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Top 3 Resources for Pregnancy and Beyond

As a first time mama, I was on the hunt for the best resources to be able to make the best informed decisions possible when it came to our son. After having done hours upon hours of research throughout my pregnancy, I have chosen my top 3 resources for pregnancy and beyond.

I knew I wanted a natural birth and was doing everything I could throughout pregnancy to remain healthy and I wanted to be able to carry that into our son’s life after he was born. Fortunately, my husband was on board and we were able to make those decisions together! These are must read books while you are pregnant. So, here we go!

1. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin 

If you have envisioned an all-natural, no epidural, home birth or something similar, then this is a must-read book! It will empower you like never before. She shares real life stories of women’s births. It’s a quick read and will give you the confidence you need if you are still on the fence about having a natural birth. She shares many insightful things that will help you to decide if this is ultimately what you really desire.

2. The Vaccine Friendly Plan by Dr. Paul Thomas and Dr. Jennifer Margulis

This book is amazing! Now I know what you are probably thinking. “Oh no, she’s going to try to convince me one way or another here.” No! That is not my goal with recommending this book. This book was written with the intent to give the reader facts on vaccines, so that you as the parent can make informed decisions. They in no way are convincing you one way or another, but rather sharing with you the science and statistics so that you can consciously make an informed decision that you feel confident about. Also outlined in this book are their recommended protocols, what to expect at each well-child visit, and ways to stay healthy throughout pregnancy, teething, breastfeeding and a wide array of other topics that are beneficial as your child grows into a toddler and beyond.

3. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

This book helped me tremendously as a first-time mama. I had heard some horror stories about breastfeeding and was not really sure what to expect. This book helped me to be as prepared as possible going into it. They cover topics such as different positions for feeding, feeding cues, and latching just to name a few. They also cover when to start feeding your baby solid foods. The book is divided by a child’s age, so that you can refer back to it with each stage that your baby is in.

Again, these are the three books that I would recommend if you are a mama looking for a natural and holistic approach to pregnancy.

There is so much more that these books offer than what I mentioned above. Do yourself a favor and read through these books. You may take and run with everything they say, or you may take some tidbits from each book and do what works for YOU!

Remember, there is no one right way to do things. This is about how YOU have envisioned YOUR birth and how YOU (and your spouse) CHOOSE to raise YOUR child.

Don’t let the opinions and suggestions of others sway what you believe in your heart is right for you and your family. You do you, mama😊

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