Be A Dad

3. Dude You're Gunna Be A Dad
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If your child’s father is feeling a little overwhelmed by the idea of becoming a dad, the book “Dude You’re Gunna Be A Dad!” may be just the thing they need to ease their anxiety. After conquering the journey of fathering a newborn, John Pfeiffer wrote this book to not only share his journey but to help other men who are experiencing the same thing. While many pregnancy books are full of useful tips and tricks, this one is designed to lighten the mood. Preparing for a child can be a stressful process, this book is packed full of humor to help ease the stress.


Benefits
Whether the guy in your life is old fashioned and likes to turn the pages of his book or swipe them on an electronic device he is able to have his own copy. This book is available on the Kindle and in paperback form. While the book is full of humor, the author is constantly encouraging men to be involved in the pregnancy journey. You won’t have to worry about having to explain all of the pregnancy terms to your guy as this book breaks down the basics for him.


What We Like About It
While many reviewers weren’t too keen on the frat boy humor the book actually provides some helpful tips to men as well as encourage them to be involved in the pregnancy journey.



Pros

Available on the Kindle as well as in paperback

Packed with humor

The author encourages men to be involved throughout the entire pregnancy

Easy read

Cons

Some reviewers found the book’s humor to be misogynistic

4. Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Wisdom is Wrong- and What You Really Need to Know

4. Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Wisdom is Wrong- and What You Really Need to Know
Debunking the common myths given to pregnant women and explaining the advice that you should really know, Expecting Better is written by Emily Oster. She is a professor of economics, and her work has been included in Esquire, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
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This fantastic book includes the information of what is good and bad for the pregnant body and breaks it down into an informed analysis for the expectant mom. Offered in formats of hardcover, Kindle, paperback, and audio CD, this 335-page account provides peace-of-mind with the simple explanations that truly make sense. It is penned from the perspective of a mother who discovered many untruths about the usual pregnancy knowledge we sometimes take for granted. Oster tells of the dangerous effects of some activities and the benefits of others that were considered harmful. She does the same with popular foods and no-no’s such as a glass of wine. This is a treasured book for anyone considering pregnancy.

Benefits
The concept and experience of pregnancy are told through the beneficial work of this author who is both a mother and an economist. Our professions in life do have a major impact on our beliefs, advice, and viewpoint of even common happenings.

What We Like About It
The facts on important pregnancy issues are given to the reader in a format complete with calculated figures to support the claims. It puts a new twist on pregnancy information for the reader who wants all of the details.

Cost and Value
This terrific book costs a bit more than the average but is such an interesting read and full of interesting relevant topics for those interested in becoming or already are pregnant.

Pros

Explains the advice that you really should know

Debunks the myths told to pregnant women

Penned from the perspective of a mother

Tells of bad effects and benefits of activities

Provides peace-of-mind with simple explanations

Cons

Some buyers did not like the author’s attitude

It may not ease pregnancy anxieties

5. The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide

5. The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide
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If you’re wanting an in-depth look at your pregnancy week by week then this next book is for you. Genevieve Howland, who is known for her Mama Natural Youtube Channel, wrote The Mama Natural week-by-week pregnancy guide. A woman’s full-term pregnancy is broken down into this 528-page paperback book. Although it is also available on the Kindle. This book combines both the modern and ancient approach to pregnancy and childbirth. Howland emphasizes how pregnancy is not a medical condition of a beautiful rite of passage. The book also contains birth and pregnancy stories from other women of various backgrounds.



Benefits
As you read through the book you will also gain advice and knowledge from a Certified Nurse Midwife, lactation consultant, doula, and a Registered Nurse. You will learn about what you should be eating and even be given weekly recipes. You will be given natural remedies to help you overcome the negative pregnancy symptoms in each trimester. You will become more informed on epidurals, the labor process, and breastfeeding.


What We Like About It
This book is full of helpful information for women who are thinking about having a natural pregnancy. With the book covering every week of a full term pregnancy women can feel like they have someone helping them through the entire process.


