10 Books that Every New Mother Should Read
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles W Elliott
Pregnancy is probably the most beautiful experience of a woman’s life. Knowing that you are creating a life inside you can be quite exhilarating and nerve-wracking.
You can proudly flaunt your beautiful baby bump and get cute dresses for yourself and let the whole wide world know a beautiful life is growing deep inside of you. It’s also extremely important for you to remember the most important person in your life right now is you!! Looking after yourself has to be your absolute top priority.
It is said that if a mother thinks happy thoughts, she gives birth to a happy child. In a world full of sorrow and dejection, happy babies are like a ball of sunshine. Reading, listening to music and podcasts, spending time with oneself, taking relaxing long baths, doing some yoga or light physical exercises that aren’t strenuous, maintaining a nutritious diet and just sitting in silence for a few hours release happy hormones in our bodies. A mother to-be can form these habits and relax as much as possible.
We recommend reading a few books that can help acquainting one with pregnancy and all the physical and emotional changes that come with it. One should be prepared for giving birth and also become familiar with some not so wonderful but inevitable experiences. The right book is just like a friend during a mother’s journey, helping and guiding, starting from the very day she finds out that she is pregnant. Creating a reading list can be really helpful.
We have put together a reading list by talking to a few mothers and by reading them ourselves too! We hope you find them beneficial.
What nobody Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood by Dr. Alexandra Sacks and Dr. Catherine Birndorf
Written by reproductive psychiatrists, this book is a must read for mothers. Emotions can go crazy during this time and create havoc in a would-be Mother’s Day to day life. Learning to recognise various triggers and remaining stable all throughout is something every mother requires. For some, it may seem as a slightly heavy read, we recommend you to not skip on this amazing read.
Amma Mia: Stories, advice, and recipes from one mother to another’ by Esha Deol Takhtani
Classical dancer and Bollywood actor Esha Deol have added another feather to her cap by writing this book. This book has recommendations, tips, stories, anecdotes and recipes. A Bollywood star seems distant and glamorous all the time. Esha breaks that myth and reveals to you the real mother that she is underneath, sharing her experiences and joy with other mothers.
Ayurvedic Garbha Sanskar: The Art and Science of gestation by Balaji Tambe
This is a book written by an Ayurvedic doctor, and is a repository of Ayurvedic information that covers every aspect of pregnancy. Again, a must read.
Pregnancy Blues: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Depression during Pregnancy
Like your body, your mind ought to be in a very healthy state throughout pregnancy, and this book explains different simple ways to be happy and kick out any trace of depression during pregnancy.
Pregnancy Notes: Before, throughout & when by Rujuta Diwekar
Rujuta Diwekar takes you through the journey in her characteristic style with tips for every stage, starting from planning pregnancy, preparing the body, getting pregnant to delivering the little one. Every stage includes notes on food and exercise. Recovery is covered in detail along with age-old traditions, recipes and a generous dose of grandmother’s wisdom.
What to Expect once you are Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
With 18.5 million copies in print, this book contains helpful information, advice, insights, and tips for every couple who are expecting. This book is known as the “Pregnancy Bible” with several sequels, countless editions and has been on the New York Times bestseller list. This book with its offline and online versions has probably created the largest and most engaged community of expecting moms.
I’m Pregnant, Not Terminally sick, you Idiot! – Lalita Iyer
Every Indian pregnant mother can relate to this book. This book does not talk about the generic to-do list. It talks about the Indian family mindset, a woman’s journey, her emotions, the advice and micromanagement that she wants to run away from, what her body is experiencing and what it really wants. Lalita Iyer captures the drama and journey of her nine-month gestation that includes mood swings, morning sickness, sexual desire, and physical discomfort. It does not make motherhood an experience of complete bliss and does not unnecessarily glorify it. It describes the real life pregnancy which is a mix of some bad and a lot of good, like anything else in life.
I Heart My very little A-Holes by Tibeto-Burman language Alpert
Don’t you love your children more than anything in this whole world? However, hold on! There will be times when you would want to run away from all the responsibilities and duties. Scan this book to induce a reality check and find out how to deal with life.
The Seven religious Laws Of Success For Parents: Guiding your youngsters to success and Fulfilment – Dr. Deepak Chopra
Who will teach managing parenthood better than the guru himself? This book by Dr. Deepak Chopra is a solution to those parents who would like to inculcate spiritual discipline and values to their journey and inculcate 7 spiritual laws while bringing up their children. This book is written very simply, by listing the laws that create a secured environment of spiritual nurturing for children. Full of his wisdom and experiences as a father, this is a must read for all those parents or would-be parents who are willing to explore this facet of the journey.
Yoga in pregnancy and childbirth by Seema Sondhi
This book teaches several techniques and poses and if followed correctly, can keep a to-be mother happy and healthy throughout her pregnancy. This has a separate section for working women. Relaxation forms an integral part of the pregnancy journey. Explained beautifully, this book is like a friend in need.
A reader is like a mother. A reader’s unique connection with a book can be considered to be a metaphor to a mother’s connection with her child. The trust, the love, the bond is universal. Every mother traverses her own journey, the way every reader does. Just like one should not limit herself as a mother, do not limit yourself as a reader. These 10 books are definitely thought starters and highly recommended by a lot of mothers like you. However, there are many more books on varied subjects that you can read.