Updated: Jul 25, 2022
Those of you who have worked with me, know I love my books and research! During my first pregnancy I pretty much stayed with what the midwives told me and listened to advise from kind clients. I couldn't take on much more information. I wanted to stay present with my body and my experience and tune out the rest. My second pregnancy, three and half years later, experience with working with the pregnant population, some soulful reflection (I heard you, my love), and conflicting emotions I desired some resources at my (literal and figurative) bedside.*
In no particular order these are the book friends I had to help navigate my second pregnancy.
Yoga Mama Yoga Baby by Margo Shapiro Bachman - Ayurveda and Yoga for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth | I loved having this book to check in monthly to. It was uncanny how each month was exactly what my pregnant mind and body needed to read.
Nurture by Erica Chidi - I was attracted to the thoughtful journal prompts. And I loved that she mentions Pilates as a way as taking care of our pregnant bodies.
The Mama Natural Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth by Genevieve Howland This book had random facts that I found comforting when I was feeling overwhelmed. Especially a little paragraph for us over 40 mamas to be.
Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings by Dr. Laura Markham - this book was so helpful in preparing my first with the new baby and beyond.
Betsy Bosom's Baby Book by Betsy Bosom | book of essential oils
The Headspace Guide to A Mindful Pregnancy by Andy Puddicombe | You all know I love my Headspace
Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke
The First Forty Days by Heng Ou | Although technically a postnatal book, it's still useful to read pregnancy to prepare and get those meals ready for the first forty days with baby.
Awakening Fertility by Heng Ou | Although this book is technically to prepare you for pregnancy I felt like it's owed a nod as well because I embraced this book while we were trying to actively conceive. Even though, she didn't happen in the window we intended I think there is something to be said about putting hopes and dreams in the universe.
Drinking for Two - great cocktails for the mom-to-be
Growing You pregnancy journal
*I read a lot. The books on my lists are books that I really have on my bookshelf and made the cut to being recommended vs books I've just read.