When I was 6 months pregnant we packed a giant moving truck, tucked my 4 cats and 1 Chihuahua into a giant cage in the back of our Subaru, and moved halfway across the country from Boulder to the slick, sticky South.
And we did this in the middle of the summer. Brilliant.
But it was what we wanted. The Colorado Front Range holds our hearts in many ways, but history and lineage are lost whenever a place is paved over with a massively exploding population. For family purposes, this didn't sit right with me. I wanted to plant our roots in soil that holds onto the not-so-distant past.
So the south it was, but after a decade of living in and around Boulder I had become spoiled to the core and culture shock ensued. I couldn't just pick one out of a million prenatal yoga classes to go to, there was no trendy birth center with earthy midwives and meditation circles, the only OB in the county had the last name of Hatchett, and the nearest health food store was thirty miles away.
So I did what any pregnant lady would do in my situation: I turned to books. I had stockpiled a few and quickly grew to rely on them. They became my midwives and friends in paper form, and when I was reading them I felt like I had all the support in the world.
These are the books that I turned to every day that summer, usually while curled in bed with chocolate. They were so good that each one has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf. I know you'll love them too.
Read: The First Forty Days
This one is amazing. It is solely about the first six weeks postpartum and the care a new mom needs. The pictures are gorgeous and the recipes are super yummy (I've made a bunch of them).
Read: The Fourth Trimester
This one is full of wisdom about the postpartum period, centering around the needs of the physical body.
Read: A Mother's Circle
I can't remember how I found this one because it definitely isn't one I would have bought by the look of the cover alone. But it's fantastic and makes you feel like you're sitting in the middle of one of their mother circles. This is the most non-judgmental parenting book I have ever read. Trust me, every new mom you know needs to read this.
This one is just plain lovely. I love her descriptions of life on the Ohio farm she lives on and how she writes about the mental shifts she made from being a world-traveler to a stay-put mother.
Read: Buddhism for Mothers
Oh my, where do I start with this one? It's lovely. Wise. Thoughtful. One of the few books I consider to be a Bible of sorts. I wouldn't be without it. Like the title says, it’s Buddhism for mothers. Need I say more?
Do you have any favorites of your own? Tell me about them in the comments below :)