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10 best books on maternal health


Relaxing when you’re pregnant is good for you and your baby, and reading a book at night is the perfect way to wind down. It’s a match made in heaven! It also helps to know what to expect of your body and the changes it goes through, your emotions and the changes you might feel, and the way your child is developing. And being prepared means you stay more relaxed – it’s a brilliant sort of virtuous circle. So why not check out these maternal health books when you’re expecting a baby?

What to Expect When You’re Expecting is by Heidi Murkoff, and it’s an excellent read. This pregnancy book is packed full of practical information and guidance, everything from when to take a home pregnancy test to what’s safe to eat and how to eat well when you’re constantly feeling a bit sick.

The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide is written by Armin A. Brott, carefully crafted for dads-to-be. It provides men with all the tools they need to prepare for their child’s arrival, and support their partner at every stage. It’s a great read for both of you when you’re pregnant.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth comes from Ina May Gaskin, the so-called ‘mother of modern midwifery’. The first half of the book is a masterpiece in positive, life-affirming birth stories and the second half goes about empowering mums to be with real, honest insight into the birth process, the mind-body connection, what it actually feels like to give birth and lots more.

What to Do When Youre Having Two by Catherine Newman is the perfect reading companion when you’re fortunate enough to be expecting twins, with properly-helpful advice plus lots of stories from real mums of twins, straight from the horse’s mouth. It even covers your first year as a mum of twins.

Say No to Placenta Pics by Jillian M. Parsons is lightweight and pretty funny, a brilliant way to take your mind off the more serious aspects of pregnancy and enjoy the fun bit. If you fancy an un-censored tell-all guide to being pregnant, it’s fantastic.

Pregnancy, OMG! By Nancy Redd is the first ever photo book of the nine-month journey you’re taking. It gives you a clear and very honest view of the many changes your body and mind go through, acting as a visual reference to everything from changes in your nipples to changes in your mood. When you want humour and warmth, it’s perfect.

Mental Health in Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sally Ann Price Bsc (Hons) MSc RM MICG NNEB is serious stuff, written for non-USA medical professionals but a fantastic read if you’re into the science and medicine behind pregnancy. As it says on Amazon, the book describes ‘common disorders and their relationship with pregnancy, it promotes an understanding of the issues involved and offers tools to providing the most effective woman-centred maternity care’

Strong as a Mother by Kate Rope covers your emotional well-being through pregnancy and into new motherhood. This book is known and loved for its friendly, non-judgemental advice about everything from early-pregnancy anxiety to feelings of guilt and struggles with the changes your body goes through, provided by mums themselves, medical experts, and psychologists.

Best friends guide to surviving the first year of motherhood by Vicki Lovine is designed to help you cope with the experience of expecting a baby from start to finish. The over-riding theme? Enjoy yourself! It’s described as a wise and witty book about everything from coping with postnatal mood-swings to reviving your sex life.

Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? The Surprising Science of Pregnancy by Jena Pincott is a fabulous science-focused book delving into the fascinating biology, psychology, social science, neuroscience and reproductive genetics behind your pregnancy. It’s more or less un-put-downable!

What is maternal health

Maternal health defines every aspect of a mother’s health, from the beginning of pregnancy to the birth and onwards. If any aspect of your health is affected by your pregnancy, it come sunder the maternal health banner.

Best books on health in pregnancy

Which maternal health book will you enjoy first?

   1.   What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff – available on Amazon

   2.   The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide by Armin A. Brott – available on Amazon

   3.   Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin – available on Amazon

   4.   What to Do When Youre Having Two by Catherine Newman – available on Amazon

   5.   Say No to Placenta Pics by Jillian M. Parsons – available on Amazon

   6.   Pregnancy, OMG! by Nancy Redd – available on Amazon

   7.   Mental Health in Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sally Ann Price – available on Amazon

   8.   Strong as a Mother by Kate Rope – available on Amazon

   9.   Best friends guide to surviving the first year of motherhood by Vicki Lovine – available on Amazon

   10. Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? The Surprising Science of Pregnancy by Jena Pincott – available on Amazon

What will you read first?

Whatever you’re feeling about the experience, there’s something in our varied list for you. We hope you enjoy the read!

BSc (Hons) Microbiology

Chief Executive Officer | Biovault Family

Biovault Family CEO, Kate Sneddon, joined Biovault in July 2009 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2016. As health industry professional her experience includes working as a microbiologist and leader at GSK for over 10 years. Her expertise in cord blood banking has been recognised in her awards, features in Parliamentary Review and Parents Guide to Cord Blood, as well as contributions to research with UCL and others.


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