Cost and Value
Right at the average cost for these books, this pregnancy guide is so valuable in its practical advice from the famous mom on the natural alternatives to medicine for having a child.
Pros

Guide is informative, inspiring and fun

Explores current research of the natural birth

Features many relevant pregnancy topics

Includes plenty of pregnancy stories

Makes a perfect pregnancy companion

Cons

Remarks that it did not include much new information

May be just great for first-time moms

6. Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide

6. Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide
Featuring topics of reproductive health, pregnancy achievement, and birth control naturally, the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility is the twentieth-anniversary edition of the original national bestseller. It is written by Toni Weschler and offered in formats of a paperback, library binding, and Kindle.
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This fabulous pregnancy book contains 560 pages and contains the popular Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). It tells you how to maximize conception chances, expedite treatments of fertility, understand your own sexual health, and use birth control without devices or chemicals. Featuring charts for menopause, breastfeeding, birth control, and pregnancy achievement, it also includes a color insert that highlights the most important ideas of the book. This volume has six new chapters the original does not on preserving fertility, medical conditions, and balancing hormones, plus is loaded with humor, wisdom, and knowledge for women.

Benefits
The author explains her Fertility Awareness Method in this edition, which has helped millions of women. With charts and a colorful insert, women can learn so much about their own bodies.

What We Like About It
This anniversary edition of the original book adds plenty more information to guide a woman in natural ways of childbirth, contraception, and pregnancy. It is a one-of-a-kind read.

Cost and Value
Valued for its natural suggestions and solution of pregnancy and birth control, this book is priced above the average for paperback pregnancy books.

Pros

Features many relevant pregnancy topics

Contains the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM)

Features valuable informative charts

Includes an insert of the most important ideas

Has six new chapters the original does not

Cons

Author is not positive or helpful with fertility problems

Advises medications for birth control too much in this natural book

7. The Impatient Woman's Guide

7. The Impatient Woman's Guide
The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant is offered in Kindle, paperback, audio CD, and audiobook forms and is a fabulous girlfriend guide to becoming pregnant. Jean M. Twenge is the author who discusses social pressures, in-laws, and biological pressures in this fabulous book that is both intimate and comforting.
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She is a professor and sociologist with three children and claims that there is less for a woman to be worried about in getting pregnant than others would have you believe. Twenge has completed extensive research on the subject and adds her own personal experiences for a complete guide for the woman trying to become pregnant. In its 273 pages, it features the sexual, social, psychological, and medical elements of pregnancy. This volume also tells how to talk with others about conceiving and how to deal with the letdown of miscarriage. The author discusses pregnancy timing, times to have sex, ovulation times, prenatal diets, and how to increase the chances of either a boy or a girl. It is the perfect companion for bedside reading because it is compassionate, funny, and friendly.

Benefits
This knowledgeable book gives a woman plenty of advice on how to speak to others about conceiving and miscarriage. It covers some delicate topics that are not usually touched on in other pregnancy books.

What We Like About It
Written in a positive upbeat way, the author speaks quite frankly about previous information on getting pregnant and the real truth of the matter. It is certainly a new twist on an old concept.

Cost and Value
Priced below the average, this great pregnancy book has the fabulous quality of speaking to the reader as a friend. The fresh dialogue and load of information make it a valued bedside companion.

Pros

Is a fabulous girlfriend guide to pregnancy

Compassionate, funny, and friendly

Is the result of extensive research

Tells how to talk with others about conceiving

A great companion for bedside reading

Cons

A few readers felt the author has a sexist attitude

Some did not gain any new knowledge with the book

8. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide

8. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
Written by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, and Ann Keppler, this fourth edition book is an authoritative guide for pregnancy and childbirth. It has already sold over 1.5 million copies and is based on the most current medical research. The authors wear many professional hats including a physical therapist, childbirth educator, registered nurse, lactation consultant, childbirth teacher, social worker, and physical therapists.
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Their expertise is what makes this volume the treasure it is for expectant and new parents. With 512 pages, it puts parents in control of the pregnancy and childbirth and is recommended by well-known health organizations. Offered in Kindle and paperback forms, this terrific book describes the usual processes of pregnancy and birth that are natural. It does not contain all of the scary what-ifs, but when complications are mentioned, helpful solutions are given. This amazing book has a reassuring tone with an empowering voice, which considers the many types and structures of families today. These include single parents, blended families, adoptive and surrogate families, and lesbian and gay parents.

