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5 Essential Postnatal Books All New Moms Should Read

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No matter how much you’ve heard about it from your friends, family members or relatives before you gave birth, motherhood is a completely new journey for any woman.

You’re likely to have a unique experience, depending on your body, and how your pregnancy went.

Does that mean you should depend only on your experience to learn about motherhood, and the issues you’ll face? Of course not!

You can always read about other women’s experiences or what to expect in magazines and postpartum books for new moms. I did, and I learned a great deal from them.

These postnatal books not only helped me learn more about my journey but also helped me deal with many issues I encountered along the way.

Ranging from mood swings and depression to self-care and infant baby care practices, this essential postnatal reading list will show you how to handle many issues that new moms face, just as they did in my case.

Postnatal Books for All New Moms

The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson

Pregnancy is  a beautiful experience, but you cannot comprehend the full impact of this new phase in your life unless you’re guided by an expert.

This book helped me overcome the stress associated with motherhood and use it to my advantage, as well as my baby’s. It also helped me heal myself emotionally and spiritually.

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The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou

After delivery, the first forty days are quite important in the life of a new mom. This is the period that helps one restore their balance and heal their body, mind and spirit.

The simple yet delicious recipes in this book helped me pamper myself during the most critical phase of my life and replenish my body’s nutrient requirements.

Of course, I did not cook myself. My husband is a great cook, and he took really good care of me in those days.

Down Came the Rain by Brooke Shields

Depression is not a word that new moms want to hear, but it’s good to learn about the issues that many moms face, so you can recognise the symptoms in yourself and others.

As I had a history of depression in my teenage days, my gynecologist asked me to read this book, so that I could be aware and avoid the ‘baby blues’ after my baby’s birth.

Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide by Rebecca Eanes

The earlier you learn about positive parenting lessons the better, so you can start practising how to be a better mom.

This book was recommended by a friend, and it helped her raise her two children in the most optimistic way possible. Both my husband and I read it through, and we indeed learned a lot from this book about positive parenting and its impact on children.

Natural Health after Birth by Aviva Jill Romm

Finding it difficult to face the challenges of motherhood? This book offers practical advice to all new moms to find a balance in their chaotic life.

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You’ll get diet suggestions and instructions to take care of your mind and body after giving birth. I wanted to rejoin work soon after giving birth to my first son, and this book helped me prepare to get back to my work and career.

You can also read a few other books, especially meant for new moms like,

  • The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for your Child’s First Four Years
  • From Darkness to Dawn: A True Story of Recovery from Postpartum Depression
  • Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts

It’s a good idea to create a reading list during your pregnancy, as you may not get that much time to read after your child’s birth.

Since I love reading and take some time out every day to read, I find the knowledge gained from my collection of postnatal books really useful, now that I’m expecting my second baby.

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