Our Favorite Pregnancy Books

So you’ve found out you’re pregnant — how exciting! But the next thought after the positive test is often “So now what?”  Pregnancy can be incredible and overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. While your doctor or healthcare provider should always be your first and main source of pre (and post)natal information, an informative pregnancy book is the next best thing. We’ve done the research for you, and have rounded up some of the best pregnancy books that we use and love.

For the soon-to-be mama

  1. The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy ($14.50): This hilarious guide to pregnancy will take you throughout each trimester just like your BFF would. More comforting than medical advice and more practical than the old wives’ tales your own mom might give you, this is the ultimate guide when you need the real skinny on the next nine months.
  2. What to Expect When You’re Expecting ($14.50, paperback): The quintessential pregnancy book, What to Expect has been around for years and has been named one of the “Most Influential Books of the Last 25 Years” by USA Today. It offers advice, how-to’s and what to expect’s for every pregnancy question any soon-to-be mama may have. 
  3. The Sh!t No One Tells You ($11): When you need the nitty gritty on pregnancy, this book has you covered. No fluff, no sugarcoating, just the ins and outs of growing a baby. Hilarious and heartfelt, you’ll love having this book along with you every step of the way.
  4. It’s Really 10 Months ($12): Forget the stuffy self help and advice books for expecting moms, and give yourself a refreshing laugh with this book of hilarious tales from real moms. From conception to birth, these mamas have stories of it all to warm your heart and have you laughing in no time.
  5. Pearhead Pregnancy Journal ($17): Never forget a moment of this beautiful time in life with this pregnancy journal from Pearhead.  With 74 pages full of guided journaling, this sweet book will help you document every moment from the big announcement to the delivery. With sections to cover every milestone and trimester, you’ll love having this pregnancy journal on hand whether this is your first or fifth pregnancy.


For the soon-to-be dad

  1. Dude, You’re Going to be a Dad! ($10): There are plenty of books out there to tell an expecting mama what to expect, but what about dear old dad? This book will help him navigate the entire process — and focus a little more on how to help you get through it. This book is guaranteed to get your man more prepared for the shoes he’s going to fill– and he’ll be great at it!
  2. Calm the F*ck Down ($13): This book will be the go-to guide for any anxious new dad. With tips on how to deal with every possible baby scenario, after one read, the soon-to-be dad will feel way more prepared and a lot more calm.


For the soon-to-be grandparents

  1. Your 1st Grandchild ($10): The perfect way to announce that your parents are about to be grandparents, this adorable book uses cartoons to guide soon-to-be grandmas and grandpas through how to spoil that new baby.  
  2. The Modern Grandparent’s Handbook ($12.75): Grandparents these days are far more active, healthier and even younger than their predecessors. Skip the old stuffy “what to expect” books and grab your parents this guide to being a grandparent.
  3. How to Babysit a Grandpa ($11): We absolutely love this adorable “role-reversal” book for new grandparents! With hilarious illustrations, any soon to be grandpa is sure to fall in love with this sweet book.

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