There are so many books every pregnant woman should read. I just wanted to narrow down some of my favorites for you in this post.
These three books have had the most impact on our pregnancy and parenting journey so far. Despite all of the other books we have read on the subjects, these are my favorite.
This post may contain affiliate links which may mean I receive a commission when you click on a link, at no extra cost to you. I only link to things I love.
Get on the list to be entered in our monthly GIVEAWAYS!
Choosing the Books
Take this time to really discover what pregnancy and birth you want and what kind of parenting style you prefer for your family. There are so many options out there! There is something for everyone!
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
The first book on this list is Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. Ina May is considered to be the nations leading midwife. She established a small community in rural Tennessee called, The Farm, where the modern American midwifery movement was birthed out of.
Both of our son’s were birthed naturally on The Farm with some of The Farm Midwives. Each birth was such a special experience and it all started with reading this book.
Ina May presents important information on the female body and how it is equipped to give birth. She also addresses just about any question you will have about pregnancy, labor (natural or otherwise), birth, and postnatal care.
She encourages women to not fear birth and extends that to providing a factual education on the topic of childbirth.
Reading her book gave me the courage to know that I could go through the pregnancy and birthing process without fear. It also drastically changed the way we decided to give birth and I am eternally grateful for that.
You have the right to be completely informed about the facts surrounding birth. Ina May opens that up to you one courageous page at a time in this book.
Brain Rules for Baby
The second book that every pregnant woman should read is Dr. Medina’s Brain Rules for Baby. He details the science behind the different actions you should take as a parent to ensure you give your child the best developmental support at each age.
My husband and I listened to Brain Rules for Baby on audible when we were driving to and from our prenatal appointments.
It was a great time for us to soak in the information and also have conversations about how we would implement the advice that Dr. Medina gives.
Right now, when you start an audible account you get two free books. Score!
The third book every pregnant woman should read is Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn. This might be a hard one to listen to because he really challenges the traditional views of parenting that most of us grew up with.
I found his book to be thought provoking and I think he brings up important things that every parent-to-be should take into consideration.
Let me know how you liked these books in the comment section below!