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Top Pregnancy Books To Read When Your Are Expecting

Updated on April 27, 2015

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Congratulations on your pregnancy! You're probably very excited but also a little confused by the overload of information out there for moms to be. Don't feel like you're alone. There are hundreds of web sites, articles, books and videos out there and aimed at a nervous first time mom.

At first you'll be overjoyed to read every baby magazine and watch every show on pregnancy on television. But one day you'll realize there's only so much you can take before you want to scream, "Enough!"

Before you hit that threshold, plan on reading just a few quality books on pregnancy. The rest you can skim if they interest you. But set yourself a limit and vow you won't overwhelm yourself with information.

Even if you're just looking for book gifts for a new mom, here are some of the top books that experts say you should read while you are pregnant. You are the expert of your own situation, however, so pick and choose a few that seem right for you.

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What to Expect When You're Expecting

Old Faithful Pregnancy Book

If you don't have this book already, you'll probably be given one soon with any other baby book gifts. Every seasoned mom who was once in your shoes has a copy. Most moms are ready to pass their copy on. You'll find them at book sales and used book stores. There's no shortage of this book because it is chock full of facts.

Some moms read every page and highlight, dog ear and sticky note the important parts. Others skim it and move on. You may treat it as your go-to guide. Who knows? It is a great resource when you don't know what's coming next. Because it gives you step by step advice and week by week information, you'll know what is about to happen at all times.

The Mother of All Pregnancy Books

The Truth About Pregnancy

The title says it all. This book is packed with more information that you will ever need. It's a very detailed account of how you conceived all the way through what to expect after you deliver.

It's very calming and is based on research. So you're not just getting one author's opinion.

Just remember when you are reading all your pregnancy books that every baby is a different, so ultimately you will be relying on the information that you've read, but also how your baby responds to different things.

Don't worry if certain methods don't work for you. It will come with time as you figure out your baby and your baby figures out you! But even still, it's good to read and know what to expect in general terms.

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The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy

Facts with Fun

If you want a good giggle while you learn about what's to come in your pregnancy, then you will definitely need to read this book.

It has some funny stories in it that will make it easier to navigate the uncharted waters of a first pregnancy.

It's not so much a factual guide, although it does have facts.

However, you'll find that it's more like sitting down with your best girlfriends and asking them what the real scoop is. That always ends up being the best way to learn anyways, right?

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn

Straight From The Professionals

Last but not least, I will suggest to you one last book called, "Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn".

Two nurses authored this book to give the real facts on everything from conception to baby's first year.

It covers everything, short of baby gifts! It gives real world advice and help for everything from how to make your childbirth a fearless experience to working happily with caregivers who will help with your child.

It's sound information and a no-nonsense guide. Certainly worth checking out!

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How to Prepare

There are of course many other books out there that you may find helpful. There are magazines geared towards pregnancy and childbirth and you may also want to peruse those. Just take it slowly and don't overdo it with the reading. Let yourself enjoy your pregnancy. Your baby will teach you much of what you need to know. The rest is motherly instinct.

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      ProfDrJuan 6 years ago

      Very informative lens... Nice..

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Great and informative lens at such an important and special time!

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      I got the "What to Expect" series and while they were informative, the advice of my mom and grandma was still the best advice.

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      Great tips for all those Moms-to-be out there!

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      Kim 6 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      I loved "The Pregnancy Journal; A Day-To-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy". It is great because it's interactive, I was able to make notes as my pregnancies progressed. I actually have two of these books - one from each of my pregnancies. They became keepsakes that I will hand down to my children as they leave the nest.