Pregnancy can really be a roller coaster ride! If you are a reader, and looking for books to read during pregnancy then we have the perfect list for you!
Here, are some of the most popular books to read during pregnancy which are also available on Amazon and Flipkart and have some good reviews.
Good books to read during pregnancy
#1. Books With Pregnancy Humor
Being happy is the key to a stress free pregnancy. While your hormones may cause you mood swings, you can use these books to get a good laugh.
#1. I’m Pregnant, Not Terminally Ill, You Idiot by Lalita Iyer
The book is a hilarious take on pregnancy. Unlike your traditional pregnancy books, this one provides a lot of firsthand advice and information as experienced by the author. Set in an Indian background, makes it more relatable to Indian women.
#2. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy
This book has some rave reviews on Amazon.com The author tells you about her pregnancy experiences in a funny way making it an easy read.
#3. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
The west is moving towards natural birth, and in India the numbers of C-sections are rising. Women are slowly losing the confidence in their bodies to deliver naturally. As a midwife, with over 30 years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, writes about the joys and benefits of natural delivery. Drawing from her experience, she gives examples on how our everyday choices are connected with our bodies and can result in a healthy birth.
It‘s just the kind of book which restores a woman’s faith in her body and ability to give birth naturally. Even if it doesn’t change your view on childbirth, it is always wise to make an informed choice.
#2. Pregnancy Books For Dads To Be
The early weeks of fatherhood can be overwhelming, confusing and even nerve-racking for some newbie dads. This book for dads-to-be will help to make the journey little easier.
#4. Commando Dad by Neil Sinclair
Feeding, burping, bathing a baby trooper and everything you need to know about setting up basecamp for your little one! Written by an Ex-Commando and dad of three with military humor! Anyone with a fauji connect will absolutely love it!
#5. The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be by Armin A. Brott
A month by month guide for newbie fathers. Gift one to your husband, if he is feeling anxious about his abilities to look after and care for the baby to come. The book contains a lot of practical information and at the same time brings out a lot of new insights of the physical and emotional effects of fatherhood.
#6. Pregnancy Sucks for Men by Joanne Kimes & Jeff Kimes
This book is written by a couple, but appeals more to the father-to-be. Again a funny take on pregnancy, it prepares the father to be on the problems faced by his pregnant wife. Though it contains a lot of gender clichés which may not be palatable to you as a woman, but getting this book for your hubby, may help him become for sensitive to your changing body and needs. If you are having a difficult pregnancy and want to sensitize your hubby – then this is a must read.
#3. Indian Books On Having a Healthy Pregnancy
Our mothers and grandmothers reproduced easily and frequently without all the complications we go through these days. But, today a lot of factors affect a woman’s pregnancy. Some of the best books to read during pregnancy are listed below. These can help you to have a healthier pregnancy and serve as a good reference, whenever you have a question.
#7. Pregnancy: What The Indian Woman Always Wanted To Know But Was Afraid To Ask by Nutan Pandit
I constantly referred to this book during my pregnancy. Priced at just 250Rs it is a book specifically for Indian women. Without bogging down the reader with too
#8. Passport to A Healthy Pregnancy by Dr. Gita Arjun
The author is a obstetrician and gynecologist, passionate about promoting holistic wellness in women. Her “Passport to Health” program is focused on the same. This book covers all major topics right from preconception to taking care of newborn. Being healthy is the core focus of the book, which will surely help you in having a healthy pregnancy. It is quite reasonably priced at Rs 170 only.
#9. Ayurvedic Garbha Sanskar : The Art and Science of Pregnancy by Balaji Tambe
Balaji Tambe, the author is an Ayurvedic Doctor. His book focuses on helping a woman conceive and deliver baby naturally. If you are a follower of Ayurveda, this book is a good buy. Using herbal mixes, visualization, breathing exercises, Vedic chants Garbh Sanskar helps a woman connect with her baby and have a holistic, spiritual pregnancy. This book is really worth it.
#10. Pregnancy Blues: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Depression during Pregnancy by Shaila Kulkarni Misri
As if you needed a book also to tell you “Eat for two”!!! Eating well and eating right is an important part of every healthy pregnancy. Grab a copy to read on your way to office or a meeting, so that it keeps reinforcing in you the need to eat well!
#11. The Pregnancy Handbook for Indian Moms: A Doctor’s Answers to All Your Questions by Dr. Vinita Salvi
The author, Dr Salvi specializes in high risk pregnancies, a must read for women experiencing a difficult or complicated pregnancy.
#4. Health Books On Pregnancy
#12. Pregnancy Miracle Book by Lisa Olson
Infertility in couples has seen an increasing trend in India. A good book for those struggling with infertility issues, it talks about holistic and natural ways a woman can get pregnant.
Addressing most issues faced by couples failing to conceive, the book could be a good resource. Chinese herbs and Acupressure has been used by many Western women to successfully conceive.
#13. Fit-pregnancy by Namita Jain
A wellness and lifestyle coach by profession, the author focuses primarily on the diet and wellness aspect of pregnancy. Eating right, eating well – all from an Indian point of view. Recipes and tips to help you stay fit, while on the move.
#14. Nutritious Recipes For Pregnancy by Tarla Dalal
Priced at only 100 Rs this cookbook will put all your “Am I eating right?” worries to rest. The recipes are easy to make and nutritious and tasty to eat. You can also follow a good pregnancy diet chart to ensure that you are getting all the nutrients.
#15. Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel
Cynthia Gabriel, writes that women can attempt a natural childbirth under careful medical care. Literally, the best of both worlds! Apart from pregnant women, even the caregivers of pregnant women should read this book.
Her view is that a Cesarean should only be treated as a last resort, not as a first or “scheduled” option.Twin pregnancies and difficult or complicated pregnancies rightly require medical intervention, for the safety of the mother and child. Always trust your doctor’s advice when it comes to your pregnancy, but be sure to make an informed choice!
#16. What To Except When You Are Expecting
You need to know the week-by-week, month-by-month, and trimester-by-trimester changes happening during your pregnancy? Then this is the go to book for most pregnant women! This is a exhaustive book which covers almost everything about pregnancy.
This book is very well researched and written. Broken down into a week-by-week and month-by-month format, you can really keep up with how your baby is growing inside you.
Besides these books, there are numerous other books as well like
- The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
- The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths by Susan Magee and Kara Nakisbendi M.D
- Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide By Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, April Boldin.
#5. Pregnancy Journals
Pregnancy journals are great for having a keep sake. You can document your journey and then look back at them fondly. Some journals even have the tests mentioned by date – so that you don’t miss any checkups.
- My Pregnancy Journal by Alison Mackonochie
- Sacred Pregnancy: A Loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Moms by Anni Daulter
- My Pregnancy: A Keepsake Book of Memories by Dan Spellerberg
#6. Garbh Sanskar Books for pregnancy
#17. Ayurvedic Garbha Sanskar by Balaji Tambe (In Gujarati, Marathi and English)
Ayurvedic Garbha Sanskar is a perfect guide for those who are looking forward to start a family. Dr. Shri Balaji Tambe has beautifully provides complete information that an individual wants to know about conception, pregnancy, delivery, nurturing the baby.
#18. Ayurvediya Garbhsanskar by Abhay Kulkarni (in Hindi)
#19. Garbhsanskar by Suresh-Alka Prajapati (In Gujarati)
If you are a first time mom then you can also try these pregnancy apps which I have personally used and found to be great!
Most of the books on this list are available in the Kindle version as well. Which pregnancy book sounds most appealing to you? Is there any good pregnancy book, that you read? Leave a comment with the name of the book you read and how you found it!