Recommended Pregnancy and Birth Books

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Recommended Pregnancy and Birth Books

There are sooo many books out there on the market for parents to read. But which books are actually worth reading?! I’m sharing my top 10 list of recommended pregnancy and birth books to read when pregnant. They will educate and empower you to have the best pregnancy and birth possible. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

Pregnancy Books

1. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide

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This is a great book that covers all aspects of childbearing, from conception through early infancy, and tells you what to expect. It offers detailed information, suggestions on decisions to make, and advice on steps to take to have a safe and satisfying experience.

2. What to Eat When You’re Pregnant

What to eat when pregnant

As we all know the foods you eat during pregnancy not only affect you, but they also can have lasting effects on your baby’s brain development and behavior. This book spells out everything that your body really needs, why they are needed, and how certain foods contribute to the development of a healthy and happy baby. I also like how it also provides 50 great recipes!

3. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

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This book is for women who are looking for authoritative, accurate information from a reputable source. The world-class Mayo Clinic put together this book which includes week-by-week updates on baby’s growth and month-by-month changes for mom. It also contains a 40-week pregnancy calendar, a symptoms guide, and a review of important pregnancy decisions as well as advice on how to get pregnant, meal planning, exercise, medication use and parenthood.

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4. Belly Laughs

Belly Laughs

Author, comedian and actress, Jenny McCarthy, tells you in her hilarious book what you can really expect when you’re expecting! She covers things like morning sickness, hormonal rage, to hemorrhoids, granny panties, pregnant sex, and her delivery.

Childbirth Books

1. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

This book is a must-read! It’s filled with inspiring birth stories, advice, and it truly is a great resource for all expectant women. I love how it takes the fear out of childbirth and talks about how wonderful birth really can be. It shares information about:

  • Reducing the pain of labor without drugs–and the miraculous roles touch and massage play
  • What really happens during labor
  • Orgasmic birth–making birth pleasurable
  • Episiotomy–is it really necessary?
  • Common methods of inducing labor–and which to avoid at all costs
  • Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
  • How to avoid postpartum bleeding–and depression
  • The risks of anesthesia and cesareans–what your doctor doesn’t necessarily tell you
  • The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
  • How to create a safe, comfortable environment for birth in any setting, including a hospital
  • And much more

2. Birthing From Within

Birthing From Within

An empowering and rewarding read. This book really makes you address and face your fears about pregnancy and birth through different exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting. It talks about birth not as a medical event but as a holistic and beautiful event in life. You will find proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities.

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3. Mindful Birthing

mindful birthing

I loved this book. Author, Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, draws on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body medicine to help you find calmness and ease during this life-changing time. No matter what your birth plan is–natural, pain meds, C-section–this is a book for every woman. It helps to remove the fear mongering that is so often attached to birth in this country and allows you to feel more calm and confident as you near your birth experience.

4. Natural Hospital Birth

Natural Hospital Birth

More and more women are wanting the best of both worlds; a natural childbirth with minimal medical intervention and the peace of mind of being in a hospital. In Natural Hospital Birth, doula Cynthia Gabriel asserts that there is no good reason that women in North America can’t have both. She explains to expectant mothers what they can do to avoid unnecessary medical interventions and how to take initiative and consciously prepare for the kind of birth they want to have. Also included are inspiring stories from other women who know firsthand that natural birth in the hospital is possible.

5. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

In this book you will find clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth helps you compare and contrast your various options and shows you how to avoid unnecessary procedures, drugs, restrictions, and tests.

6. Orgasmic Birth

Orgasmic Birth

I know that this title might throw you off guard, but you will be pleasantly surprised how it shows women how to maximize childbirth’s emotional and physical rewards. Based on the hit documentary that inspired a vibrant online community, Orgasmic Birth provides all the necessary tools and guidance to design the birth plan that’s best for them whether women choose to give birth at home, in a hospital, or in a birthing center.

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What were some books that you read during your pregnancy that you found helpful? What would you add to this list?

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About the Author /

Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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1. Don't rush back. There's no gold star here. Take your time, get the clearance from your OB/midwife and start when you're ready.⁠
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2. Schedule your workouts. Like most things in life now, you're on a schedule. Create time in your new life for you -- you'll thank yourself later.⁠
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3. Ask for Help. Chances are high that the Mom down the street is looking for some kid free time as well. You take an hour, she takes an hour and we're all better off for it.⁠
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4.  Embrace the little things. Your day will present opportunities to get your butt moving. Find them.⁠
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5. Get a new outfit. Because, duh.⁠
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6. Join a fitness community. It's scientifically proven that external motivators work when it comes to starting and sticking with a fitness routine. Utilize your community for support and motivation.⁠
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When you meet your baby(ies) and your whole world changes. 💕
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Speak your partner's love language in postpartum. Send this resource to your loved one so that they can make you feel loved and supported in a meaningful way.⁠
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Instagram post 17934950050319412 EXACTLY! 🙌 I wish more moms knew this and didn't feel pressured to say yes automatically to guests--of course, unless they want to! 😊 But you can always say no and not right now. Take your time to bond with your new baby. If you want people to come over, great! But don't feel bad if you don't and want more time alone with your family. People who love you should understand. ❤️⁠
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