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What and How Much to Read During Pregnancy
I recently saw a former client who's baby is now three years old. It was so exciting to see them at this stage enjoying life together. While we were catching up she reminded me she still had birthing books I had lent to her. I actually had forgotten who had those particular books. This isn't the first time I have had a client forget to return books. It got me thinking about all the books I have read about birthing, breastfeeding, and parenthood. The list is so long. If you include all of the books on children's health issues, nutrition, and yoga for all stages from pregnancy to post partum and infancy, the list seems endless.
A lot of these books I probably could of gone without reading at times. They may have been full of great information, but did not serve me well to read them at certain stages of pregnancy or parenthood. Too much information isn't always a good thing. This is a topic that comes up regularly in sessions with clients whom I am serving as their Doula.
During pregnancy there is a tendency to want to read as much as possible. We tend to over indulge in literature, whether it is in book form or online. The abundance of information pouring into our beings can overload us. It can be the cause of anxiety and fear. Sometimes there is just too much of a good thing. Too much information, that is.
So what and how much should we read while we are pregnant? My recommendation is to read things that feed you wholly in a very healthy and positive way. Books that lift you up and inspire you. That help you find your power as a pregnant and birthing mama. That beckon you to step out of your comfort zone a little to do more for yourself and your baby. That fuel the fire for joy to radiate out of every part of you. Books that teach you how to be present, stay calm and grounded during the labor and the delivery of your baby(s). Books that help you to connect with your inner being and your baby. Books that help you to nurture your baby and yourself.
During pregnancy the books you read should not bring you to a negative place and make you anxious, scared or worried. That's not to say you should stay away from all things that make you feel that way. We do have issues sometimes that need to be worked on so we can free up space in our body and mind to birth our babies well and be the great parents we know we can be. A challenge to "clean up" your baggage and issues is not a bad one.
So, pick just a couple of books that bring you to a good place and educate you in the best ways so that you can have a blissful and healthy birth and baby. Allow yourself some time to digest it all. Stop reading when you feel overwhelmed. Settle on just one book at that time that will keep you focused and feeling serene.
Here are some of my favorite books that I recommend checking out:
- Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
- HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan
- Birthing From Within by Pam England
- Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn; The Complete Guide 4th Edition by Penny Simkin
- The Tibetan Art of Parenting by Anne Hubbell Maiden and Edie Farwell
- Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
- The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley
- The Baby Book by William and Martha Sears
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