Great Expectations: Books on Pregnancy

Posted on January 13, 2016

by Sarah H

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:

Books on Conceiving

Eat yourself pregnant : essential recipes for boosting your fertility naturally / Zita West ; recipes by Christine Bailey
Conceiving Healthy Babies : An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation by Dawn Combs
Be fruitful : the essential guide to maximizing fertility and giving birth to a healthy child / Victoria Maizes ; foreword by Andrew Weil
How to conceive naturally : and have a healthy pregnancy after 30 / Christa Orecchio, CN and Willow Buckley, CCH, CD (DONA)
Mayo Clinic guide to fertility and conception / Jani R. Jensen, M.D., and Elizabeth A. Stewart, M.D
Taking charge of your fertility : the definitive guide to natural birth control, pregnancy achievement, and reproductive health / Toni Weschler, MPH
The whole life fertility plan : understanding what affects your fertility to help you get pregnant when you want to / Kyra Phillips and Dr. Jamie Grifo, MD, PhD
The Infertility Workbook : A Mind-Body Program to Enhance Fertility, Reduce Stress, and Maintain Emotional Balance by Barbara Blitzer

Books on Pregnancy

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
Pregnancy : the beginner's guide / writers : Shaoni Bhattacharya, Claire Cross, Elinor Duffy, Kate Ling, and Susannah Marriott
Bumpology : the myth-busting pregnancy book for curious parents-to-be / Linda Geddes
Idiot's Guide : Pregnancy for Dads by Joe Kelly
Babygate : how to survive pregnancy and parenting in the workplace / by Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman, Elizabeth Gedmark
From dude to dad : the diaper dude guide to pregnancy / Chris Pegula with Frank Meyer
Green Mama-to-be : Creating a Happy, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Pregnancy by Manda Aufochs Gillespie
Quick And Easy Healthy Pregnancy Diet Recipes : Discover Easy-To-Prepare Healthy Pregnancy Recipes For You And Your Baby! by Mary Miller
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
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

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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