There is no doubt that reading for fun or for information can be virtually impossible once your new bundle of joy arrives! Getting a head start on good reading material during (or before) your pregnancy can be helpful to all involved, and can sometimes help you evaluate what kind of parenting elements you and your partner want to practice. If you didn't have time to read or didn't know what to read until now, and baby is here or near, get a postpartum doula! They can help you attain evidence-based information quickly and accurately, and show you how to put it into practice.
On Becoming a Mother
Ourselves As Mothers: The Universal Experience of Motherhood by Sheila Kitzinger
by Sally Placksin
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin -- This is a great book for expecting moms and partners. It explains the birthing progress while also helping partners with coping strategies and understanding what the mother is going through.*
The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth by William and Martha Sears -- Anything by Dr. Sears is pretty much guaranteed to be great!
The Mother's Changing Body
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin*
The Newborn and Infant Care
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by James, Martha, Robert, and William Sears*** If you only get one book, this should be the one! It covers all categories.
Your Amazing Newborn by Marshall H. Klaus and Phyllis H. Klaus