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by Sarah on April 5th, 2011

Ok, so a very special friend of mine has just found out that she’s got a bun-in-the-oven (too exciting for words!) and she’s asked me to put a little list together. It’s one which shows all the books that I think she should read while she’s pregnant, and something that I thought could be beneficial to you all. A list that I hope will grow with time.

For now, here’s what I recommend reading during the earlier stages of pregnancy:

The Mama Bamba Way – Robyn Sheldon

Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives – Deepak Choprah

Spirit in Pregnancy and Birth – Colette van Heerden

Homebirth (The Essential Guide to Giving Birth outside the Hospital) – Sheila Kitzinger

Spiritual Midwifery – Ina May Gaskin

Hypnobirthing – Marie F. Mongan

I also have to say that I signed up for the weekly newsletters from Baby Centre and I absoutely loved them. Yes, they’re mainstream, but having the size of the growing fetus in my tummy being compared to a poppy seed or an avocado, or knowing when it started to grow fingernails, just made the experience of pregnancy seem so much more real!

Lastly, either a couple months before your baby is born, or soon after, I’d suggest reading these:

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League

The Continuum Concept – Jean Liedloff

Our Babies, Ourselves – Meredith F. Small

Attachment Parenting – Katie Allison Granju with Betsy Kennedy

The No-Cry Sleep Solution – Elizabeth Pantley

Any more that you other Natural Mama’s can recommend? Please let me know in the comments section below :)

  • Juliemiller78

    Another useful read is ‘Parenting Lightly’ by Angela Deutschmann available at I haven’t read the whole thing but the concept is so useful in todays ‘overacheivement’, ‘got-to-be-productive’ environment.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Julie! I’ll definitely be reading that one :)

  • Doodlebums

    Your friend might also read Erica Nesers book “Sleepguide for Babies and Toddlers ISBN 1-86919-116-1″ Available on her website or from

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Celeste :)

  • AnneSpotless

    “Misconceptions” by Naomi Wolf. I wish the whole world would read this book! Examines many cultural illusions around pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood, and women, and talks honestly about the mostly unspoken mental journey a pregnant woman goes through.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Anne :)