I've been reading Kaz Cooke's guide - is funny but not loads and loads of detail. Was given the Yummy Mummy guide by Liz Fraser - then I got to the bit about her weight gain in pregnancy and then someone told me she had admitted being anorexic during her pregnancies - which was a shame as I can't take her advice as seriously now. Are there any others Mumsnetters can recommend?
Honestly? I found the internet much better than any of the books. Babycentre.co.uk has quite good week by week info.
Pregnancy for Dummies is ok, about the right level of detail, but tbh if you've been on the web then you'll know it all anyway. I also read the Mumsnet guide to pregnancy which was good for all the stuff the more official sources don't mention, but most of it is on MN anyway.
What to Expect When You're Expecting was my go too. Practical and not 'frilly' mush. Some bits are a little American but all in all I thought it was great. In month by month chapters and big section on childbirth.
I was given a few. My taste leans towards the helpful and factual - I don't have much patience for forced hilarity or bad medical advice!
The one I liked most was Lesley Regan's "Pregnancy Week by Week." She's an Ob/Gyn and it's factual, pictorial and interesting.
I also love the classic Nilsson/ Hamberger photo book "A Child is Born" for looking at photos of baby inside the womb at every stage.
Jools' Oliver's "Minus Nine to One" was a quick and fun read, though she grates a bit and it comes across pretty quickly how privileged she is. Nevertheless I enjoyed it.
I really, really hated the "Best Friends Guide to Pregnancy" - that woman has a real complex about herself. It was the most negative thing I read - don't like being told not to have sex for nine months and that my husband will never fancy me again, thanks! Also extremely suspect medical "advice" in there - I've given it a negative review on Amazon and wouldn't recommend the book to anyone. Not a fun read, no photos, depressing.