Recommended Reading

There are TONS of resources out there for pregnancy and beyond, but here are some of my favorites from my pregnancy-and-beyond library.

I love these books, and love that you’re willing to check them out, too. This page contains affiliate links, so if you buy them from these links, I will earn a little commission. You can read my disclaimer here.

An excellent resource discussing conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, depression, and more. I read this my entire pregnancy; it is well written and easy to understand.

Perhaps one of the most helpful guides in supporting the mother, The Birth Partner, written by doula and educator Penny Simkin, explains clearly and in detail all things related to childbirth, including support techniques, the labor and childbirth process, cesareans, and the first few weeks of postapartum and breastfeeding.

Covering the first few months after birth, this book includes education on sleeping, feeding, changing, bathing, traveling, sickness, childcare options, clothing, learning and the baby brain, doctor’s appointments, and taking care of yourself. It is also written in a way that is relatable and humorous.

The Sears’ Parenting Library has many helpful resources when it comes to pregnancy, childbirth, labor, breastfeeding, and newborn care. The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth to Weaning provides a tremendous amount of information related to breastfeeding including the benefits for baby and mother, common concerns, medication while nursing, and extended nursing, among many others.

One I use weekly, this comprehensive guide answers all of breastfeeding’s common questions, including how to achieve proper latch, why baby might refuse the breast, premature breastfeeding, avoiding sore nipples, and much more. This is easily a go-to resource for both new moms and veteran moms alike.

“This book provides support both for women who plan to be home full or part time during the first year and those who must return to their jobs soon after the birth. With humor and compassion, Romm offers mothers practical wisdom for attaining the delicate balance between being fully immersed in the beautiful but demanding path of motherhood and maintaining a sense of self.” How good does that sound? Plus, there’s a Kindle version available for those late night feedings (at the time of this writing).

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