by Stephanie Greunke, R.D. and Whole Mamas Program Director, sharing eight of her favorite books to read before getting pregnant.
We live in a world with access to unlimited information. Sometimes the abundance of information can feel almost paralyzing. Where do you start? Who do you trust? What happens when the advice of your favorite expert conflicts with what your BFF is telling you?
I remember having FOMO when I was trying to conceive. I was afraid of “missing out” on important information if I didn’t buy ALL the books on preparing my body for baby.
The Whole Mamas Pregnancy Program
This was one of the many reasons Melissa and I decided to create the Whole Mamas Pregnancy Program. We wanted to offer women a safe place to educate themselves without feeling overwhelmed. We wanted to provide facts and allow moms to make their own decision. Because when it comes to all things motherhood, you know what’s best for you. Our program offers short videos, helpful handouts, and our go-to resources for exploring each of the topics in more detail. We answer your questions about supplements, common concerns during pregnancy like morning sickness and heartburn, what discussions to have with your partner prior to conceiving, how to get your baby in an optimal position for birth, and so much more! Click to preview a section of our program!
If you’d like to expand your knowledge on certain topics regarding preconception, infertility, or pregnancy loss here are a few great book options myself and women in our pregnancy program community have found helpful. Grab a cup of broth, a cozy blanket, and let Amazon deliver some brain candy and emotional support in the form of books to read before getting pregnant.
Books to Read Before Getting Pregnant
How to Conceive Naturally: And Have a Healthy Pregnancy after 30
by Christa Orecchio and Willow Buckley
This is a guide to healthy conception, pregnancy, and postpartum, focused on empowering women thirty and older. This book includes a 12-week preconception fertility detox and a postpartum plan to rebalance hormones. I love their food as medicine approach and options for using homeopathy to alleviate common pregnancy complaints. One of the authors, Willow, was actually my doula with Leo!
Feed Your Fertility: Your Guide to Cultivating a Healthy Pregnancy with Chinese Medicine, Real Food, and Holistic Living
by Emily Bartlett and Laura Erlich
The authors are chiropractors who specialize in fertility. The book includes natural and medical treatment options for common fertility issues, how to approach the available medical options, and when to seek help.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement
by Toni Weschler
I strongly believe this book deserves a place on every woman’s bookshelf (or Kindle library). From learning how to track your cycle with the Fertility Awareness Method, to understanding how your body works, this is often referred to as a woman’s health bible for good reason.
It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF
by Rebecca Fett
For those who love learning the latest research about reproductive health and those who want effective, lifestyle changes that can boost reproductive success for both partners. This book discusses environmental concerns, how to choose the right supplements, and how to optimize your diet for egg and sperm health.
How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup: A Guy’s Guide to the World of Infertility
by Greg Wolfe
This book provides humorous, yet educational insights for both partners: a greater understanding of what the male partner is experiencing and a witty approach to answering common questions he may have.
by Janet Jaffee, PhD and Martha Diamond, PhD, and David Diamond, PhD
Written by clinical psychologists who have each dealt with infertility and are the founders of the Center for Reproductive Psychology in San Diego, this book provides an empathetic approach to those struggling with the many emotions associated with infertility. This book can help you make sense of what you’re going through on your journey and provide strategies for coping with loss and other concerns.
Want more resources regarding infertility? Resolve.org can connect you with resources and help you find local professionals and support groups.
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby
by Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D.
This gentle book can provide reassurance and guidance for both partners after a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. It’s highly recommended by birth professionals and parents who’ve been through loss.
Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss
by Ann Douglas and John Sussman
When and if you’re considering conceiving again after a loss, this book can help you navigate the tough decisions and emotions that accompany this journey.
Want more resources regarding pregnancy loss? Stillbirthday is a fantastic website that allows you to search for bereavement doulas in your area and provides tons of resources to support you, your family, and community members that want to help you navigate loss.
Stay tuned as I’ll share my favorite books for pregnancy and postpartum!
Stephanie Greunke is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition who specializes in women’s health. She is a certified personal trainer and prenatal and postnatal corrective exercise specialist. Stephanie guides and supports women locally and globally through her web-based private practice, RockYourHormones.com.
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