Book Review: Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

I am one of those people who likes school because I do my best learning from reading. When I found out I was pregnant, the first thing I wanted to do is pick up books to read. I know everyone tells you to read “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” but I was steered away from that book by several people because it has a habit of playing off of fears (and almost every mom I knew who had read that book ended up pretty paranoid about their pregnancies.) I bought 2 books on pregnancy, here I am reviewing the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, 2011. This book retails for about $12.00 at various booksellers.

This is a comprehensive book about pregnancy written by medical experts from the Mayo Clinic (and as the book points out “from doctors who are parents too.”) There are thirty total chapters covering preparing for pregnancy, pregnancy month-by-month chapters, labor and delivery (including a separate chapter covering cesarean birth) and chapters for after the baby is born including a chapter about newborns, issues for mom and managing as parents. There is a whole part ¬†dedicated to important pregnancy decisions such as genetic screening, prenatal testing, breastfeeding, and specific delivery decisions including elective cesarean, vaginal birth after cesarean pain relief and contraception after delivery. The final part of the book covers complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and pregnancy loss.

Each month-by month chapter breaks down in to weeks and provides information about the baby’s growth, mother’s body changes, mother’s emotions, and prenatal checkup for that month. Some chapters have additional sections about shopping (for maternity clothes, and a separate one for baby items) cord blood banking, preparing you body for labor and thinking ahead for child care.

Throughout the book are exercises that pregnant women can do to keep in shape and prepare for labor and delivery.

I really loved this book. It is so comprehensive in scope. It is also well-written and easy to understand. It was my primary go-to book for everything pregnancy related. The other book I got was good, but I preferred this book over it because the Mayo Clinic book just seemed to be better put together. It was easier for me to find information I was looking for than in the other book that I had. I also really liked that there was a section about after pregnancy, which was really helpful when I was now faced with a newborn (and no time to run out for a new book!)


  • Comprehensive-covers just about everything you could want to know about pregnancy and a little beyond
  • Easy to read, easy to find information
  • Provides information in a neutral way, avoids playing off of fears that other books can lean towards
  • Has a chapter about newborn care, so you won’t need another book right away


  • This book is dense and heavy to carry around
  • Can lean towards clinical, there aren’t any “personal” experiences listed as I’ve seen in other books

Would I recommend this book to others? I already have. I really loved having this book as a resource and I’m glad it was on my shelf any time I needed information.


Disclaimer: All items purchased by me. All opinions are my own



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