As we journey towards motherhood, it’s so important to focus on all the Lord has planned for us and remember to place our trust and faith in him. Pregnancy is certainly a joyful time in our lives, but you may feel like you need some practical advice and encouragement to help you know what to expect. There are many Christian pregnancy books out there and finding the right one can provide hope and encouragement to help you navigate any challenge you may face in your pregnancy.
If you’ve turned to Christian pregnancy books looking for guidance, you may have felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices available. Whether you’re looking for a book on birth, the stages of pregnancy, or the transition to motherhood after your baby is born, we’ve created a list of the 10 best Christian pregnancy books to help you find one (or even a few!) that will inform, inspire, and encourage you throughout your pregnancy.
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The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Pregnancy by Erin MacPherson
Mamas love this guide to pregnancy because it not only gives practical tips and information, but MacPherson also encourages you to rely on Christ throughout your pregnancy. Reading this book feels like you’re sitting in your living room chatting with a friend, and it has made so many mothers feel comfortable and prepared for what comes after birth.
Waiting in Wonder: Growing in Faith While You’re Expecting by Catherine Claire Larson
The waiting is sometimes the most difficult part of pregnancy, especially when you’re eager to meet the precious gift God has given you. Whether you’re having your first little one or your fourth, Waiting in Wonder helps mamas-to-be embrace the calling of motherhood and prepare themselves spiritually for the joy that is to come. Each devotional in this book is designed to encourage and uplift you, no matter what stage of your pregnancy you’re in.
Daily Wisdom for the Mommy-to-Be: Everyday Encouragement during Your Pregnancy by Stacey Thureen
There are many Christian pregnancy books out there, but Stacey Thureen’s devotional is a beautiful testament to the fact that we all need a daily reminder to pause and listen to what the Lord is doing in our hearts. If you’re looking for a book that you can read and reflect on each day of your pregnancy, this is the book for you. With each day’s devotion, Thureen also shares a bible verse and a prayer to deepen your faith and relationship with the Lord. Take note, mamas, because when you’re looking for bible verses for baby announcements, you’re going to want to look back on a few of the verses paired so beautifully with each devotion.
Praying Through Your Pregnancy: An Inspirational Week-by-Week Guide for Moms-to-Be by Jennifer Polimino and Carolyn Warren
Prayer is so powerful in every aspect of our lives, and many women turn to God in prayer throughout their pregnancy. New mamas especially need prayer, both for their children and for themselves, and this guide will help you better understand the development of your baby while you give your stress and anxiety to the Lord.
Expecting: Praying for Your Child’s Development- Body and Soul by Marla Taviano
Each week of your pregnancy while reading this book, you will be blessed with a prayer, an inspirational quote, and a devotional based on your child’s development. Not only does this lovely prayer guide inspire you to pray fervently for your child, it also gives space for you to journal your thoughts and feelings throughout your pregnancy. Dear friends, this book is bound to be a keepsake that you will love and cherish for many years to come.
A Pregnancy Devotional- I’m Praying for You: 40 Weeks of Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for Your Developing Baby by Rebekah Tague
This book is a great resource for any mama looking for guidance in prayer. When we cover our children in prayer, God hears the cry of our hearts and surrounds us with his presence. Each week of this devotional has a different theme, and the author has included precious verses and prayers to encourage you each day. There is also a place to include your own prayers, thoughts, and pictures to hold onto and cherish.
5 Books to Give You Encouragement and Peace About Birth
Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize
Childbirth can be a scary thing for a first-time mom, but as Christians we know the Lord is with us through every experience in our lives, and we know we can find peace in his presence. Supernatural Childbirth gives practical tips for how to trust in God throughout your pregnancy and birth. Author Jackie Mize also shares her own personal testimony of how God blessed her with four beautiful children, despite being told that she would never conceive. The testimonies shared in this stunning book are powerful and encouraging to any mama who has faced fear or anxiety during pregnancy.
Christ Centered Childbirth by Kellie J. Townsend
Just like every other area of our lives, childbirth should be Christ-centered, but our fear and anxiety about birth often gets in the way. The focus of this book is making Christ the center of our lives, even when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. Christ Centered Children helps women rely on the Holy Spirit during birth instead of relying on their own bodies and strength.
Redeeming Childbirth by Angie Tolpin
When we think about the miracle of birth, it’s not hard to see that God designed our bodies in an incredible way. In this encouraging book on childbirth, Angie Tolpin brings mothers everywhere back to the idea that birth is more than just an event when a child is born. There is intention and purpose behind God’s design for childbirth, and Tolpin encourages mothers to embrace God’s presence during birth. In this book, the author also aims to get rid of the disunity among mothers that is caused by differences in birth choices, and help all Christian mothers see that God is present during childbirth, no matter where it takes place.
Labor with Hope: Gospel Meditations on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood by Gloria Furman
There are so many pregnancy books out there, and sometimes even Christian pregnancy books, that offer advice for pregnant women that is well-meaning, but leads to women being discouraged when things don’t go as planned. In Labor with Hope, Gloria Furman reminds all mamas-to-be that we can have joy and hope throughout our pregnancies, but only Christ can provide the strength for us to get there.
Holy Labor by Aubry G. Smith
Women are made to believe so many different things about birth and motherhood, and in this book, Aubry G. Smith gives an encouraging word about the truth surrounding childbirth. Pulling from the scriptures and her own personal experience, Aubry G. Smith shares with women how to reclaim what birth was meant to be and how to see pregnancy and birth through the lens of God’s word. In Holy Labor, the author aims to help Christina mamas find their voice in birth and show the reader how birth is meant to give us a clearer picture of the Gospel.
The Christian Childbirth Handbook by Jennifer Vanderlaan
The choices we make surrounding the birth of our little one are the earliest decisions we make in motherhood. This handbook is a wonderful resource to help mothers be informed about the options they have, and also to help them apply Biblical principles to every aspect of their pregnancy and birth. The Christian Childbirth Handbook also provides new parents with the tools they need to be prepared for birth and their new life after birth.
No matter what stage of pregnancy you’re in, you’ve likely experienced the joy, and sometimes fear that comes with having a baby on the way. Many pregnant women turn to pregnancy books looking for encouragement and guidance, but the number of books out there can be overwhelming for many expectant mothers. If you’ve looked all over for the best Christian pregnancy books, you’re not alone.
God designed our bodies perfectly to be able to grow our little ones and give birth, and each book here will help you to reflect on God’s plan for you as a mother. Our hope is that each book will encourage you to focus on God’s presence and his word throughout your pregnancy and birth. Even though many days during pregnancy can feel long, the nine months often go by quicker than we expected. Before you know it, you will be holding your little one in your arms and picking out bible verses for your baby announcement!
With so many Christian pregnancy books to choose from, we hope this list of highly-rated books narrows down your search and helps you find a book to encourage you on your journey towards motherhood.
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