After my last blog, I decide to write up another list of inspiring books. This time about Pregnancy, Childbirth and Motherhood. 🙂 I will also link to recommended reading on another website, which I thought to be awesome! Pregnancy, Childbirth and Motherhood can be amazing, very hard and challenging and wonderful all at the same time. I often say, being/becoming a mother is the most wonderful and the hardest ‘job’ I have ever done in my life. You only know and feel this through experience. I feel that in our society being ‘just’ a mother is underestimated and looked down upon. While in my eyes it is one of the most important and most hardest (unpaid) ‘jobs’ you can have. Suddenly you have a precious human being in your arms, you are a mum, with not much or none training or experience and you are left to take care of this little baby. The last 16 months of my life, have been as a mum and it is so beautiful and I love my little boy immensely and it is also Damn Hard Work and mentally exhausting. He is never been a good sleeper, so since he has been born I have never had quite enough sleep myself. I am not looking for compliments or sympathy, rather I encourage and invite other women and mums to share our struggles as well as our wonderful moments. So instead of the one sided picture often portrayed at social media, (new) mums and our society get the real deal. I hope this is helpful to you and of course Merry Christmas and a Fantastic New Year. My mum duties are calling, so I will leave you to it.
Pregnancy & Childbirth books:
Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Hypnobirthing by Marie F. Mongan ( I also enjoyed reading similar work often titled ‘Gentle birthing’)
Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby: Ayurveda and Yoga for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth Book by Margo Shapiro Bachman
Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh (I actually haven’t read this book myself, but the description of it, sounds perfect. I would definitely try to read this book when I am expecting again. This book is from the recommended reading from another website as mentioned above, for more great recommendations: One Heart Yoga recommended reading
Mother’s Breath: A Definitive Guide to Yoga Breathing, Sound and Awareness Practices for Pregnancy, Birth, Post-Natal Recovery and Mothering by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli (This book is also still on my to read list, I have the feeling this is a wonderful and practical book)
Mum and Baby yoga books:
Baby Om, for Mothers and Babies by Laura Staton and Sarah Perron
Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby, The Yoga Workout for New Moms by Jyothi Larson
Yoga and Motherhood:
Spilt Milk Yoga, a guided self-inquiry to finding your own wisdom, joy and purpose through Motherhood by Cathryn Monro (The book I am currently reading at the moment, lots of inspiration and wisdom, as well as a reminder that Motherhood is a spiritual journey in itself).
Mothering from your center, Tapping Your Body’s Natural Energy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting by Tami-Lynn Kent (This book is also on my to read list. I have read several of her books, which I thought were interesting, inspiring and enjoyable)