Disclaimer: Most of these books I already own. If I received one for review purposes, I’ll notate that.
If you know me, you know I am a bookworm. I specifically have a small collection of books I love to read while pregnant. These books have been a great wealth of information for me and have helped me make more positive birthing choices. When you know better, you do better. Most of these books are available in traditional or e-book format.
Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block
This is probably my all time favorite book. I actually need a new copy because I’ve read mine so much. I love to read this even when I’m not pregnant. I’m a birth nut, what can I say? I actually won this book about four years ago from a giveaway on The Deranged Housewife. (Shameless plug for one of my favorite bloggers ever!!) This book has well researched information that will bring you inside a maternity ward with a 44%(!!) C-section rate, as well as give detailed accounts of home birth midwives. This book is so important for every woman in her childbearing years to read in order to be more informed on unnecessary procedures. Knowledge is power.
Eat Yourself Pregnant by Zita West
I received this book for review while we were trying to conceive this baby. This book primarily focuses on changing your eating habits in order to help your fertility and prepare your body for pregnancy. The recipes in this book are super yummy and healthy. I found this book to be important to continue to use as a resource during my pregnancy. It wasn’t until my last pregnancy in 2012-2013 that I learned how nutritionally depleted I was. However, right before I became pregnant this time, my blood work revealed that my lifestyle changes have really paid off. Zita West is a holistic midwife in the United Kingdom who runs a natural fertility clinic.
Have you seen the popular PBS show Call the Midwife? If you have and you haven’t read the books, you are really missing out! Jennifer Worth published her memoirs from her days as a home birth midwife and nurse in the poverty stricken East End London. Not only does it show perspective of birth in the 1950’s, but also goes into historical accounts of her patients young and old. I’ve really enjoyed all of these books and the TV show as well.
The Attachment Pregnancy by Laurel Wilson & Tracy Wilson Peters
I reviewed this book on my blog about a year ago (read here). This is a book I’ll be re-reading since I’m pregnant again. My favorite aspect of this book is that it promotes a more positive mental state while pregnant. Since I’ve spent much of the last 15 weeks sick, my hormones can get the best of me at times. I’m looking forward to implementing the tips in this book in order to have a good bonding experience this pregnancy. It’ll help me look past the negative points and focus on what’s most important!
What were some of the books you’ve enjoyed during pregnancy? Is there anything you’d add to my list?