A selection of must read books

There are many dozens of pregnancy guides available covering everything from multiple births to handbooks for new grandparents. Some of the more useful and better written ones are shown below. We have copies of all these books for you to look at in our waiting area library. We also have a large number of Baby Name books that always seem to be the most popular books in our library.

The New Zealand Pregnancy Book

Sue Pullon | Published by Bridget Williams Books Ltd. 2008

A pregnancy guide written specifically for New Zealand women. Clear, detailed and well written.

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Your New Pregnancy Bible

Anne Deans | Published by Hamlyn Publishing. 2018

No attempt at modesty in the title but with 400 plus pages it does exactly what it says on the cover.

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Up the Duff

Kaz Cooke | Published by Penguin. 2020

A new 2020 edition of the irreverent Australian guide to pregnancy. Described as “everything you need to know about the scary parts, the funny parts and your private parts”.

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Baby Bliss

Jo Ryan | Published by Harper Collins. 2010

Still a very popular Australian guide to settling and establishing routines for baby over the first few months.

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The Day-By-Day Pregnancy Book

Dr Maggie Blott | Published by Dorling Kindersley. 2018

Running to 500 pages this is a very comprehensive British book with numerous detailed photographs. It includes a day by day account of baby’s progress and development.

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What to Expect When You're Expecting

Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff & Sandee Hathaway | Published by Simon Shuste. 2017

Described by USA Today as “one of the 25 most influential books of the last 25 years”. Uses a question and answer approach and most of the questions you are likely to ask are covered. Has also expanded into a range of baby care books such as “What to Expect in the First Year”, “What to expect when you’re Breastfeeding”, and “What to Expect in the Toddler Years”.

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The Positive Birth Book

Millie Hill | Published by Pinter & Martin. 2017

Mainly down to earth and up to date advice from one of the founders of The Positive Birth Movement.

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Pregnancy for Men: The Expectant Dad's Guide

Mark Woods | Published by White Ladder. 2018

An irreverent but informative guide in the same vein as Up the Duff but to sit on a guy’s side of the bed.

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Your Pregnancy Week by Week

Prof. Lesley Regan | Published by Dorling Kindersley. 2019

A very detailed and favourably reviewed British guide from the Professor of Obstetrics at a London teaching hospital.

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When You Are Expecting Twins, Triplets, Quads

Barbara Luke and Tamara Eberlein | Published by William Morrow Paperbacks. 2017

A very comprehensive guide to multiple pregnancy and looking after twins. Written for an American audience but frequently mentioned as a useful guide on twin blogs.

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