Pregnancy & Birth Books
I was thinking of starting a thread on this very topic so I am so glad to see other interested readers have beat me to it! I liked the Ina May book a lot too, it was one of the first I read last time around. "Birthing From Within" is one of my top three, last time I didn't discover that one until 8 or 9 months and I am looking forward to doing more of the exercises in it this time around. My other favorites are "Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives" by Deepak Chopra and "Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful" by the amazing and inspiring Gurmukh. I've heard good things about "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" and look forward to exploring that since my 30 month old still really loves his nursies and I am trying to stay committed to allowing him to self-wean (despite the increasing sensitivity and ansy-ness I'm experiencing now). I am really looking forward to the suggestions other mommas (and mommas-to-be) have!
For my first pregnancy, I enjoyed the following:
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way (highly recommend some sort of childbirth education for one seeking natural birth)
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth (helped us make decisions about where and how to give birth)
Dr. Sears' Pregnancy Book
Also during my first pregnancy, I read The Nursing Mother's Companion and have referred to it and refreshed many times since that time. I've also referred to the above books during my second pregnancy and anticipate perusing them this time.
I cannot recommend Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering enough!!!!! It is written by a doctor from australia who is an amazing woman. Through my midwifery apprenticeship I have read most of the common ones out there, and none of them hold a candle to this one. It is not fear based or unemotional like some can be, and it is PACKED with science/sources to back up her ideas (footnoted throughout). There are dozens of pages of her sources in the back. It is an awesome book that will help you understand the science of labor and birth and feel confident that it is designed to work, and you are designed to intuit how the process is going for yourself. I include it for couples that take my childbirth ed class because I really believe it is important.
here is her website! http://www.sarahbuckley.com/