Pregnancy is one massive cocktail of emotions (virgin, of course). For some, it can be parts exciting, nerve-wracking, and mystifying with a splash of “WTF have we done?” thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately, you don’t get an individualized recipe book that shows you how exactly to mix all of these ingredients, and the ratios vary by person. But not all hope is lost. While every pregnancy is different, there are dozens of pregnancy books that offer tips, resources, data, and valuable insights into all stages of pregnancy — to help make you feel confident and prepared for what’s to come.
Of course, not all pregnancy books are of the top-shelf variety, and some may not suit your palate at all. To help you find the perfect blend, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best pregnancy books available that cater to different interests and experiences, whether you’re planning on having a water birth, are nervous about having a second child, or are expecting multiples. Plus, these picks also answer questions about weird pregnancy symptoms, recommended doctors appointments, and what to do once you bring your small human being home.
So, whether you like to sip and savor or chug, here are the pregnancy books you’ll want to read while you drink up this life-altering experience.
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