Pregnancy Book Recommendations
During my pregnancy with my son I read as much as I could. I had been a nanny for ten years at the point and had cared for young babies, but the 24 hour 7 days a week role of mum was all brand new. I wanted to educate myself about what was going on with my body, I also wanted to learn about labour and birth. Our society has painted birth as an awful experience that I started to fear as my expectant date approached. Then postpartum care, how would I care for myself while caring for this tiny little human that was going to need me almost every minute everyday.
There are a lot books on pregnancy. When writing this I checked Amazon and after searching Pregnancy Books there were 97,028 options that popped up. There are the mainstream options and ‘most recommended’ by the site, but I always seem to go with what is recommended from friends and midwife written and told stories.
I am thankful for the western medicine world. I have had a few surgeries and broken bones in my life that needed care. I was however thankful to have low risk pregnancies so that I could receive midwifery care. Midwife care makes sense to me. I wanted to be empowered during one of the most vulnerable and unknown days of my life. I understand that some women do not have this option, being high risk you must be in the hospital with proper care in place. Some women also want to be in the hospital where they feel most comfortable, you need to be where you feel comfortable and safe. Bringing babies into the world comes in many different forms. We all need to love and accept that becoming a mum comes in many shapes and forms. Empower yourself by learning your options and find out what feels right for you.
Go in with a positive mindset, you are strong, you are powerful and you can do this. Do not be hard on yourself if your birth plan or ideal birth is not achieved. Every single birth is different.
I started reading Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin when I first found out I was pregnant with my first son. It is filled with birth stories, how to care for yourself and baby after delivery and even goes into detail about what supplies a midwife has on hand during labour and delivery.
After reading this book I was so inspired by how gentle Ina May and her team were with these women. It was not the typical North American birth story that you hear.
I also love Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth Filled with birth stories as well as comparing a hospital birth to midwife birth. She also outlines the different drugs that are offered and their possible side effects for both you and your baby. I like to give this book to first time mums and have read it twice while pregnant with Boomp and Bamp.
Deepak Chopra’s book Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives helped me connect with my kids before they were born. He includes body intelligence techniques that help you find calm and peace during full days of work and family life. Deepak talks about the importance of movement and diet during pregnancy and has great yoga stretches and poses to help relieve stress, pain and tension. Deepak covers digestive issues and disturbances, mood swings and how to communicate with your partner while pregnant and beyond.
Birthing From Within by Pam England. This was recommended to me from my chiropractor. I really enjoyed how Birthing From Within covered many different birthing positions and practices in many indigenous communities around the world. Focusing on labour being hard work, and how to empower women by sharing tools and techniques. I also really enjoyed the chapter on getting dads involved. This is a big day for a couple, and watching your partner bring life into this world is both terrifying and amazing.
The final book that I read is Stephanie Fritz’s book Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Babies I have used essential oils on a daily basis for the past four years. I wanted to make sure that what I was using on my body was safe and was also curious what oils could help me through my pregnancy and labour. Stephanie covers infertility to postpartum care in Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Babies. As always with alternative medicine please consultant your OBGYN or midwife before you begin.
Being pregnant can be filled with fear. Ask all the questions you need from your healthcare practitioner, try to stay away from google, and learn as much as you can to feel confident in starting a new chapter in your life.