Reading too many books, even the holistic pregnancy books, can sometimes overwhelm you when you are pregnant. It is a great idea to be well informed, but there is such a thing as information overload.
Everyone will have opinions on how you should be doing certain things during your pregnancy. It is up to you to tune out the unhelpful advice and really listen to your body and intuition.
When I became pregnant, I decided to read only 3 holistic pregnancy books. Some of them I read cover to cover, while others I used as a resource when I wanted to look something up. Since all of the books I choose were holistic pregnancy books, there weren’t many contradictions in what I was reading. Limiting the amount of reading I did allowed me to stay calm and avoid feeling like I wasn’t doing everything I should do support my body and my baby.
Holistic Pregnancy Books
Knowing I wanted an unmedicated birth, and since my mom is a HypnoBirthing instructor, taking the HypnoBirthing class and reading the book cover to cover was a no brainer for me. My husband, who started out as a sceptic, also enjoyed reading the book and agreed with the information it offers. I got two big takeaways from the book and the course.
The first is that birthing should not be from a place a fear. When you are scared and in fight or flight mode, your body is working against the birthing process making labour more painful and longer. HypnoBirthing teaches you to release any fears you have associated with birth so that you can approach it in a relaxed and even joyful way.
The second big takeaway from HypnoBirthing is the relaxation techniques you and your partner learn. Through self-hypnosis, special breathing, and visualization, HypnoBirthing teaches you to how to trust your body and work with it. It teaches expecting mamas how to call upon their body’s own natural relaxant and thus lessen, or even eliminate, discomfort and the need for medication. It also clearly outlines the role of your birth companion who is there to support mama throughout the birth.
The Natural Pregnancy Book
This book came highly recommended to me by several holistic nutritionist mamas. The author, Dr. Aviva Jill Romm, an expert in natural childbirth with more than twenty years of experience in both alternative and allopathic medicine. I didn’t read this book cover to cover, instead, I used it as a reference whenever I had pregnancy discomforts and while I was writing my book Healthy Holistic Pregnancy.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
This is an incredibly empowering book because it is filled with such inspiring birth stories. If you have fears surrounding child birth then this really is a must read. The author, Ina May Gaskin, is the nation’s leading midwife. She shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. It answers all of your questions about natural birth in a way that leaves you with a deep understanding of the process and a positive outlook. I didn’t intend to read this cover to cover, but planned to jump around to the sections I was most interested in. In the end, I read most of the book because it was so good.
Healthy Holistic Pregnancy
I couldn’t write a post about my favourite holistic pregnancy books without mentioning my own book Healthy Holistic Pregnancy. As a holistic nutritionist, I use holistic remedies, herbs, and supplements to cure any issues I have. Superfoods are also common in my kitchen to prevent health issues from coming up. I kept asking my midwife if this supplement or that superfood was safe for pregnancy. She wasn’t able to give me the answers I wanted.
While I was doing all of this research, I realised I probably wasn’t the only holistically minded person who was asking their midwife or doctor similar questions. I put a lot of time into Healthy Holistic Pregnancy to make sure it is well researched and easy to understand. My goal is to provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice about the holistic practices you apply during your pregnancy.
Healthy Holistic Pregnancy contains:
- Natural solutions to 27 common pregnancy symptoms
- Pregnancy power foods
- Superfoods and supplements you may want to avoid when pregnant
- 15 pregnancy friendly recipes for the first trimester and beyond
- Key pregnancy nutrients and supplements for each trimester
- Benefits of yoga when pregnant and which poses to modify
- Essential oils safety and DIY skincare recipes
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