A new year, a new decade, has come, and with that comes resolutions for how we might change ourselves, goals to accomplish, and dreams and ideas of how we will end up on the other side of the year. If you are someone who chooses to put together a reading list for personal development and growth, this post is for you! Today I’m sharing a list of books on preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, and new motherhood; a 2020 reading list for new moms.
I know as a busy woman you don’t have a ton of extra time to read, but if you could choose just one or two in each category, you will have gained a lot of knowledge and be more confident and prepared as you enter pregnancy and motherhood. Knowledge is power and having educated yourself, you’ll also feel more confident in your health care decisions.
Books on Preconception Health
We often don’t think of health before pregnancy, we just plan on getting pregnant when we decide that we would like to have a baby. But there are things that we should consider before we even start trying to conceive. What is the toxic load in our body? How is our gut health? What does our diet look like, do we get a good ratio of Omega 3 vs Omega 6 fats? How does our partner’s health look? There are many things to consider. Ideally both you and your partner will start preparing for pregnancy six months to a year before conception. Here are some books to help you prepare for pregnancy:
- Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy, and Lactation
- Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: Natural Ways to Improve Your Fertility Now and Into Your 40s
- Making Babies: A Proven Three-Month Program for Maximum Fertility
- Healthy Parents, Better Babies: A Couples Guide to Natural Preconception Health Care
- It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF
- Brighton Baby A Revolutionary Organic Approach to Having an Extraordinary Child
These next three cover pregnancy, but they also have a lot of preconception information:
The Nourishing Traditions book of Baby and Child Care
Real Food for Pregnancy
Real Food for Mom and Baby
Books about Pregnancy Health
We’re going to go beyond the What to Expect Series here and bring you books from natural health experts as well as doctors. When we set out to learn about pregnancy, taking information from all over the health world gives us a more rounded view as well as allows us to bring our own critical thinking skills into play. Medical professionals aren’t the only ones with access to information.
- The Mama Natural Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
- The Natural Pregnancy Book, Third Edition: Your Complete Guide to an Organic Pregnancy and Childbirth with Herbs, Nutrition, and other Holistic Choices
- Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood, and Trusting Yourself and Your Body
- Spiritual Pregnancy: Develop, Nurture and Embrace the Journey to Motherhood
- Pregnancy the Natural Way
- Natural Pregnancy: Practical Medical Advice and Holistic Wisdom for a Healthy Pregnancy and Childbirth
- A Holistic Guide to Twin Pregnancy
- Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
- Real Food for Gestational Diabetes
Books about Postpartum Health and Wellness
We spend so much time preparing for labor and birth we often forget about preparing for postpartum life. Please don’t forget about all that your body is going to go through in the first weeks and months postpartum. You’ll have emotional and mental changes, your body will be recovering and muscles will be healing, this is an area that you MUST prepare for.
- The Postnatal Depletion Cure: A Complete Guide to Rebuilding Your Health and Reclaiming Your Energy for Mothers of Newborns, Toddlers, and Young Children
- Natural Health after Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness
- The First Six Weeks: Thriving Naturally on Your Postpartum Journey
- The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality
- When Postpartum Packs a Punch: Fighting Back and Finding Joy
- This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression
- The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
- Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5 Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms
Many of these books were available as ebooks besides a printed version, and if you aren’t wanting to buy them, you could always check your library for copies. Personally, I prefer printed versions because then I can mark them up, spill coffee on them, read them in the time I have and not rush through them, and not have to worry about the toddler tearing a cover off or something. I hope that you are able to pick a few titles from this reading list and enjoy them as you dream about meeting your new family member in 2020 or the future.
Rebekah Thompson writes at Surviving Toddlerhood. She has been married for nine years and is momma to four little boys ages eight, five, three, and eight months. She is the author of The First Six Weeks: Thriving Naturally On Your Postpartum Journey and a certified birth doula through DONA International. She enjoys good coffee and tea, dark chocolate, running and learning as much as possible about healthy pregnancy/postpartum and fitness. You can check out her blog at www.survivingtoddlerhood.com