I am currently surrounded by friends that are pregnant or recently had babies. Whoop whoop! While I am no expert on pregnancy and giving birth, I did a LOT of reading and learning with my two pregnancies. I want to dedicate this series to the Mamas-to-be in my life!
From an educator standpoint, I highly encourage people to be life long learners! In the season of pregnancy, giving birth, and preparing for the marathon of a lifetime-motherhood- I think the best gift you could give yourself and your children is to be informed. Here is a list of books I highly recommend reading during your pregnancy with a short summary. The majority of these books can be found at the local library. I have a few on my own bookshelf, so feel free to ask me to borrow some!
- Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth: This is what I would call the Bible of pregnancy books. It’s easy to read, has short chapters with beautiful illustrations, is jam packed with information, and includes yummy recipes to try during your pregnancy. This book that is just what the title claims. My personal favorite feature is “What’s going on with Mama and baby” at the beginning of each chapter. Genevieve is the writer of one of my favorite Mama blogs to read.
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth: Ina May is the mother of all midwives. Her book holds positive birth stories from other Mamas and all the wisdom that comes from her numerous experiences leading women into beautiful birth experiences.
- Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: I found this book to be a great review of the class my Babes and I took, Husband Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method. If it’s your first baby, I highly encourage you to take a birthing class that is a good fit for you and your partner.
- Supernatural Childbirth: This was a refreshing read for me with my second child. This book includes prayers for health over the baby growing inside your womb, encourages you to speak life over your child, and claim a great labor and healthy baby.
- The Birth Partner: Don’t be intimidated by the length of this one, Mama. My biggest takeaways from this book were: (1)The stages of labor and (2) Being able to voice to my husband what I needed when I was in the zone. I would process out loud what I was reading with my Babes to reinforce and inform him of what I learned.
- The No-Cry Sleep Solution: I love the gentleness of this book. The author encourages each Mama to look at their personal goals and needs regarding their baby’s sleep. She reminds you that every baby is unique and normalizes the night wakings of children up to two years old.
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Let’s be real, Mamas. Breastfeeding can be harder than it looks. While this book is another loooong one, it was full of lots of helpful tips and gave me the “head knowledge” before I embarked on my breastfeeding journey. I did hire a lactose consultant for my second child, and it was worth every penny. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help!
- Childbirth in the Glory: This audio was a game changer for me during my second birth. I listened to this near the end of my pregnancy (if I could go back, I would listen to this my entire pregnancy!) and it kept me going during the labor process. This includes instrumental music, prayers, and scripture to speak over you and your child and your birth experience.
What books or audio did you find most helpful to read/listen to during pregnancy, Mama?