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Preparing for a New Baby: Top 10 Pregnancy Books to Read!

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It’s a magical moment when you first discover that you’re pregnant, but the 9 months leading up to the birth can be an emotional rollercoaster. Whether you’re a first-time mother or not, it’s natural to feel worried or stressed when preparing for the arrival of a new baby – but don’t worry, we’re here to help you prep with our selection of Sassy Mama’s Top 10 Pregnancy Books! Go on, give ’em a read!

Mayo Clinic Pregnancy Guide

1. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too!
Expectant mothers who appreciate accurate and reliable information about pregnancy based on medical knowledge – look no further! This heavy-duty book may seem daunting initially but is in fact one of the most comprehensive baby books out there. Written by medical professionals, the guide includes practical advice on how to make informed decisions when selecting a healthcare provider, prenatal testing options, birthing methods, etc. It also explains any discomforts or potential complications that one may experience over the course of pregnancy and how to deal with them. All in all, this 500-page book will provide you with all the knowledge and reassurance that you will need, making it a must-have on your reading list!

Find it: Available from for $118

The Baby Bump

2. The Baby Bump: 100s of Secrets to Surviving Those 9 Long Months
So perhaps a baby book chocked full of scientific terminology isn’t for you. In that case, you may find this bright and colourful book which covers all the basics much more appealing. Containing advice from both experts and real mums, The Baby Bump is a great choice if you’re looking for a fun read that is equally informative. Each chapter in the book covers one month of your pregnancy and includes a to-do list, what to expect, and thoughts you may be having plus additional guides that may be useful. It also includes some functional tables which can be used to record the baby’s activity after birth such as his or her sleeping and feeding pattern, making it an even more attractive option.

Find it: Available from for $109

Bump to Birthday Journal

3. Bump to Birthday, Pregnancy & First Year Journal
Whether you are purchasing it for personal use or as a baby shower gift, we guarantee that any mother-to-be will love this journal. One of a kind, it is beautifully designed with cute little illustrations and allows an expectant mother to record all the key moments over the course of her pregnancy as well as the first year of her child’s life. Not only can you write in this but you can also stick in any photographs you want – think first ever photo you take of your newborn (aww…). This journal will become a keepsake for the whole family and will act as a trip down memory lane when you pass it around during family gatherings 20 or 30 years down the line.

 Find it: Available from for $162

Dude You're Gonna Be a Dad

4. Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad! How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months
Like many expectant mothers, soon-to-be dads often feel equally anxious and helpless. Since it is undeniable that your partner plays a huge part in making the 9-month period as comfortable for you as possible, this book makes a valuable addition to your pregnancy library. Writing from personal experience, Pfeiffer offers advice on how a father-to-be can participate in the remarkable journey of becoming a parent – from dealing with morning sickness to painting the nursery and more. A comparatively lighter read, both you and your partner will enjoy reading and learning from this book together. Plus, it will be a nice bonding activity before the baby arrives and turns your world upside down!

 Find it: Available from for $61

Giggle Baby Gear

5. Giggle Guide to Baby Gear
Catered mostly towards first-time parents, this is a helpful guide on how to go about shopping for things that both the expectant mother and arriving baby will need. In a nutshell, the guide approaches the topic with a no-nonsense attitude and teaches expectant parents about everything gear-related by explaining the various options available while offering practical advice – most importantly, on the issue of safety. Additionally, the guide takes the factor of your family’s lifestyle into consideration, allowing you to find the most suitable products. By reading this book, you will be able to make well-informed decisions on what products you will need and should buy.

Find it: Available at for $23

Eating for Pregnancy

6. Eating for Pregnancy: The Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today’s Mothers-to-Be
Everyone knows the importance of eating healthy, especially when you’re eating for two. Given the effect that pregnancy has on your food preferences, it may be a challenge to find healthy foods that you are happy to eat, let alone cook. This is where Eating for Pregnancy comes in. It includes 150 recipes full of nutritious ingredients tailored to pregnant women, with an expanded section for vegetarians and vegans. The recipes will help you prepare fresh and easy-to-cook meals that everyone will enjoy. Each recipe comes with a clear nutritional breakdown, highlighting the beneficial elements for you and your baby. As a bonus, there is a section on the postpartum period which covers features like breastfeeding and exercises for you (with illustrations!).

 Find it: Available at for $101

Only Baby Book You'll Need

7. The Only Baby Book You’ll Ever Need: A Parent’s Guide to Everything!
The Only Baby Book You’ll Ever Need is one that all expectant parents (Yes, you too, Dads!) should take a look at. With fewer details on the actual pregnancy period and focusing more on the postpartum period, it answers all your questions that may come up when you’re caring for your newborn. There is a whole chapter dealing with situations that may immediately arise after the birth, followed by very comprehensive chapters dedicated to all the essentials of caring for the little one – feeding, sleeping, bowel issues and bath time. There is also one very unique chapter on how to understand your baby, an area currently unexplored in the baby books genre. All in all, this is an indispensable resource for the preparation of your baby’s arrival.

Find it: Available at for $91

Second Baby Survival Guide

8. The Second Baby Survival Guide: How to Stay Calm and Enjoy Life with a New Baby and a Toddler
Some of you expectant mums out there are lucky enough to already have one or more little one(s). With a new family member on the way, you may experience new concerns, making this a great guide. A parenting classic written by a mother of four boys, this particular baby book is a compilation of pragmatic advice on how to deal with a new baby. It offers a comprehensive guide on things like how to introduce the new baby to its older sibling, reorganising your daily routine around the children, as well as tackling undesirable behaviour resulting from sibling rivalry. This survival guide will offer all the helpful solutions and reassurance you need.

Find it: Available at for $19

The Baby Bump Twins and Triplets

9. The Baby Bump: Twins and Triplets Edition: 100s of Secrets for Those 9 Long Months with Multiples on Board
I just found out that I am having a multiple pregnancy! What do I do? Another book from The Baby Bump series, the twins and triplets edition can resolve your doubts and answer all your burning questions. Like our earlier recommendation, each chapter consists of a to-do list, what to expect, what you may be thinking, plus some useful information for that particular stage of your pregnancy. This book is great because it includes lots of medical facts on multiple pregnancies, often accompanied by easy-to-understand illustrations for clarity. Packed with expert advice and presented in a light-hearted manner, it is the ultimate source of information and reassurance for mothers who are expecting more than one baby!

Find it: Available at for $118


10. Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes
Thinking a bit further ahead, this is a fantastic book for mothers who want to provide the best nutrition for their babies and toddlers. As disclosed in the title, the book includes over 100 healthy and delicious recipes for your wee ones, all specially designed by Catherine, who studied at Manhattan’s Institute of Culinary Education. In terms of practicality, Weelicious also beats many other similar baby books by providing substantial advice on how to slowly build up your child’s habit of eating healthily, covering subjects like the deconstruction of common myths, how to shop for the right foods, and ways to promote children’s interest in eating. A perfect read for when your child is ready for the transition to solid food!

Find it: Available at for $232

Hopefully, these books will help ease some of the stress and help prepare you for the exciting months ahead!

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