If you ,a friend or a family member is pregnant and looking for some informative and feel good reads to prepare for a natural birth while enjoying the pregnancy, here I am sharing my top ten favorite books and DVD that helped me from conception to birth.
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1. HypnoBirthing, Fourth Edition
This book is fantastic. It presents the latest information on natural pregnancy and birth. I read this book while attending a Hypnobirthing workshop. Both my husband and I enjoyed the course and the book. I especially loved the affirmations and the meditations that are part of the Hypnobirthing process. I attribute lots of my positive birthing experience ( see my birth story) to this method.
2. Ina Mays guide to Childbirth
This book was a life saver. Most of the birth stories I read of online or were told to me were fear based. One of the reasons I was inspired to share my positive birth story is because there aren’t many positive birthing stories openly shared while it seems that the more challenging and traumatic the birth the more shares it receives. This book is full of beautiful and different birth stories. I highly recommend it if you want to feel inspired vs afraid.
3. Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful
Gurmukh is one of the inspiring yoga teachers that influences my personal yoga practice and yoga teachings. She shares beautiful wisdom for this time of growth for you as a woman and beautiful insights and exercises to help you bring this new soul into the world. Just beautiful.
4. Magical beginnings, Enchanted Lives
In this book, Deepak Chopra marries the wisdom of Ayurveda to the latest Western scientific prenatal research. It’s a must for diving into a holistic view of conception and pregnancy. Loved it.
5. Sacred Pregnancy
My sister gifted this book to me. I loved it. It has beautiful imagery, journaling space and ceremonial practices for this special time in a woman’s life. I practiced some of the ceremonies and they were a beautiful addition to my daily yoga practice, meditation and self care. If you are looking for sacred feminine inspiration, this is a book for you.
6. The Birth Partner
My husband read this book cover to cover. He says that it was good to read and learn about what my body was going through. He also liked learning ways to help me during the pregnancy, labor and delivery and I can testify that the book gave him some good advice. A partner must read!
7. The Mindful Mom-To-Be
The author is a doula and in the book she shares nutritional advice, natural remedies, developmental milestones, and relaxation techniques for mamas to be and new mamas. She also shares simple and enjoyable spiritual and emotional exercises to help you prepare for motherhood. My biggest take away was the recipe for the homemade, all organic belly balm.
8. Mama Glow
This book is great to read from pre-conception all the way to the birth. It tackles ways to nurture your body with clean wholesome foods and self care practices. You will find information and advice on what to eat to help with conception and eventually how to nourish both baby and you.
9. Birthing from Within
This book was recommended to me by my midwife and it is a good read for a holistic view on childbirth. It includes exercises to prepare for an intervention free delivery. This book also covers the beginning of baby care, which is what I used it for because it was one of the last books I bought towards the end of my pregnancy.
10. Prenatal Yoga DVD
During my pregnancy I immersed myself in a daily self yoga practice at home and at times I would join the classes at my local yoga studio. I used this DVD to get me though the days that I felt the need to be led by an instructor but didn’t want to go to the yoga studio. This is a beautiful prenatal yoga sequence, created and led by Shiva Rea who also happens to be my yoga teacher.
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Happy sharing and happy reading, mama!
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