You’re newly pregnant and so, naturally, you want to learn everything about expecting a baby. There are many great resources available, but there are some books that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Whether you’re looking for a guide to see you through the next few months, unsolicited advice or a good laugh, we’ve compiled a list of 15 must-read pregnancy books:

Just the Facts

If you’re simply looking to learn about the facts, these books provide you with comprehensive, factual information relating to conception, birth, and everything in between.

  1. Canada’s Pregnancy Care Book by Dr. Michele Farrugia (Canadian)
  2. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by Mayo Clinic
  3. Pregnancy and Birth: The Best Evidence by Teresa Pitman (Canadian)
  4. The Big Book of Birth by Erica Lyon
  5. The Mother of All Pregnancy Books by Ann Douglas (Canadian)
  6. What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
  7. Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis

Empowering Information

Pregnancy and childbirth aren’t black and white. There are many different options available and it’s a great idea to empower yourself with all of the information you need in order to make the best decision for you and your family. From different birth options and care providers, to natural pain relief and exercise, these books offer several alternatives that aren’t always included in mainstream resources.

  1. Expecting 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy by Michele Hakakha, M.D. & Ari Brown, M.D.
  2. From the Hips: A Comprehensive, Open-Minded, Uncensored, Totally Honest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Becoming a Parent by Rebecca Odes
  3. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
  4. The Panic-Free Pregnancy: An OB-GYN Separates Fact from Fiction on Food, Exercise, Travel, Pets, Coffee, Medications, and Concerns You Have When You Are Expecting by Michael Broder

Funny and Easy-to-Read

Sometimes all you need at the end of a long day is an easy read that is both informative and fun. Reach for these books if you’re looking for humour and advice that feels like it comes straight from your “girlfriends”.

  1. Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy (or everything the doctor won’t tell you) by Vicki Iovine
  2. It’s Really 10 Months: Delivering the Truth About the Glow of Pregnancy and Other Blatant Lies by Natalie Guenther

For Dads (and Moms)

Any pregnancy book can be read by both partners, but information that is tailored to both mom and dad helps keep communication open. Reach for this book if you’re looking for tips to help ease morning sickness, foods pregnant women should stay away from, and additional pointers that you both can appreciate.

  1. How to Make a Pregnant Woman Happy by Uzzi Reiss

Get Involved

This book provides you with all of the information you need to prepare for birth while also allowing you to chronicle your journey by writing down milestones and personal thoughts.

  1. The Pregnancy Journal: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy by A. Christine Harris

While some of the above mentioned books are written by and for Canadians, please keep in mind that they may not all provide accurate information relating to Canadian health practices. If you have any questions about pregnancy and birth in Canada, please refer to your care provider or visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.