Alternatives to "What to Expect When You're Expecting"

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I found Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth informative and empowering… not sure DH found it terribly interesting though!

Post # 5
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I have the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. I like it a lot. 

Post # 6
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I loved Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? by Jena Pincott. She starts at the beginning of pregnancy, following through 9 months and a few beyond, and offers a lot of potential answers to questions you may have, all based on scientific studies. I found her to be really objective, and even though she brings in a lot of statistics, her writing is easy to read.

I have the Mayo Clinic Guide as well, and that was good for overall information but not much more in depth than what you already get on or on the Mayo Clinic website.

Post # 7
953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

The Pregnancy Instruction Manual by Sarah Jordan and David Ufberg was my and DH’s favorite pregnancy book. It’s written like a technical manual, with funny (but useful) diagrams and such, which make it entertaining!

Also in the same series is the Baby Owner’s Manual by Louis and Joe Borgenicht, which we enjoyed! It’s more about what to expect when baby comes.


ETA: edited for spelling/grammar 


Post # 8
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I bought what to expect and have to say I am a little disapointed to how negative it is! I don’t know of any others, but I recommend that you choose something else!!

Post # 9
1563 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I second the Mayo Clinic guide. For your husband, I highly recommend the Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies. DH reads it at night and has learned so much! It’s also pretty funny!

Post # 10
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, What to Expect was NOT written by health professionals/doctors/etc. and is full of scare tactics.

Post # 12
1286 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I like the Mayo Clinic book and LOVE the Pregnant Body Book ( The Pregnant Body Book doesn’t necessarily give advise, but does have amazing pictures and explain how the baby is forming in great detail. I’ve sent this book to friends and family when they announce, and everyone loves it.

Post # 13
1286 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Double post-Sorry!

Post # 15
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@awakemysoul:  For your husband: 

Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads by Gary Greenberg.

Post # 16
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Check out The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine if you’re just looking for a funny/give-it-to-me-straight type of pregnancy book.

For medical reference, I had the Mayo Clinic book. 

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