If you know me personally, you probably know that I’m big on research/facts/being informed. Basically, I’m kind of a perfectionist and was always one to do my homework for class, always aiming for that A+. So, when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, I’ve been doing my best to learn all I can! Mostly just to prepare myself for the months ahead, mentally, emotionally, and physically. I’ve decided to round up my favorite reading material thus far.
These 6 books hit different marks, whether it be a light read, a dense informative read, or a spiritual based read. I have a variety, but there are several focused on childbirth itself. Since I have a fear of all things medical and would describe my pain tolerance as pretty low, I wanted to begin to face those fears early on.
P.S. These dark chocolate covered blueberries from Trader Joe’s are delicious and mandatory for afternoon reading. :)
This is the one book I would absolutely recommend to every pregnant woman, really whether you plan to give birth with or without drugs. It will likely persuade you to go the all-natural route, if I were to guess. This book is all about education, along with teaching actual labor and delivery exercises and tools. It talks realistically about pain management, what to expect in birth, the process, and relaxation techniques. It is really for the mama and the husband or other birth coach jointly. This is a book that requires action, consideration, and thought, which I love. I’m one to really enjoy and thrive on being prepared and having all the info so this one is a no-brainer for me. Especially because I have desired, since day one, to give birth naturally without medical intervention or drugs.
Ina May is one of the nation’s leading midwives. She diminishes the fear of childbirth by focusing on the natural, beautiful process of childbirth. She shares how to trust the female body to experience a healthy birth without the use of routine medical intervention. This book is based on the Midwifery Model of Care, which is mainly focused on a woman’s instinctive ability and her body’s wisdom to give birth naturally. I personally, loved this book! I found it to be intriguing, empowering, and practical. It’s full of real birth stories, which are nothing like those drilled into our minds from movies and television! This is one of the first “pregnancy” books I read and it completely opened me up to viewing birth in a different light. I highly recommend this read.
“I channel the power of consciousness and enrich my life. I open myself to the messages I receive. I have the necessary information in order to achieve my goal of a natural and drug-free birth….I recognize that being conscious in every aspect of my life is powerful, and I harness this power for my own good….Grateful for all this and much more, I simply let it be. And so it is. Amen.” – Giuditta Tornetta
I had seen a few people mention this book on Instagram and thought it was worth looking into. It is really a spiritual, emotional guide through pregnancy. It takes you month by month through the nine chakras, which coincide with the nine months of pregnancy. I am really enjoying this book as a way to meditate and think deeply about my faith, my baby, and my potential birth. If you are a yoga-lover, you will enjoy this approach!
This book is a sweet and simple daily minute to yourself. It is full of wonderful inspirational quotes, reflections, and reminders. I am seriously loving the short, yet so on point, daily reflections and inspiration. It is such a great way for me to begin(or end) my day. I’ve appreciated the reminder to slow down and take a breath. It’s so important to stay positive and to let yourself rest and reflect on the changes you’re experiencing through this beautiful time. I believe this book is for any mama, whether it’s your first baby or your fifth. These ladies have made a simple book, aside from the how-tos, the guides, the birth books, etc. to give mama something just for her. Put simply, it’s a daily dose of positivity, especially made for pregnant mamas. It’s a breath of fresh air & totally worth the buy.
“And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person you walked in.” – Haruki Murakami (excerpt from pg. 181)
At first, when my sister-in-law gave me this book, I thought “ah another book that way overanalyzes pregnancy…” Needless to say, I glanced over it in the beginning months and it has sat in my closet, unread for the past 5 months. Well, I recently saw it sitting there and thought I’d give it another chance. That was a really good decision. Quite honestly, as I’m approaching seven months of pregnancy, I am feeling a lot more pregnant and starting to experience my baby kicking, my back aching, etc. Typical, but it is now that I really look and feel like a pregnant woman. This book has so much information! It explains and relates all those symptoms, whether you feel them yet or not! It’s such a wonderful look into the development of your baby, your body’s changes, addressing concerns, providing advice, and arming you with knowledge. This book is a must for anyone who likes to be “in-the-know”, prepared, put at ease, organized, and informed on potential concerns or decisions. A must for first-time mamas in my opinion! If only I started it sooner! Better late than never. :)
This one is just for fun. Pure, delightful humor to get you through the funky, weird, straight crazy parts of pregnancy. I had a few laugh out loud moments (mostly because of “psycho chick”) if you’re pregnant or ever have been, I guarantee you can relate to a few, if not all, of the chapters! Get it for the laughs, to lighten up, or just to know all us preggo ladies are secretly experiencing the crazy with ya!
Also, I wanted to add that I was encouraged by my sister-in-law to watch The Business of Being Born on Netflix and it was really interesting! If you are curious about birth, the medical approach versus the natural approach, and midwifery, definitely watch it! There are a bunch of awesome TED Talks about natural childbirth, too. I may have to post about that later! ;)
I hope this list encourages you or someone you know to dive in, gain knowledge, face fears, and read some books! I’d love to know of any other books that you have enjoyed while pregnant, too! Please share in the comments!