Welcome to the “MY FAVOURITE” series.
This series may become a weekly thing, monthly or I may just post sporadically as I share some of my favourite’s during this pregnancy. For the first part of this series I thought I’d focus on preparing for this baby. Not necessarily body wise but more knowledge is power wise.
When it comes to pregnancy books there are a lot out there, you can easily be overwhelmed when entering a bookstore or going online by what is available. Now considering that this is my 3rd pregnancy I can assure you that I’ve read quite a few books over the last 10 years of this Motherhood journey. Some scared me, some I found to be utter rubbish and many of these books left me feeling incompetent and overwhelmed by the thought of becoming a new parent.
The best advice I could possibly give is to keep it simple, do not invest in 10 books when 1 or 2 will do. What you chose should also inspire you, encourage you and leave you feeling excited (yes you may have questions which is great to jot down and discuss with your birthing team).
This brings me to my point, I’ve selected a few of the books I’ve read on my pregnancy journey (as well as on my Doula journey as this forms part of our curriculum) and thought I’d share.
In no particular order…
(Retail price – R75 + postage)
The miracle of birth brings great joy to new parents, but it also raises many questions and concerns. The sixth edition of the Practical Pregnancy, Birth and Early Parenting Guide includes the latest information and provides sensible answers to your questions – even answers to questions you have not yet thought of!
This easy-to-use guide for parents and parents—to—be is filled with practical tips and sound advice about:
- Preparing for conception
- The latest information on tests during pregnancy
- How to care for your baby and yourself during pregnancy
- Choosing the right caregivers
- How your partner can contribute during pregnancy
- Birth and caring for your baby
- Pain relief and birthing options
- Preparing to bring your baby home and how best to involve siblings
- Advantages of breastfeeding and practical tips for breastfeeding success
- How to care for your newborn (and yourself, your partner and your family)
- The latest South African shoppers’ guide and support group information.
Fun fact: I actually trained as Doula through WOMBS and Irene was our Instructor. She has years of knowledge / experience and an amazing sense of humour.
(Retail price – R185 + postage)
Pregnancy is a journey like no other. It is the start of a new human life. It is also the birth of a mother who, over nine months, changes in every possible way – physically, emotionally and socially.
Your nutrition, well-being and emotions during this wonderful time play a large role in defining the rest of your baby’s life. The experience must also be safe and containing for you to provide your baby with the ultimate start and shape his potential.
Birth – your baby’s entry into our world – is a profoundly significant moment, one you don’t get to repeat. Being empowered with knowledge, understanding your choices and being active in the process will make a huge difference. Ultimately it does not matter how your baby is born; what matters is how you experience it and that it is safe.
Reading Pregnancy Sense will reduce the anxiety that may stem from the unknown and help you make your choices with insight and flexibility.
- Preparing for pregnancy
- Birth choices
- Your growing baby week by week
- Your changing body week by week
- A guide to birth
- Premature birth
- Your newborn’s first days and weeks
Second fun fact: I attended the Pregnancy Sense book launch held at Kids Emporium back in 2016 – who would have thought that 2 years later I’d be back on the pregnancy train again
(Retail price – R425 on Loot, R538, Exclusive Books)
The Day-by-day Pregnancy Book provides a comprehensive look at every week of pregnancy. From early foetal development to how your hormones prepare you for birth, Q&A’s with experts and parents will help put your mind at ease. The Day-by-day Pregnancy Book also breaks down the 12 hours post-delivery with an hour-by-hour account and the day-by-day format continues for the first two weeks of life with a newborn baby.
(Retail price – R123 + postage, Loot or available on Amazon)
In her book, midwife Ruth Ehrhardt very simply explores, how the basic needs of labouring women can be met. It takes into consideration the subtle effect environmental factors have on labour and what those attending births need to be aware of. Drawing on the work of Michel Odent, it focuses quite plainly on the physiology of labour, childbirth and postpartum.
This book is aimed at pregnant mothers, partners, doctors, midwives and doulas.
If there are any favourites you would like me to share then please comment below and I will try and include it in another post. Also if you’ve created a similar list on favourites and would like to share then get in touch and we can make it happen.