We start with three main books because we don’t want to overwhelm you. If you want more, just keep reading below.
(1) Mayo Clinic Guide To A Healthy Pregnancy
We love the Mayo Clinic because it’s reputable and accurate. This book will provide you with practical information and reassurance on pregnancy and childbirth. Compiled by Mayo Clinic experts in obstetrics, it offers a clear, thorough and reliable reference for this exciting and sometimes unpredictable journey
(2) Expecting Better by Emily Oster
What to Expect When You’re Expecting meets Freakonomics: an award-winning economist disproves standard recommendations about pregnancy to empower women while they’re expecting.
The first two are resources for you to utilize when you have questions or concerns during pregnancy.
It’s best to stay off google with questions on symptoms because it will send you to a forum where you’ll start in a downward spiral of convincing yourself of the worst case scenario.
If you can’t find the answer in the book then write down your question and ask your OB at the next visit.
(3) Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis is a fun and empowering read that will help give you confidence as a new Mom and navigate the things that matter to YOU.
More books to Read During Pregnancy (and after).
The rest of our recommendations come from the Juna Moms community and various podcast guests we’ve had on the Juna Women Podcast. They cover topics like Feeding your kids, parenting, pregnancy, psychology, postpartum and some are just books for pleasure.
The Power of a Positive Mom – That reminder of patience and how to deal with constant chaos. This book is a great reminder and encouragement to help you help your kids become who they want to be.
Seven Decisions by Andy Andrews – It’s a little business – a little life application. Highly recommended.
The Secrets of Feeding A Healthy Family by Ellyn Satter
Child of Mine, Feeding with Love and Good Sense by Ellyn Satter
Both of these books by Ellyn Satter are incredible for creating positive food relationship sand remove the stress from feeding your children:
Take Control of Your Life by Mel Robbins – Mel Robbins expertly tackles the fear of change, rejection, and being alone, as well as imposter syndrome and feeling trapped in the wrong career.
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis – Another great read from Rachel Hollis where she tells you to stop believing the lies about who you are so you can become who you want to be.
To Have and To Hold – Molly Millwood, Phd. – A clinical psychologist’s exploration of the modern dilemmas women face in the wake of new motherhood
You Are What Your Grandparents Ate – A story on food and ancestry. Learn how to live a healthy life and leave a legacy of wellness by looking both to the past and to the future.
How to Breathe by Ashley Neiss – A simple guide to breathwork by a lauded expert that takes you through 25 simple practices for everyday situations, such as de-stressing, managing anger, falling asleep, connecting with others, and more
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – Alaska, 1974. Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed. For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brownk – From thought leader Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.
Have any of your own recommendations? Share below!