If there was one book that I’d recommend you read while pregnant, is Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. This book has incredible stories about courageous women who birthed their babies into this world with ferocity, love and a whole heck of a lot of support! These are amazing stories that will both excite and empower you in anticipation of your birth, not to mention give you tips for best birthing practices.
Birthing from Within is meant to prepare you for your journey of birth with unique ways, including meditation, journal writing and the “ice challenge”. I’ve used some of these techniques and myself when preparing for my first birth and found them both useful and fun!
Sacred Pregnancy: A Loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Moms is a book that helps you prepare, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally for birth and motherhood. There are many focusses placed on the baby during this time, but it’s important to consider the woman’s experience as well. “Mothers-to-be are invited to look deeply at the issues unique to their journey and find a centered, peaceful place to live their pregnancy fully”.
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding: From the Nation’s Leading Midwife provides a wealth of information on best breastfeeding practices.
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The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems is a good read about how to manage and sort out routines for you and your little one. The book outlines fairly specific “schedules”, which I am not a big fan of with babies, but I do appreciate arranging a sort of routine around your postpartum life. There are many different philosophies when it comes to navigating the fourth trimester, but I found this one to be somewhere in the middle. Take what you need, take what works and stay flexible, constantly adapting to the needs of your little babe, because you’ll think you’ve got it nailed one week, then…
I found this book a very helpful read as I was heading into my journey with a toddler. I like Alfie’s messages and used a lot of his recommendations, Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason.
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