I’m a book lover. And I research topics to no end when I want to make sure to have accurate information. As a mom, I’ve found certain books to be lifesavers for certain seasons of motherhood.
The following list of 7 books are a must read for any expecting moms, whether it’s her first or her umpteenth baby.
I’m going to present each book in a sequential order. So consider reading book number 1 before book number 7.
Ina May Gaskin
Random House, (2008)
I consider Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth a must read for any pregnant woman whether she intends to have a medicated or non-medicated birth. It’s written by a midwife with more than 30 years of midwifery experience. The first-person birth stories inspire and encourage. There are also practical tips to minimize the risks associated with certain hospital related techniques or procedures.
Harvard Common Press; 4 edition (2013)
Penny Simkin is a childbirth educator, doula, and birth counselor. I’m currently reading this book. I had to previous birth by the Bradley Method; I attended months of childbirth training classes; the second birth included a doula. Regardless of all my previous practical education, I am learning valuable information with this book! This is an excellent read for mom and/or the birth partner. It is very comprehensive and even provides concise information to consider in the event of extensive medical intervention or a sick baby.
Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior–Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood
Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau
Atria Books, (2006)
Ballantine Books; 8 Revised, Updated Edition, (2010)
The name of this book, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is appropriate. Breastfeeding seems like it should be instinctive for every baby and mother; it’s not. It is more like an art form that takes practice. The internationally respected La Leche League provides practical guidance in breastfeeding whether you’re a new mom or an experienced mom.
Every child is different; while one may have nursed well, another may not. This book contains a wealth of information on breastfeeding newborns, nursing in special situations or with special needs, how to breastfeed after returning to work, and it addresses milk supply issues as well. In an effort to be unbiased, I will say that this book may make some moms feel inadequate if for some reason they are unable to breastfeed which is unfortunate on the part of the authors; however, it doesn’t take away from the fact that there are valuable tips inside.
A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night’s Sleep
Ballantine Books; 4th ed. edition, (2015)
One of the things I like about Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child is not just the fascinating foray into the science behind childhood sleep, but that the step-by-step programs and advice is broken down according to age. So if you have a preteen look at that information. If you have an infant, look at that program. Don’t bog yourself down with portions of the book you may not need. This is an excellent resource for sleep issues of all kinds from infancy to adolescence!
Post-pregnancy Wellness Company; 1st edition, (2012)
Our culture seems to impress on women the need to bounce back as soon as the baby is born. In fact, I came home 24-48 hours after the birth of my second daughter, walked in the front door and started putting laundry away! CRAZY. It is truly surprising how few books there are about postpartum healing and recovery out there. It is as if, we are all expected to bounce back even though our bodies, our
This time around, since my hormones seem in greater flux during my pregnancy, I’m concerned about postpartum recovery from an emotional standpoint. This book has information on proper nutrition, exercise and rest to optimize the postpartum recovery stage as well as how other in the family can help.
William Sears (Dr. Sears), Martha Sears, Robert Sears, and James Sears
Little, Brown and Company; Revised, updated Edition, (2013)
An older version of The Baby Book graces my living room bookshelf, and look forward to reading the updated version. This reference book has been my go-to guide when one of my littles is sick or has a minor injury. Did your little one take a tumble and you’re not sure if that knot on their noggin is a hospital worthy concern? Your kid run into a counter and hit their teeth? Did your child slam their fingers in the door? Are you trying to determine if your baby has allergies or a cold?
These are just a few scenarios that this book references, and it helps you determine the severity of the injury or illness and when you should contact your pediatrician.
P.S. What’s Your Favorite Prenatal or Postnatal Book?