The cover of the book "Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month" by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Looking for a book to guide you through planning your pregnancy, giving birth, and recovering afterward? For trusted, in-depth advice, turn to Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month from ACOG.

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International Book Awards logo. Winner in the women's health category of the 2021 International Book Awards.


Based on the latest medical guidelines

Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month offers the latest medical guidelines in straightforward, easy-to-read language to help you make the best decisions for you and your pregnancy. Features include illustrations that show the location and development of a fetus at every stage. There’s also a chapter of Frequently Asked Questions and important tools you can use when talking with your ob-gyn, including

  • a medical history form to review before your first prenatal care visit

  • a form to track possible exposure to toxic or harmful things at home or work

  • a checklist for tracking symptoms or concerns during the postpartum period

  • a chart to note contact information for friends, family, and health care providers who will help you during the postpartum period


Take charge of your pregnancy

Your Pregnancy and Childbirth encourages you to

  • learn about prepregnancy health and planning, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period

  • use the information you learn to talk with your ob-gyn and others who may care for you during pregnancy

  • be an empowered, active decision-maker in your care

Get the answers you need

Using the latest research and drawing on their own experience caring for pregnant women, the nation's ob-gyns provide answers to your questions about pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.

  • What's going on in my body during each month of pregnancy?

  • How can I be as healthy as possible for myself and my baby?

  • What signs and symptoms should prompt me to call my ob-gyn?

  • Where is the safest place to give birth?

  • What pain-relief options are available for labor and delivery?

  • How are medical conditions managed during pregnancy?

  • How can I take care of myself in the weeks after giving birth?

  • How does COVID-19 affect doctor visits, travel during pregnancy, and breastfeeding?

Pregnancy is a life-changing experience. Get the answers and support you need from Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month.

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Recent Awards

International Book Awards logo. Winner in the women's health category of the 2021 International Book Awards.

Independent Publisher Book Awards logo. Silver medal in the parenting category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

The Eric Hoffer Award seal. 2021 honorable mention. Honorable mention in the health category of the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

Readers' Favorite Book Awards logo. Honorable mention in the non-fiction parenting category of the Readers' Favorite Book Awards.


Reader Reviews

"After becoming a mom I realize that there is so much one needs to know while expecting a baby...and a book that is put together by the experts is a savior!" —Gazala Siddiq, Instagram

"In clearly phrased and precisely detailed chapters, readers are given all the medical, nutritional, procedural, and psychological knowledge they’ll require, with no jargon, no omissions, and plenty of confident encouragement." —Kirkus Reviews

"There are obviously a lot of pregnancy books out there, but this book by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) will truly be a game-changer for women. It focuses on shared decision-making in healthcare, so women can feel empowered in their choices rather than having medical decisions dictated to them." —Chelsea, Instagram

"I appreciated in particular the section on giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic, as that has changed so many things about how hospital birth happens. As a doula, I know my clients have had these things at the forefront of their minds and ACOG addressing these concerns directly is much needed." —Bethany Ruth B., NetGalley

"If you’re a first time mom, or just looking for a refresher course in pregnancy and postpartum that’s a little more reliable than good ol’ google, definitely check out [this book]." —Katherine DeVries, Instagram

"The text is accompanied by many useful charts, graphs, and photographs. But the most illuminating supplement is a series of illustrations showing the exact size, location, and development of the fetus at every stage—not only where it is situated, but also what it can do." —Kirkus Reviews

"This is a vital guide for prospective parents. With its clarity, medical wisdom, and calm narration, it keeps worries at bay and helps ground mothers-to-be who are facing a plethora of one-sided or opinion-based pregnancy advice. The book acknowledges the difficulties that can occur at every stage, with unwavering, body-positive support." —Melissa Wuske, Foreword Reviews

"When you are thinking about starting a family, you want a book that is new, up to date, and represents diversity in the photographs and information. This book is a great reference tool." —Stephanie M., NetGalley



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This information is designed as an educational aid for the public. It offers current information and opinions related to women's health. It is not intended as a statement of the standard of care. It does not explain all of the proper treatments or methods of care. It is not a substitute for the advice of a physician. Read ACOG’s complete disclaimer.