Looking for the best pregnancy books? It can be daunting trying to seek out good resources; there are so many books available that it’s difficult to know which are worth investing in. Deciding which books to actually purchase can be time consuming, and almost a little stressful!

I went through this process when I found out I had a bun in the oven. Below you’ll find a list of books that I benefited from reading during my pregnancy, and in my opinion are the best pregnancy books. Maybe they can help you, too!

The Pregnancy Healthy Book – William & Martha Sears

The Healthy Pregnancy Book - Pregnancy BooksThis book was very empowering for me.

The authors are a doctor and a nurse, and I felt very confident getting information directly from medical professionals.

One of the best things about the Healthy Pregnancy Book in my opinion is that it provides comprehensive information on questions to ask a your OB/GYN, GP, and/or Midwife. This is stuff that made me feel way more comfortable and knowledgable about my pregnancy.

It is definitely one of the best pregnancy books I came across.



The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion – Robin Elise Weiss

The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion - Best Pregnancy BooksI love Robin Elise’s work.

This source is an excellent illustrated book where you will find really detailed information about week-to-week physical, mental, and emotional changes. There is actually an entire chapter dedicated to each week of pregnancy in this book.

It put my mind more at ease to have a resource that was focused on explaining what to expect week by week in my pregnancy.

There is a lot of very helpful advice for moms-to-be and an interactive checklist that you’ll likely find useful.


The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth – Sheila Kitzinger

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth - Best Pregnancy BooksIf you are one of those women who want a personal pregnancy, who wants to hear from other women’s experiences, and want to have an intimate experience that you want to share with your partner, then this is the right and best pregnancy book for you.

This book is very real and candid, so if that’s your style you’ve found your pregnancy guide. It talks about everything you can think of, including tips for dealing with the pain of childbirth.

All in all, Kitzinger’s book help you to feel confident that you are healthy and able to take on the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth.



A Child Is Born – Lennart Nilsson

A Child Is Born - Best Pregnancy BookThis book is amazing if you want to visualize how your baby is growing inside of your womb.

It has wonderful photographs of every stage of a baby’s development.







Exercising Through Your Pregnancy – James F. Clapp

Exercising Through Your Pregnancy - Best Pregnancy BooksDr. Clapp has done all women a big favor with this book.

It is not a step-by-step guide to exercises but I like his simple advice for expectant moms. This advice is to “Find any exercise (with a few exceptions) that you will do regularly and enjoy.”

In this way you will look forward to staying active and your workouts will be something that makes your day better.

Dr. Clapp is a leading expert in the field of exercise and pregnancy, and in this book, he painstakingly explains what happens in your body when you exercise during pregnancy.




The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two – William and Martha Sears

The Baby Book - Best Pregnancy BooksOkay, so being a new parent can be scary. A lot goes into taking care of a little person, and it can be stressful wondering if you’re doing things right.

This book is super helpful in reducing that stress. The Baby Book covers nearly everything you’ll want to know in the first two years with your baby.

Dr. Sears will encourage you to trust your mothering instincts. He calls it “attachment parenting”, which simply means developing a close bond with your baby, and responding to his or her needs.



The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth – Henci Goer

The Thinking Woman's Guide To A Better Birth - Best Pregnancy BooksThis book is a must-have for all pregnant women.

Everyone should be well informed of the facts about the common medical interventions that take place during birth, what tends to happen in the hospital, the outcomes of interventions on yourself and your baby, and how to avoid problems.

It made me feel much more informed, and allowed me to be confident in the decisions I made about my baby’s birth.