Your Pregnancy Reading List

Pick up these books now and you’ll be prepared for these nine months—and beyond!
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As soon as you see that plus sign staring at you from the at-home pregnancy test, you will probably realize that you’ve got a lot to learn—and you’ve got to do it quickly! During these life-changing nine months, you’ll need to know what to eat, what to expect your body to feel and look like, how the baby’s growing and tips to help prepare you for labor. Put one or more of these books on your bedside table, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a more informed mama.
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What to Expect When You’re Expecting (by Heidi Murkoff)
This has been the go-to pregnancy guide for millions of women (in fact, currently, there are over 14 million copies in print!) for several years running. Murkoff doles out helpful advice in a non-threatening (and often very funny), girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone. The latest edition is updated with all new information about the latest in pregnancy nutrition, exercise, labor and more.
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Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
If you’re looking for a “just the facts” guide to what’s going on with your baby and your body, then this book is for you. Written by the trusted medical experts from the Mayo Clinic, it includes detailed, week-by-week looks at how your baby is growing and what to expect from your body at every stage of your pregnancy. At the end of each section there are detailed symptom-checking charts that help you decide if something you’re experiencing warrants an immediate call to your OB or can wait to be discussed at your next appointment.
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The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know from American’s Baby Experts (by William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN)
Dr. Sears, pediatrician and childcare guru, is the Dr. Spock for this generation of moms. This comprehensive tome covers every detail of those important nine months before birth, but also what he refers to as “the 10th month” of pregnancy—with advice and information on how to care for yourself and your brand-new baby during that crucial first month after birth.
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You & Your Baby: Pregnancy (by Laura Riley, MD)
In addition to taking you week by week through your pregnancy journey, the latest edition of this book features a section of amazing full-color, in-utero photos of babies ranging in age from an eight-day-old embryo that’s just implanted in the uterus up to close-up pictures of full-term babies ready to be born. The no-nonsense advice covers common pregnancy complaints, explanations of all that prenatal lab work and immunization recommendations before and after pregnancy. The last section of the book takes you through the first six months of your baby’s life—with new-mom advice about returning to work, breastfeeding, birth control and post-partum depression.
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Pregnancy Cooking & Nutrition for Dummies (by Tara Gidus, MS, RD)
The saying “you are what you eat” is truer than ever during pregnancy. As soon as you know you’re pregnant, you’ll need to pay careful attention to your diet to properly nourish both yourself and your growing baby. This comprehensive guide details the foods you should avoid during pregnancy (and explains why), the ones you want to make sure your get plenty of, plus over 100 recipes to make it easy (and delicious) to eat right these nine months.
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The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy (by Vicki Iovine)
When it comes to pregnancy, there’s all the important medical information your OB is going tell you—and then there’s everything else! In this hilarious, somewhat irreverent look at these nine months, the author (and four-time mom) shares the kinds of secrets only a girlfriend would tell you. This won’t be your go-to medical guide, but it’s a fun source of practical advice and answers to the questions you’re too embarrassed to ask your doctor.
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Expecting 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy (by Michele Hakakha, MD, and Ari Brown, MD)
The authors—a well-known OB and pediatrician—team up to share the latest medical information about pregnancy in a friendly, paranoia-free tone. The book is set up in an easily accessible question-and-answer format. You're guaranteed to find answers to several questions you didn’t even know you had!
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Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture, Gear, Clothes, Toys, Maternity Wear and Much, Much More! (by Denise Fields and Alan Fields)
If the prospect of becoming a parent isn’t enough to wrap your head around, then there is the expense of gearing up for baby’s arrival. For such a tiny human, a new baby seems to require an incredible amount of stuff—the cost of which adds up quickly. This helpful book provides reviews of cribs, strollers, car seats and other essential gear (so you don’t waste your cash on the wrong items), money-saving tips and information on the best website bargains and baby outlet stores.
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The Happiest Baby on the Block (by Harvey Karp, MD)
This isn’t a book about pregnancy; it’s a book about how to cope with your crying newborn. But read it now, because once the baby arrives (and is crying a lot), you won’t have the time or energy to even crack the cover. Pediatrician Karp details what he calls the “five S’s”—swaddling, side position, swinging, shushing and sucking—and how each of these techniques can help activate the off-switch for your baby’s crying. Learn these calming tricks before baby arrives, and both you and your newborn will be happier!
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