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Best Pregnancy Books: The 25 TOP Maternity Books of All Time

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.
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Best Pregnancy Books

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You’re Not Alone!

Pregnancy is one of those things you don’t really need to know about until the first time you really need to know about it. And then one day, you’re expecting a baby (or trying to get there), and it becomes the most fascinating topic in the world.

The good news? I know how that feels! Which is exactly why I created this list of the 25 best pregnancy books of all time.

Whether you’ve just started your pregnancy, or you’re 30 weeks through; whether it’s the first time you’re pregnant or the tenth; whether you’re an expectant mom or dad – you’ll find tons of must-read books on pregnancy, maternity and childbirth on this ultimate list.

Bonus Tip: If you enjoy this list of maternity books, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy these lists of the best books on babies and the best books on parenting.

The 25 Best Pregnancy Books Of All Time

Why these top pregnancy books and not others? The best pregnancy books below are the top picks from my master database, ranked by a combination of Goodreads rating, the number of Goodreads reviews and first publication date. The goal is to balance what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s proven timelessly relevant advice.

Think something’s missing? Leave a comment or email me and I’ll add it to the next round of updates. I honestly love hearing from you so please, do get in touch!

Books 1-5: The Top 5 Best Pregnancy Books of All Time

Here are the 5 best pregnancy books from my database…

Best Pregnancy Books: Spiritual Midwifery
1. Spiritual Midwifery – Ina May Gaskin
Published 1975 // 482 pages // Rated 4.4 over 5,500 reviews on Goodreads
Best Pregnancy Books: Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
2. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin
Published 2003 // 348 pages // Rated 4.4 over 18,100 reviews on Goodreads
Best Pregnancy Books: The Birth Partner
3. The Birth Partner – Penny Simkin
Published 1989 // 337 pages // Rated 4.3 over 5,200 reviews on Goodreads
Best Pregnancy Books: Expecting Better
4. Expecting Better – Emily Oster
Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong – and What You Really Need to Know
Published 2013 // 336 pages // Rated 4.3 over 12,200 reviews on Goodreads
Best Pregnancy Books: Pregnancy, Childbirth And The Newborn
5. Pregnancy, Childbirth And The Newborn – Penny Simkin
Published 1984 // 512 pages // Rated 4.2 over 2,200 reviews on Goodreads

Books 6-25: 20 Good Pregnancy Books to Read Next

Here are the next 20 best pregnancy books from my database…

6. What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Heidi Murkoff
Published 1969 // 597 pages // Rated 3.8 over 46,100 reviews on Goodreads
7. Active Birth – Janet Balaskas
The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally
Published 1983 // 272 pages // Rated 4.1 over 1,500 reviews on Goodreads
8. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy – Roger Harms
Published 2004 // 614 pages // Rated 4.1 over 4,800 reviews on Goodreads
9. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth – Henci Goer
Published 1999 // 384 pages // Rated 4.1 over 3,100 reviews on Goodreads
10. Pushed – Jennifer Block
The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care
Published 2007 // 316 pages // Rated 4.2 over 2,600 reviews on Goodreads
11. Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way – Susan McCutcheon
Published 1984 // 336 pages // Rated 4.0 over 2,600 reviews on Goodreads
12. Birthing from Within – Pam England
An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
Published 1998 // 331 pages // Rated 4.0 over 5,100 reviews on Goodreads
13. The Pregnancy Book – William Sears
A Month-By-Month Guide Tag: Everythg. You Need to Know from America’S..
Published 1997 // 448 pages // Rated 4.2 over 900 reviews on Goodreads
14. Natural Hospital Birth – Cynthia Gabriel
The Best of Both Worlds
Published 2011 // 272 pages // Rated 4.3 over 1,500 reviews on Goodreads
15. Childbirth without Fear – Grantly Dick-Read
The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth
Published 1959 // 352 pages // Rated 3.9 over 1,200 reviews on Goodreads
16. The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy – Vicki Iovine
Published 1995 // 255 pages // Rated 3.7 over 8,700 reviews on Goodreads
17. The Positive Birth Book – Milli Hill
A new approach to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks
Published 2017 // 320 pages // Rated 4.4 over 1,200 reviews on Goodreads
18. The Expectant Father – Armin A. Brott
Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be
Published 1995 // 271 pages // Rated 3.8 over 4,400 reviews on Goodreads
19. Birth – Tina Cassidy
The Surprising History of How We Are Born
Published 2006 // 320 pages // Rated 4.1 over 2,600 reviews on Goodreads
20. Like a Mother – Angela Garbes
A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
Published 2018 // 256 pages // Rated 4.3 over 4,700 reviews on Goodreads
21. Birth Skills – Juju Sundin
Proven pain-management techniques for your labour and birth
Published 2007 // 304 pages // Rated 4.2 over 600 reviews on Goodreads
22. Birth without Violence – Frédérick Leboyer
Published 1974 // 144 pages // Rated 4.0 over 500 reviews on Goodreads
23. The Mama Natural – Genevieve Howland
Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
Published 2017 // 528 pages // Rated 4.4 over 1,000 reviews on Goodreads
24. HypnoBirthing – Marie F. Mongan
The Mongan Method
Published 1998 // 302 pages // Rated 3.8 over 4,600 reviews on Goodreads
25. Real Food for Pregnancy – Lily Nichols
The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition
Published 2018 // 348 pages // Rated 4.6 over 500 reviews on Goodreads

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Arthur Worsley
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