I suspect that the Mayo Clinic needs no introduction, and the ranking of this book in the Amazon Bestsellers list (#1 Best Seller in Motherhood) tells you everything you need to know. It is an authoritative reference manual written by doctors what are also parents.
All of the books discussed here have value, but if you want to buy just one, which will provide you with clear, concise, factual information, this has to be the one. It is extremely well organized into six sections:
- Enjoying a Healthy Pregnancy
- Pregnancy Month by Month
- Baby is Finally Here
- Important Decisions of Pregnancy
- Symptoms Guide
- Complications of Pregnancy and Childbirth
Within these headings there are various further topics which makes this a very easy book to dip in and out of to find the information required at any one time. Some of the topics above are covered in other books, or in other ways. I thought the last three sections listed above were actually the most valuable and one of the reasons why this book stands out from the pack. I wouldn’t want to go through a pregnancy without having this on my bookshelf.