The Top 7 Books For Pregnant Mamas to Read Before Baby is Born

January 06, 2020

Everyone knows (Well everyone who reads at least one of my articles) that I am all about education. You have to pursue pregnancy and birth education like you are seeking a degree.

Why I am here and who I am:

Hey mama, I am Trish— AKA Labor Nurse Mama. I am a labor and delivery nurse with over 15 years of high-risk OB experience. I am also a mama to 7 kids and have given birth to 6. This means I am quite familiar with the postpartum period and how to navigate it. I am the online birth class educator for Calm Labor Confident Birth and The VBAC Lab birth classes and the mama expert inside our Calm Mama Society a pregnancy & postpartum membership community! I am passionate about your birth and motherhood journey! You can find me over on IG teaching over 230k mamas daily. I am passionate about your birth and motherhood journey!

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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth is probably one of my most favorite books for pregnant women to read. Ina May connects the power of the woman's body with the experience of birth. It gets a little strange at times, but it's well worth the read.

Own Your Birth is a great ebook to help reset your mindset which is CRITICAL FOR A POSITIVE BIRTH EXPERIENCE. You can also upgrade to a video inclusive mini course.

Babies are not Pizzas, They Are Born, Not Delivered. The title alone is worth pondering. A fellow labor nurse, a blogger, suggested this book to our group and I loved it. It is written by a Nurse researcher, who had a traumatic birth experience. After her birth, she began to use her skills to research why so many women are left feeling traumatized after birth. One of the best books for pregnant women to read.

The Girlfriend's Guide To Pregnancy is one of those books you will enjoy reading. It's not one of my top faves but it is a great book for pregnant women to read.

The Fourth Trimester is another amazing book. This book is phenomenal in preparing you for what's to come. Not enough women prepare for postpartum and regret the heck out of that. So please read this book!

Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding is one of the best books to prepare you for your breastfeeding journey, but I really suggest you also take a breastfeeding class. The class I recommend is only $19, so you can't beat that at all.

The Wonder Weeks is another great pre-baby prep book that I suggest for couples to read before they have their baby. It really could be saved for postpartum but you might be too exhausted then.

Comment below and let me know which books you recommend. As always, I love to hear from you guys!

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