Benefits
The aim of this great book is not to scare but to inform, so it does not have the usual frightening chapters with harsh words on the negative things that could possibly go wrong in pregnancy.

What We Like About It
The many professional occupations of the authors of this fabulous book are incredible. With so much experience and knowledge, the book is packed with valuable information.

Cost and Value
Being the highest in the cost of all paperbacks here, this wonderful book is well worth the price because of the expertise of the writers. They hold many titles among them making them experts in pregnancy and childbirth topics.
Pros

Is an authoritative guide for pregnancy

Based on the most current medical research

Is recommended by health organizations

Does not contain all of the scary what-ifs

Considers the many types of families today

Cons

Chapters from the third edition were removed in this fourth edition

Focuses mostly on delivery

9. It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You

9. It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You
Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook formats, this terrific pregnancy book about egg quality was written by Rebecca Fett. It shows how simple changes can make huge differences in becoming pregnant and gives the best details about egg quality.
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Topics include recurrent miscarriage, age-related infertility, and IVF cycles that fail. This 306-page book introduces the latest research findings of improving fertility and egg quality for women with its well-researched easy-to-follow advice. Fett tells how to minimize your exposure to phthalates and BPA, how to pick the correct supplements and vitamins to protect eggs that are developing, and how to improve your success rate with sound nutritional advice. She gives practical suggestions about delivering a healthy baby and getting pregnant quicker. The recommendations are evidence-based to increase fertility. This fabulous book gives a balanced reasoned review of the most recent scientific research on healthy pregnancies.

Benefits
Because this wonderful book is available in reading and listening formats, you can choose to listen to the contents as you relax or read it with a hard copy where you can make important notes in the book along the way.

What We Like About It
The author explains some of the most complicated research studies in an easy to understand format perfect for want-to-be moms. Once you understand the science of pregnancy, it becomes simpler to succeed.

Cost and Value
Costing more than the average price but not one of the highest-priced books, It Starts with the Egg is packed with current research on egg health and fertility making it a valuable find.

Pros

Provides the details about egg quality

Introduces the latest research findings on fertility

Gives practical suggestions

Recommendations are evidence-based

Has well-researched, easy-to-follow advice

Cons

Made some women paranoid about mentioned dangers

Was a bit repetitive for a few readers

10. The Big Fat Activity Book

10. The Big Fat Activity Book
The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People is written by Jordan Reid and Erin Williams. Both authors are professional career writers, and Williams is an Oncology Data Specialist. This is a great gift for moms-to-be because it is a witty take on what it is like to be pregnant.
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Funny with an incredible sense of humor, this activity book is packed with journaling pages, mazes, quizzes, hysterical musings, and fill-in-the-blanks. It is a great pick-me-up for those stressing the hard moments of pregnancy. Down-to-earth, witty, and clever is what all the literary critics are saying of this treasured book. Included are word find puzzles with topics such as terrible baby names, and the things you cannot have when you are pregnant, things asked of baby doctors, birthing advice from others, and hilarious quiz subjects. No baby shower should be without a copy of this amazingly funny book!

Benefits
Throughout your pregnancy, you will spend a lot of time waiting in doctors offices. This activity book will help you pass the time during those appointments. We find this book to be highly affordable and a great gift for your pregnant friends. If your nightstand is cluttered with informational pregnancy books, this is a great one to add to the pile as it provides helpful tips in a humorous way. With the book being available as a paperback, you will easily be able to slip it into your purse or backpack. While you can fill out the book by yourself, many women love filling it out with their guy as it provides a great bonding experience.


