Top Ten Books for a Natural Pregnancy

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.

HypnoBirthing, Fourth Edition: The natural approach to safer, easier, more comfortable birthing – The Mongan Method, 4th Edition – by Marie Mongan  (available here)

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.  

Ina Mays guide to Childbirth – by Ina May Gaskin (available here)

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.

Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa (find it here)

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.

Magical beginnings, Enchanted Lives – by Deepak Chopra (find it here)

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.

Sacred Pregnancy: A Loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Moms – by Anni Daulter (find it here

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!

The Birth Partner – Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions – by Penny Simkin (find it here

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.

The Mindful Mom-To-Be: A Modern Doula’s Guide to Building a Healthy Foundation from Pregnancy Through Birth  – by Lori Bregman and David Gutierrez (find it here

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.

Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy – Latham Thomas  ( available here)

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.

Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation – by Pam England (find it here

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.

Prenatal Yoga  DVD – By Shiva Rea (find it here

Please share this post with all the mamas to be that you know.

Happy sharing and happy reading, mama!

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9 thoughts on “Top Ten Books for a Natural Pregnancy

  1. Such a great list! I love Ina May. One of my go to books was Husband Coached Childbirth, it helped me so much. My husband read the parts I bookmarked for him, but I got a lot out of it 😉

  2. These seem like great reads for a momma-to-be. Although I did not have a natural birth (C-section momma over here) I would definitely like to have a more natural pregnancy leading up to the birth with my next one. Thanks for this list!

  3. I didn’t read any of these books, but I see a few that would have been nice to check out before my pregnancies! I really liked reading The Bradley Method book which is all about breathing techniques to help you remain calm and handle the pain of birth and delivery.

  4. I loved Ina May’s book and watching some of the documentaries on her! A natural birth didn’t end up being in the cards for me, but I felt empowered to make the best choices for me in the moment from reading her perspective. Great selection!

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