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Great Expectations: Books on Pregnancy

Posted over 3 years ago by Sarah H

Posted in Children and Parenting

One of the first things I did when I found out I was pregnant with my first child was to check out a teetering stack of books on pregnancy and childbirth from the library and start reading. Particularly with a first pregnancy, it’s normal to have lots of questions and concerns, and getting reliable answers can go a long way to easing any worries you might have.

Whether you’re thinking about starting a family down the road or are currently pregnant, the library has lots of great sources of information to help you navigate the world of pregnancy. From guides to increasing fertility and books about nutrition, to natural pregnancy resources and books for dads-to-be, here are some of our favorites:


Eat yourself pregnant : essential recipes for boosting your fertility naturally / Zita West ; recipes by Christine Bailey Pregnancy for dummies / by Joanne Stone, MD, and Keith Eddleman, MD. Pregnancy day by day : an illustrated daily countdown to motherhood, from conception to childbirth and beyond / consultant editor, Paula Amato ; editor-in-chief, Maggie Blott. The kind mama : a simple guide to supercharged fertility, a radiant pregnancy, a sweeter birth, and a healthier, more beautiful beginning / Alicia Silverstone.
Healthy mom, healthy baby : the ultimate pregnancy guide / Siobhan Dolan and Alice Lesch Kelly 201 organic smoothies & juices for a healthy pregnancy : nutrient-rich recipes for your pregnancy diet / Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN. Pregnancy : the beginner's guide / writers : Shaoni Bhattacharya, Claire Cross, Elinor Duffy, Kate Ling, and Susannah Marriott. Conceiving healthy babies : an herbal guide to support preconception, pregnancy and lactation / Dawn Combs
The mommy diet : a month-by-month plan for a healthy body and mind before, during, and after pregnancy / Alison Sweeney ; with Christie Matheson Be fruitful : the essential guide to maximizing fertility and giving birth to a healthy child / Victoria Maizes ; foreword by Andrew Weil Pregnancy for dads by Joe Kelly The New pregnancy bible / contributing editors, Joanne Stone, MD Keith A. Eddleman, MD.
The Natural pregnancy book : your complete guide to a safe, organic pregnancy and childbirth with herbs, nutrition, and other holistic choices / Aviva Jill Romm ; foreword by Ina May Gaskin Bumpology : the myth-busting pregnancy book for curious parents-to-be / Linda Geddes. How to Conceive Naturally : And Have a Healthy Pregnancy After 30 by Christa Orecchio, CN and Willow Buckley, CCH, CD (DONA) Taking charge of your fertility : the definitive guide to natural birth control, pregnancy achievement, and reproductive health by Toni Weschler, MPH
Babygate : how to survive pregnancy and parenting in the workplace by Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman, Elizabeth Gedmark The pregnant athlete : how to stay in your best shape ever--before, during, and after pregnancy / Brandi Dion, NSCA-CPT, USAT LI, Steven Dion, EdD ; with Joel B. Heller, MD ; with Perry McIntosh Mayo Clinic guide to fertility and conception / Jani R. Jensen, M.D., and Elizabeth A. Stewart, M.D. From dude to dad : the diaper dude guide to pregnancy / Chris Pegula with Frank Meyer


Fertility & conception and pregnancy [eBook] by Harriet Sharkey and Ian Greer. What to do when you're having two [eBook] : The Twins Survival Guide from Pregnancy Through the First Year. Pregnancy cooking and nutrition for dummies [eBook] by Tara Gidus.
Pregnancy for dummies [eBook] by Jane Palmer, Keith Eddleman and Mary Duenwald.	Windows to the womb [eBook] : revealing the whole baby from conception to birth by David B. Chamberlain. Mommy IQ [eBook] : the complete guide to pregnancy by Rosie Pope ; foreword by Amos Grunebaum.

Online Resources:

What to Expect

Pregnancy & Birth -

The Bump


Featured image credit: Baby feet in hands on black by Christine Szeto via flickr. This image is covered by a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.

Disclaimer: This blog provides information for educational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice.

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