What We Like About It
If you are looking for a cute funny gift that would be great at a baby shower or for an easy-going mom-to-be, then this witty pregnancy book is just the thing. It will certainly be the life of the party!

Cost and Value
Priced under the average paperback book price for these pregnancy titles, this is a wonderful collection of activities for parties and the pregnant woman you know.
Pros

Funny with an incredible sense of humor

A great gift for a baby shower

Includes plenty of activities and puzzles

Great pick-me-up for stressing moms-to-be

Down-to-earth, witty, and clever

Cons

Has some foul language

Some felt it overemphasized accidental pregnancies too much

Criteria Used in Evaluating the Best Pregnancy Books 

Top-rated and most-purchased items

With the most online reviews and the best ratings in this category, these ten pregnancy books are the best of the best for readers to enjoy. We searched for the top books covering this subject looking through product descriptions, customer feedback, and reviews to showcase these excellent books for you to purchase. Consumers have overwhelmingly picked these top ten as the ones they would buy again because they are so good. We list them in this informative buying guide with all of the juicy details for your enhanced shopping experience.

Are helpful with basic pregnancy knowledge

Each of these has pregnancy topics that are what most women want to know about, plus a few of them go into detail about other related subjects. These include childbirth, contraception, reproductive health, miscarriage, and the newborn. The basic of pregnancy are covered in each book, but in widely different ways that are special to the author. Some of them take a humorous approach to lift the spirits of the pregnant woman, while others have a more serious side in explaining the details they want to explore. Two of these are meant for a fun break from all the problems of pregnancy to allow a little laughter on the subject. They all help in their own way to educate, inform, and entertain the reader on the subject of pregnancy.

Easy to read and understand

Even though most of these are written by doctors or professionals in pregnancy and childbirth fields, the tone and word choice are perfect for the common person to read and understand. Many have simple charts, illustrations, and guides to further the understanding of introduced concepts and ideas given. There is no need to worry that they will be boring with mindless chatter from scientists who can speak endlessly about technical medical terms. They are all plainly expressed and can be enjoyed fully with pleasure and understanding.

Offered in varying formats

For those that want the information of these books, but do not have the time to spend reading a book, several other formats are offered for these. Look for those that offer audiobook or audio CD, so you can listen o the book being read to you. The other formats available are hardcover, paperback, and Kindle. The Kindle version is perfect for those on the go who do not want to carry around a book. The other two formats are the traditional page-flipping books that are the usual form. All of the books are not offered in all of these formats, so check which is available for the one you are interested in.

FAQ 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which pregnancy books have the highest ratings from satisfied customers?

A: The Mama Natural Book and Taking Charge of Your Fertility Book have the highest ratings online of any pregnancy books offered currently.

Q: Do any of these cover topics beyond pregnancy, such as birth control and childbirth?

A: Yes, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn; The Mama Natural Book; Taking Charge of Your Fertility; and It Starts with the Egg all cover topics other than just pregnancy.

Q: Are these books written by professionals or doctors with medical knowledge and experience or just mostly mothers?

A: All of them were written by experts in the medical or sociology fields, plus many are also mothers. Some of them have authors that are very talented in their professions and have several titles of expertise.

Q: Do these all come in the Kindle or audiobook format?

A: No, the only format that was consistent throughout all of the books was the paperback form. Check to see if the book you are interested in has the format you prefer. We tried to list the forms when it was offered in the product description for each.

Q: Which book would make the best baby shower gift?

A: Any of these would make splendid gifts for expectant parents, but the Big Fat Activity Book and Belly Laughs would be huge hits at the shower itself. They contain plenty of fun and witty questions and activities that could be enjoyed at the baby shower.

Q: Which book has the most medical information from experts?

A: For most medical information about pregnancy try the Mayo Clinic Guide and It Starts with the Egg for current sound medical advice.