So you find out you’re pregnant, now what? If you’re like me you want to research and become informed about the changes in your body.
You immediately run out to Barnes and Noble in search of the perfect book. There’s one problem. There’s a gazillion books to choose from. How could you possibly go through all that reading before the baby comes?
Let’s be honest here, you won’t, so I’m going to narrow it down to 6 books that I’ve really enjoyed for my pregnancy. I haven’t necessarily read all of them straight through, but they’re great for referencing. For instance, if I’m dealing with heartburn and want a remedy, I go to one of my books and find the answer.
Another thing I want to point out about my list, is they’re informative, and not in a negative way. A very stereotypical book you might find people recommend is What To Expect When You’re Expecting. This will tell you anything and everything that can possibly go wrong in your pregnancy. ou don’t want that! You don’t need that stress. Our society already has a negative view on the birthing process. That scared feeling you have will make you tighten up while giving birth, making it more uncomfortable. So in my list, I tried to books that shed positive light on the experience. Relaxing through your labor (or I like to say birthing time because labor means work) will benefit you and that baby, so surrounding yourself with positive stories is only going to help. Of course, 6 is a lot, but I wanted you to be able to choose which works best for you.
I also tried sharing books that weren’t too biased. You’ll find some books that are all for hospital births and then some who are all for natural births. I did my best in choosing books that gave you the options available and facts to help you make the best decision for you and your baby.
Disclaimer: Don’t get too caught up in reading and get overwhelmed. Most of the time, I used my books for references. If I was having a bad day and really scared about giving birth, I simply read a positive birth story (or 2, or 3, or more!) to get me in a better mindset. Your body will let you know what to do. Just relax and enjoy your pregnancy.
Link for Books Listed
1. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by: Ina May Gaskin
2. Birthing From Within: An Extraordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by: Pam England
3. The Happiest Baby On The Block by: Harvey Karp
4. Beautiful Babies: Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Baby’s First Foods by: Kristen Michaelis
5. Sacred Pregnancy: A Loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Mothers: Anni Daulter
6. The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices by: Aviva Jill Romm
I hope you truly enjoy them. And remember to just enjoy what you’re going through. It’s such a miracle!