Admittedly, I may or may not have gone a little overboard on the pregnancy book purchases, but here’s the deal: I want to be prepared, and most of all, I want to quench my thirst for BOTH knowledge and perspective when it comes to motherhood.
There’s something truly special and comforting about sitting down with a good book, especially when we’re overwhelmed with social media, pregnancy apps and all of the unsolicited advice you seem to get from just about anyone you meet (even if they don’t have kids). Perhaps you’ll find this list helpful, as I know these books have provided me with endless insights and wisdom when it comes to preparing my body and mind for what is and what’s to come.
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin: this is for those looking to have an unmedicated, natural birth. It’s full of knowledge from a midwife with over 30 years of experience and includes information on what to expect, how to avoid unnecessary intervention during birth and how to incorporate and use a mind-body connection.
- Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman: this book is fascinating and refreshing to read about an outside perspective that isn’t Americanized. Written like a story, I felt myself turning each page quickly, eager to learn more about the French style of parenting.
- Mamaste by Lori Bregman: this book was introduced to me by my friend, new mama and yoga instructor Mar. I love how this books takes you through different parenting styles and helps guide you with various perspectives on how you may need to find balance in what you lack. Great gift for baby showers!
- Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy by Angela Garbes: OH MY GOODNESS this book is amazing. It helps to put all the advice you’re getting into perspective as it examines the culture behind pregnancy and childbirth. Truly a must read for first time mamas.
- The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou, Amely Greeven & Marisa Belger: I’ve been seeing this all over Instagram and I just had to purchase. I haven’t fully immersed myself into the book, but the gist is that it’s a guide to nourishing your body and mind after pregnancy. It talks about how modern mothers are often quickly forced back to work instead of being allowed to embrace the new life changes with baby. There’s also amazing healing recipes and snacks to help nourish mothers. I’m enjoying it so far.
- Cribsheet by Emily Oster: not so much a pregnancy book, but more of a guide to parenting that’s based on evidence. It’s interesting, informative and helps YOU guide your own parenting choices the way that feels best to you.
- The Mama Natural: Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth by Genevieve Howland: this book was really helpful for me, especially in the beginning of my pregnancy. It’s geared towards women who prefer unmedicated births, but there’s wisdom for everyone, including what questions to ask your doctor, what to ask the hospital, timelines and so much more. I love it!
BONUS! Expecting You Pregnancy Journal: not a pregnancy book but still so fun to fill out and document on your journey. Enjoy!
I wanna know, if you’re expecting or if you’re already a mama, what books are you reading or did you read and enjoy? Let me know by leaving a comment below. xo!