Reading and Research

Many expectant and new mums spend a lot of their time reading everything that’s out there to help with advice and suggestions. Some women choose to read nothing and there is certainly no right or wrong. If you are a lady that likes to read, I hope the reading list below (sounds like school again?!) is helpful to you:

Which Book?

Which Book?


What to Expect by Heidi Murkoff
This book is more of reference book which you can refer to whenever you have a question. Some midwives and doctors prefer their clients not to read it as some of the information can be a little off putting, but if your an information-aholic then it’s a good book to keep by the loo!

The Pregnancy Bible by Joanne Stone and Keith Eddleman
A slighty more medical book that includes a lot of information about nutrition and exercise and medical care

New Pregnancy and Birth by Dr Miriam Stoppard
Covers off all the week by week / month by month changes to you and your body. Includes some emotional advice.

Ask a Midwife by Catharine Parker-Littler
Lots of Labour and Birth information and some advice on life with a baby

Baby Centre –
Everything you could ever wish to know. You can put your expected due date in and they will send you regular emails that cover your pregnancy stages. There are different sites for UK, US and India. Choose the one that you prefer.

What to Expect –
As above – covers everything including forums for asking questions. As with Baby Centre you can input your due date / baby’s birthday and it will send relevant and timely emails.

Midwives Online –
A midwife led opinion on pregnancy, labour and birth.

NHS Online –
The National Health Service of the UK as a great resource page covering week by week gestation as well as labour and birth


What to Expect, The First Year by Heidi Murkoff
Like her first book, this is a great reference book. It includes month by month updates on ‘what you can expect’!

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau
The E.A.S.Y routine and also lots of really helpful advice on listening to and deciphering your babies cries.

The Contented Baby by Gina Ford
Routines to help you understand what your baby wants and needs

The Wonder Weeks by Frans Pooij and Hetty van der Rijt
The book helps you get through fussy periods & mental leaps


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