Top 3 Pregnancy Books: Factual Guides

Sure, we all ask our OBGYNs our burning questions about pregnancy during our monthly prenatal appointments. But it's nice to have some reliable resources available to flip through (at home in our pjs) that give us a more detailed pregnancy overview. We've compiled a Top 3 list of the best pregnancy "factual/guide" books that we feel deliver helpful information and insightful advice.

(Be sure to check our Top 3 list of lighter, humor-infused pregnancy books that left us laughing out loud!)


What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

This book had to make our Top 3 pregnancy book list because, as the longest-running New York Times bestseller ever, it’s the most popular title out there and the quintessential pregnancy book that we both thought of before we were even pregnant. It was first released in 1984 and has since published five editions to continuously update lifestyle trends and medical info, which can quickly go out-of-date. With a week-by-week look at our developing babies, insightful information about our changing bodies, and tips to cover all the bases of pregnancy, this book gives a comprehensive view of the journey ahead. We were both glad we picked up a copy to answer some of the questions we didn’t have time to ask our doctors during our prenatal appointments.


Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by Mayo Clinic

When researching pregnancy books, the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy repeatedly came up at the top of our searches and appears on both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble top ten pregnancy book bestsellers. And for good reason! This book is written by doctors, so the information comes straight from the source, yet the language is clear and uses terms everyone can understand. The style and information covered in this book sound similar to What to Expect When You’re Expecting, so it seems pretty safe to choose one or the other as your go-to, comprehensive guide to learn everything you need to know about pregnancy, including medical conditions, complications, birth, etc. 


Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know by Emily Oster

Another pregnancy fact/guide book that has received a lot of praise is Expecting Better. This book, written by an economist (as opposed to a medical professional), takes a different approach by looking at "pregnancy by the numbers". It clearly lays out the facts from various medical studies in order to help moms-to-be weigh the pros and cons of different lifestyle and medical actions to make their own informed decisions. From consuming alcohol and caffeine to changing the litter box to choosing to perform certain medical tests, the book calmly presents data, debunks some old myths, and gives a reassuring dose of peace-of-mind to parents (which we can totally get behind). If you're tired of vague advice or black and white rules - or feel like you're freaking out with anxiety about pregnancy - this book is worth the read.

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