Now in the home stretch of my pregnancy I want to share some of the resources that were really helpful to me throughout this journey. As the avid reader that I am, I went crazy on pregnancy books, however I found the next five to be the most helpful and empowering!
1. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Ina May Gaskin, America’s leading and most famous midwife, shares her birthing wisdom in this intuitive guide to childbirth. In this book she shares a wealth of knowledge generated by 30 years of experience and attendance of over 3000 natural births. If I have to take one thing from this book, it will be the reassurance that my body is made to give birth. The birth stories at the end are so beautiful and empowering too!
2. The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm
Aviva’s book is a comprehensive guide to a safe, organic pregnancy and childbirth with herbs, nutrition, and other holistic choices. This book is filled with straightforward information delivered in a calm, empowering voice from someone who is an expert in natural childbirth with more than 20 years of experience. Filled with answers to familiar concerns like nutritious diet, exercise routine, morning sickness, fatigue, and stretch marks this will be your go-to guide during the next 9 months.
3. The Mama Natural by Genevive Howland
Genevive Howland, the woman behind the popular Mama Natural blog and YouTube channel, brings us a week-by-week pregnancy and birth guide from a natural perspective. This book is fresh, empowering, and evidence-based guide for this precious time in your life. The best part? Reading this book is like having your own personal herbalist and midwife on call!
4. The Whole 9 Months by Dr. Jennifer Lang
In this book Dr. Lang, OB/GYN and mother of three, takes you on a week-by-week nutritional journey empowering the pregnant mama to make informed decisions for her body while growing a healthy, happy baby. This book offers wide knowledge and deep wisdom, presented in a friendly easy-to-read way. I love the nutritious recipes with options for vegetarians and non vegetarians!
5. The First Forty Days by Heng Ou
Let’s talk about the fourth trimester, shall we? Though not commonly discussed, the 3 months post-delivery are as crucial for the mother and the baby as the rest of the pregnancy. This book is a gentle, nurturing guide for new mothers, filled with essential advice and recipes for the early postpartum weeks.