Our Six Favorite Pregnancy Books to Read While You’re Expecting

Whether you’re a mother-to-be or just looking for a gift for that expectant mother in your life, we’ve compiled some of our favorite go-to pregnancy books. From countless facts to funny stories from mothers who’ve been there and come out the other side, this list has a little of everything for anyone looking to learn more about pregnancy.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

What to Expect When You’re Expecting was written by real mom, Heidi Murkoff. When pregnant with her first child, Murkoff couldn’t find the answers or reassurances she was looking for regarding pregnancy and, thus, came up with this book idea. It’s a top seller and works as a useful guide to help expectant parents through this exciting time in their lives.

Mayo Clinic: Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Where better to start than with the experts? Seen as one of the most authoritative reference guides of its kind, this pregnancy guide was written not only by doctors, but doctors who are also parents. Replete with illustrations, weekly updates, and a 40-week pregnancy calendar, the Mayo Clinic's Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy provides exhaustive information about pregnancy. Additionally, it covers childbirth and life with a newborn, as well.

The Pregnancy Countdown Book

Another doctor-parent authorship, this book lays out all the milestones to expect throughout your pregnancy. Its tone is straightforward and reliable, covering popular pregnancy topics as well as some you maybe haven't even thought of yet (or were too embarrassed to ask). Living up to its subtitle of being uncensored, this book balances out its informative side with funny anecdotes from moms throughout.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Ina May Gaskin has a vast fanbase for her knowledgeable and approachable teaching style. A midwife for over 30 years, Ina shares her insights about natural childbirth. Although natural childbirth may not be possible or even preferred, this book is a favorite for its explanation of the childbirth process. Gaskin insights confidence in her readers and includes a section where readers can read first-person accounts from other mothers.

The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy

Hearing from experts has its place, but sometimes you just need to hear from your girlfriends. The Girlfriend’s Guide is just that: a pregnancy book that’ll tell you like it is. This text reads as though it were that best friend who isn’t afraid to tell you the truth. Both direct and humorous, this book hits a relatable chord for many expectant mothers who find reassurance in knowing they’re not alone--and who enjoy a bit of humor.

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth

Speaking of relatable, Jenny McCarthy rounds out our list for her honest and hilarious take on pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. Far from clinical (but definitely relevant), McCarthy shares her experiences in a refreshing tone. This is a perfect reprieve for when you need to take a break from the pregnancy information download.