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Essential pregnancy, birth and parenting books

You’re pregnant with your first baby and you have no idea what to expect — so you run to the nearest bookstore and stock up on pregnancy, birth and parenting books. But which books should you get? We’ve compiled a list of must-have books for every pregnant mom… and dad!

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Informative pregnancy books

Check out these books to see which one best fits your style — and eases your worries and concerns. There’s nothing better than having a really good pregnancy book by your side when the OB’s office is closed and your been-there-done-that friends are all asleep.

Humorous pregnancy books

Don’t let pregnancy books turn you into a Nervous Nelly. Make sure you buy a few comedic pregnancy books, too! Even if you aren’t laughing about some of the “interesting: things that are happening during your pregnancy, you will be in a few years.

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Birth books

Educate yourself about birth, the options you have and perhaps, the ones you didn’t realize you had. By learning about all of your options, you can better decide which is best for you and your family.

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Books to read before baby arrives (and to read again after baby arrives)

Unfortunately, babies don’t arrive with their own unique user manual so, it’s up to us parents to figure it out on our own — with the help of our doctors, family, friends and informative books.

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