Pregnancy is an exciting and often overwhelming experience, with so many amazing changes happening in your body and plans to make about everything from where to give birth and how. So what better time to sit back, put your (likely swollen) feet up and inform yourself on everything you need to know about pregnancy and birth?
We’ve rounded up eight fabulous books on pregnancy and birth to educate, empower and encourage mindful practices throughout to ensure it’s the very best and healthiest experience possible. Here are our top picks for your reading list:
Clemmie Telford’s How to Grow a Baby (and push it out)
Mum of Daughters blogger and midwife Clemmie Hooper released her no-holds-barred guide to pregnancy and birth in 2017, and it has become a favourite among expectant mums due to its humorous tone and candid answers to all of the questions you may be too scared to ask. Taking you through each trimester and featuring real-life stories and handy lists, it’s like a helpful guide from a friend.
How To Grow a Baby, £11.25, Amazon
Emily Oster’s Expecting Better
If science and stats are your thing, you’ll love Emily Oster’s Expecting Better, which delves into the research and data behind certain ‘rules’ of pregnancy. Is that one glass of wine or caffeinated coffee so bad? Why is it that we’re told we can’t eat certain foods? Emily has all the answers and more.
Expecting Better, £6.50, Amazon
Beautifully designed and easy to read with illustrations throughout, this makes a great gift for a pregnant friend, packed with inspiration and advice for a more mindful pregnancy. Think yoga sequences for each trimester, affirmations and relaxation stories, and a guide to best positions for labour, alongside details on everything from herbal remedies to perineal massage.
Mindful Pregnancy, £12.69, Amazon
The Positive Birth Company Book – Hypnobirthing: Practical Ways To Make Your Birth Better
We’ve shared before about the incredible impact hypnobirthing can have on your birthing experience, and The Positive Birth Company’s book has all the information you need on the what, the why and how to put it all into practice.
Hypnobirthing: Positive Ways to Make Your Birth Better, £11.32, Amazon
Your Baby, Your Birth
So many of us think that giving birth on a bed in a brightly lit hospital delivery room is the only way to give birth, but Hollie De Cruz’s Your Baby, Your Birth will help you to see there are so many options available, empower you to make the best choice for your family, and give you the skills needed to have a positive birth experience.
Your Baby, Your Birth, £9.75, Amazon
Give Birth Like A Feminist
Likewise, Milli Hill explores the patriarchal attitudes we have towards birth and provides readers with the information and tools they need to give birth like a feminist – how they want, where they want and with the support they need.
Give Birth Like a Feminist, £8.99, Amazon
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Having sold over 500,000 copies around the world and stacked up five-star reviews on Amazon, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth promises to take the fear out of birth and give women confidence in their own power to give birth without intervention. It features tips on everything from natural ways to reduce labour pains to how to create a comfortable birth environment in any setting. A must for anyone hoping for an unmedicated or intervention-free birth.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, £11.61, Amazon
The-Day-by-Day Pregnancy Book
You’ll get advice and information for every day of your pregnancy with this comprehensive guide, which features amazing images for every stage of your baby’s development as well as tips on looking after yourself, too.
The Day-by-Day Pregnancy Book, £16.99, Amazon
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