Fitness & Nutrition Coach
Pre and Post-Natal Exercise Specialist
Since I work with so many prenatal and postnatal women, I read a ton of books and blogs on these topics. There’s a million resources to draw from and sometimes it’s difficult to know what or who to trust for the best info. So I enlisted my extremely knowledgeable mama clients, friends, and followers for their tried and true best sources for pregnancy education. I wanted to know where they are turning to learn about labor, birth, breastfeeding, exercise, nutrition, baby gear, parenting and everything in between. With their suggestions and my personal faves, I’ve put together a list of almost 30 of the best reading material for your journey through pregnancy:
General Pregnancy Information:
1). Dr. Sears: parenting, psychology, pregnancy month-by-month, labour and birth basics.
2). Aha! Parenting: recommended books, preparing older children for new baby, questions for your doctor/midwife.
3). Mama Natural: blog posts, what to pack in hospital bag, holistic treatments, placenta encapsulation, food, exercises for birth. (Jessie’s Fave)
4). What to Expect When You’re Expecting: stages of pregnancy, basic nutrition and exercise, feeding baby (breastfeeding and/or formula) anything and everything you could ever think of related to pregnancy.
5). Baby Center: question and answer forum, feeding baby (breastfeeding and/or formula), baby products, choosing a name, info for dads, anything and everything you could ever think of related to pregnancy.
6). The Baby Guy: reviews on any and all baby gear products, carriers, strollers, bottles. (Jessie’s Fave)
7). The Happiest Baby on the Block + The Happiest Toddler on the Block, by Harvey Karp: parenting, sleep, behavior and development.
8). Mama Lion Strong: health, motherhood, fitness, food (Jessie’s Fave)
9). The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care, by Sally Fallon Morel: vaccinations, breastfeeding, holistic and natural treatments.
10). Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina: this is an absolutely brilliant read! Especially if you’re into science. It’s fascinating – and really easy (and fun!) to read
Labor and Birth: All of these resources below are uplifting and empowering resources for education on labour and birth. As it should be.
1). Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesto, by Ina May Gaskin.
2). Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin (Jessie’s Fave).
3). Laboring Well, by Elizabeth Allen.
5) Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth, by Grantley Dick-Read
6). The Caesarean, by Michel Odent
7). Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, by Jennifer Block.
8). The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Sheila Kitzinger.
Exercise, Nutrition & the Body:
1). Jessie Mundell, JMG Fitness Consulting: prenatal exercise, pelvic floor, diastasis recti, postnatal exercise.
2). Pregnancy Exercise: exercise in pregnancy, turn your baby, diastasis recti.
3). Bellies Inc.: abdominal wrapping/binding, mummy tummy.
4). MuTu System: postnatal exercise, diastasis recti, alignment, pelvic floor.
5). Diane Lee: pelvic floor, diastasis recti, abdominal wrapping/binding. (Jessie’s Fave)
6). Julie Wiebe: diastasis recti, pelvic floor, alignment.
7). Kaisa Touminen: hypopresives, pelvic floor, prenatal and postnatal exercise.
8). Training New Moms: the Practice (and Business) of Postnatal Fitness Instruction
Breastfeeding: All of these resources below are books and/or websites dedicated to giving you tips, tricks, and words of encouragement for breastfeeding.
1). Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, and Teresa Pitman.
2). Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, by Ina May Gaskin. (Jessie’s Fave)
4). The Leaky Boob (Jessie’s Fave)
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