10 best pregnancy books for first time mums in 2021
Congratulations if you have just found out you are pregnant! In this article I share with you my 10 best pregnancy books for first time mums in 2021, and why I love them. Discovering you are pregnant can be exciting, exhilarating and daunting in equal measures. But there are lots of information packed books out there to help support your journey and empower you with knowledge. I love books by experts in their field, with qualifications to back them up. These are my best books for new parents:
The Day-by-day Pregnancy Book, Dr Maggie Blott et al.
While I’ve not ordered these books, this is my number one out of the 10 best pregnancy books for first time mums in 2020. Written by a panel of experts, it provides so much useful information.
Your pregnancy week by week, what to expect from conception to birth, Professor Lesley Regan
Factual and informative book about your pregnancy and the development of your baby by Obstetric doctor, Professor Lesely Regan. Easy to see why this is a best seller.
Your baby week by week, the ultimate guide to caring for your new baby, Dr Caroline Fertleman and Simone Cave
Informative book about what to expect from your new born baby, and development milestones. Written by paediatrician Dr Caroline Fertleman and conveniently broken down into weeks, meaning for sleep deprived new parents it is even easier to digest.
Eating during pregnancy, Dr Harriet Holme
Confession time, I’ve written a book on nutrition during pregnancy. For new mums searching for credible information about what to eat during pregnancy. It’s packed full of the latest guidance and science backed information about what to eat for pregnancy.
While these next books aren’t for pregnancy, I’ve still included them here in my 10 best pregnancy books for first time mums in 2021, because I think they are excellent parenting books for once your baby is born.
You might also find you have more time to read them during pregnancy!
Oh Crap potty training, everything modern parents need to know to do it once and do it right, Jamie Glowacki
Not only does this book have a great title, but it is easy to read and contains a step by step practical guide to potty training. From personal experience, despite 10 years as paediatrician, I found this book helpful with my own children.
Postpartum Nutrition A Expert’s Guide to Eating After a Baby, Dr Harriet Holme
Foreword by General Practitioner, Dr Preeya Alexander.
“Harriet has beautifully broken down what the body (both mum and baby’s) needs in the postpartum period. She gives you the nuts and bolts so that you can make informed choices when it comes to diet and food choices. This is a really helpful guide for mothers – I just wish I had read it sooner!”
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will be Glad That You Did), Philippa Perry
A really insightful and thought provoking insight into how your childhood may affect your adult life and how you parent your own children.
How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen, A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7, Joanna Faber and Julie King
You might not have toddlers yet, or even your baby in your arms, but understanding how to get your children to listen and communicate effectively is such a key part of parenting. I’ve found this book endlessly useful, and has helped me with wilful toddlers who just didn’t want to listen to me!
The Whole-Brain Child, 12 proven strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind, Dr Daniel Siegel and Dr Tina Bryson
Another book written by experts. This book explains the neurodevelopment of children, to enable you to use age appropriate strategies for supporting development, and getting over those struggles of parenting.
A compilation of Katie’s stick drawings, that manage to impart such life and emotion. Light relief from parenting and honest reflection of parenting. Providing comforting reassurance that everyone else isn’t a perfect parent except for you.
How to Grow a Baby and Push it Out, Clemmie Hooper
Midwife Clemmie Hooper might have had to close her Instagram account down after making the mother of all mistakes, but her book contains practical information. Written in a more chatty style, like talking with a friend.
I’ve also got other articles about nutrition during pregnancy including what to eat during pregnancy.