This is a thread for recommendations of books for other mothers- and fathers-to-be to read. Please only include books you've actually read (or are currently reading), and give a breif summary of why you're recommending them. If you can, include both the title and author's name.
My first three suggestions are:
"Your Vegetarian Pregnancy" by Dr. Holly Roberts.
I know this isn't an issue for everyone, but if you are veggie, vegan, or limit your consumption of meat, this might be of interest to you. It does include a month by month summary of what happens to you and the baby as the pregnancy progresses, but for me, what was most useful was the section on nutrition, for each essential nutrient comparing a 'typical' vegetarian diet with a 'typical' meat eating one, and saying whether it was more common in a veggie diet, about the same as a meat eater's, or less common. It also gives suggstions of foods that contain nutrients you may otherwise be lacking, and suggests ways to counter the concerns/fears/nags of other people who may feel a veggie diet is unsuitable for a pregnant woman. The one downside is that it is American, so quite a lot of the references to the anti-natal medical care refer to what happens in the USA.
"The Best Friends' Guide to Pregnancy, Or Everything Your Doctor Won't Tell You" by Vicki Iovine.
This is quite light-hearted in places, and definately sets out to be a 'no shit' account of what happens. It doesn't aim to give you the medical facts, but focusses more on how you feel and to some extent how you look. Again it's American, but in the UK edition, the vocabualry has been altered (so it talks about 'dummies' and 'nappies', not 'pacifiers' and 'diapers'), and there are at least some acknowledgements that the UK medical system is different.
The third book is one that Chris recommends:
"Fatherhood - The Truth" by Marcus Berkmann.
Asked why he was recommending it, he said "it's quite funny!". He also said it's quite 'bloke-ish' at times (don't know whether that's a good thing or not!), and is one of the few he's come across aimed specifically at men. He found it quite reassuring to read that fathers to be can be left feeling a bit redundant at times, but that this is nothing to worry about.