Minimalist Reading List: 4 Books To Get You From Pregnancy To Parenting

Thursday, December 3, 2020

If you’re not interested in having a pile of books next to your bed or simply don’t know where to begin here are four brilliant, yet simple, books that can get you from pregnancy to parenting.

Like A Mother 

Angela Garbes developed a following in 2015 when she published this piece on the science behind breastmilk. _Like a Mother_ combines the research skills of a journalist with the passion a new mother. The book explores lesser focused on but much more important aspects of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum: Miscarriage, mediocre birthing experiences, the placenta, pelvic health, and overall vulnerability to name a few. It is part science, part memoir, all beautiful!

The Birth Partner 

Penny Simkin’s The Birth Partner educates partners on their role as labor support but is truly a brilliant read for pregnant people as well. I much prefer it over all other generic pregnancy/birth books! It covers what to expect from the end of pregnancy through labor and the early stages postpartum, offers care-taking techniques for the whole process, and lays out information on the many possible options a laboring woman will face so that she and her partner can make educated decisions before and during labor. It is as much a guidebook for mother and partner to prepare for labor as it is a reference tool for partners during labor.

The Fourth Trimester 

This compassionate and comprehensive book looks at a mother’s transition to parenthood from the perspective of holistic self-care. Best to be read during pregnancy, it offers guidance for how one can establish a holistic environment of healing after childbirth. Kimberly Ann Johnson offers strategies to overcome the trifecta of common postnatal complications: pelvic health and wellness, mood and anxiety stressors, and challenged relationships.

The Discontented Little Baby Book 

This book lays out the _revolutionary_ idea that babies are fully human and will communicate their needs with you. Then it teaches you how to listen to them in all of the key areas: sleep, feeding, soothing etc. Pam Douglas_ _approaches parenting from the perspective of structuring a balanced family life_ _as opposed to the family structuring a baby’s life. She will help you find and _trust_ your parenting instincts.

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