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Top 11 Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Books


Updated June 19, 2014

There are so many pregnancy books available on pregnancy, labor, birth, babies and breastfeeding, where do you start? Here are some of the ones that I have found to be well-rounded, informational and sometimes even fun! 

1. Your Best Birth

Your Best Birth - Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
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Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein is very much about all of your options in birth, from doctors and hospitals to homebirths and midwives. The book is not preachy at all and really seeks to help you understand how they perceive the birth climate and what you can do to have the birth that you want. It is written in the tone of your friends giving you the real scoop on labor and birth.

2. Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth

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This comprehensive, easy to read book is written by the leaders in the field. You've got all of the pregnancy and birth topics covered in an easy to understand, practical manner. This doesn't have a tone of waiting for something to go wrong and proactively helps you make decisions based on fact not fiction. You'll enjoy this book immensely.

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3. The Official Lamaze Guide

The Official Lamaze Guide
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This book is an instant classic! With great advice, humor and birth stories, Lothian and DeVires share the truth about birth and how to make it a wonderful time in your life. The factual information is provided in a practical way, including how to pick a place of birth, talk to you doctor or midwife and most importantly how to trust your body.

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4. Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
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This treasure helps make sense of all the recent medical literature on the tough issues like vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), breech birth, home birth, breaking the waters, and having an IV. What you may have always thought was in your best interest may not actually be...

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5. Taking Charge of Your Fertility

Taking Charge of Your Fertility
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A great primer on getting pregnant and avoiding pregnancy. This book is the basic text on every fertility specialists list because it gives you enough information about your body to help pin point problems and maximize your chances of conception.

6. The Birth Partner

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
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The most comprehensive guide to supporting a laboring woman available. This work is designed to be used before and during delivery, including quick reference guides for the on the spot coaching. by Penny Simkin
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7. The Nursing Mother's Companion

The Nursing Mother's Companion
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My personal favorite in breastfeeding books. This is an easy to read book that is well divided into sections that you use as you need them, this makes for ease of use when holding a fussy baby in one hand and the book in the other. (Note covers may look different as there is a new edition out.)

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8. Birthing from Within

Birthing from Within
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This book is great for helping to define your birthing philosophy and getting through pregnancy and labor. With sound advice about dealing with the emotions of pregnancy and birth, you can't go wrong. A very unique read.

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9. The Baby Book

The Baby Book
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A pediatrician's family inspired this book and his theory of parenting. Up-to-date medical information allowing you to make the choices necessary to raise a healthy, happy child.
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10. Easing Labor Pain

Easing Labor Pain
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The title says it all. In a nonjudgmental way, the author gives you advice on all the ways to relieve pain in labor from water to epidurals and beyond.

11. Laughter & Tears: The Emotional Life of a New Mother

Laughter & Tears The Emotional Life of a New Mother
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A great resource for the new family. It discusses many of the joys and frustrations of new parenting. Written by Elisabeth Bing, founder of Lamaze.
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