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Great Books For Pregnant Women To Read

Updated on November 10, 2011

There are a wealth of books for pregnant women on the market - at any one time - therefore it's a little tough trying to work out which one's to buy, and what to leave on the shelf. Beyond that it's common for us to want to know what's going to happen, such as the signs of being pregnant, and beyond talking with friends and family, there's nothing quite as good as a pregnancy book to lay down the facts.

Thankfully the best selling books to read during pregnancy are packed with helpful information, advice and tips. They're all well written, easy to follow and understand - and a couple of them are even a little candid and humorous.

Featured below are five great pregnancy books for women to read. They're best sellers and highly rated by those that have already bought and read them, and what's more they're info rich and right on the mark for any pregnant woman or an expectant dad.

Your What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition

By a long mile the is the best book for pregnant women. The book is extremely comprehensive and will become a huge source of help and information to any woman that's about to be or is currently going through a pregnancy, plus it would make a beautiful gift for a friend or relative.

Contained within the pages of the book you will find info related to pregnancy health, general care during pregnancy, how your baby is doing at specific stages of fetal development - and so much more. There's some great advice in and among the content, not least easy-to.understand info about your pregnancy week-to-week. From the minute you conceive, through to the birth and beyond - this book has it all. Well received and highly rated - and worth every cent of the purchase price.

The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be (New Father Series)

Out of all the pregnancy books for dads - this is the top rated and best selling. The book is written informatively but with a slight tongue-in-cheek approach, which is exactly how a man needs a book such as this one writing. Fact and figures won't do - it needs to make the reader feel comfortable and masculine - not something he fears to pick up in case his mates poke fun.

Overall there's everything a father-to-be will need to know about his partners pregnancy contained within its pages. It's a practical book, full of advice on what to expect, what to do and so on. Somehow the author manages to withhold going into too much detail (off-putting for most men) without losing the point of what the book's all about. A well written pregnancy book for dads - sure to become a (secret) bible in one form or another.

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

If you want a best selling book for pregnant women that's high on facts and low on a conversational tone, then the Mayo Clinic guide will perfectly suit. It contains information that's delivered by health professionals and it's set out in a week-to-week easy-to-understand manner. 

Although it lacks any real warmth, what it does possess is good solid info relating to the types of issues and health problems that many of us experience during our pregnancies. From back-pain to the affects of none-pregnancy related illness, fetal development to practical guides about natural births or assisted births, the book is a gem for any woman that needs information relating in a no nonsense manner. Five star rated and deservedly so - and currently on offer at under 10 dollars.

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth

Another of the best selling pregnancy books for women - this one written by Jenny McCarthy. Despite the fact that the author is a well known celebrity - the ethos of the book is this: it's written by a woman that's experienced all the highs and lows of pregnancy ... and she wants to share her ups and downs with her readers.

Which she does - in a very down-to-earth manner that's both candid and refreshing. The book itself is not really intended to be a pregnancy guide - it's more about the reality of pregnancy and how it feels when it's you that's going through it. It's full of humor and straight-talk and definitely a book that will make you smile whilst reading it. Right from the offset Jenny's candor is evident, so be prepared to either laugh out loud or drop the book in shock. Still - it's a great read and has remained one of the top selling pregnancy books for several years.

The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy

This is the last best selling of the pregnancy books for women and in many ways it's much like the previous book. It's incredibly candid and there's a distinct lack of professional jargon. The author has written from her own perspective - that being a mother of four children.

It's the kind of book you'd write for your own girlfriends - if of course you had access to an agent and a publishing house. In it you'll find real experience info relating to finding out your pregnant, working with your health professionals, morning sickness and (important for many women) how to look great during pregnancy. An informative book - for all it's written by a non-professional and one that would make a great pregnancy gift. 


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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      Every pregnant woman should have a copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting - especially for a first pregnancy. I followed that book up with What to Expect the Toddler Years.

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Informative hub and a wise choice for all pregnant mothers and those aspiring to be pregnant.

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      Honiawa 6 years ago

      What to Expect When You're Expecting, best book I have ever read on the subject. It was my Bible during my first pregnancy, I have read it several times. Now I'm pregnant again and it's still an enjoyable read though the information are the same.

      Beside the good info it gives me the thrill that I'm really expecting a baby and a life is growing inside of me! Not many books can offer you that

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      Andria 6 years ago

      Great Frieda - I'll head over for a look see :) I'm currently (trying) to keep weekends for me, for my writing, the week days for freelancing and me, if you understand. I need to shore up some of my stuff (did two complete rewrites yesterday for e.g.) and so on. Working online is not magic money lol!

      The Expectant Father should be presented to every man about to undergo his wife's pregnancy. I loved reading my pregnancy books when I was having my children - soaked up every word I could! And so should our men ...

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      Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Same problem here, not so much time to read. Am now fitting it into my schedule as I try to write more too. Yeah, have written a couple of things on here last week and will be writing more now that I have more control of my schedule.

      Yes, Jenny is VERY candid! That's what my sister loved most about that book. She doesn't stop talking about it. Now, if only Harold would read "The Expectant Father"... That book is becoming dusty. I'm going to have to make an mp3 for my sister so that she can play that book subliminally while he sleeps, lol. I'm serious, it could work you know!

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      Andria 6 years ago

      Hey Miss Pretty - you written on HP lately? I get busy and don't get to read so much these days :/ Nice to see you and I've read Belly Laughs. It was ... very candid shall we say! Right up my street to be honest and sooooo Jenny :)

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      Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I was going to pass this article along to my sister who just got pregnant a few months ago. She has these. Loves them. She really related to Belly Laughs. I'm going to pass this onto her anyway (just so she feels good about her choices; pregnant mommies need affirmation.) Thanks frogdropping.

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      Andria 6 years ago

      drbj - thank you for my lol of the day. A real one though, not of that metaphorical nonsense! Well for sure they make great gifts and you can be just as sure I was happy to compile ;)

      Ingenira - Thank you :)

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      Andria 6 years ago

      Hey Donna - thank you. Good luck with your future family planning :)

      Hello, hello - they are. And who among us (women) didn't buy at least on pregnancy book? I know I bought my fair share!

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      These are really good list of books for pregnant woman. Thanks !

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      What a great gift to give a pregnant friend - one of these admirable books you have listed, fd. Thanks for taking the time to compile.

      With this hub you have given me the opportunity to ask this question: Do you know the difference between a pregnant woman and a light bulb?

      You can unscr*w a light bulb. (Just couldn't resist it.)

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      They look like a great choice.

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      Donna Janelle 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for posting what some of the best pregnancy books out there are. I'm planning on getting pregnant soon so this will really come in handy! :)