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5 Books to Read For New and Expecting Mothers

We have compiled a list of 5 books every new and expecting mum should read. The list covers all essential aspects of motherhood, including baby care and development, mental health and wellbeing, and psychology for parenting.



Stress-Less Mama E-Book is a must-read book for new mums. The book balances scientifically sound techniques with friendly advice from fellow new mums to help overcome self-doubt and feel happier and healthier in postpartum and beyond.


Stress-Less Mama includes strategies for positive thinking, mum's guilt, communication with a partner, healthy habits as a new mother, as well as relaxation skills and approaches to promoting self-love.


Rather than simply giving advice, Stress-Less Mama teaches skills to help new mums function better and gain more enjoyment from this exciting stage of life. At the end of the book, readers are invited to complete the 30-Day Mental Health Challenge to practice new skills and make positive, permanent changes to their lives. The 30-Day Challenge includes daily tasks, motivations, readings, and journals to help successfully incorporate new healthy habits into daily routines in the long term.




The mother of all baby care manuals, Murkoff’s definitive guide to everything from buying baby products to dealing with sleep and feeding issues really is the bible for all first-time parents.


This comprehensive and practical month-by-month guide clearly explains everything parents need to know - or might be worrying about - in the first year with a new baby.


An all-new chapter on buying for baby, helping parents navigate through the dizzying gamut of baby products, nursery items and gear. Baby care fundamentals, from crib and sleep safety to vitamin supplements. Feeding for every age and stage, including tips on breastfeeding, preparing homemade baby food and the latest recommendations on starting solids. Charts for key development stages and sleeping habits, as well as sleep strategies that really work.



This is a perfect wellness and self-care book for expecting mothers. Read this book for an instant pick-me-up. Whether this is your first or fifth baby, The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums is your handy survival guide to managing the emotional and physical rollercoaster of becoming a new mum.


Bringing together decades of experience from a midwife and a doula, you'll find invaluable tips and tricks to boost confidence and calm frazzled nerves - plus answers to all those questions you may be too embarrassed to ask. From creating cooling breast pads with chamomile tea and quick stretches to relieve aching muscles to easy recipes to nourish your postnatal body and 5-minute fixes to restore your sense of humour, this is the book you can turn to when the overwhelm sets in. Beautifully illustrated in full colour, it covers everything you need to know about the postnatal period to feel supported, empowered and understood.



The most influential relationships are between parents and children. Yet, for so many families, these relationships go can wrong, and it may be difficult to get back on track.


In The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad that You Did), renowned psychotherapist Philippa Perry shows how strong and loving bonds are made with your children and how such attachments give a better chance of good mental health, in childhood and beyond.


Almost every parent loves their children, but by following the refreshing, sage and sane advice and steps in this book, you will also find yourselves liking one another too.




Everything you wanted to know but was too embarrassed to ask - a guide to pregnancy and birth straight from the midwife's mouth.


Mum to four girls and midwife to many, Clemmie Hooper wants to share her knowledge, wisdom and stories about pregnancy, birth and mothering young children that aren't so widely talked about - straight from the midwife's mouth.


This is a no-nonsense week by week guide to pregnancy through to coping with those early weeks with baby, covering everything from how to prevent tearing during birth to what you really need in your labour bag, understanding and coping with morning sickness to recommending questions to ask your midwife, suggestions for the ultimate baby-moon to demystifying many myths about birth, Clemmie reveals everything pregnant women and new mums need to know with a good dose of humour, empathy and wit.

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