My Top 10 Favorite Pregnancy Books

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As a writer, I love books.

And as an OB nurse, I have a special passion for pregnancy, of course. 

So today, I am pleased to combine two of my most favorite things and bring you…

My top 10 favorite pregnancy books! Beyond the typical “What To Expect When You’re Expecting,” here are a few of the books I have read and loved during my pregnancies.

 

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“Belly Laughs” by Jenny McCarthy. Whatever your thoughts about Jenny McCarthy, love or her hate her, her book is absolutely hilarious. Honestly, I had never even really heard of her when someone passed her book onto me, but I laughed out loud during the entire book. Her frank and funny confessions about pregnancy fears, eating a pan of brownies by herself, and her post-baby body are well worth a read. 


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Great with Child: Reflections on Faith, Fullness, and Becoming a Mother” by Debra Reinstra. I found this book at a garage sale, ironically before I even became a mother, and have read and re-read it with each of my three pregnancies. I love this book so much. It provides a look at pregnancy through a historical context that binds all mothers in the ancient mystery that surrounds birth. It’s interesting and thought-provoking and provided me with new insight every time I opened it.

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“The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. This book, although not technically about pregnancy, is a fascinating look at the history of women and their fertility. It follows the ancient Biblical family of Jacob and the customs and practices that women followed–such as the “red tent” where women would be confined during their periods. 

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Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born,” by Tina Cassidy. Ok, so by now, it’s pretty clear that I am a bit fascinated by the historical aspect of childbirth, and while this book has it all when it comes to looking back at the history of childbirth, it’s also a very easy and fun read. It’s eye-opening for any pregnant woman and may help her make some choices about her own birth. 

 
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My Top 10 Favorite Pregnancy Books

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy and The Moments That Made You A Mother. She also ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Nikki Nikki says:

    Birthing From Within by Pamela England is an amazing book, especially if you are on your second (or third or fourth, etc.) pregnancy and didn’t have the labor and delivery you were hoping for previously. It is best to read as early as possible to give you time to process however I didn’t begin reading it until the third trimester of my second pregnancy and every moment I spent reading it and processing was well worthwhile.
    Another book I like is Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin. The entire first section has positive and empowering birth stories. This one is great for a first pregnancy or for someone who isn’t sure they have what it takes to vaginally give birth to their baby.

  2. Profile photo of Zahra Zahra says:

    Baby Owner’s Manual. They take the “Owner’s Manual” concept and run with it. It is very informative while being very tongue-in-cheek.

  3. Profile photo of Karleen Karleen says:

    There are some interesting books that I would love to check out.

  4. Profile photo of Randi Randi says:

    Pregnancy, Birth, and the Newborn, by Penny Simkin. It’s a good mix of sharing the medical and midwifery model of prenatal issues. It gives info thoroughly but in an easy-to-read format.

  5. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    If I may add, hot momma friends and colleagues are good source of books and other helpful materials. They used to lend me ones even breastfeeling books. And then we hand it over to the next pregnant officemate :)

  6. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    I’d like to have the chicken soup for new moms :) hope a friend out there is listening! Haha :)

  7. Profile photo of ProudMomma ProudMomma says:

    I have been reading a lot of books. I plan to read a few of these books on this list if I can find them.

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