Childbirth + Baby Books That Every Mama (or Mom-to-Be) Needs to Read!
3 months ago 4 Comments
When I found out I was pregnant I initially went online and googled everything! After a few weeks of way too much information floating around in my head I decided that was it! I didn’t want to think about anything anymore and just followed my instincts instead! There were so many conflicting pieces of information on what you should do and shouldn’t anyhow. So I ate a balanced diet, exercised regularly and stayed as stress-free as possible, trying not to analyze every single change I felt.
Since then there have been a couple of books recommended to me in my short motherhood journey so far that I absolutely love. My thoughts below on each!
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Upon chatting with my friend Laura about natural labor and delivery and it being something that was coming up fast for me – she recommended Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. Here was a book I could not put down! Ina May is one of the top midwives in the United States and has a wealth of information! While every woman’s body is different, there is no need to be afraid of what we are capable of.
This book greatly helped me know what to do mentally while in labor. After 12 hours I delivered a screaming baby boy. I was tired but did it without an epidural. Yes, I felt everything! It was such an empowering experience. To anyone looking ahead to the unknown pain of childbirth, I want to give some words of encouragement. Yes it really does hurt but keeping my thoughts off of the pain made it much less. If you are thinking “Well, she most likely has forgotten the feeling by now,” I would like to say NO – I thought similar words very shortly after J was born. Convinced yet to maybe give it a try?
If this is not the route you end up going – all power to you for whichever choice you make as we all have to decide what is best for our baby! Everyone’s story is so different and I am not a medical professional. Still, I insist you give this book a read as it will give you a very different perspective on things.
The Wonder Weeks
J was about two months old when a good friend of mine who has a son slightly older than mine recommended I get this bestseller. It opened my eyes to all that is going on in baby’s brain and development. Suddenly there was a reason for shifts in temperament and they weren’t as random as I thought. Babies go through “leaps” where they begin to discover more and see the world differently as they grow. This can affect their habits and mood. So when your really well-behaved baby suddenly starts sleeping horribly maybe this book will have your answer? It is super interesting and seems to be very accurate week by week. J is apparently going through the “toughest leap of them all” right now and it definitely feels that way!
I don’t like to over educate myself because that leads to information overload. Some things I just like to figure out on my own, but these books are a must read in my opinion! Do you have any that you swear by pertaining to babies and child rearing? I would love to hear your suggestions!