Put your phones down, resist the urge to look up every sensation that you have on Google and throw away “What To Expect While You’re Expecting”. The title is perfect but the information is fear based and a constant reminder of what can go wrong week by week. Google is no better! More then half of the information you look up about pregnancy is based on another mother’s experience. This can be great if you have questions about which diapers to use, but not when you are looking for medical advice. Pregnant women are already bombarded with opinions from social media, movies and the random bystander that walks up and wants to touch your belly, or better a yet a new mom who decides she needs to tell you how painful her birth was!
My point…. there is brilliant, positive inspiring information out there. Pregnancy has a sharp learning curve. There is so much you want to know, so much to prepare for. Most women have not spent years studying and researching in the ins and outs of growing a baby. So, you’ve got 9 moths to figure it out.
I want you to spend your time reading inspiring information that will get you excited about your growing belly and your upcoming birth! I encourage you to leave fear behind and and step into this pregnancy with confidence and grace. Educate your self on your body’s growing needs, learn about the normal changes in your body, understand your hormones, and prepare for the sacred moments of labor and birth!
Pick and choose from this list. You definitely don’t need to read them all.
Please don’t substitute books, Google, or your friends’ advice for good prenatal care by your Midwife or Doctor. If you have something going on that you are unfamiliar with contact your health care provider FIRST! You will save yourself from unnecessary worry and fear.
Grab a cup of tea, get cozy and enjoy the list….. Bee Lauher, L.M., C.P.M.
Pregnancy Day by Day ~ Sheila Kitzinger
Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Years~ Susan Weed
Our Bodies Our Selves~ Judy Norsigian
Pregnancy, Childbirth, Newborn, The Complete Guide~ Penny Simkin
Spiritual Midwifery~Ina May Gaskin
Labor and Birth
Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth~ Ina May Gaskin
Birthing from Within~Pam England
The Birth Partner~ Penny Simkin
An Easier Birth~ Gayle Peterson
Thinking Women’s Guide to a Better Birth~ Henci Goer
The Birth Book, Everything You Need To Know To Have A Safe and Satisfying Birth~ William and Martha Sears
Diet, Nutrition & Exercise
Eating Expectantly ~Bridget Swinney
Your Vegetarian Pregnancy~Holly Roberts
Beautiful, Bountiful, Blissful~ Gurmukh
Yoga for Pregnancy~ Sandra Jourdan
Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth~ Jeannine Parvati Baker
Natural ChildBirth after Cesarean Section~ Karis Crawford
Artemis Speaks: VBAC Stories~ Nan Koehler
Cesarean Recovery~Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy
After the Baby’s Birth~ Robin Lim
When Survivors Give Birth~ Penny Simkin + Phyllis Klaus
Natural Health After Birth~ Aviva Romm
Ina May’s Guid to Breastfeeding~Ina May
The Womanly art of Breastfeeding~ La Leche League
Breastfeeding Your Baby~Sheila Kitzinger
The Baby Book~ Dr. William Sears
Your Amazing Newborn~Marshall and Phyllis Klaus
Nighttime Parenting~ Dr. William Sears
You Are Your Childs First Teacher~ Rahima Baldwin
Magical Child~ Joseph Chilton Pearce
Baby Come Out~ Fran Manushkin
Hello Baby!~ Jenni Overend
The Twelve Gifts of BIrth~Charlene Constanzo