Here are a few books that have helped me on my journey to motherhood:
The following is a list of my pregnancy book suggestions. I looked at many pregnancy books, and I ended up choosing a select few. These reads have provided me with a lot of information about pregnancy, birthing and baby.
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Pregnancy Book Suggestions:
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin is a great resource.
The first part of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is a collection of birthing stories. I personally didn’t read the entire section, because I wanted to dive straight into the information.
The second part of the book talks about the many processes and options during birth. This includes information about everything from medications to birthing positions. I highly recommend this book to any new mom-to-be.
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin is another great resource.
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding is an empowering read. I read it during pregnancy, in preparation, so that I would know what to do when my baby would arrive. The book talks about everything from breastfeeding positions to breastfeeding complications, to natural remedies for breast infections. Yes, that happens.
This is definitely a good resource to have on hand. I had to refer back to it a few times after my baby was born, and I was really glad to have it in my collection.
Hypnobirthing by Marie Mongan was a game changer for me.
Hypnobirthing is a fantastic pregnancy book. It changes our conditioned negative perspective towards the natural birthing process, to a positive one. The author teaches us that fear is largely associated with the pain during labour and delivery, and how we can overcome it.
The book comes with a CD which includes a couple of meditations to help you through the process. I listened to and practised, the first meditation daily. I used the “Mongan Method” successfully for 14 hours of my 32-hour labour. Had complications not arisen during that time, I would have had a completely natural birth using this method.
I recommend Hypnobirthing to all pregnant women!
Spiritual Pregnancy: Develop, Nurture, and Embrace the Journey to Motherhood by Shawn A. Tassone, and Kathryn M. Landherr was a really nice read.
Spiritual Pregnancy includes journaling cues which can help sort out a mother-to-be’s muddled thoughts and emotions. It also offers yoga positions for every trimester of pregnancy.
I hope that you find at least a bit of usefulness in the pregnancy books I suggested. In any case, I don’t think that we can ever read too much!
If you like reading, check out my first post in my life-changing books series.
Here’s to reading and learning,