During my first pregnancy I read and read and read. There was so much to learn and absorb before Jem was born. I got many recommendations, but when it all boils down these 5 books are my top, ultimate must-reads. If you are expecting or your pregnant mama friends are looking for a quality read don't miss out on these treasures!
Ina May Gaskin
I'm telling you, this book, above all, is the one all mama's need to read. It should be given as a little gift in pregnancy test boxes so mama's can get this wisdom ASAP. The authors, Megan and Miriam, cover super important topics that fall into Birth, Touch, Milk, Sleep, Potty, Eat, Relate, and Flow. I love the way it is written - simple, but informative, with a touch of humor. An easy read that will introduce and revolutionize thoughts on parenting during the first year.
Katie Allison Granju
Shortly before we interviewed Jemma's nanny, I finished reading this book. It captured exactly what I hoped to be as a mama and so, as hiring criteria, I asked our nanny to read it as well. It thoroughly described the importance of breastfeeding, babywearing, and not allowing baby's to cry without comfort. Since our nanny and I were mothering together 4 days each week I wanted her to fully understand my goals as mama. This book helped me convey those goals.
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor's Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gently Early Parenting Choices
Sarah J. Buckley
Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP
What books are on your must-read list during pregnancy?
Down the road, I may compile a list of my favorite parenting books too, so feel free to chime in with those as well!