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Pregnancy Related Reading List

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Pregnancy and Labor

These books are ones that I recommend reading during pregnancy. Click on the titles for more information about the books.

Birthing from within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation

This book is about clearing emotional blockages to birth. A must book. You are directed through exercises from journaling to art therapy.

The New Well Pregnancy Book: Completely Revised and Updated

A wholistic view of pregnancy and birth. Disussion of medications including caffine and effects on body. An excellent resource.

Maternal Fitness: Preparing for the Marathon of Labor

Mothering the Mother: How a Doula can Help you Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth

The book about doulas and the research that has shown them to be effective.

Spiritual Midwifery (updated 2001)

Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

I love the birth pictures in this book. It also does completely cover the topics related to birth. The pictures are absolutely fabulous.

The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman through Childbirth

Breastfeeding

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding The standard for breastfeeding books.

The Nursing Mother's Companion

The Complete Book of Breastfeeding

Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding & Caring for Twins or More!!!

Parenting

Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby before Your Baby Can Talk How to read you baby's first language...body language. A wonderful book with pictures to define the visual language of babies before the first spoken word. This little people do have a lot to say-we just don't speak the same language.

SIGN with your BABY™ Complete Learning Kit (book, video, and quick reference guide combination)

Your Baby and Child Birth to Age Five A comprehensive book on child development that is extremely practical in nature. Discusses development as a process of flow and that only a percentage of milestones need to be reached in order for development to be normal. Very practical advice for bathing, biting, and other childhood issues.

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know about Your Baby from Birth to Age Two [Revised and Updated]
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know about Your Baby from Birth to Age Two [Revised and Updated]

Touchpoints; Your Child's Emotional and Behavioral Development
Touchpoints; Your Child's Emotional and Behavioral Development

Touchpoints 3 to 6
Touchpoints 3 to 6

Zen and the Art of Diaper Changing A sweet book of poetry from a father to his child.

The Tao of Motherhood

The Baby Bond
The Baby Bond

Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year

The Family Bed A book that asks us to evaluate of unspoken rules for raising children. A cartoon in the book has a child asking parents how come he has to sleep alone when they don't have to. Interesting and thought provoking.

Health

Your Child's Health: The Parent's Guide to Symptoms, Emergencies, Common Illnesses, Behavior and School Problems
Your Child's Health: The Parent's Guide to Symptoms, Emergencies, Common Illnesses, Behavior and School Problems
A must for first time parents. Lists common illnesses and symptoms, when to call a doctor, when to wait until next office hours, when to go immediately, and many other items to comfort the new parent when a child is ill. Tips for what to do are included. Easy to follow formate. It was recommended by our doctor and we used it very often to decide when to go to the doctor.

Children's Hospital Guide to Your Child's Health and Development
Children's Hospital Guide to Your Child's Health and Development

Physician's Desk Reference This is what the doctors use for information on all prescription drugs. I use it whenever a new drug is prescribed for a family member. You can see all the research, any complication above 1% is listed and rate. If you don't purchase it-find it in your local library.

The Natural Remedy Book for Women

Creating Health

Fertility

Taking Charge of Your Fertility All women should track their cycles. It's not just for conception or the avoidance of pregnancy. Many heath issues can show up first as a change in your pattern. For those of you with fertility issues, this book teaches you how to determine the cause of infertility from lack of ovulation to miscarriage. The point of the problem with becoming and maintaining a pregnancy is extremely important to determining the treatment. The problem could be as simple as ovulation occurs on day 20 instead of day 14. Recommends that sex for conception be left to only your defined fertile days-the rest of the time is for fun and no pressure because you KNOW it's not for a baby. Keeps the fun in a relationship with fertility concerns. Please look into this book if you concerns about this issue.

Conscious Conception

A Child is Born

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