The days that follow after you discover you’re pregnant are full of excitement, stress, anticipation, doubt, and a million other emotions that you cannot put into words. It’s a time when you find your mind flooded with worries. 

You will receive a lot of advice from friends, family, colleagues, even strangers you meet while taking a walk in the park. They will give you advice on what to eat, what not to eat, why you should give birth in a tub, and what to name your baby. While all this advice may be useful, it could possibly overwhelm you more than you already are.

This is where pregnancy books come to the rescue. There is nothing more relieving than turning to a good book for comfort, quiet advice, and some peace of mind. Be it a novel about motherhood, a book of memoirs of a mother, or just a book full of great advice. While you may not agree with everything that’s in the books, each of the books you read come with nuggets of wisdom you can hold on to for the next nine months. 

There are plenty of great books about pregnancy and motherhood, available in every genre and style. Read ahead to know our top recommendations:

  1. The New Rules of Pregnancy by Adrienne L. Simone MD, Jaqueline Worth MD, and Danielle Claro:

When you learn that you’re pregnant, everyone around you will constantly give you advice at every step of your journey. While sometimes you may appreciate the advice, the rest of the time it could completely drain, scare, and overwhelm you. If reassurance is what you’re seeking, this is the book for you. This book will not only help you understand the basics of pregnancy, but it will also answer questions you didn’t know you had. It also talks about self-care, planning the birth, and the postpartum phase. 

  1. What No One Tells You- A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood by Dr. Alexandra Sacks and Dr. Catherine Birndorf:

A must-read for all the new mommies out there, this book is written by top reproductive psychiatrists. Many mothers find themselves focused on the changes taking place in their bodies and on their babies over the course of their pregnancy. However, it is vital to remember that there are significant changes taking place in your mental state as well. This book covers the mental and emotional aspects of pregnancy and motherhood. It talks about how it is completely normal and natural to experience emotions like doubt, sadness, panic, and so on. 

  1. Expecting Better- Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong and What You Really Need to Know by Emily Oster:
    As an expecting mother, you might often wonder about things like whether a cup of coffee is really a bad thing and why. This book will give you a deeper insight into all the necessary data behind the conventional rules and aspects of pregnancy health. It will give you answers and reasons. The purpose of this book is to ensure that each woman embarking on the journey of motherhood makes the right choices based on facts and verified information.
  1. Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens:

This is an immensely powerful novel you won’t be able to take your eyes off till the end. It is a story about birth. A story about two expecting mothers in the midst of difficult labour. It talks about how each childbirth is an unpredictable event, a story of suspense. The author effortlessly creates a realistic portrayal of bringing a child into the world without being preachy. 

While there are several other remarkable books on pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood out there, we hope the ones in our list can help you walk through the initial weeks of your pregnancy with ease and peace. We would also love to hear your top picks of pregnancy books. Share your recommendations with us on Mothercare India’s Instagram.