My biggest piece of advice when selecting your pregnancy reading list: Read books that educate and empower, not make you scared.
It often seems that unless you seek out alternative sources of information, the only book available for pregnant women is “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” While this book covers common routine tests and occurrences in pregnancy, it tends to instill fear and anxiety about the birthing process.
Read these research-based, empowering books to get you fully prepared, as well as excited, for the big day! Also, these authors have other books that are just as informative!
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – By Ina May Gaskin – Known as “The Grandmother of Midwifery”, Ina May beautifully explains to women how to tap into the power and wisdom of their bodies to promote a smooth and fulfilling birthing experience. This book is great to ease fears about birth!
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth – Henci Goer – Her website says it best… “Award winning medical writer and birth activist Henci Goer gives clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. Goer will help you compare and contrast your various options and show you how to avoid unnecessary procedure, drugs, restrictions, and tests.”
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth – Sheila Kitzinger – This is like a practical guide to pregnancy and birth – with the emphasis on providing the information you should know in order to make informed decisions from the moment you discover you are pregnant throughout the postpartum period.
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