• pregnancy books woman readingWith each of my pregnancies I have done tons of reading. I like to read about other women’s experiences, what worked for them, what didn’t. I enjoy humor, and I enjoy straight forward facts. There are so many books out there on pregnancy that it is gamble with each book you pick up. If someone recommends books to you, take into consideration their parenting styles and birth philosophy before looking too far into the books. Or, read them and form your own opinions. Really, that is the best option. Here are my favorite pregnancy books that I always go back to. Read them, enjoy them, learn from them, or don’t. That’s okay too.

    1. 1. What to Expect When You Are Expecting, by Heidi Murkoff
      This book is a staple for most of the women I have met. It is a great resource for first time moms and those of us who have been there before. The title says it all, it is exactly what you can expect week by week.

    1. 2. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy
      I’m not a huge Jenny McCarthy fan, but this book has made me giggle with each of my pregnancies. It’s great for a light read, filled with information and humor at the same time. Score!

    1. 3. Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, toys, maternity wear, and much, much more! by Denise and Alan Fields.
      This book is invaluable. The authors do all the research on safety and recalls for you. Plus they collect parents reviews of all the important gear and combine all that information into a concise article about what you really do need for your baby.

    1. 4. Pregnancy Sucks: What to Do When Your Miracle Makes You Miserable by Joanne Kimes and Sanford A. Tisherman
      Again, the title says it all. This is a humorous book that dishes on all the side effects, aches, and pains that no one told you about. This book always made me feel better when I was feeling sorry for myself.

    1. 5. Pregnancy Sucks for Men: What to Do When Your Miracle Makes You BOTH Miserable by Joanne and Jeff Kimes
      Lots more humor, but for daddy too!

    1. 6. The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer by Harvey Karp
      Great into for new parents, and even for us been there done that moms too. Who doesn’t want the happiest baby on the block?

    1. 7. Have A New Kid By Friday by Kevin Leman
      This book is one of the only parenting books that I ever bother to recommend to anyone. If you have older kids it’s a must. This book is a very common sense approach to being a parent and having good kids. I like good kids.

    1. 8. The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are by Kevin Leman
      This book has always been a favorite of mine. I love how right all of his research has been within my family. My kids are exactly the way he describes them. It is amazing, and interesting all at the same time. Whether you have one child or several this book is a great read. If you don’t have any kids at all, it might help you figure things out about yourself and the rest of your family too.